BET Cancels Rap City, End of an Era

via SOHH

Popular hip-hop music video program “Rap City” has ended its run on BET after 21 years on the network.

While SOHH first heard about the rumor last week, BET has announced the official word on their website earlier today. According to their Sound Off blog, “Rap City” will be replaced by “The Deal” hosted by DJ Diamond Kutz.

The new hour long series will consist of old and new elements from “Rap City.” Hip-Hop videos will continue to play but now they will be accompanied by pop-ups with facts on the given artist/song. The Booth, which was a staple on “Rap City” for artists to showcase their freestyle skills, will also remain a segment on the new series.

More than just a place for hip hop videos, Rap City gave fame to several hosts throughout the years, the first of which was Chris Thomas in 1989. He was followed by Hans Dobson, Prince Dejour and Joe Clair who debuted as host in 1994. Leslie Segar (a.k.a “Big Lez”) shared hosting duty with Clair from 1994 to 99. Continue reading

Procter & Gamble Is Asking Consumers Should It Pull Advertising From BET?

[Source: HustleKnockin.com]

It appears the fallout is being felt after a report was released confirming people’s worst fears, that BET is bombarding youth with explicit imagery. Now Procter & Gamble, one of the networks biggest advertisers has set up a hotline number to gauge whether customers share those sentiments. Apparently advocacy group Enough Is Enough put the press on P&G and now the “people” are expected to play “judge.”

One of the nation’s largest advertisers, Procter & Gamble, is soliciting input from consumers whether it should continue advertising on MTV and BET.

The packaged-goods company is taking calls at an 800 number. Once dialed, callers are advised they have two choice(s) regarding advertising on the two cable networks: press one if they want P&G to make changes in its advertising, or press two to indicate support for continued advertising on the networks. Input will be forwarded to the proper P&G executives, the recording indicates.
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