The Importance of Positive Black Role Models
If you have ever watched the news, you probably noticed that the majority of it focuses on negative events. The evening news is full of news stories regarding murder, kidnapping, and political problems. It can be difficult to have hope with our country, when this is what we see on a daily basis. Media outlets tend to not share the positive news, because these are not the types of stories that gain attention. However, there are many newsworthy positive stories occurring in our country, on a daily basis.
The urban news contains multiple accounts of positive black people in history and in current times. Yet, most people have only seen the negative stories of the black population in the media. This can easily leave people with a skewed view of this population. The news channels choose to air the stories that involve things like police brutality, murder, and homicides. They do not, however share stories about many of the black celebrity figures who consistently provide a good role model to the black population.
There are many noteworthy black urban news stories that you have probably not heard about. For example, Beyonce has taken over the musical world, selling out concerts, breaking records with records albums, and providing the world with great music. Beyonce has an estimated net worth of $450 million as one of the most successful female music artists in the world. As for her husband, another noteworthy black performer, Jay Z, his net worth is $650 million, which brings their collective wealth to $1 billion.
Another positive role model for the urban news and black community is that of Oprah Winfrey. Most Americans have seen the Oprah Winfrey talk show. The Oprah Winfrey Show aired for 25 seasons, from 1986 to 2011. With its placement on 120 channels and an audience of 10 million people, the show grossed $135 million by the end of its first year, of which Winfrey received $30 million. Oprah Winfrey was also known for her high level of charitable giving during her long running TV show. She is one of the most influential pieces of urban news.
BET, or Black Entertainment Television is a popular black gossip TV channel. It features a variety of celeb news, mostly surrounding the success and the downfalls of the black population. Although viewers can see positive black role models on this station, it also focuses on the negativity of the community often. Most black celeb gossip sites do not do enough to portray the positive leaders.
Black Entertainment Television, however, remains one of the best sources for keeping up with current news in the black community. Black Entertainment News (BET), is viewed in more than 90 million homes worldwide. As of 2010, it was the most prominent television network targeting young black American audiences and was the leading provider of black American cultural and entertainment based programming. It is important to have media outlets like this to feature the positive role models and the good that the black community is doing for the country.
Most news stations focus on the negativity of the world. This is because getting the dirty story is what gets the most ratings and viewers. News stations are in the business to make money. However, it is also important to identify the positive role models in the country, especially in the black communities, which often takes a negative view in many of today?s news stories. There are many notable black leaders, including Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, and even the Black Entertainment TV channel. The youth of the country need to have as many positive role models and new stories as they do negative ones.