Jan 10, 2011

Via TheRoot:

In an interview with NPR's Michel Martin, Johnson stated “The only advice that I say, let’s open up your circle a little bit more. You know, we love the Dr. Phils. We love the Suze Ormans. Let’s open up. There are other people. And there’s also African-American experts out there that I think she should start bringing on her show that can reach even a wider audience.” Johnson offered this after Martin commented on the lack of diversity in the programming of the network.

Some are angry that Johnson has the audacity to make comments about OWN after building her wealth with programming on BET that was viewed by many as misogynistic and nihilistic. Maybe Lady O will do a better job of taking advice than Robert L. Johnson and Sheila Johnson did when building their empire?


  1. Sheila has point though. I too would love to see more Diversity on OWN. However, I know that it takes time and lots of thought into developing new shows. Oprah has already taken such a big risk with starting her own network. I'm sure she needs to at least wait a year and see what the response will be and go from there.

  2. It's only been just over a week. There's lots of empty timeslots because they are running reruns of just the few shows that are on. Patience, people.

  3. BET lacks diversity. All I ever see on there is AZZ. Shelia Johnson needs to sit her self down. BET is so trifling.

  4. Yeah I think Sheila really needs to sit down and watch a day of BET. This is a person that was the owner of BLACK entertainment television. A station with NO diversity.

  5. At least it is so much better than the crap that spews out of BET. I am a black man and I will not watch BET's garbage. They haven't had a good program since Teen Summit.

  6. Robert L. Johnson is the currently a Board of Director for KB Home Inc. On Wikipedia Johnson’s bio has no mention of Johnson who sits on KB Home Board of Directors? Clearly Robert L. Johnson does not want to be associated with one of the nations largest builders?

    Robert L. Johnson does not have a biography on the Charlotte Bobcats Official Website? The RLJ Companies, Robert L. Johnson does include 2 words: KB Home.

    Currently, Mr. Johnson serves on the following boards:

    * KB Home
    * Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
    * Strayer Education
    * International Management Group
    * NBA Board of Governors
    * Deutsche Bank Advisory Committee
    * The Business Council
    * Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Other distinguished KB Home Board members include Robert L. Johnson's buddy Bruce Karatz who was just convicted as a felon and is currently under house arrest in his 24 room Bel-Air Mansion (not built by KB Home) serving out his 8 months home confinement for swindling 11 Million Dollars. Martha Stewart is a spokesperson for KB Home also served time for her former stock swindle; Martha was not offered a spokesperson job for the BET Black Entertainment Television. Gary A. Ray head of KB Home human resources is a convicted felon in this current stock swindle.

    Robert L. Johnson and KB Home built this lemon with Bruce Karatz. KB Home is under a Federal Trade Commission Consent Order. KB Home must buy back your home if not 100% satisfied within the first year? Robert L. Johnson has never responded as KB Home Board of Directors to any customer complaint letter sent to him by certified mail. KB Home sells Lemons, Just Google Robert L. Johnson Sucks. http://www.akbhomesucks.com/Executives

    Seems the entire BET, Charlotte Bobcats, a National Basketball Association franchise have an image problem? Not mentioning their chairman's proud accomplishments at KB Home.