30 Jun 2011
- Written by Myron Mays
As a kid, I remember watching the Grammys and the American Music Awards, glued to the TV set from beginning to end. I would even be engaged when the rock and country artist would come on. It was exciting…and don’t let Michael Jackson make an appearance.
Today, there are many more choices when it comes to award shows. Not only are there the Grammys and the AMAs, there are also the MTV Video Awards and the Billboard Awards among others…and oh yeah, the BET Awards.
I would have loved for there to have been a BET Awards when I was growing up. Why? Because I wouldn’t have had to sit through the other genres of music that I really wasn’t interested in. The BET Awards are all about “US” right? All rap, Hip Hop and R&B, from the presenters to the winners to the performers, all “US”. That’s a good thing right?
Well, if so, why is it that I feel like an old man each year that I sit down to watch the BET Awards. I mean, a really old man. You know, the kind of old man who’s constantly yelling at the neighborhood kids to get off his lawn? The old guy who has a story about how his generation is greater than the current one? That’s the guy I feel like. For every hip-hop artist who performs, I can come up with at least one artist who was more talented.
I could even take it a step further and tell you who they took their style from. Have I become my father who absolutely hated rap music and welcomed the day of its demise? Or have I just matured to the point where I am just out of touch with today’s pop culture?
But I’m still in my 30’s. That’s not old right? I’m an entertainment writer. Aren’t I supposed to be in touch with popular music?
Although it makes me cringe at the very thought of it, I truly understand my parent’s plight when I would get my day started with the Beastie Boys blaring out of my stereo. I understand how they felt when I was blasting N.W.A. out of the speakers of my first automobile. They must have wondered why would anyone wanna listen to THAT?
There were parts of the show that I did enjoy such as when Steve Harvey and Patti LaBelle accepted their awards. But then, that didn’t include any singing huh? My 16-year-old son was probably looking at Alexander O’Neal and Cherelle wondering, “Who in the heck are these old people?” and “Why was THAT my dad’s favorite part of the show?”
Well, here’s the short answer: “They were singing the only song I knew.”
Jae Henderson book signing
Local author Jae Henderson will be signing copies of her book, “Someday,” on Saturday, July 2 at Urban Expressions Bookstore from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Urban Expressions is located at the Raleigh Springs Mall, 3384 Austin Peay Highway. For more information, call 901-205-9794 or visit www.jaehendersonauthor.com.
Southern Heritage Classic
Yeah, it’s very early, but there is so much going on during this year’s Southern Heritage Classic that you will need to mark your calendar just to make sure you can get in on all of the activities. There’s music comedy and the game too. Kem and the Mighty O’jays will be performing this year and Shaquille Oneal’s All Star Comedy Jam will be a part of the festivities as well. For more information on this year’s Classic, visit the website at www.southernheritage classic.com.
NEXT WEEK: I’ll have a major announcement to make regarding my career. I’m excited and nervous all at the same time. I can’t wait to share the news. So be sure to tune in next week…literally. Until then, that’s what’s happening.