BET Awards 2011: The Takeaway
Predictable winners, questionable fashion and proof-positive that the envelope isn't quite ready for retirement.
Worst hair: Farming this one out to Twitter to keep our hands clean: One @JaynieceCarter observed, "I thought Free was Madame CJ Walker with that hot comb hairstyle." And @Swinfrey took the award for Tweet of the evening with, "Mashonda's spirit did that to Alicia Keys' hair." Ouch.
Most ambivalent moment: It was hard to know how to feel about the Humanitarian Award going to Steve Harvey. First thought: Excessive talking is now considered philanthropic? Second thought: OK, the radio-show host-comedian-author has done quite a bit of important work in the areas of mentoring and black business, but really, more than any other famous black person this year?
In conclusion: Thank God he didn't cry like he did at the BET Gospel Awards. And, as @Sistertoljah tweeted, "I respect the work Steve Harvey does with those boys, but I hope he doesn't teach them to give girls bad advice."
The biggest upset: There wasn't one. But with all that this year's awards gave us to talk about, who needs a surprise? For better or worse, BET did it again. We'll be back next year.
Jenée Desmond-Harris is a regular contributor to The Root.