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The cancellation of the Arsenio Hall Show was a surprising and revealing reflection on the state of American television. Dr Boyce Watkins, author of the lecture series “The 8 Principles of Black Male Empowerment,” says that Arsenio’s Show was amazing for the African American community. He applauds Hall for creating the kind of television that is actually interesting to watch, much better than the other shows on during the same time slot.
Watkins then explains that Hall’s show may have been “too black for TV,” since most of his guests were African American. Hall also spoke openly about matters that affect the black community, which may turn off a white mainstream audience. In the video, Dr. Watkins says that Hall’s greatest achievement was to invite Minister Louis Farrakhn on his show 20 years ago, but this may also have been the reason he was removed from the air.
Also, Watkins speaks on Hall’s decision to tell the story of black men, especially for those men who want to be fathers but are not able to see their children. According to Dr. Watkins, “Everybody is telling the story of the black man except for the black man.”
Do you think that Hall’s show is going to get picked up by any other network, or is it going to be off the air forever?
Watch the video below and tell us what you think.