BET Founder Credits The President For Lowering Black Unemployment Rate

Robert Johnson, the founder of BET and the nation’s first Black billionaire, gave Trump supporters something to crow about after he incorrectly credited the president for improving the job outlook for African Americans.

“When you look at African American unemployment, in over 50 years since the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been keeping the numbers, you’ve never had two things: African American unemployment this low and the spread between unemployment among whites and African Americans narrowing,” Johnson said Friday on CNBC’s Squawk Box.


That comment pleased President Donald Trump. Watching a Black man of Johnson’s influence praise Trump also warmed the hearts of right-wing conservative media. Outlets like Breitbart joyfully shared the Johnson’s remarks.


The BET founder, however, failed to note that the Black unemployment rate had declined steadily during President Barack Obama’s presidency. Indeed, economists have credited Obama’s financial recovery initiative from the historic recession for the declining unemployment.

In 2010 during the recession, the Black unemployment rate hit 16.8 percent, but it has continued to decrease falling to 7.8 percent when Trump took office. Johnson cited the December jobs report showing that unemployment among Black workers was at its lowest since the Labor Department began tracking the data in 1972. It fell to 6.9 percent, but it remains nearly double the white unemployment rate of 3.6 percent.

Johnson met with Trump in the weeks after the 2016 election when he was parading high-profile individuals under consideration for cabinet posts in front the media at his golf club in New Jersey. After that meeting, he urged African Americans to have an open mind about Trump.

47th NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNERS

Below is a FULL list of all the winners from the 47th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS. Last year was a great year full of creativity and originality. Take a look below…

Entertainer of the Year:

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Michael B. Jordan

FILM

Entertainer of the Year:

Michael B. Jordan

FILM

Outstanding Motion Picture:

Straight Outta Compton (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture:

Michael B. JordanCreed

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture:

Sanaa LathanThe Perfect Guy

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:

O’Shea Jackson, Jr.Straight Outta Compton

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:

Phylicia RashadCreed

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture:

Beasts of No Nation

Outstanding Documentary (Film):

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film):

Ryan Coogler, Aaron CovingtonCreed

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film):

Ryan Coogler, Creed

TELEVISION

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series:

Terrence Howard, Empire

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series:

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series:

Anthony AndersonBlack-Ish

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Tracee Ellis RossBlack-Ish

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Mike EppsSurvivor’s Remorse

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Marsai MartinBlack-Ish

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Joe MortonScandal

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Regina KingAmerican Crime

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special:

Queen Latifah – Bessie

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special:

David Alan Grier, The Wiz Live!

Outstanding Comedy Series:

Black-Ish (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series:

Empire (FOX)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special:

The Wiz Live! (NBC)

Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special):

Unsung (TV One)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)

Muhammad Ali: The Peoples Champ (BET)

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Kenya M. BarrisBlack-Ish – “The Word”

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series:

Mara Brack Ali, Jameal Turner, Keli GoffBeing Mary Jane “Sparrow”

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television):

Lawrence Hill, Clement VirgoThe Book of Negroes

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series:

Don CheadleHouse of Lies, “The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule”

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series:

John RidleyAmerican Crime

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television):

Dee ReesBessie

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film):

Loretta DevineDoc McStuffins

Outstanding Talk Series:

The Talk (CBS)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series:

Welcome to Sweetie Pies (OWN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special):

Family Feud (Syndicated)

Children’s Program:
Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series):

Marcus Scribner, Black-Ish (ABC)

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special):

Steve HarveyFamily Feud

MUSIC

Outstanding New Artist:

Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist:

Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/iamOTHER) 

Outstanding Female Artist:

Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

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Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration:

Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett, “Conqueror” (Columbia Records) 

Outstanding Jazz Album:

Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4” – Miles Davis (Columbia/Legacy Recordings)

Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary):

Tina Campbell, “It’s Personal” (Gee Tree Creative) 

Outstanding Music Video:

Tyrese Gibson,”Shame” (Voltron Recordz)

Outstanding Song – Traditional:

Jill Scott, “Back Together” (Atlantic Records) 

Outstanding Album:

Jill Scott, “Woman” (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary:

Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz, “You’re So Beautiful” (Columbia Records) 

LITERATURE

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction:

Stand Your Ground, by Victoria Christopher Murrary

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction:

Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Bengaby Pamela Newkirk

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author:

Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography:

Between The World and Meby Ta-Nehisi Coates

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional:

Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Familyby Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry:

How to Be Drawn, by Terrance Hayes

Outstanding Literary Work – Children:

Gordon Parks How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, by Carole Boston Weatherford (Author) and Jamey Christoph (Illustrator)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

X: A Novelby Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon