Black Reflections: BET 1980-2010

Memories from 30 years of Black Entertainment Television...

Nov 12th

The BETAN Website Content & Privacy Policy

By Maxie Collier
  1. BETAN retains the rights to block or ban members.
    This is includes disruptive individuals or those who are not former and current Black Entertainment Television employees, contractors, and talent.

  2. Your Profile Can Be Set Public or Private
    However, site administrators and moderators can view, edit, ban, or delete all profiles.

  3. Private Messages Can Only Be Read by the Recipients 
    The Social Go networking platform powering BETAN does not allow site administrators or moderators to read private messages sent between BETAN members.

  4. Moderators and administrators have the rights to delete any media or posting. Including videos, photos, audio files, blogs, events, and forum messages offensive to the community's goals and tone.

  5. We Will Not Rent/Sell Your Personal Data 
    Third Cousins Media, The BET Alumni Network, nor Maxie Collier will not rent or sell the public and private personal data in your profiles, including email addresses and contact information, to a third party. We do retain the right to transfer this information in the sale of the site to a new owner or management company. 

  6. Full Disclosure
    We will explicitly identify any business or affiliate relationships when referencing or promoting other products and services from other individuals, businesses, or organizations.

  7. You Own Your Content
    While it would be good habit for us all to put copyright notices on our blogs and forum postings we publish anywhere on the web, on the BETAN site you have copyright and ownership of any original works or media you publish on the website.

  8. Promoting & Selling On the Site
    As entrepreneurs and freelancers, promoting our own products and services is a natural requirement of our job descriptions. There are several ways you can promote on BETAN:

    1. Your Profile
      Add a list of your services, your contact information, bios, business cards, promotional videos, paypal buttons or embed shopping carts like and

    2. Blogs & Events
      Post news, information, references, press releases, and event listings

    3. Forums

    4. Groups

    5. Videos

  9. Public Conflicts And Disputes
    Let's be real. In any collective there are going to be cliques and subsets with diverse experiences and mentalities. And there are often old and new issues and beefs as a result. BETAN blogs, comments, and forums are not platforms for public conflicts or disputes. Feel free to set-up a private group and hash it out there.

Oct 15th

BETAN Mission Statement

By Maxie Collier


The mission of the Black Entertainment Television Alumni Network (BETAN) is to:

  1. Provide an inspiring and productive social networking community for former and current Black Entertainment Television employees, contractors, and talent.

  2. To provide valuable and empowering information and resources to the community. 

  3. To stimulate individual and collective, independent Urban media productions and ventures.


  • A reunion website;

  • An information and resources hub;

  • An Urban media development, production, management, marketing support platform;

  • A community service vehicle.


The members of the BETAN community have routinely produced hundreds of thousands of hours and decades of professional Urban television, media products, and services.  The value of which grows as new media platforms take the lead. Why not independently produce and profit from content, using the same skills sets and practices, while retaining portions of ownership?

Oct 5th

New Job Board Added to the Site!

By Maxie Collier


I have added a new job board feature to the BET Alumni website. The service pulls job listings from sites across the web and consolidates them. You will see the latest job listings on the side of the the site homepage or you can access the job board via the jobs tab at the top of the page, after you login.

You can also add your own freelance, part-time, or full-time jobs. The regular rate is $5 for 30 days.

Sep 29th

In Appreciation of All My BET Folks... Out of Sight But Not Out Of Mind.

By Maxie Collier

For so much of the past decade I have been consumed with my entrepreneurial and independent media projects, travel, writing, research, and development. I often think of the old joint by Stinky Dink- "1 man 100 dollas and a one track mind...!

As the time has flown by, children have grown-up, good friends and family have passed on, and our world has become so radically different... for better and for worse.

During this period I have been blessed to work and dialogue with so many talented artists, entrepreneurs, technicians. Here in the US, as well as Europe and West Africa. I've conducted and produced interviews with nearly 200 celebrities and executives. All the while giving mental thanks to my many friends and mentors from BET who schooled me on the arts, crafts, business for the seven years I worked there full-time and freelance.

There are countless lessons I learned from passionate, talented veterans like Larry Holland, Waymer Johnson, Dr. Bruce Marshall, Bev Smith, Donnie Simpson, Ed Gordon, Stuart Rivchin, Debra Tang (RIP) and James Bolling (RIP) others.  As well as all the inspiration and examples I saw in my ambitious peers, like my homegirl Elise Perry, my road dog Brian Harris, OG Dave Grain, Lathan Hodge, Keith Pascall, Billie Woodruffe, Keith Lawson, Lisa Johnson, Madeline Woods, and so many more.

The fact is, though I have been a social recluse for much of the past decade, there is not a week that passes where I don't think about my BET compradres. Or, see a name in the news or credits, of former co-workers who have moved on to do bigger and better things. This website is my way of starting to give back to everyone of you.

Despite the many legitimate frustrations and dissappointments of BET's employees and consumers, those of us who started or advanced our careers at the network know that the company has created countless opportunities for people who might not have never been able to otherwise get a foot in the door of a national TV network. Or, even local TV for that matter. Especially not living in the Washington, DC area.

And for that I thank Bob johnson, BET, and all of you. I look forward to reconnecting and building with many of my peoples.

Please enjoy the site, help spread the word, and e-mail me with your feedback or suggestions.


Maxie Dayrron Collier- Sept. 30, 2008



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