Today I read this article from the Washington Post after my professor mentioned it: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/12/AR2... Debra Lee from BET wants to improve the images of Black women that are typically seen in music videos. I found this very amazing because for the longest time the images shown of women were ones that would that objectify them. I remember this being the case ever since I was little and would turn the music video channels.
According to the article, “the network has long come under fire for its music videos that critics say perpetuate racial stereotypes of African Americans and demean women. In 2008, a group called "Enough Is Enough" protested outside of Lee's home for more than five months.”
While this article focuses solely on BET, I think other music networks should also follow towards the same goal.
I think these images are negative because they do not show women in a positive light. Women are only seen as objects or as passive. It would be great to see these images disappear or at least not appear so often. It will be interesting to see how BET evolves as a network. I hope BET will be able to follow through and can set an example to other networks.