When I look back on it, I was always interested in the media. I wrote a weekly column for the local black paper, the Carolina Peacemaker, on what was happening at my high school. I went to an all-black public high school, and I always loved strong black brands. I grew up in the days of Motown and Ebony and Essence, so as a young woman in the segregated South, these black brands were always important to me.
TV, in general, is challenging because it’s a day-by-day process. You get Nielsen ratings every day, and you may have a success one night, and then the next night you have to duplicate it. It’s always: What have you done for me lately? And it’s no exact science. People used to ask in the early years of BET, “How come you don’t have sitcoms?” “Why can’t you do a Cosby show?” You have to make decisions based on what resources are available. You can’t do everything overnight.