Role Models on the Red Carpet

yasminsalinarana1By Yasmin Salina Rana of the NAACP Alabama Youth and College Division The 3rd Annual BET Honors was held this year at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. The 2010 honorees included Whitney Houston, Sean "Diddy' Combs, Queen Latifah, Dr. Ruth Simmons, and Dr. Keith Black. Typically, red carpet interviews consist of "Who are you wearing tonight?," or, "Who are you looking to see perform?" I decided to take a different angle. I wanted to know how entertainers really feel about things that go on in their own community and their responsibility as a role model to the youth.






With a one on one interview with recording artist Trey Songz, he expressed the importance of being a role model. "Any life that you can change or anybody you can lead in a better direction that they are in is amazing. " The very lovable, bubbly, Grammy Award winner India Arie talked about how it's always been important to her that she help others when they are in need. "One of the most spiritually, profound things that any one can do is share of themselves.

When someone is need that is your opportunity. I have learned how good it makes you feel. It was a huge honor to interview so many individuals that have a strong impact on the youth and get their stand points on leadership in their communities. I feel that it is important to get to know entertainers that influence my generation on a more personable level and to expose it. Watch the clip to see exclusive footage and interviews from the event. The BET Honors will premier February 1, 2010.