Robert Johnson

BET founder Bob Johnson says President Trump's economy is bringing black people back into the workforce. In an appearance on CNBC's "Sqauwk Box" on Friday, Johnson praised Trump's efforts in growing the U.S. economy and improving the business environment through his tax reform bill.

Johnson said he was encouraged after the Labor Department reported the unemployment rates for black workers in January was the lowest since the 1979s.

"When you look at that [January report], you have to say something is going right," said Johnson, a Democrat who is America's first black billionaire.

"You have to take encouragement from what's happening in the labor force and the job market," Johnson told "Squawk Box." "When you look at African-American unemployment, you've never had African-American unemployment this low and the spread between African-Americans and whites narrowing."

Johnson said the job market is "soliciting employees who have been out of the labor force, some of it based on discrimination, some of it based on changes in education, access and technology changes."

Johnson, who said he has known Trump for years, declined a job offer from then president-elect Trump in 2016.

Johnson said he didn't take the position because he didn't want a government job.

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

  • shelly

    Is this fool smoking crack? I want him to provide statistics on this untrue statement.

  • angrysolo

    every time i see Johnson i think of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljW1GngiZu0

  • Libra80sBaby

    Nigga........

  • Karen Brady

    Chuckled my azz off

  • Karen Brady

    I KNEW IT WAS COMING!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.. I love it.. going to watch right now.

  • http://tidal.com/#!/us/store/album/84712684 Django the God

    Who still watches BET?

    I've heard two people recently say they don't even watch music videos period.

  • Mrs. ??????????
  • Mrs. ??????????

    "Where da white women at!" LMAO!!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Bob Johnson is no longer invited to the cookout.

  • SweetTEE

    Man... I needed this laugh here!!!

  • SweetTEE

    Sir, you are already a billionaire. No need to kiss white ass at this point. Or is that how you became a billionaire in the first place? Nonetheless, sit cho ass down somewhere with that foolishness..

  • bemetoo

    Black unemploymentrate has been going down since Obama came into office... dump has nothing to do with it

  • angrysolo

    hard to watch em if they ain’t shown.. music videos been gone for a min off Broke Entertainment Television

  • Quitedeliteful

    Wow!!! He is really sucking up!!!

  • angrysolo

    OK! he don’t care what seat it is he wants a seat at that table on the titanic!

  • angrysolo

    will Tiffany Haddish be at said cookout, cuz if so....

  • Quitedeliteful

    The Titanic! -- LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!

  • NeverSurprised

    Black people would rather wallow in poverty while calling everyone else names, than LISTEN to a black man who started with nothing, and is now a billionaire (and did so without ever selling drugs, throwing a ball, or going to jail).

    Johnson started BET with a $15,000 loan and a $500,000 investment, and sold it to Viacom for $2.3 BILLION. But those of you living paycheck to paycheck would rather call him "coon", than ask how he did it. Most of you have less than $500 in savings, but you think you know more about the economy than a black man who, as a result of the BET deal, is now the #2 stockholder at Viacom, the 9th LARGEST MEDIA COMPANY IN THE WORLD.
    http://money.cnn.com/2000/11/03/bizbuzz/bet_side/
    If you KNOW so much more than Johnson, why do you HAVE so much less?

    Black people, as a group, will never be financially independent because you refuse to listen to those who have accompmished more than you. You will listen to Obama all day, but how many of you became financially independent under his administration? You would rather have free phones and more food stamps from Obama, that $1,000 bonuses and JOBS from Trump. Knuckleheads.

  • Evillene

    And how much of Johnson's billions have been contributed toward reducing black unemployment? Or helping the community that made him rich? Our dollars were good enough for BET's commercial sponsors and made this c00n a billionaire. In return, he gave us "Comic View" and "Rap City."

  • dontgetblocked

    You can't help our people. They just won't listen.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    i always thought Johnson was a Republican.

  • Renee Bee

    I wish Urkel's daddy would sit down somewhere.

  • cpatterson_22

    didn't the black unemployment go down 1%, and didn't they prove that "lowest unemployment rate ever" was a lie

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Yes, and didn't today's report state that only 103,000 jobs were created.
    And I'm not sure that black folk's wages are rising. Seems black people are still working at minimum wages; unless they own a business or are in a professional position that pays more than $50,000/yr.
    Surprised that Johnson gives this much credit to Trump, when the economy was moving ahead under Obama. So Mr. Obama & his Feds left the economy is good shape for the next president.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    I’ve noticed many companies have lowered their standards for new hires due to having so many open positions and no one to fill them which mean s they can make more money because can they don’t have enough employees to work. Everywhere I go I see a hiring sign the time begging ppl to work and this has been going on for a while I see ppl working and I honestly question how they get the job but the answer is they hiring anyone who will work because they are greedy and trying to expand. Now once they fill those positions they will go back to discriminating. But I haven seen this since before Obama left office

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Kissing some azz so he can stay at the table I see.

  • Malcom Flex

    Trump not messing with me and mine that's all I care about!!!

  • Unhappy American

    PERIOD ?

  • samuel severino

    Reginald Lewis was the first black billionnaire and this has pissed Bob Johnson off for years.

  • Elevated Soul

    Good for Bob Johnson....Now of course brainwashed Black Democrats will dog him for speaking against their tired narrative but he is so on!

    Black Democrats are so ignorant and everybody know it,except them...The Democratic Party has thrown away Black Democrats for illegal aliens,yet these fools are still running around, supporting the Democratic Party....It is that ignorance that has set back the Black race.

    Many are non productive and just feel entitled because White liberals have brainwashed these idiots to see themselves as victims.Whites are mad at their conservative White relatives, because they don't support their ideology.

    White Liberals use Black Democrats as pawns against White conservatives while at the same time,vilifying Black Democrats who are too stupid to see how they are being used.White liberals have convinced idiotic Black Democrats into believing they are their "tribe" on the political tip.Whites can't stand Blacks who use their own mindset and see through them, and neither can their dumb Black sock puppets.

  • Elevated Soul

    The things you idiotic Black Democrats believe is just too fool!

    This economy is all about President Trump.Obama was inept and lazy when it came to the economy..

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I love the inspiration of the story

  • Jamal Warner

    Melaninated people in this country are victims of white supremacy.

  • https://vidozz.com/cyq ????? Kari ?????????

    Do you read what you write? You wonder how people get jobs and they are hiring anyone who will work because they are greedy? Really?

    I guess you have special insight into companies since you know companies have lowered their standards. Give me names if these companies, I want to confront them

  • https://vidozz.com/cyq ????? Kari ?????????

    The unemployment rate for black Americans fell to 6.8% in December, the lowest level since at least 1972 when the Labor Department began tracking the figure. It marks a swift comeback for black workers, who suffered through extremely high unemployment during the Great Recession. Black unemployment peaked at 16.8% in March 2010, well above the peaks for other demographics.

  • Lucky8

    Bob is rich but he is still a damn fool for supporting 45, and so is everyone else who does. History is recording

  • Lucky8

    Sounds like 45, all pissed off that Bezos of Amazon is way richer than him. Meantime Bezos donated to his campaign. I think his boss vladi gave him way more though.

  • Lucky8

    Good for you but he directly affect mine and billions other all over the world because 45 and pruitt is currently on a collision course aimed at f*cling up the planet. Yes my dear that directly and negatively affects you, but you are too dumb to even know and that is sad.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    I’m not going to argue with you this is my OPINION when I said I wondered how some ppl got certain jobs it’s because of my experience dealing with those persons directly meaning if you can’t count change without the register counting it for you how did you get the cashier position? If you are rude how did you get the customer service position vs a position with the company that doesn’t require you to work directly with the customers! So yes I wondered and I know why because they have lowered their standards meaning when a company hires a person they do this based off a points system when they run your background and other stuff through a 3rd party company based on the results of you get too many points you are denied the job this used to be a strict process now what they are doing is changing their points system because they are desperate so they are not being as selective as they were in the past. Some companies have even started to hire felons who USED to automatically turn them down you want the list google companies that hire felons I think even at&t is on that list they used to be super strict. Lowe’s is a company that turned a person down years ago for owing child support. Want to know how I know this BECAUSE I WORKED FOR A BACKGROUND CHECK COMPANY THAT RAN REPORTS AND USED THE SCORING SYSTEM FOR MAJOR CORPORATIONS. I wasn’t saying this as a bad thing I was simply stating the reason for this decease in unemployment is because companies are hiring ppl they refused to hire in the past. Have a great day.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Further the reason for these changes is because companies can now get tax credits for hiring low income ppl and felons you can look this up and this was going on prior to Trump as well!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    That same company I worked for also performed criminal background checks on prospective employees of the Obama administration. So I have had experience with the hiring process for MANY MANY companies each company have their own guidelines and scoring system many have changed those standards to fill their need and will change it back to more strict standards once they feel they no longer need to.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Hey lady! How are you? Yes I agree. I was commenting on the missing/dead Timothy from CDC. Some crazy girl was saying he was underpaid. I was like not really, you might have a fancy title and degrees but do absolutely nothing at work. There’s busy days and slow days. We’ve hired people to be EA’s with no degree and making 72-82 heck one 84k. I think that’s a lot with NO EDUCATIONAL credentials. In corporate they have all these new positions, but not really paying anything WITH A degree. It’s weird how things are now. At one point I understood the process you have a degree $$, degree with experience $$$, experiences no degree $+.

    I do realize because of this 45th is trying to change the gov’t pay scale.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Exactly!

  • RealATLPeach36

    I feel like SOME of us always want help, but shouldn’t we help ourselves first?

  • EMILY POST

    Black Democrats are just one bad pool of Group think..... They are always trying to pressure a black person to think like them politcally and align themselves with their party of no ideas and if they do have some ideas its definetly benefitting someone else.
    They are now so ruthless they black list people or try to culturally shun anybody with an alternative view point.
    Black Democrats stay trying to be the Super Heroes in the media of the Democratic party always taking outlandish stands to accomplish nothing but do the bidding for the White liberals... Its always the black person in the party the loudest and making the most noise on the outside but they do the least for their constituents out of all of the people in Congress.
    Who have they even tried to work with besides the resistance movement in the past two years? What solutions have they brought forth?? ... Absolutely nothing. Just yelling about racism.. Black people demanding absolutely nothing from them... but voting for them overwelhmingly. Oh they are 100% supporting illegal alien immigration.

  • Raymond Isiah

    In the past, prior to immigration concerns all people were able to work freely, but now the Hispanic population is scared to come out of the house. Which cause all these position to open up and no one to fill them. The illegal Hispanic population was not just working in the fields, they were work other jobs as well. Don't get me wrong, I am not against the Hispanic population.

  • http://twitter.com/prettymess612 prettymess612

    How is he kissing ass, when he's already a billionaire?

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Good point.

  • king shun

    why is he a fool

  • king shun

    trump have got the illegal aliens out now black men are going back to work and shut done the two biggest prostitution sites online now young black girls can leave that mess alone

  • Ozad

    and they going to continue to do so...people don't realize how much money these billionaires are saving each year because of the new tax bill...while 80 percent of us saw little to none bump in our paychecks, but folks are going to be really shocked we income tax returns checks come in next year they are going to be a lot less because income withholding supposedly took less out our check to give us that nonexistent increase in our pay!!

  • Ozad

    the service industry ( fast food, e commerce retailers ) has really been hiring this year. I know a lot of college degree African americans loving their jobs at Wendy's, Starbucks,Panera bread, and Amazon warehouse's, Trump really doing his thing!!!

  • Ozad

    he loves the great tax break Trump provided for him!!

  • Ozad

    we'll never get ahead because of self hating "Blacks" like yourself that feel the need to criticize and desolate our race because you don't like a position someone in our race states. We are not monolithic and just because he made it from the bottom to the top, does not mean we all have to excuse questionable judgement and ulterior motives. Instead of name calling... research and post how billionaires like Johnson are benefiting from the new tax bill Trump signed into law and maybe you would understand why Johnson and the other White billionaires are "cooning" and "ass kissing"

  • Ozad

    what has the Republicans done?

  • Ozad

    sorry mexicans will continue to do the jobs whites and blacks consider degrading and the hoes black and white will just move on to the internet and computer apps to trick and make their money. Trump's false narratives and theatrics have you fooled

  • hottlanta

    Let's play that game again called count the black intern in the official White House photo we saw last week. Let's count to see how many black unqualified people has joined Trump cabinet since he became President. Let's discuss how many black folks got laid off after his fake " I am rich now" $1000.00 bonus before taxes to employees.

  • hottlanta

    Betta say it.

  • chrissy w

    Sad

  • hottlanta

    The bar was lowered for Dump to become President. Please companies have lowered their standards for years to hire people, especially white people. I have done HR and how many times have you heard after an interview they say I know they don't have the skills but I love their PERSONALITY, "wink wink". How many experienced black and brown degreed people got pushed aside for traitor Eric Snowden non high school diploma having azz only to steal secrets and betray this country. How many times have we seen black folks with a degree train a white person only for the white person without a degree become their manager. I wanna see in the long term employment game how long will they people stay, their pay, etc, etc. So you bragging about lowering the bar to get employees is not a new trend. Been going on for years and will always go on. Especially for white folks.

  • Elevated Soul

    Indeed....

    Illegal aliens are not as dumb as they pretend to be.They know they are breaking immigration law.Smart Blacks knows how this benefit out race. Dumb Blacks don't care how it benefit Black people.

    I am so loving that President Trump is tackling adult/child prostitution....I LMAO at Black Demobots who think they can demand something from Republicans,while never demanding anything from the Democratic Party.

  • Elevated Soul

    I agree...

    Black Democrats are so ignorant until it should be a crime.They're actually dumb enough to believe their spoon-fed views, must be the views of all Black people.

    I've listened to Black Democrats with a lot of formal education and others with little formal education and both groups sound hella ignorant.I just listen because they are not ready to challenged politically.I had a friend who is still mad at me because I voted for President Trump.

    Oh yes...These ignorant "no power having ninjaz" try to blacklist Blacks with a thought process...They've taken on the hateful mentality of white liberals.

    Black Democrats have been brainwashed by White Liberals to see the Democratic Party as their only option.This is why those ignoramuses are so resistant to anything that is not Democrat,

  • Elevated Soul

    He or she can't tell you why.....

  • Mark mcharm

    The Obama economy closed out with a low 4.7% unemployment rate.
    In December, his final full month in office, the U.S. economy added a slightly disappointing 156,000 jobs. It marked the 75th consecutive month of job gains, the best on record. For all of 2016, the U.S. added over 2 million new jobs.

    "Today was a positive close to the eight years of the Obama administration," says Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at career website Glassdoor.

  • Mark mcharm

    The US economy ended a tumultuous week with disappointing news.
    America added 103,000 jobs in March, slower than previous months and well below expectations.

    Economists had predicted 185,000 jobs.

  • Mark mcharm

    Because low Unemployment was already in place under the former president. Name one thing Trump had done for job growth ? nothing .

  • hottlanta

    The White House for starters.

  • World’s Moistest Jheri Curl

    shuck and jive
    this guy hates his kind
    he said clinton > obama
    now it's trump > obama

    reason #99 why you can't trust short guys

  • Blackisgodok

    1sr generation immigrants applied to be here. Hispanics gotta putta that money together and get legal. Or do what them africans do come here on a student visa, lie to black women to marry them then bring the rest of that family over.

  • Blackisgodok

    Trumps base needs them jobs. And you cant help poor whites without helping poor blacks. So in essence this correct. But nothing to celebrate. Blacks dont own industry soooooo.

  • BR….

    I thought he died years ago??

  • king shun

    tell me some jobs that blacks consider degrading because in my city mexicans are buliding skyscrapers and blacks are cleaning bathrooms

  • bemetoo

    Who's black and Democrat???

  • Malcom Flex

    #Selfish and FU

  • Elevated Soul

    I'm willing to bet that having a job is something for Blacks who could not get one under Obama,is something to celebrate.

    There are people from all types of backgrounds that need jobs,so this isn't about President Trumps base.There are PLENTY of DEMOCRATS who need a job and have gotten one under President Trump.

    Blacks have never owned industry,in the modern era.

  • Elevated Soul

    Exactly!!...

    "Common sense is not common".

  • ALLMINE?

    WTF were the democrats gonna do for y'all?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    I wasn’t bragging about it I’ve noticed this trend and you are correct I’ve seen situations where the bar has been lowered many times for white ppl. Hell thats been going on FOREVER!! Which is why I wondered how they got certain jobs.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Ohhhh NO! Smh I didn’t know anyone said he was underpaid ! yes it’s getting real out here. Hell for some of us it’s been real! Hell I saw a job posted they had all these requirements 4year degree at least 3 years experience no this and that when I scrolled to that pay I was excuse me!! 10 dollars a hour? I bet they changed their tune on that one ??

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Oh and in some cases you don’t need a degree if you’re the right color

  • hottlanta

    I am still reeling from the fact that they hired this white guy who came in with pointed gold/green/red studs allllll over his shoes whereas a black man come to an interview with a Jos A Banks suit on and won't get the job. He will start to work tomorrow and it will take everything in my power to not give him the stinking face. I saw his name on my new hire list and just shook my head.

  • KLo

    he looks like a ROACH

  • KLo

    That Uncle Tom ***ga is looking out for himself.

  • KLo

    Cooning for his oppressor

  • KLo

    what has the Republicans done for you beside , kill blacks and /or put them in jail GTFOH you uneducated *****

  • Ozad

    well then what was the point of your illegal aliens post? why focus on black I said both black or white? I'm sure those contractors in your city saving millions hiring all those mexicans in this country illegally

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Black unemployment has always been higher under all the Presidents, but the credit goes to the economy approving, and hard working people.

  • king shun

    you must think this is 25 years ago? they get paid 20+ an hour to build houses not telling what they getting for skyscrapers

  • chris

    Comic view and rap city employed and empowered black people so you kinda answered your own question about unemployment.

  • chris

    We should do both

  • Ozad

    like i said you just contradicted your original post..why complain about illegals while you singing their praises in the construction industry

  • king shun

    i am not praising them i tell you where you are wrong at when you say they are doing jobs black and white dont want you are jut parroting the crap that have been said for years to allow those people to jump over the border illegally

  • Blue

    That's a nice jacket. That's all I got.

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    ?????? tell em how yuh really feel!!!!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    NOW has one of us come in there like that they would talk about how unprofessional it was and blah blah blah. This is why I can’t be around when decisions like that are being made because I talk too much!! I’ve seen plenty times where they tried to pass up someone and I said WHY? And they gave me the old personality we clicked well speech and my reply was well you want to make sure you hire someone who will be reliable and efficient and know what’s they doing not someone with no experience and good personality and get in her and mess up on a patient. ????? You got me mad now thinking bout some damn studs wth

  • Trace da Ace

    Dump pointing at dude like " look at dis nigga here".....smdh

  • Renee Lovelace

    i actually MET Bob and John Johnson back in the 80's at their headquarters in Chicago. Money hungry fiends, both of them!!! Just awful people. Folks who think money rules are in for a sad surprise. When you on that deathbed no amount of money in the world will help you get right with the Universe. Just sayin. We need less emphasis on material shit and we need to pay more attention to LOVE.

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    No wealthy black man will take a job. He don't need it. I`m even surprised to see he made a public statement.

    I want to be like Bob Johnson, stash my money then disappear

  • EMILY POST

    Or they just walk out in protest but have zero solutions .... ???? It’s like what are they doing !

  • hottlanta

    He came to work today and I had to keep a straight face when he gave me his NEW employee paperwork. A hot mess.

  • Janice Collins

    apparently they have lowered the unemployment rate and decreased taxes. Black people been going to jail for years that has nothing to do with parties. Black people are working and supporting their families. who mad at that

  • Janice Collins

    he didn't say that nor is he shucking and jiving. his 24 hours look just like yours. I have when we tear our own down for telling the truth we don't want people know. its cooning to be happy about black people being employed. really

  • Janice Collins

    but the black community in relation to the total was like 10%. higher that any other

  • Janice Collins

    103k jobs is better than none

  • Janice Collins

    no it was not. in the black community it was up in a record high. mostly because of subprime lending and TARP

  • Janice Collins

    I bet is billons allows him not to care in the least

  • Janice Collins

    what has white supremacy done to stop you from being successful and productive

  • Mo Mobetta

    #Facst couldn’t of said it better myself.. all people have to do is remember which side was who in civil war as well. The democrats was the south and the Republicans were up north. Our first leaders were in the Republican Party and they were ex slaves. From mayors to senators, congress and mayors

  • ALLMINE?

    Same sh*t the democrats do..

  • Jamal Warner

    It's not about individual achievements or success. It's about a system that unfairly distributes resources and provides unearned and unfair benefits to people based on race. It's about the mistreatment of a group based on race. Are you saying racism white supremacy does not exist?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    ???? I cant

  • Mark mcharm

    lmao no it was not ????you all just say silly sh.... without even having full knowledge of what you are talking about.

  • Mark mcharm

    smh

  • Mark mcharm

    you sound slow so i am not going back and forth with you

  • Mark mcharm

    White supremacy can do nothing to keep you from being a success but ask Berry Gordy about the stress of yt f.... with you.

  • Mark mcharm

    Unemployment — Obama also leaves Trump an unemployment rate that is well below the historical norm.

    Currently it stands at 4.7 percent. In all the months since 1948 the median jobless rate was 5.6 percent.

    Thus Trump has been dealt a far better hand than Obama, who took office when the jobless rate was 7.8 percent and rising. It hit a peak of 10 percent in October of Obama’s first year.