Circled in red on the calendar was the date June 27. Aside from being the eve of what’s annually expected to be the most entertaining award show on television, I expected to salute the diversity of hip-hop music.

Extreme ends of the spectrum were represented consciously through lyrics, but musically, they’re kindred spirits. Two of the most innovative producers to ever man the soundboards, Dr. Dre and J Dilla, would have their music in observance. First was at the Staples Center, where the evolution of four decades of LA hip-hop was on display, loud and proud. Egos were set aside and the inverse order of the lineup had the hottest crew in the game opening, Top Dawg Entertainment, featuring AB Soul, Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar. On deck immediately after were the Death Row Inmates, consisting of Lady Of Rage, RBX, Kurupt, Daz and the face of the franchise, Snopp Dogg.

Closing would be, to many, the genesis of West Coast as a hip-hop power. A generation has grown to know O’Shea Jackson for his exploits in Hollywood, but his career and legacy was founded on the mic as Ice Cube. The promise of a reunion of his former collective, NWA, added fuel to the flames.

At the conclusion, at a show literally a few feet away at Club Nokia, was the legendary Roots crew. The theme was the music of J Dilla and Erykah Badu, the announced guest. With the list of collaborators and admirers of Dilla coupled with the sponataneity and esteem level garnered by the Roots, the only thing guaranteed was excellence.

It’s crazy how the best-laid plans can go awry. The gatekeepers, DKC, which I guess means “Don’t Know or Care,” saw to that. The plans an African-American journalist had in regards to covering the 2015 BET Experience weren’t of their concern. Thanks for letting me know that we’re not Black enough for your liking. Please advise what lengths we need to take so that we can measure up to your level of what Black should be for next year.

Ironically, on the big stage at the main event, the BET Awards, Tom Joyner shared similar sentiments. “In a time when hate crimes against African-Americans and police brutality are in the headlines, I’m more certain than ever that we must save our Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We must save our Black colleges, our Black television networks, our Black magazines and newspapers, and our Black radio.

“My mentor, John H. Johnson, taught me the importance of serving our community. He also taught me not to rely on mainstream media to tell our stories. That’s what we’re here for. No one should do it better than we can. And no one can. No one can nurture, no one can educate and prepare our children like HBCUs can.”

Joyner, as the recipient of one of the evening’s special awards, the Humanitarian Award, gave one of the night’s highlights. That for me ran neck and neck with the Gary Clark and Anthony Hamilton rendition of “The Thrill Is Gone” in tribute to the befallen BB King.

Homeward bound. Over and out. Holla next week. Till then, enjoy the nightlife.