BET NEWS on CENTRIC: 9/26/2011Published by Justin D Joseph on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm.
1. Sly Stone Homeless, Living in Van
Sly Stone has fallen on even tougher times. The legendary, long-troubled funk and soul pioneer is now homeless, living in a van he parks around the rough-and-tumble Crenshaw area of Los Angeles. The former front man of Sly and the Family Stone, who topped the charts with influential classics like “Everyday People” and “Stand,” has long been struggling with substance abuse, financial troubles and bizarre, reclusive behavior.
2. Did Morgan Freeman’s Anti-Tea Party Remark Hurt Dolphin Tale
Could a celebrity’s criticism of a political party (or rather, a faction) hurt the box office of the project? Some have speculated that recent comments by Morgan Freeman, accusing the Tea Party of being racist, may have hurt ticket sales for Dolphin Tale, a film he is prominently featured in, especially for the film’s ads. [Read More]
3. T.I.’s Clothing Line Skyrockets During Prison Stint
T.I. may not have had the highest approval rating during his most recent prison stint, but his clothing line was high in demand! According to TMZ, a rep for AKOO clothing says the company’s sales soared by 25% in the last year, coincidentally, the same time T.I. was locked up. [Read More]
4. UC Berkeley Students Ban Discriminatory Bake Sale
In response to a planned, racist bake sale hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans featuring baked goods priced based on the race of the buyer, the University of California Berkeley student government convened Sunday and voted to condemn all discriminatory activities on campus.
BCR’s “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” is planned for Tuesday and takes aim at a bill currently under consideration by Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow the University of California and California State University to consider race, ethnicity and gender in student admissions. BCR will sell the sweets to white men for $2, Asian men for $1.50, Latino men for $1, Black men for $0.75 and Native American men for $0.25. All women will get $0.25 off those prices. [Read More]
5. Former South African Miners Sue Over Lung Disease
Hundreds of Black South African miners have banded together to bring a lawsuit against South African mining giant Anglo American for health problems, allegedly stemming from excessive dust found in the company’s gold mines.
The 450 miners allege that they contracted silicosis or silico-tuberculosis, lung diseases caused by silica dust and that increase ones risk of developing tuberculosis. [Read More]
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