BET NEWS On CENTRIC: 3/13/2012Published by Blair Bedford on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 8:46 am.
1. Sheryl Lee Ralph: The Original Dreamgirl Comes Clean
The former Moesha star talks to BET.com about her new book, beefs with Brandy and Diana Ross, plus the best career advice she ever got from Robert DeNiro. [MORE]
2. Spanx Creator Named Youngest Self-Made Female Billionaire
Many women are quite thankful since the creation of Spanx, the shape-wear undergarment that gives the illusion of a more toned body. Even actress Octavia Spencer is a fan, recently revealing that she wore three pairs of Spanx to achieve a slimmer silhouette at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards! Well thanks to its popularity, the woman behind the magic underwear, Sara Blakely, has now been inducted into the Forbes billionaires list — her company is worth $1 billion. [MORE]
3. Skin Bleaching Creams Can Pose Mercury Poisoning Risk
Just because local hair supply stores sell a product, that doesn’t mean that it’s safe.
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently put out a report warning people about certain skin-bleaching creams, claiming that they can contain high levels of mercury. The regulatory agency also flagged acne medications, lotions and soaps that are made from countries outside the United States, including China and Lebanon. [MORE]
4. High Prices at the Pump Are Tanking Obama in the Polls
As gas prices rise, President Obama’s approval ratings are falling. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday found that 65 percent of Americans disapprove of how the president is handling the price of gas, currently an average of $3.79 per gallon. As a result, the president’s job approval rating is under 50 percent, and he is statistically tied with Republican presidential frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. [MORE]
5. Minority FDNY Firefighters Could Receive More Than $128 Million
Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis says another hearing will determine amount owed to Blacks and Latinos by the city of New York. [MORE]