BET NEWS On CENTRIC: 5/2/2012Published by Blair Bedford on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 9:03 am.
1. Tony Nominations: Hollywood A-List Snubbed
Porgy and Bess received nods, but no love for Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Ricky Martin and others. [MORE]
2. Fire at Tyler Perry Studios
Shortly after 9 p.m. last night, a four-alarm fire broke out at Tyler Perry‘s Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Fortunately, the blaze was contained to one building on the 60-acre complex.
According to the Associated Press, more than 100 firefighters came to the scene and it took a little under an hour to contain the fire. Tyler Perry was reportedly at the studio last night, but as of now, there are no reports of injuries. [MORE]
3. Most Fashionable Cities in America Announced
Do you think you live in the most fashion-savvy city in America? Well, Bundle.com recently selected 50 of the largest cities in the country based on population data and then ranked them according to the percentage of “fashion-conscious households” they contained. This was defined as homes that had at least four purchases at high-end designer brands in the past 30 months. [MORE]
4. May Is National Lupus Awareness Month
Earlier this year, Nick Cannon announced that among many of his recent health issues, he had also been diagnosed with lupus nephritis, a potentially life-threatening auto-immune disease affecting his kidneys. He isn’t alone. Grammy winner and reality star Toni Braxton, America’s Next Top Model Mercedes Yvette, singer Seal, and rapper Trick Daddy have also suffering from a form of this serious chronic inflammatory disease.
The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that there are 1.5 million women in the U.S living with lupus. While it’s unknown what exactly causes the disease, experts are clear about the following: [MORE]
5. You’re Never Too Young to Lead
While most teenage girls are focused on clothes, boys and creating their own versions of their favorite star’s sartorial style, Mary-Pat Hector has loftier ambitions. The 14-year-old Atlanta native is part of a group of young leaders being groomed by the National Action Network (NAN). She’s also the national youth director of NAN’s Youth Move initiative, which encourages young people to be more engaged in civic and social justice issues. [MORE]