BET NEWS On CENTRIC: 5/4/2012Published by Blair Bedford on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 10:00 am.
1. Shaunie O’Neal to Co-Produce Basketball Wives-Inspired Film
Could a Basketball Wives-inspired film be hitting theaters some time in the future?
Shaunie O’Neal and Jumping the Broom producer Tracey Edmonds are teaming with Fox Searchlight to produce a film loosely drawn from the lives of O’Neal and some of her friends. The project will center on a young woman who follows her boyfriend to Miami after he’s drafted into the NBA. Once in the world of professional sports, she slowly becomes a part of a sisterhood of players’ wives, learning from their trials and tribulations. [MORE]
2. Report: Rihanna in Talks for Fast and the Furious 6 Role
Is Rihanna becoming the latest celeb to do double duty between the recording studio and the sound stage? After spending the spring on a world tour to promote her debut role in Battleship — which has already earned $170 million at the international box office ahead of its American debut — reports are floating that RiRi’s already landed her next role as a villain in The Fast and the Furious 6. [MORE]
3. Obama in Love
Before there was a Michelle, there was Genevieve and Alex and other young women who had intimate relationships with the man who would become president. They are the focus of the latest Internet titillation, following the release by Vanity Fair of an excerpt from the forthcoming biography Barack Obama: The Story.
Obama’s story, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss explains in an interview with the magazine, takes “him, me and the reader literally around the globe — to his even unlikelier rise. … The essence of this book is a search for home and identity.”[MORE]
4. Health Care Centers Get Needed Booster Shot
When people in many of our communities get sick, community health centers are the go-to resource. But as the Supreme Court considers the fate of the Affordable Health Care Act, these valuable gateways to care face an uncertain future.
But the Department of Health and Human Services is undaunted, announcing $728 million in grants to help community health centers to support 398 renovation and construction projects in addition to the 200 projects already completed. Also, nearly a million more patients will potentially be served once the expansion is finished. [MORE]