BET NEWS On CENTRIC: 5/10/2012Published by Blair Bedford on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 9:13 am.
1. Obama Says He Supports Same-Sex Marriage
Facing mounting pressure to make a commitment one way or another on same-sex marriage, President Obama came out in support of the controversial issue Wednesday afternoon. He is the first president to support the issue.
“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told ABC News Wednesday. [MORE]
2. Sponsors Back Out of Basketball Wives
Forget cat fights and bullying, VH1’s Basketball Wives may have a real problem on its hands. After a petition to boycott the controversial reality show, backed by Star Jones, started gaining steam, the hit franchise has lost its first sponsor. [MORE]
3. Doctors’ Attitudes About Race Can Affect Your Health
Over the years there have been an abundance of studies that have exposed how physicians‘ own racism plays out in the examination room. A recent study adds more fuel to the fire. [MORE]
4. Facebook Helps Veterans, Military Families Prevent Suicide
With a staggering 800 million active users sharing all manner of intimate details about their lives, Facebook is taking the opportunity to do more than provide users with updates on the latest lunch selections of friends and family — they’re saving lives. In an effort to augment the social media hub’s existing suicide prevention tools available to all users, Facebook is rolling out additional assistance for military families, active service members and veterans who may be in need of help. [MORE]