BET NEWS On CENTRIC: 5/11/2012Published by Blair Bedford on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:20 am.
1. Michael Ealy: “I’m Trying to Diversify”
Michael Ealy has been on quite a roll lately with the box office blockbuster Think Like a Man, cult hit Underworld: Awakening and recent recurring runs on Californication and The Good Wife. This week, he returns to TV in the USA Network series Common Law, playing LAPD Robbery-Homicide detective Travis Marks in a lighthearted series about partners who don’t exactly get along. In fact, they’re at each other’s throats most of the time. Ealy gave us the scoop about it and discusses his career so far. [MORE]
2. “Black Owned Business Directory” Launches Online
A website aimed at funneling more dollars to the nation’s Black-owned businesses has recently opened its virtual doors and hopes that making Black spending options a mere click away will encourage consumers to keep it in the community.
The Black Owned Business Directory’s new website, www.BlackOwnedBiz.com, provides consumers with listings of Black-owned enterprises from around the country and also offers support for business owners such as business tips, continuing education and general information about the Black community. [MORE]
3. Will Same-Sex Marriage Divide Obama and Black Voters?
Opposition to same-sex marriage is one of those so-called social values that Republicans like to boast they have in common with African-Americans. But, as polls show, it’s not quite that simple. And, like President Obama before his evolution on the issue was complete, Blacks are divided. [MORE]
4. Commentary: Miss Black France Haters, Your Racism Is Showing
This weekend, riot police stood on guard outside a small beauty pageant in France to keep a group of white protesters at bay.
What were they angry about? All of the pageant’s contestants were Black.
What did they want? A pageant of their own. [MORE]