BET NEWS On CENTRIC: 6/5/2012Published by Blair Bedford on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 10:35 am.
1. This Day in Black History: June 5, 1950
The U.S. Supreme Court handed down two critical decisions regarding civil rights in education on June 5, 1950.
In McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents, the court ruled that a public institution of higher learning could not treat a student differently because of race. The case arose after a Black masters student at the University of Oklahoma sued when the university forced him to eat at a special “negro” table at lunch and provided special “negro” seating to him in the classroom and the library. The court said such measures are a violation of the student’s Fourteenth Amendment equal protection rights. [MORE]
2. On Blacks and Fat: Shannon Barber
(The Root) — Obesity is more common in African Americans than in other ethnic groups. But when it comes to Black people and weight, that’s where the agreement seems to end. Is food the culprit? Is exercise the solution? Is there even a real problem to begin with, or should we be focusing on health — or even self-acceptance — rather than the number on the scale? [MORE]
3. Make Your Voice Heard on Primary Day!
Polls are open across the country today for primary elections; a day when Democrats and Republicans vote on which candidates they want to see running for office in the November general election.
Although voting in primaries is restricted to those registered to a specific political party, all registered voters can declare a party at the polling station and cast a vote. [MORE]
4. Michael Ealy Covers Upscale, Talks About His Love Life
Michael Ealy is giving the women outside of his immediate vision a glimmer of hope. In the cover story for Upscale magazine’s latest issue, the 40-year-old bachelor talks about being through with dating women that he works with. [MORE]