BET NEWS On CENTRIC: 6/11/2012Published by Blair Bedford on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 8:58 am.
1. Casting News: New Roles for Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige
Jamie Foxx and Mary J. Blige are ready to make history. The stars both announced ambitious new film projects today, each portraying political figures. [MORE]
2. Exclusive: Tony Nominee Da’Vine Joy Randolph: “I Still Feel Like I’m the Girl From Philly”
The story of Da’Vine Joy Randolph is like an episode of Glee come to life.
The Philly native had dreams of being the next Jill Scott, but after an audition for Ghost the Musical, she landed the role of Oda Mae Brown, which won Whoopi Goldberg an Oscar back in 1991. Her first time on Broadway, Miss Da’Vine earned a Tony nomination — and now we are rooting for her at the 66th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday night. [MORE]
3. African-Americans Are Less Likely to Receive Kidney Transplants
Kidney failure is a serious issue among African-Americans: We are 3.5 times more likely to suffer from kidney disease. While we account for only 14 percent of the population, we make up 29 percent of all patients treated for kidney failure. For those who suffer kidney failure, a transplant might be needed.
Unfortunately, transplants don’t come so easy for African-American patients. [MORE]
4. This Day in Black History: June 11, 1963
Escorted by U.S. Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, Vivian Malone and James Hood, attempted to register for classes at the University of Alabama, on June 11, 1963, the first Black students to do so. However, Alabama Gov. George Wallace, a known segregationist, blocked the door. [MORE]
5. Lawmakers Call for an End to Stop-and-Frisk
Djibril Toure is a Brooklyn-based business owner who has spent his life doing the right thing. He earned a degree from Cornell University and in between work and music gigs, he has found time to give back to his community. He’s the kind of guy many would assume is immune to the controversial practice of stop-and-frisk employed by New York City police officers to randomly root out individuals involved in criminal behavior. [MORE]