BET NEWS On CENTRIC: 6/28/2012Published by Blair Bedford on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:12 am.
1. Congress Honors Black Marines
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of African-American veterans who helped to integrate the Marine Corps during World War II at a time segregation was an everyday reality are now proud recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Nearly 70 years after the Marines of Montford Point became the first African Americans in the Corps, Congress on Wednesday awarded them the Congressional Gold Medal. The Corps was the last branch of the U.S. military to allow blacks to serve. [MORE]
2. U.S. Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act
Following months of speculation, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. In a 5 to 4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts as the tie-breaker, the court ruled in favor of the individual mandate. It is a significant win for President Obama, who, sometimes to the dismay of his own party, spent a good deal of political capital on pushing the legislation through. [MORE]
3. On Blacks and Fat: Hip-Hop H.E.A.L.S.
(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?
Against the backdrop of the first lady’s mission to slim down the nation’s kids, Black celebs getting endorsements after shedding inches and a booming weight-loss industry, The Root will publish a series of interviews with medical professionals, activists and fitness enthusiasts that reveal the complexity of this issue and the range of approaches to it. [MORE]
4. Venus and Serena Williams to Join U.S. Olympic Team
The U.S. Tennis Association has announced that Venus and Serena Williams will be among six players who will compete for the U.S. women’s tennis team in the London Olympics in July. The sisters will play both the Olympic singles tournament and as a team for the competition the will take place at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon. [MORE]