BET NEWS On CENTRIC: 7/3/2012Published by Blair Bedford on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 8:35 am.
1. Commentary: Blacks Go Mobile to Shop
A new study shows that, once again, African-Americans are latching onto a technological advancement quicker than their white counterparts. So why aren’t marketers paying attention? [MORE]
2. Can New FDA-Approved Diet Pill Help Obesity in Black America?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22.4 percent of African-American children ages 6 to 17 are obese. In terms of adults, according to the Office of Minority Health, African-American women have the highest obesity rates in the country — a whopping 50 percent are obese. And 37 percent of Black men over the age of 20 are obese.
And while exercising more often, eating healthier foods and cutting portions are the most recommended ways to lose weight, a new diet pill hopes to aid the fight against obesity. Recently, the FDA approved Belviq, a pill that is taken twice a day that suppresses appetite and revs up metabolism. [MORE]
3. Redistricting and Voting Rights Roundup
As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, civil rights advocates around the nation continue their fight to protect one of our most precious civil liberties — the right to vote. One of the most vocal is Attorney General Eric Holder, whose fervent support for the issue has led many liberals, including top Democrats on Capitol Hill, to believe it is the reason why he’s been under fire over the failed Operation Fast and Furious gun tracking program. Undeterred, the nation’s first African-American attorney general delivered a speech about the importance of voting rights on the very day that House Republicans voted not once, but twice, to hold him in contempt of Congress. Here’s what other activity is taking place in the states. [MORE]
4. Racist King Kong Cartoon Rattles European Soccer
After comparing Italian soccer player Mario Balotelli to an ape, the offending newspaper claims no racism was afoot. [MORE]