BET NEWS On CENTRIC: 9/13/2012Published by Blair Bedford on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 9:12 am.
1. Casting News: Forest Whitaker Joins Zulu, Ne-Yo to Guest Star on 90210
For Zulu, Djimon Hounsou is out, Forest Whitaker is in.
After Kimora Lee’s man dropped out of the crime drama, which co-stars Orlando Bloom, for undisclosed reasons, producers brought in the Oscar-winning actor and director to play the part of a South African cop who has a complicated relationship with a white colleague (Bloom) during the establishment of apartheid. [MORE]
2. Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross Wants to be a Fashion Designer
Bringing home the gold was only half the battle. The London Olympic games are over and Sanya Richards-Ross is ready to tackle her next feat: fashion design. The track star was spotted front row at BCBG’s spring show donning a sexy jumpsuit featuring a provocative sheer panel as she took in the runway presentation. Conjuring up ideas for her ready-to-wear debut, perhaps? [MORE]
3. Philadelphia Public Schools Slash Obesity Rates by 5 Percent
Nutrition changes in the Philly school district included free breakfast for all students and a ban on sodas and sugary drinks. [MORE]
4. NAACP Calls for Release of Black Man Who Killed a White Man Claiming Self-Defense
The NAACP and a number of civil rights groups are calling for the release of a Black man in Georgia who was convicted of killing a white man who had broken into his home and threatened his son.
At the center of the controversy is John McNeil, a successful African-American businessman who in 2006 returned to his home to protect his son from Brian Epp, an armed trespasser on his property. After calling the police and firing a warning shot into the ground, as Epp approached him near the backdoor of his home, McNeil shot and killed Epp, who was white. [MORE]