BET NEWS On CENTRIC: 9/17/2012Published by Blair Bedford on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 9:19 am.
1. Usher Breaks Silence on Failed Marriage, Custody Battle
Despite being awarded full custody of his two sons in court last month, Usher insists there are no winners in the battle with his ex-wife, Tameka Foster.
The R&B superstar poured his heart out to Oprah Winfrey on last night’s Oprah’s Next Chapter, telling the host, “this will be the only time that I’ve ever chosen to speak about it. I’ve been a man of integrity throughout the entire process, which I hope my boys will understand.” [MORE]
2. Exclusive: Sneak Peek of T.I. in Boss
With each character Tip T.I. Harris portrays he takes his acting credits to more critically acclaimed and impressive heights. The rapper now stars in the recurring role of Trey Rogers alongside Kelsey Grammer in the hit cable drama series Boss. Grammer plays a troubled Chicago mayor who rules the windy city metropolis with an iron fist. While T.I. is a former gangbanger with his own unique designs on a career in City Hall. The series also stars Sanaa Lathan. [MORE]
3. Iggy Azalea Is the New Face of Levi Jeans
Nowadays, it seems like endorsement deals come with the territory of being a music artist. The latest act to capitalize on this luxury is Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea.
The budding MC, who recently signed with Wilhelmina Models, was tapped to be the new face of Levi’s Jeans. The campaign is slated to launch later this month and captures the unconventional beauty in a slew of stark shots. [MORE]
4. NYC Bans Big, Sugary Drinks at Restaurants
NEW YORK (AP) — In a first-in-the-nation ruling, New York City is barring restaurants, cafeterias and concessions stands from selling soda and other calorie-rich drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.
The regulation, which was proposed in the spring by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was passed on Thursday by the city’s Board of Health after several months of review. [MORE]
5. Study: Black Women Leaders Face Harsher Criticism
Researchers say the disparity may be one of the reasons Black women have been making the transition to entrepreneurship at up to five times the rate of other races. [MORE]