Redistricting Worries Black Leaders in Cali

In today's link roundup: What redistricting means for California. Plus: Rohan Marley leaves Lauryn Hill, and Clint Eastwood casts Beyoncé.

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Rep. Barbara Lee (Noah Berger/San Francisco Chronicle)

Redistricting worries California black leaders: California's African-American leaders will be nervously watching Friday when a citizens commission releases its final redrawing of California's political map for the next decade. Many are concerned about loss of black political power as the African-American population dwindles in some areas of the state and disperses from larger cities to suburbs in others. Others insist that cross-racial coalitions emphasizing issues over race are the answer.

Clint Eastwood casts Beyoncé: The singer and actress says that she's humbled by what she calls "the biggest opportunity of my life" -- the lead role in Eastwood's remake of the film, A Star Is Born.

Documentary showcases diabetes deaths among black men: A pilot project based on statistics from the Ohio Department of Health, and designed to stem the alarming tide of deaths from diabetes among African-American males, will be showcased nationwide in a documentary airing in September.

Rohan Marley leaves Lauryn Hill for Brazilian model: The singer's longtime boyfriend, Rohan Marley, has left her for Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana -- according to rumors confirmed by the other woman on Twitter, at least. The couple have been together since 1996 and have five children -- and Lauryn is pregnant with a sixth that he denies fathering.

Michelle: Barack is "still cute": In an interview with NPR, the president talked about his upcoming 50th birthday (on Aug. 4), and what his wife thinks about his looks: "You know, I feel real good about 5-0. The -- obviously I've gotten a little grayer since I took this job -- but otherwise, I feel pretty good. And Michelle, you know, says that, you know, she -- she -- she still thinks I'm, I'm cute, you know. And I guess that's -- that's all that matters, isn't it?"

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