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?”
In other news: Fees Drained Rosa Parks’ Estate, Lawyer Says.