Rodney King: “America’s been good to me”: Plenty has happened in Rodney King’s life since the police officers who beat him at a traffic stop were acquitted in 1992. He’s had trouble with the law, been a record executive and even tried out reality television. Today the country’s most famous victim of police brutality says, “America’s been good to me after I paid the price and stayed alive through it all. This part of my life is the easy part now.”
Luxury bags for female NFL fans: Since 2010 the NFL has been ramping up its efforts to market to women. This year they go beyond the “shrink it and pink it” approach to include bejeweled and embossed leather handbags that go for about $700.
Kevin Hart to perform at Essence: Organizers say that Hart, hot on the heels of his starring role in last weekend’s No. 1 film, Think Like a Man, will debut his comedic talents during the festival scheduled for July 6-8 at the Superdome. Hart joins a lineup that includes Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi, Fantasia and Eve.
Chuck Brown cancels concerts: Go-go legend Chuck Brown has postponed his May concerts, his reps announced Monday night. The Washington Post reports that the 75-year-old had to cancel his scheduled show last weekend at the newly reopened Howard Theatre when he entered a hospital for joint pain and inflammation.
Black former Miss America mulls House bid: Attorney Erika Harold, who was Miss America 2003, told Roll Call today that she’s considering a bid for retiring Rep. Timothy Johnson’s (R-Ill.) seat. “I am exploring the possibility, but I haven’t made any decisions at this point,” Harold told the Hill. “I feel that I might have a unique perspective to offer at this point in time as a young woman who understands some of the concerns that young people face in this economic condition.”