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Kevin Hart, T.I., publicity and the long arm of the law

Myron-Mays-160WHAT'S HAPPENING MYRON!: Doesn't it seem that the most popular entertainers have been in some type of trouble with the law at some point in their careers? Whether it's tax trouble, driving while under the influence or just plain ole silly shenanigans, it seems that somebody famous is always getting caught by the long arm of the law.

Well, the latest celebrity is funnyman Kevin Hart, who just a few days ago was arrested for drunken driving/DUI and resisting arrest. The California Highway Patrol reportedly observed Hart speeding down the freeway doing about 90 miles an hour in his black Mercedes, weaving across lanes and nearly hitting a gas tanker truck. He was booked and held on a $5,000 bond.

After he was released, he posted a statement on Twitter saying that being busted early Sunday in Los Angeles was "a wake-up call" and that he needs "to be smarter." And that is very true in his case. He has a lot going for himself these days and it doesn't take much to make it all go away.

He also went on to make a couple of jokes about doing "6,000 push-ups & 13,000 sit ups" while locked up, even giving a shout out to his cellmate. So I'm just about sure that this will all come out in a comedy routine at some point.

But when it all boils down, there is a certain level of responsibility, especially when you have children, which Hart does.

T.I. on T.I.

Rapper T.I. recently sat down with TV host Joy Behar and made some intriguing comments about the effects of his jail stints on his media profile.

T.I. told Behar that while he was not glamorizing the fact that he went to prison, he had to acknowledge that he is a whole lot more popular now. When you're on CNN and MSNBC and all these things, you can't buy that kind of publicity, he said.

If he had to do it all over again, T.I. said he'd give it (the publicity) all back.

But would he really?

Local notes

There's a lot of activity in the city this weekend, with Africa in April unfolding downtown, Designs and Punchlines taking place this Saturday, as well as the What's Happening Myron Book Club meeting.

In its 27th year, Africa in April runs through Sunday in Robert Church Park downtown at Beale Street and Fourth Street. This year's festival will showcase the Republic of Senegal and feature a mega-platform of culture, fashion, arts & crafts, food and music.

So make plans to come out, have fun and enjoy a diverse cultural marketplace. This year, there will be $5 admission fee.

For more information, visit www.africainapril.org.

Get ready to laugh and check out some of the latest fashions to hit the scene with Designs and Punchlines, a Celebrity Comedy and Fashion Show taking place this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Balinese Ballroom located at 330 North Main. Visit designsandpunchlines.com or call 901-451-9772 for information.

Advance tickets start at $25 and are $30 at the door, with a portion of the proceeds going to Dress for Success Memphis.

Join me on Saturday afternoon at T.J. Mulligans for the What's Happening Myron Book Club meeting. It's the 1-Year Anniversary Edition! Time really flies when you're having fun.

We'll be hanging out from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., so stop by, meet a few people, discuss the book, have a drink and a great time. T.J. Mulligans is located at 362 North Main St.

The first 25 ladies will receive a free gift courtesy of our sponsors. Admission is free. I hope to see you there.

"Memphis the Musical" opens next week and runs through next weekend at the Orpheum. I'll have details and a little background information on the production coming up on next week.

Until then, that's what's happening!

(Got an event you'd like for me to cover or attend, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


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