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Coffee Talk: Obama Guest-Hosts 'The View'

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  • President Obama will return to "The View" on Thursday morning as part of the show's "Red, White & View" campaign. Obama's last visit to the show was in March 2008. [HP]
  • Civil Rights groups have crafted a letter to President Obama recommending that he change his education policies. "Dear President Obama, You say you believe in an equal education for all students, but you are embarking on education policies that will never achieve that goal and that can do harm to America's school children, especially its neediest. Stop before it is too late," read the 17-page letter. [WashPo]
  • Meet Miss Teen USA -- 17-year-old African-American Kamie Crawford from Maryland. [TD]
  • Rihanna is moving from the stage to the big screen. The Bajan pop star just signed a deal with Universal to star in "Battleship," based on the naval combat board game. [V]
  • Did you ever think to put clear mascara in your hair? [CM]
  • BP CEO Tony Hayward is stepping down. Hayward has been heavily criticized for his handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He will be replaced by American Bob Dudley, the company's first non-British CEO. [UT]
  • According to a study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, little media attention is paid to African-American issues. [BV]
  • Spike Lee is inviting fans from everywhere to the second annual "Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration" in BKs Prospect Park via Facebook. [BV]
  • Justin Timberlake is another possible "American Idol" judge. Other celebs rumored to be up for a seat at the judges' table are Diddy, Bret Michaels and Paula Abdul (again). [NYP]
  • Just because you're a size 16 and she's a size 4 doesn't mean she's healthier than you. Dr. Patricia Pitts says a woman can be healthy at bigger sizes. [ExtraTV]
  • The United Arab Emirates sees BlackBerry smart phones as a possible threat to national security. [CNN]
  • Oprah Winfrey is calling on a few well-known friend to produce films for her OWN Network; Forest Whitaker, Julia Roberts and Goldie Hawn will be part of OWN's "Documentary Film Club." [NBCPhilly]
  • "One Flight Up," the debut novel by former television writer and producer Susan Fales-Hill ("The Cosby Show," "A Different World" "Suddenly Susan"), breaks the mold of books about successful, urbane women like "Sex and the City" and "Waiting to Exhale." [WSJ]
  • In case you didn't notice yesterday, Nicki Minaj's new music video for "Your Love" features actor/eye candy Michael Jai White. [CT]
  • To-die-for shoe brand Dolce Vita has created a line for Target. They're available now online and will soon hit stores. [T]
Former US presidential candidate Howard Dean is calling FOX News racist for its coverage of the Shirley Sherrod story. [CNN]
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