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Coffee Talk: President Obama's Approval Rating Hits High 57 Percent

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Here's why we are dipping donuts in our coffee this morning:

  • President Barack Obama has a reason to smile. According to a new CBS News poll, the Commander-in-chief's approval rating is the highest it's been since the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011. The poll revealed that 57 percent of Americans believe he is heading the country in the right direction. The President's approval rating has risen by 7 recent since the last pre-election poll in October. [The Grio]
  • Frank Ocean's long-lost father has emerged back in to his life and, according to a series of tweets, he is suing the Grammy-nominated singer for $1 million. "Father wanna sue me for a million. Like I owe him back child support," tweeted Ocean. "I got his DNA, maybe I inherited some of his karma too.” Although he didn't reveal the nature of the lawsuit, Ocean wrote about his relationship with his absentee father on "There Will Be Tears," a song on his 2011 mixtape. [Vibe
  • A musical about the lives of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Elvis Presley is currently in the works. "The Man" is a stage musical about the behind-the-scenes making of a superstar. “We want this project to be a compelling, gritty, entertaining tale, that tells the story of the price of fame in a new way,” said producer Mark Lamica, who was a partner to Jackson's manager, Frank Dileo. The musical will be told through the eyes of a manager. [The Grio]
  • R&B singer Keyshia Cole took to Twitter to express her frustrations over a Bay Area radio station that asked her to perform as the opening act for newcomer, The Weeknd. As a result, Cole canceled her performance at the show, which was held in her hometown of Oakland. "EVERY F**KING YEAR I do something major for my city! @KMEL has the nerve to tell me at the last minute they want me to open for the weeknd," she wrote. “No disrespect to the Weeknd. Why the hell would @106KMEL ask me to open for him in My home town! Where I give back! Where IM FROM! #NO” [TMZ]
  • Rihanna, Wiz Khalifa, and Frank Ocean are among the talented, young stars who made Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30" list. In the sports category, 28-year-old Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams topped the list, followed by Olympians Usain Bolt, Gabby Douglas and LeBron James. Other stars recognized include web star Issa Rae for Hollywood, fashion designer Carly Cushnie for Art & Style and The American Reader founder Uzoamaka Maduka for Media. [Forbes]

PHOTO GALLERY: The Most Memorable Moments of President Obama's First Term

  • Inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States
  • Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
  • Signs Order to Close Guantanamo Bay
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