In a follow-up to Anderson Cooper's feature on children and race, John Legend says race bias still exists. Jennifer Hudson says she's in the best shape of her life and Kim Kardashian says she's never going to be a skinny girl. Plus, an alternate video for Beyonce's "Halo" has surfaced -- more Michael Ealy, please.

Essence.com
May, 21, 2010

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  • In a follow-up to his feature on children and race, Anderson Cooper spoke to singer John Legend, who said race bias is real. Legend described a recent direct encounter with racism that he had while driving in Virginia. [CNN]
  • Jennifer Hudson dished on how she went from a size 16 to a size 6. "I'm in the best shape of my life!" she told People. [People]
  • There's a new movie called "Mean Moms" that's all about "competitive parenting" coming to a theater near you. Think "Mean Girls," just a little more grown up, but not more mature. [EW]
  • A 19-year-old woman is suing her former high school for confiscating her cell phone, searching through it -- finding semi-nude photographs -- and handing it over to authorities. The American Civil Liberties Union is backing her up, saying, "We think it is a grave violation of her privacy." [CNN]
  • "I'm never going to be one of those skinny girls, so what?" Kim Kardashian tells Shape. [Shape]
  • Americans are going crazy for KFC's Double Down sandwich, or heart attack in a take-away bag. [HP]
  • Tyra Banks has a new agency. The model and TV personality has chosen IMG to represent her for commercial endorsements and fashion endeavors. [IMG]
  • More little girls are wearing heels at an early age. Is this cute or careless? [NYP]
  • A connoisseur of all things Brooklyn, director Spike Lee has released a new flavor of Absolut dedicated to his favorite NYC borough. Absolut Brooklyn is flavored with red apple and ginger, with a label that features the famous Brooklyn Bridge. [NYDN]
  • The ex-wife of famed drug lord Frank Lucas ("American Gangster") was arrested for allegedly selling cocaine. [NYDN]

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