Here’s a little something to chat about on your morning coffee break:

  • Today Michelle Obama will be Oprah Winfrey’s special guest as the two honor military families. They will discuss the sacrifices families make when their husbands, wives, brothers and sisters go to war. “Part of the challenge of getting the message out about military families is they never ask for help… They never ask for help because you don’t do that when you’re in the military,” said Mrs. Obama. [BV]

  • Diddy will appear on an upcoming episode of “Hawaii Five-0.” The rap star will play NYPD Detective Reggie Williams. [Pop Eater]

  • After much speculation and banter, Jay-Z has officially agreed to co-produce the remake of “Annie,” starring Willow Smith. He reportedly inked a deal with Will and Jada’s Overbrook Entertainment. [Eur Web]

  • After pulling out of the Australian Open because of a hip injury, Venus Williams is bowing out of the U.S. Fed Cup next week. “I mean, it’s super disappointing because that is just not how I envisioned my Australian Open being,” said Williams. [Black Voices]

  • Will.i.am can add Director of Creative Innovation of Intel to his resume. He will be “teaming up with the scientists, researchers and computer programmers at Intel to collaborate and co-develop new ways to communicate, create, inform and entertain,” said an official press release. [Vibe]

  • Nelson Mandela is hospitalized in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to a spokesman, he is undergoing routine tests. No word on his current health condition. The former South African President is 92 years old. [Bossip]

  • Rihanna sent out the word that her latest album, “Loud,” has gone platinum! “Thank you #RihannaNavy for being so sexy and making #LOUD platinum in the U.S.” she tweeted. This comes after “Loud” was released a mere three months ago. [Perez Hilton]

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