EBONY Rundown: Jennifer Hudson Wants Meg the Stallion to Star in Her Biopic, 72K Kids Test Positive for COVID in 1 Week, and More

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72,000 Children Tested Positive for COVID-19 in the Past Week

Uncertainty surrounding the impending school year looms as COVID cases spike, particularly among younger populations. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 72,000 children have tested positive for the virus in the past week, which is nearly double in comparison to the 39,000 that tested positive the week prior.

Jennifer Hudson Wants Megan Thee Stallion to Star in Her Biopic

When the time comes for a Jennifer Hudson biopic, the singer says that she would like Megan Thee Stallion to be cast in the starring role. “When we met each other at the BET Awards, she said, ‘I know we’re supposed to be like sisters or something,'” the Respect actress said Thursday during an appearance on V-103 Atlanta’s “Big Tigger Morning Show.” “Sometimes, people think I’m her, apparently.”

Sanaa Lathan and Kehlani Talk Giving Up Alcohol and Marijuana

This week, both Sanaa Lathan and Kehlani discussed their decisions to give up alcohol and marijuana, respectively. For Lathan, the move came three years ago after she recognized a connection between drinking and anxiety. Even if she was only having a drink a couple of times a week, the actress expressed in an interview with People, “It was starting to affect me throughout the week. It wouldn’t be necessarily a hangover, but it definitely dimmed my energy. I didn’t feel as good. It was affecting anxiety.” Kehlani explained a similar decision to cease smoking marijuana in a TikTok video after noticing that it was hindering her productivity, among other things. “I used to smoke a lot of weed and now I speak on it in a past tense perspective,” said the “Ur Best Friend” singer. “People think I’m shi—ng on weed, I’m not. I loved weed when I was involved with it. It’s a beautiful plant with very nice properties when used correctly. I don’t think that I was using it correctly. I think I was overusing it. I wasn’t the most productive pothead. It really, really messed with my vocal cords and it really took a lot of energy from my day.”


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