After pursuing his White Castle craving on the big screen and committing suicide on Fox’s House on Monday, Kal Penn has landed a role in the Obmam administration as the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison.

“I was incredibly honored a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to go work in the White House, Penn told EW.com. “I got to know the President and some of the staff during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there…They do outreach with the American public and with different organizations…It’s similar to what I was doing on the campaign.

The Jersey born Indian actor whose real name is Kalpen Suresh Modi was a member of Obama’s National Arts Policy Committee and a surrogate for the Obama presidential campaign in 2008.

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Essence magazine’s May issue celebrates Mother’s Day with First Lady Michelle Obama and her White House live-in mother, Marian Robinson.

Mom-in-Chief On…

ADVANCING THE ROLE OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE: “We have to talk about flex hours and exercise and nutrition and health and what that means. And we have to talk about values, and about our relationships with men. All of those are part of the conversation that I think we need to have, not just in this country but around the world.”

COMBATING STEREOTYPICAL IMAGES OF BLACK WOMEN: “The women in videos and the stereotypes are just not the truth of who we are as a community. We already know that because we are living these lives every single day. It’s nice to have this reminder in the White House, but I would say we don’t need it…all you need to do is look around your own community and you will see this same family in churches and in schools.”

Grandma-in-Chief On…

ADVICE ON RAISING CHILDREN: “The main thing that I think needs to be taught to children is the ability to think and make decisions. You don’t have to have a lot of information, but you have to know how to get through the process. If you make mistakes you don’t [just] decide I will never do that again.”

ENJOYING LIFE IN THE WHITE HOUSE: “…I really am. You want to know why? Because my children are good parents. It makes it very easy to be a grandmother when your children are good parents.”

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Fast & Furious, the fourth installment in the sereis of speed demon flicks starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewater zoomed to the top spot in the box office raking in $72.5 million and breaking a plethora of records.

Here are the shattered records as reported by EW.com:
* Best April opening ever, beating Anger Management’s $42.2 mil
* Best Universal Pictures opening ever (three-day), beating The Lost World: Jurassic Park’s $72.1 mil
* Best F&F franchise opening ever, beating 2 Fast 2 Furious’ $50.5 mil
* Best opening yet in 2009, easily beating the bows of the more-buzzed-about Monsters vs. Aliens ($59.3 mil) and Watchmen ($55.2 mil)
* Best opening ever for stars Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster, as well as for director Justin Lin

Bonus: Best opening ever for a car-themed movie! (Beating Cars’ $60.1 mil.)

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World Champion Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton placed seventh in Sunday’s rain-drenched race in Malaysia continuing the downward spiral Hamilton set off when he lied to racing stewards at last week’s races in Melbourne.

The 24 year-old apologized to the racing community for lying to race stewards, pinning the blame on McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan.

“I cannot tell you how sorry I am. I’m sorry to my team and my family for the embarrassment. It is a very, very embarrassing situation and it has taken a huge toll on me,” Hamilton said at a press conference on Friday in Malaysia and described the incident as “the worst thing” he’s ever experienced in his life.

Hamilton revealed he had been told by Ryan to tell race stewards he had not been ordered to let felllow racer Jarno Trulli overtake him in the closing laps in Melbourne. After racing officials discovered radio transmissions that proved Hamilton had in fact been told to let Trulli pass him causing the Italian racer to breach regulations.

Hamilton was disqualified from the Melbourne race and received no points for the match.

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