A trial date has been set for the almost-two-year-old case related to the infamous Jussie Smollett hoax, where the actor allegedly lied about being the victim of a hate crime. This comes after a judge denied the actor’s request to have then case dismissed.

Smollett’s lawyer, Nenye Uche, argued that the actor’s rights were being violated because initial charges were dropped after he performed community service and forfeited his $10,000 bond. However, because this case is for new charges brought by a special prosecutor, Judge James Linn said the trial must proceed. Jury selection begins on November 29.

Smollett is being charged with disorderly conduct — to which he has pled not guilty.

Adele just released her highly anticipated new single, and as expected, she stayed firmly in her lane.

“Easy on Me” is a piano-driven ballad that allows Adele sell heartbreak like only she can. Co-written by Adele and frequent collaborator Greg Kurstin, the song is about a breakup — presumably about her divorce from ex-husband Simon Konecki.

In her recent interview with Vogue, she said that much of 30 is her trying to explain her divorce from Konecki to their nine-year-old son, Angelo. With that revelation in mind, it is fair to assume that “Easy on Me” is being sung from the perspective of a single mother trying to help her young child understand why his parents no longer live togother.

As mentioned earlier, “Easy on Me” is standard Adele, which means it is solid track but far from spectacular, but as you can imagine, the internet has already began overreacting to the song.

The music video for the track is understated in that I’m-a-very-serious-artist kinda way. It starts of black-and-white before we get a little bit of color. It appears to be set in the past, but this isn’t clear — the cars in the video are old and Adele is seen playing a cassette tape, but she is also seen using a cellphone (an iPhone at that). No chronological consistency, just vibes.

In any case, if you were looking for something semi-depressing to get you right as the daytime gets shorter and shorter, Adele’s got you covered. Click play.

Another week, another Babyface production.

In early ’89, Karyn White released “Superwoman” as the second single from her self-titled debut album. Written and produced by Face, L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons — a trio that would later be responsible for Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” — the song is basically an anthem for unappreciated wives and girlfriends. Karyn White sings with passion and pain when she makes it clear that she is not the kind of girl that you can let down and think everything is okay. And over 30 years later, women who weren’t even born when it was released sing those words like they wrote them themselves.

“Superwoman” peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Karyn White’s fourth-highest-charting single. However, it has the longest legacy in her discography and is undoubtedly her signature hit.

Today is Karyn White’s 56th birthday, so there is no better way to celebrate her than revisiting this classic. Click play.

Usher and his girlfriend, Jenn Goicoechea, welcomed their second child together, a son named Sire Castrello Raymond, on September 29.

This is Usher’s fourth child. He had two sons — 13-year-old Usher Raymond V and 12-year-old Naviyd Ely Raymond — with ex-wife Tameka Foster, and a daughter, Sovereign
Bo Raymond, with Goicoechea just over a year ago.

Today is Toni Braxton’s 54th birthday, so we’re gonna celebrate her by revisiting one my favorites from her catalog, “How Could an Angel Break My Heart.” Released as the fourth single from Braxton’s sophomore LP, Secrets, the song was written by Babyface and the singer herself. It is a beautifully sung lamentation about a cheating lover, and it has Kenny G on the horns for extra drama.

“How Could an Angel Break My Heart” never charted in the US because a physical single was never issued stateside, rendering it ineligible for the Billboard Hot 100. Outside the US, however, a CD was issued, and it included a remix featuring Babyface. On this version, Babyface sings as the cheating lover pleading his innocence and denying every claim made by Braxton. It is the superior version by far.

The music video for “How Could an Angel Break My Heart” matches the drama of the song perfectly and almost makes you wish it was an actual movie. Click play.

Following days of internet speculation, it is really starting to look like a new Adele album might be on the way.

The first presumed “sign” was Taylor Swift moving the re-release of her fourth album, ‘Red,’ from November 19 to November 12, leading people to believe that her team is aware of an impending Adele release and don’t want no smoke.

The second sign is a collection of projected images of the number “30” at historical sites all over Europe, including the Eiffel Tower. Per a three-year old caption by Adele herself, ‘30’ is the title of her highly anticipated next album. Also, all the projections are in Adele-ish font.

The third sign is that Adele’s friend, Jedidiah Jenkins, has liked a few tweets about the projections seen all over Europe.

We’ll concede that signs No. 1 & No. 3 are dubious, but them projections? Something’s coming.

Most TBT selections are inspired by it being the artist’s birthday or just sheer love for the song. Every now and then, however, a selection is made as a matter of duty.

Earlier today on Twitter, a (presumed) Zoomer tweeted (with apparent surprise) that “that ‘Milkshake’ song” was sung by a Black woman.” As someone who was almost an adult when “that ‘Milkshake’ song” song dropped, I was taken aback. How was this not common knowledge? And how has “Milkshake” become one of those ever-present-yet-old songs that people know by heart and yet couldn’t pull its performer out of a lineup? What kind of dream is this?

I went from being enraged and embarrassed and disappointed to seeing this as the teachable moment it is. It’s gonna be alright. And to be honest, it does kinda sorta sound like it was sung by a non-Black woman. In fact, the song was initially offered to Britney Spears, who passed on it — and whose voice I could totally hear over that beat.

Released on August 25, 2003, “Milkshake” turned 18 years old a month ago. In other words, babies born at that time can now vote. It has been that long, so yes, I can imagine anyone under the age of 23 knowing the song and not the singer. Once upon a time, I couldn’t identify a single member of Journey, but best believe I knew all the words to “Open Arms.” It really do be like dat.

Anyway, back to “Milkshake.”

Written and produced by the Neptunes, the song was the lead single from Kelis’ third album, Tasty. The song was released at the height of Neptunes fever, and while it did have all the markings of a Williams/Hugo production, it was decidedly different from much of their other creations. The song would go on to become a global hit and Kelis’ biggest single by far, peaking at No. 3 in the US, No. 2 in the UK and Australia, and No. 1 in Ireland.

You know a song has taken on a life of its own when people know it by heart and yet can’t name its singer. We’re here to fix that. Click play.

In a post made a few hours ago, The Wendy Williams Show announced that the 13th season premiere is being postponed from October 4 to October 18. This season was initially scheduled to begin on September 20.

The announcement explains that Williams is “still dealing with some ongoing medical issues.” Word on the curb is that Wendy Williams may quit the show, with The Sun quoting sources that say she is “over it.” According to Page Six, the decision to postpone the season premiere for a second time was made within the last 24 hours.