Here we are, on earth together on May 13, 2021, which happens to be Stevie Wonder’s 71st birthday.

It’s always a joy to make a selection from the catalog of one of music’s very best. With 10 No. 1 hits and 28 top 10 singles, Stevie Wonder spoils you with options. However, the song I have chosen is one that never charted.

The greatest R&B artists have a way of not releasing their best songs as singles, and Stevie Wonder is no exception. “You and I (We Can Conquer the World)” is an album cut from Stevie’s 15th studio LP, Talking Book, and a personal favorite. When it comes romance, this is it. Stevie basically put wedding vows to music, and fittingly, the song has become popular at weddings over the years — it was even sung at the Obamas’ wedding

Anyone even marginally familiar with Stevie Wonder’s catalog would agree that he was in his bag when he wrote this one. And if you ever needed an indicator that an album cut had a long legacy, I would point to the fact that it has a Wikipedia entry. I don’t imagine that anyone reading this has never heard this song, but if that’s the case, you’re welcome. Don’t forget to Venmo me $5.

Join me in celebrating this beautiful song as well as the life of the man who wrote it!

Word on the curb is that Tiffany Haddish is the top contender to fill the void that will be left by #EllenDeGeneres when her talk show comes to an end next year. According to Page Six, an NBCUniversal source said, “Tiffany is a favorite, she has humor and empathy in spades.”

Tiff has already served as guest host of the show multiple times, so she has been tested in that time slot.

In a move that comes at least 22 years late, Tina Turner is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. Her first solo album was released in 1974, which means she was eligible in 1999 at the latest — if we consider one-off solo recordings from the ‘60s, she was eligible much earlier. As a member of Ike & Tina Turner, she was inducted in 1991 (i.e., five years late).

Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, The Go-Go’s, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, Clarence Avant, LL Cool J, Billy Preston, Randy Rhoads, Kraftwerk, Gil Scott-Heron and Charley Patton will also be inducted this year. This year is Hov and the Foo Fighters’ first year of eligibility.

Nominees who didn’t make the cut include Dionne
Warwick, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige and #FelaKuti.

Let the records show the Usher and Mariah Carey have been eligible since 2018 and 2015, respectively, and are yet to even be nominated.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame takes place on October 30 and will air on HBO.

An ex-girlfriend is suing Soulja Boy for assault, sexual battery and gender violence, among other infractions, claiming he brutalize her in 2015 while she was pregnant with his child, causing her to lose the pregnancy. According to the court documents, Soulja flew into a rage randomly and started punching her in the face and chest, after which she fell on the floor. While curled on the floor, she claims he kicked her repeatedly, particularly in the stomach.

The ex-girlfriend also cites other incidents of domestic violence, including a 2017 incident when he thought she was leaving him and a 2018 that was caught on camera — WeTV cameras to be exact. She also claims that he would physically assault her when refused to engage in certain sexual acts.

While the plaintiff is on record as “Jane Doe,” there is enough evidence to conclude that Soulja Boy is being sued by Teddy Riley’s daughter, Nia Riley, who he had been with on-and-off for years. Back in March, she revealed in an interview with Tasha K. that she lost a pregnancy after being physically abused by Soulja Boy, and in early 2019, she appeared on WeTV’s Marriage Boot Camp with the rapper, where he was seen being violent with her on a night-vision camera.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) — the organization that selects nominees and winners at the Golden Globe Awards — has been under fire since this year’s award show, where they were called out for not having a single Black voting member by a number of presenters.

The HFPA has also been under scrutiny for alleged corruption, including receiving bribes from movie studios, TV networks and actors.

As of today, NBC (where the award show has aired for decades) has announced that it won’t air the next ceremony. In a statement, a spokesperson for the network said:
“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right.”

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, Tom Cruise has just reportedly mailed all three of his Golden Globes to the HFPA headquarters in protest the organization’s lack of diversity.

According to multiple sources, J.Cole will join the Basketball Africa League (BAL) to play three-to-six games with Rwanda’s Patriots BBC.

The signing is expected to be made official on Thursday. The 36-year-old rapper, who was once a walk-on recruit on St. John’s University’s basketball team, reportedly arrived in Rwanda two days ago to quarantine ahead of his first game, which will be this Sunday against Nigeria River Hoopers.

The truth is so much stranger than fiction.

One of the four people in custody for killing Pop Smoke — a 15-year-old — admitted to his cellmate (who happened to be an informant with a wire) that he was the one who shot Brooklyn rapper (real name Bashar Barakah Jackson).

According to reports, the 15-year-old (one of two minors arrested) says that Pop Smoke was in the shower naked when they stormed the rental property. The rapper reportedly fought back, which is when he was shot in the chest three times.

All four of the suspects in custody have been charged with murder. The two adults in custody — 20-year-old Corey Walker and 19-year-old Keandre Rodgers — are facing a possible death sentence because the murder was committed during a robbery.

The suspects tried to steal the rapper’s Rolex and Cuban link change, but were only able to make it out with the watch, which was later resold for $2,000.

Le freak, c’est chic.

It was September 1978 and disco was at the height of its popularity. Nile Rodgers & Chic — then known simply as Chic — had released two albums in the past 10 months. Their sophomore set, C’est Chic, had been released a month prior without any lead singles. The first single from that album would be a song called “Le Freak,” and just like that, Chic wrote itself into the history books.

Written by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, “Le Freak” is one of the songs that come to mind when you think of the disco sound. From the instrumentation to the chanted hook, everything about it makes you want to throw on a pair of bell bottoms.

Even the inspiration behind the song’s lyrics is peak disco.

According to Rodgers, he and Edwards went to the the infamous Studio 54 on New Year’s Eve in 1977 to link up with Grace Jones, who had invited them there. Miss Jones apparently forgot to tell the folks at the club that she was expecting people, so the two weren’t let in — and the bouncer apparently told them to “fuck off” as he slammed the door in their faces. And in that moment, a song was born.

After getting denied entry, they went back to Rodgers’ apartment and got to writing. Before the refrain was “freak out,” it was “fuck off,” and included the phrase “fuck Studio 54” in the space where “le freak, c’est chic” would eventually be. Wisely, Rodgers and Edwards realized that a song that explicit could never make it onto the radio, so the refrain was changed to “freak off.” Luckily, the music gods intervened and made them change it to “freak out.”

At the time, there was a dance move called the freak, so that’s what the lyrics are about, but the gag is that neither of them knew how to do the freak. Watch the video below for a hilarious explanation of how the song went from diss track to dance anthem.

For Niles Rodgers, “Le Freak” has come to represent a door-opener — literally and figuratively. Following the song’s success, Chic became major stars in their own right, and could now get into Studio 54 without having to name-drop. It would become Chic’s first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, ruling for six weeks in three separate visits to the throne — a record that stood till Drake made four visits to the summit with “Nice for What” in 2018. It would also go on to sell over seven million copies, making it the top-selling single in the history of Atlantic Records.

Click play and find your spot out on the floor!