The live-action ‘Powerpuff Girls’ reboot — starring
Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron and Yana Perrault as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, respectively — is reportedly being re-written after the show’s script leaked onto the interwebs earlier this week and got panned unanimously.

Below is an excerpt from the tragic script.

The pilot is expected to be re-shot later this year. The leaked script that got panned is said to have been written by Diablo Cody, who is also executive-producing the show. 😬

Earlier this year, the show was dragged when photos from the set made their way online, with fans disapproving of the costumes.

Today is Naturi Naughton’s 37th birthday and Kiely Williams is kinda sorta in the news this week, so it’s only right that this week’s TBT selection is one from 3LW’s catalog.

“Playas Gon’ Play” was the second and final single from 3LW’s self-titled debut album. Written by Sean Hall and Nate Butler, the song is about people (i.e., haters) planting seeds of doubt in a relationship. The song manages to be age-appropriate (the group was 14-17 at the time) while being “grown” enough for any adult to enjoy it without feeling ridiculous — and we probably have Naturi’s mature-sounding voice to thank for that.

“Playas Gon’ Play” is unique because it is the one and only 3LW single where Naturi provides lead vocals. To this day, it remains a mystery as to why the best singer in the group wasn’t given more chances to sing lead. We could hypothesize, but we won’t. Not today at least.

For cultured millennials of a certain age, this is a beautiful reminder of a certain era of popular music. Click play and get your life.

UPDATE: The Vegas case has been closed because it falls outside the statute of limitations.

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The LAPD has opened an investigation into T.I. and Tiny over new sexual assault allegations.

According to a report filed in April, a woman claims that she was taken to a hotel room by the famous couple, where Tiny allegedly gave her a drink that she believes was spiked, after which T.I. allegedly penetrated her with his toes without her consent. This incident is alleged to have taken place in 2005.

Another woman, 41-year-old Rachelle Jenks, is accusing the Harrises of abuse that began in 2010. She says she was given a shot of Patron that she believed was spiked, after which she willingly accepted MDMA from the couple. She then performed oral sex on Tiny and had intercourse with T.I.

Jenks claims T.I. took her on his tour bus against her wishes and raped her. She also claims that he took her ID and brought her all the way to Miami, where she was forced to have sex with multiple women she didn’t know.

T.I. and Tiny’s lawyer, Steve Sadie, has responded to the new allegations with the following statement:
“The Harrises have not spoken to or been contacted by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD) or, indeed, any member of law enforcement from any other jurisdiction in the country. Even assuming the story in the Daily Beast is close to accurate, it appears the LAPD ‘accuser’ has chosen once again to remain anonymous, thereby preventing us from being in a position to disprove or refute her allegations – or even examine them.”

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.