Normani just dropped a new song with Cardi B and she didn’t make us wait for visuals.

Y’know…Normani is a fave around these parts, but at some point, you almost have to wonder how badly she wants this shit. Song after song, I am left forcing myself to get into the material. The talent is obviously there, but something just isn’t curling all the way over. From my vantage point, that something is the melody.

The good news is that the “Wild Side” video is quite stunning — unfortunately, it was wasted on a subpar song. Click play.

In June 1997, Lil’ Kim assembled some of the leading women in rap to give us a bop we would never forget and an iconic pop-cultural moment.

With an assist from Angie Martinez, Left Eye, Da Brat and Missy Elliott, Kim remixed “Not Tonight,” a track from her debut LP, Hard Core. The song — which appears on the Nothing to Lose soundtrack — bears zero similarities to its original, which was produced by and features ad libs from JD (back when he used to call himself “JM”).

The decision to call this song a remix remains a mystery, but what matters is that every single woman on the track FLOATED. And as if the song wasn’t iconic enough on its own, Lil’ Kim recruited a who’s who of women in hip-hop and R&B for the music video, which is set on an island where the men are for entertainment purposes only. Ladies’ night, indeed.

The video includes everyone from Queen Latifah to Changing Faces to Maia Campbell to a then-unknown Blaque. And lest we forget Mary J. Blige, who looked like she was having the most fun that day.

“Not Tonight (Ladies’ Night Remix)” peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is widely considered to be Lil’ Kim’s signature hit. Bang this in your whips.

In case you missed it, episodes 43 (“Now Why Am I in It?”) and 44 (“Smoker’s Lungs”) are both up.

On episode 43, life coach and DEI professional Thevey Felix joined me to discuss Usher & T-Pain’s airline convo, DaBaby & Megan Thee Stallion’s Twitter fight, Britney Spears’ conservatorship, Nick Cannon’s ever-growing brood, and so much more.

On episode 44, Alexis Garner stopped by to discuss Bill Cosby’s release, Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension, the BET Awards, a potential Verzuz between Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj, and so much more.

Check both episodes out below.

Episode 43: “Now Why Am I in It?”


Episode 44: “Smoker’s Lungs”

On March 15, 1994 — one year after having their one and only child together — Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Brown (as introduced by Patti LaBelle) took the stage at the 8th Soul Train Awards. The then-married couple met at that very award show five years earlier. They performed “Something in Common,” their very first collabo and the only one to get the music video treatment. The song was a track from Brown’s third studio album, Bobby, and was released internationally as a single.

The performance took place at a time when the two were a power couple in the true sense of the word. Brown had just concluded another successful era with Bobby (which produced two top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100) while Houston had won Album of the Year at the Grammys (for The Bodyguard) just two weeks prior.

We all know how the story eventually ends, but on that particular day, there was never a better time to be Bobby & Whitney.

USA Track & Field — the governing body of track & field in the country — announced its roster for the Olympics and it had one very notable exclusion: Sha’Carri Richardson.

Richardson’s recent 30-day suspension disqualifies her from the sprint in Tokyo but expires ahead of the 4x100m relay. However, the USATF reserves the right to not select her for the team, and that is apparently what they have done.

In a statement, the organization said:
“All USATF athletes are equally aware of and must adhere to the current anti-doping code, and our credibility as the National Governing Body would be lost if rules were only enforced under certain circumstances.”

And it was supposedly over Lil Uzi Vert’s ex, Brittany Byrd.

According to TMZ, Uzi (26 years old, 5’4”) pulled up to Dialog Cafe in West Hollywood because he somehow found out that Byrd was there meeting up with SAINt JHN (34 years old, 6’2”) — the two were reportedly discussing a business project and were there with other people.

Basically, Uzi is stalking his ex.

Uzi reportedly confronted everyone at the table and then tried to fight SAINt JHN. Witnesses say Uzi swung and missed, and then fell to the ground. Awkward.

As he fell, a gun fell out from Uzi’s pockets. Byrd apparently approached Uzi, who then struck and pushed his pointed gun into her stomach.

Byrd was hospitalized after the incident and has since filed a police report.

PS: Uzi is currently dating JT from City Girls.

In her first interview since the news of her failed drug test broke, Sha’Carri Richardson apologized to her fans, family, sponsors, and even her haters for slipping up, but made it clear that she would never be caught using a steroid.

The US Anti-Doping Agency has also released a statement confirming the failed drug test and announcing that Richardson has accepted a 30-day suspension that began on June 28 and ends on July 27, which means she will definitely miss the 100m sprint at the Olympics but will be able to compete in the 4x100m relay.

Jenna Prandini, who came in fourth at the Olympic trials, will get Sha’Carri’s spot in the 100m race at the Olympics.

It’s been a busy 24 hours for anti-drug enforcement.

Yesterday, the NBA announced that Toronto Raptors rookie Jalen Harris has been dismissed from the league for violating its Anti-Drug Program.

The NBA, it’s teams, and the NBPA are prohibited from disclosing further details about violation. Prohibited drugs including cocaine, LSD and opiates — referred to as “drugs of abuse.” In recent years, the league has laxed its policy on marijuana, adopting a three-strike rule that ultimately results in a five-game suspension, as opposed to a two-year suspension for drugs of abuse.

As a first-year player, Harris can apply for reinstatement in a year.

Sha’Carri Richardson reportedly tested positive for cannabis at last month’s Olympic trials. According to reporter Tyler Dragon, she is facing a 30-day suspension, which means she may miss the 100m sprint at the Olympics, but will be able to compete at the 4x100m relay.

Earlier on Thursday, it has been reported that she will no longer be competing at the Diamond League in Stockholm this Sunday, where she was scheduled to run in the 200m race. No explanation had been given for the sudden withdrawal, but it appears the failed drug test might be why.

In apparent anticipation of the headlines, Richardson tweeted “I am human” hours earlier on Friday.

PS: When did weed become a performance-enhancing drug?