The Quick Read: Zendaya Nabs Two Teen Choice Awards

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Niki McGloster Aug, 13, 2018

To help boost your Monday morning slay, check out which supermodel-turned-media mogul has inked a new TV deal and which Black girls walked away with hardware at the Teen Choice Awards. Get into this quick read:

Zendaya won awards in two coveted categories at this year’s Teen Choice Awards. Taking home hardware for Choice Collaboration and Choice Movie Ship, both for her work alongside Zac Efron in The Greatest Showman, we’d say the starlet is a fave of Gen Z. Other Black Girl Magic that stormed the nominations include Tessa Thompson, Serena Williams and the women of Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright and Danai Gurira. (People)

Dru Hill is taking on the supergroup trend and adding two new members from ‘90s R&B group, Playa. Jawann “Smoke” Peacock and Benjamin “Black” Bush have now joined the “Enter The Dru” singers since Jazz has departed to explore solo ventures. The newly fused crew performed for the first time at the AFRAM Festival in Baltimore over the weekend and recently announced a forthcoming album titled The Second Coming. (Vibe)

Amid at least 14 instances of alleged sexual misconduct, Russell Simmons is suing one of his rape accusers for $35,000. The music mogul is requesting the amount in legal reparations as he claims the woman targeted him “for publicity.” The woman whose name has not been revealed first filed charges in March seeking $10 million, but the case was later thrown out due to the statute of limitations. (E! News)

Tyra Banks has inked a new deal with Universal Television. The America’s Next Top Model creator will not develop and produce scripted and unscripted programming under the deal via her Bankable Productions imprint. (Deadline)

Dewayne Johnson, 46, who was diagnosed with cancer, won a landmark $289 million lawsuit against Monsanto, a company that sells a popular weed killer product called Roundup. The ruling by a jury ultimately found that Monsanto purposefully uses glyphosate, which has been considered carcinogenic by the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency. More than 800 patients are suing the chemical giant, but Johnson’s lawsuit is the first to try the company and win. (TIME)