Here’s all the news you need to know this Wednesday.
Sterling K. Brown is set to make his Saturday Night Live debut in March. The This Is Us actor will host the show on March 10 with musical guest James Bay. (Twitter)
Ja Rule joined protestors on Tuesday to rally against NYC public housing conditions. Many claim they are being neglected and overlooked by landlords and have lost access to heat and water. The rapper spoke out about his time growing up in public housing in Queens and called for protestors to shut down the city and stop paying rent until their issues are fixed. (CBS New York)
Artist Lina Iris Viktor is suing SZA and Kendrick Lamar after accusing the pair of ripping off her work and using it in their “All the Stars” music video, which appears on the Black Panther soundtrack. Viktor claims reps for the movie contacted her twice about using her work or creating new pieces for the movie and she said no. She claims her work appeared in the video despite refusing permission. (TMZ)
Mya has released a new single, “You Got Me,” which is expected to appear on her forthcoming album. The new song follows her last single, “Ready For Whatever,” and is just as sultry an R&B jam. (Vibe)
A new study shows that 94 percent of women in Hollywood have been sexually harassed or assaulted. Twenty-one percent of the 843 women surveyed also stated that they have been forced to do something sexual at least once, while 64 percent say they have been groped at least once and 87 percent have dealt with unwelcome sexual gestures, comments, or jokes. (USA Today)
Tavis Smiley is suing PBS after being fired for sexual misconduct. The suit alleges that PBS breached its contract with Smiley and that they owe damages. Smiley has denied the sexual misconduct allegations. Women who worked for Smiley claimed they worked in a “verbally abusive and threatening environment” and entered relationships with him out of fear that it would hurt their career if they didn’t. (The Washington Post)
In honor of Black History Month, Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin has teamed up with Spotify for a dope playlist. Titled “Black Boy Joy,” McLaughlin’s 51-track playlist includes artists like Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, and Goldlink. (Spotify)
Tiffany Haddish is teaming up with the team behind BoJack Horseman to bring her own adult animated series to Netflix. Haddish will executive produce and voice the lead character of Tuca and Bertie, a series about the friendship between two 30-year-old bird ladies who live in the same apartment building. (Shadow and Act)
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