Songs, Movies & Moments: May 2023

Songz to attend court-mandated anger management classes.

Trey Songz
Trey Songz

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by T.J. Moore –

R&B singer Trey Songz won’t face any jail time for last year’s bowling alley attack in New York City due to a plea deal he entered recently that dismissed the other 10 charges against him.

According to HipHopDX, the original charges warranted significant jail time, including assault and aggravated harassment. Songz had to plead guilty to only one disorderly conduct violation in the new bargain. Part of the plea deal requires Songz to participate in court-mandated anger management classes, to be completed by August.

When the news broke of the incident, two people accused the singer of physically assaulting them, one being a woman. The anonymous accuser claimed that Songz punched her repeatedly in the bowling alley bathroom and dragged her by her hair. The male victim accused the singer of punching him in the eye.

Mitchell Schuster, the attorney representing Songz, released a statement to TMZ after the plea agreement.

“We appreciate the New York law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office for their comprehensive investigation and careful consideration of all evidence, which ultimately confirmed what we had known all along and resulted in the District Attorney’s office choosing not to pursue any of the original charges against our client.”

Songz has yet to comment directly on the matter.

Angel Reese
Angel Reese

Fresh off of winning the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, Louisiana State University star forward Angel Reese netted a new name, image, and likeness (NIL) deal with Mercedes-Benz of Baton Rouge to buy a new car for her 21st birthday.

According to the Mercedes-Benz website, Reese’s EQS 580 sedan starts at $125,000. According to On3, the Baton Rouge dealership comped a large portion of the hefty price tag while Reese contributed to the rest of the bill.

Reese currently earns $300,000 annually from endorsements and other NIL deals, including Raisin Cane’s, Xfinity, and Bose.

Jada Pinkett-Smith
Jada Pinkett-Smith

Red Table Talk, the web talk show by Jada Pinkett-Smith, has been canceled following Meta’s decision to shutter Facebook Watch original shows.

“We are so grateful to have had such a beautiful partnership and we are sorry to see the entire team disband,” Pinkett-Smith said a statement shared on the show’s Facebook page. “We wish everyone well in their new journeys to come.”

Pinkett-Smith also concluded in the message that, “We at Red Table are in talks of finding a new home and we will see you soon.”

Hosted by Pinkett-Smith, her daughter Willow Smith, and her mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Red Table Talk featured the family trio hosting candid conversations with celebrities such as Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Salma Hayek. The show also featured experts in wellness and mental health spaces, and focused on relationships and female empowerment.