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The CW Orders Pilots for Ava DuVernay Superhero Series, ‘Powerpuff Girls’ Reboot

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The CW has announced pilots of several new shows for the 2021-2022 season including a reboot of The Powerpuff Girls and a new Ava DuVernay superhero show.

What We Know:

  • According to Complex, the reboot of the popular 90s children’s cartoon will feature the characters in adulthood. Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles have grown resentful after losing their childhoods to fighting crimebut the trio is forced to confront their feelings and unite to fight for a greater cause
  • The live-action series will be executive produced by Juno‘s Diablo Cody and Veronica Mars’ Heather Regnier. According to Deadline, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and David Madden will also serve as executive producers for Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television.
  • American filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s show, titled Naomi, is a superpowered mystery in a small Northwestern town that follows a young teenage girl discovering new secrets about her hometown while she learns about her own origins. DuVernay will executive produce for ARRAY Filmworks, with Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes producing. Warner Bros. Television will serve as the studio.
  • The show is based on a 2109 DC comic superhero of the same name from “Powers” and “House of M” writer Brian Bendis and David F. Walker. In the original stand-alone comic series, Naomi has energy-based powers as well as an ability to transform into a superpowered state that can grant her incredible strength and other abilities.

Although it’s not clear which shows will air past their first pilot, we’re interested to see what The CW can make of these ideas.

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Lady Gaga Offers $500,000 For Return of Dogs After Thief Steals Them, Shoots Dog Walker

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Lady Gaga’s dogs were targeted by thieves, leaving 2 dogs missing and her dog walker shot.

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  • On Wednesday night, TMZ reports that thieves stole 2 of Lady Gaga’s beloved French Bulldogs. The dog walker, 30-year-old Ryan Fischer, was shot in the chest four times by two men in baseball caps in West Hollywood. Fischer is expected to make a full recovery.
  • Police were able to recover a third dog named Miss Asia, who ran away during the incident. Koji and Gustav, however, are still missing. USA Today reports that surveillance footage from a neighbors house caught the thieves leaving with the dogs in a white vehicle.
  • A source for US Magazine says, “Gaga is beside herself. She is hoping and praying for the safe return of Koji and Gustav and for the speedy recovery of their walker, who is doing as well as can be expected given the circumstances.” As of now, Lady Gaga is desperate to get her pups back, offering a $500,000 reward for their return “no questions asked.”
  • LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division has taken over the case but has yet to determine if the target was specifically on Lady Gaga’s dogs. French Bulldogs are an expensive breed in high demand, so it is possible that the gunmen did not know who the dogs belonged to.
  • The police have identified two potential suspects as Black men between the ages of 20 to 25 years old, one with blond dreadlocks and armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

Lady Gaga is asking that all tips be sent to KojiandGustav@gmail.com.

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Bobby Shmurda Released From Prison

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Ackquille Jean Pollard, known professionally as Bobby Shmurda, was released this week after serving five years in prison.

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  • In December 2014, Shmurda was arrested and charged with conspiracy to murder, weapons possession, and reckless endangerment. Shmurda was made eligible for conditional release from Clinton Correctional Facility at 8:30 am Tuesday. Under the terms of his conditional release, Shmurda will serve the remainder of his sentence under community supervision until February 23, 2026. Shmurda was originally sentenced to seven years in prison, but his sentence was reduced to five years after he initially served two years while awaiting a trial date.
  • As far as new music is concerned, Shmurda has assured fans that he will be back in the studio as soon as possible. Fans of the rapper managed to make him certified 5x platinum on the day of his release. Shmurda asserts that he will devote most of his time to music now that he’s out of prison.
  • Shmurda’s welcome home kicked off when rapper Quavo of the group Migos volunteered to be the person to pick him up. “I’m gonna let him show you how I’m gonna pick him up. It’s gonna be big,” Quavo stated. The rapper is, of course, referring to the private plane that he personally picked up and escorted Shmurda home in.
  • It’s unknown if the two artists have plans to do music together, however, Shmurda’s debut studio album is slated to be released soon. The album was originally scheduled to be released in 2016 but was postponed indefinitely after Shmurda’s incarceration. Shmurda previously released an extended play entitled Shmurda, She Wrote on November 10, 2014, one month before his arrest.
  • Shmurda thanked his fans for “remaining loyal” during his time in prison. One of the people Shmurda reacquainted with was longtime accomplice, Rowdy Rebel. Rebel had also been charged in the original investigation and had not seen Shmurda since their arrest.
  • Towards the end of Shmurda’s first day out, friends and family of the rapper gathered together in celebration at a private venue. It was here that Shmurda reunited with his mother, Leslie Pollard. Altogether, it was an intimate and socially distanced dinner.

Fans of Bobby Shmurda cannot wait to experience whatever the rehabilitated rapper has planned for the future of hip-hop music.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Launches ‘Plastic Free’ And ‘Gender Neutral’ Skincare Line

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Jada Pinkett Smith’s Hey Humans sustainable personal care line is now at Target!

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  • The 49-year-old actress and Facebook series talk-show host has joined the beauty and wellness business with her new product line, Hey Humans. The line features 4 everyday items including deodorant, lotion, toothpaste, and body wash for under $6.
  • As more celebrities pile into the skincare market, Jada sets her line apart by advertising her products as gender-neutral and eco-friendly. As you may know, personal care is one of my passions, but so is sustainability,” she captioned her announcement via Instagram.
  • All of the products for Hey Humans are packaged with recyclable materials using aluminum and paper to reduce the consumer’s carbon footprint and help keep plastic out of oceans and landfills. Jada says she made the eco-friendly packaging thanks to her kids.

She told People Magazine, “What really inspired me was my kids, Willow and Jaden, who have educated me around the environment and the necessity to really shift habit in the way we consume. I love personal care and I’m a beauty junkie, but recently I’ve had a lot of anxiety around packaging, and I thought, what can I do in this space?”

  • After Jada announced the new business venture, husband Will Smith posted his support for the line on his personal Instagram. In stark contrast to Jada’s calming self-care-inspired video, Will decided to take a more comical approach. “Jada changed out all the products in the bathrooms in the house so nobody’s allowed to use nothin’ else!” he claimed.

If you want to try it out for yourself, Hey Humans is officially available in Target stores and online at Target.com.

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