May 2023 was filled with both memorable and forgettable moments in pop culture. From Halle Bailey‘s influence on The Little Mermaid to a viral altercation in Vegas and a shocking arrest, here are the top stories that defined the month.
It was reported that the R&B singer was upset with Taylor for abandoning his AMA tribute performance, leading to its cancellation. Brown expressed dissatisfaction with Taylor’s presence at Usher’s skate birthday party, where the incident occurred. Usher tried to mediate the situation.
Halle Bailey Makes A Splash At The Box Office
May 26 marked the release of the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid with Halle Bailey as Ariel. This casting choice left a lasting impact on young Black girls, as Bailey’s portrayal of the iconic character represented a “Black Girl Renaissance.”
The film, directed by Rob Marshall, featured Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Daveed Diggs, and Awkwafina. The Little Mermaid achieved its highest opening ever with a Black female lead, earning an estimated $97 million.
Additionally, the singer/actress’s “Black Girl Renaissance” continued through the singer’s representation of Ariel’s hair in The Little Mermaid as Bailey reclaimed Ariel’s role.
The creation of her Ariel hair, reportedly costing $150,000, was entrusted to Oscar-nominated hairstylist Camille Friend. After a crucial conversation with Halle, Camille understood the importance of maintaining her locs for the character.
The drama unfolded on May 30 as singer DaniLeighwas arrested in Miami for driving under the influence (DUI) and causing injury to another person.
The R&B singer faced three felony charges, including leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury and injuring a person while driving under the influence. Her arrest sent shockwaves through the music industry.
More Top 23 of 2023
As we reflect on the top moments of 2023, it’s worth mentioning other highlights from earlier in the year, such as the passing ofGangsta Boo, which deeply impacted hip-hop. The saga of 2023 continues with more stories to come.