The Catch Up: What You Missed This Week in Pop Culture News and More

Get up to date on what everyone was talking about on social media this week.

Wendy Williams; Jada of Houston; and Yaya DaCosta and Arlen Escarpata

STAN HONDA/Getty Images;Twitter Screenshot/JACK ZEMAN/LIFETIME 2014

This week was filled with more biopic news than we could count and a black superhero from Harlem. But the most powerful messages came from this week’s reminders that bullying and sexual assault are never justifiable. The rape victim, Jada of Houston, whose attack went viral, along with Vanessa Williams’ confession gave victims of sexual molestation a powerful voice this week.

1.     #IAmJada


Twitter Screenshot

After the rape of 16-year-old Jada went viral, social media stood in solidarity with the teen. The hashtag #IAmJada started to trend rather quickly as Twitter spoke out against bullying and rape culture.

2.     A first look at ‘Whitney’ and ‘Bobby’



If you weren’t excited for Lifetime’s biopic of Whitney Houston before, you should be now. We got a chance this week to see Yaya DaCosta as Houston and Arlen Escarpata as Bobby Brown. If this teaser photo of the couple doesn’t get you ready for the film, Deborah Cox performing the late singer’s music in the film will.

3.     Vanessa Williams’ Shocking Confession

The actress revealed to Oprah’s Master Class that she was molested at age 10, and she discussed the effects it had on her sexual development.

4.     Rihanna’s #Free Palestine Tweet


Whether it was by accident, as her publicist says, or not, Rihanna raised some eyebrows when a #FreePalestine tweet was sent from her Twitter account and deleted moments after.

5.     Captain America Shakes Up the Superhero World