Grapevine: Dee Barnes says Dré should have ‘owned up’

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Dee Barnes speaks out about ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Journalist Dee Barnes wrote an article for Gawker voicing her issues with the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton.” Barnes, who hosted the FOX hip-hop show “Pump It Up!,” was attacked by Dr. Dre while he was still a member of the group, and she thought the film should have addressed that incident. “Like many of the women that knew and worked with N.W.A, I found myself a casualty of Straight Outta Compton's revisionist history,” she wrote. While she didn’t want to watch a scene of her getting beat up by Dre (“the truth is too ugly for a general audience”), she did think the issue was swept under the rug. “(Dre) should have owned up to the time he punched his labelmate, Tairrie B, twice at a Grammys party in 1990,” she wrote. “He should have owned up to the black eyes and scars he gave to his collaborator, Michel’le. And he should have owned up to what he did to me. That’s reality. That’s reality rap.”

Rosie O’Donnell’s teen daughter found safe

Tuesday comedian and television host Rosie O’Donnell asked the public for help in finding her 17-year-old daughter, Chelsea O’Donnell, who has not been seen since Aug. 11. The teen was found at a residence in the Jersey Shore area and went with police without incident.

‘Batgirl’ actress Yvonne Craig died of cancer

The actress best known for playing Batgirl in the 1960s television series died Monday. Yvonne Craig, 78, died of cancer, her family confirmed via Craig’s website. A ballet dancer and television actress, Craig also appeared on “Star Trek” and other TV shows, plus two Elvis Presley films, “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and “Kissin’ Cousins.” Melissa Gilbert, one of many actresses who voiced Batgirl in an animated series, tweeted Wednesday that Craig was “my childhood inspiration.” “She was the best Batgirl of all of us lucky enough to play that role.”

Also ...

■Television writer and producer Bud Yorkin died at age 89, his family confirmed Tuesday. Yorkin was best known for his work on “All in the Family.”

■Can you believe Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green have been together 11 years, and married for five? By Hollywood standards it seems about time for them to be breaking up, and they are. An “insider” told Us Weekly that Fox has separated from Green.

■Congratulations to Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his wife, Tasha McCauley. They welcomed their first child, a boy, over the weekend.

Thursday’s birthdays

Connie Chung, 69

Al Roker, 61

Robert Plant, 67

Amy Adams, 41

Andrew Garfield, 31

Demi Lovato, 23