Week Enders | 25March17

Well, that happened…
I’m on a staycation and I’m not sure where the week went. And I don’t want it to end.

Just Beauty…
I haven’t picked up a copy of Allure in years. The last time I’d looked at the website, it was a jumbled mess. The April ’17 issue caught my eye as I was getting in line at the drugstore. Three beautiful women of varying shades of brown. The Beauty of Diversity headline. I didn’t have time to flip through it before I got to the register. So, I bought it. I loved reading the variety of voices of women of color.  I appreciated seeing WoC throughout the issue, but is it just for this month or is the new way things are done?

Shots Fired. Fox. Set in small-town North Carolina, Shots Fired opens with the investigation of the killing of an unarmed white motorist by a black police officer. The 10-episode limited series, created by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood, stars Sanaa Lathan as a DoJ investigator. When I first heard about the show, I was skeptical. I didn’t want it to minimize what Black folks go through, just to get white people to try to understand it, because the victim looks like them. But, after watching the first episode, seeing what it is and is building up to be, I’m in.

Louie. I never really watched Louis CK’s Louie. When I was writing about Susan Kelechi Watson from This Is Us a few weeks ago, I looked at Claire 2.0’s IMDB page.  I saw Louie, but it didn’t really cross my mind to see what role she played and watch a few clips. Then, I read her anecdote in the new issue of Allure. She talked about how she was cast to play Louie’s ex-wife.  From the few episodes I’d seen, his kids were played by two young white actresses. I was just as confused and intrigued as she was. I’m venturing back into Louie-land, just to see Susan.

Run The Jewels.  The first official video off of RTJ3 for “Legend Has It” is out. Killer Mike and EL-P performed “Legend Has It” on Fallon last week.  And they did a fucking Tiny Desk Concert last month.  Lord, NPR.  I love you.  Here’s a long conversation with Ebro an ‘nem on Hot 97.

Legend Has It

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

Pitchfork Live in NYC 1March17

Drake.  His More Life “playlist” dropped last week. It’s been on #ObsessiveRepeat ever since.

Rupaul’s Drag Race moved from Logo to VH1.  It’s like VH1 and Logo are co-parenting.  Eps premiere with a bang over on VH1, then come back home to Logo.  The new season kicked off with, hello, LADY GAGA as guest judge/major inspiration.

This weekend, I might be:
+ watching a LOT of Bravo.
+ thinking about staring at the ocean.
+ buying ingredients for my first attempt at faux nashville-hot chicken.

What are you up to?

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