You can now view the first episode of Issa Rae’s new HBO show Insecure on YouTube. Woo hoo! If you’ve watched Issa’s hit web series Awkward Black Girl, her new show will remind you of that (but in a good way). It’s funny but familiar. Apparently, many want Issa to continue down her awkward path, as she explained in a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon. Typecasting strikes yet again.
I enjoyed the first episode. It’s good to see black women represented in complex, refreshing ways. And I’m glad she’s bringing issues that black women face to the forefront but with humor. The music is on point too, with Raphael Saadiq selecting the tracks of the show’s premier episode. You can listen to the songs on Spotify but I also found the listing here if you’re not on Spotify (like myself).
Insecure airs on HBO, Sundays at 10:30pm (way beyond what should be my bedtime).
A good friend just shared with me that there’s now a lifestyle magazine dedicated to black women with natural hair – CRWN magazine. The first issue was released back in August. I have yet to purchase it. It’s a hefty $20, but perhaps it’s as thick as a book? Maybe? Hopefully? Apparently, CRWN will not only feature everyday black women rocking natural styles but will also include topics of gender, politics, fashion, and so on. Sounds and looks good to me.
And back to Solange’s slayage, she released a short film on the creative process she underwent when producing A Seat at the Table. She wrote all the songs. What talent! And the legendary Raphael Saadiq laid the foundation for Cranes in the Sky. I should have known. His sound is timeless.
Since I keep paying for this url, then I need to type some shit huh? Lol.
Well if you haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and give Solange’s latest album A Seat at the Table a listen. I bought it today and absolutely love it. It’s intelligent, earnest, and eclectic. This album is truly a love song for and about black people with songs like Don’t Touch My Hair, F.U.B.U (for us by us), and the pearls of wisdom dropped by No Limit architect Master P.
Also I’m truly thankful for an album that’s melodically and lyrically diverse. I’m so not in the mood for over-saturated songs about romantic coupling. What can I say? It’s not my mood right now and there are so many topics to explore musically.
My favorite song at the moment (if I had to pick) is Cranes in the Sky. Solange released a video on her web site along with a video for Don’t Touch My Hair.
The video for Cranes in the Sky is included below.
PS Anderson .Paak is worth a listen as well. His latest album Malibu is awesome as well as his prior release Venice. I think I enjoy Venice more due to the variety of subjects and its high energy. But both are great!
Now this teaser trailer has piqued my interest. I’m not a big Childish Gambino fan but I do like Donald Glover. He can be my man crush Monday going up on a Tuesday.
And he’s using Tame Impala’s New Person, Same Old Mistakes song that RiRi redid. Plus 2 points! That song is hypnosis personified.
I’ll bite (and some mo’ stuff). 🙂
I’m jet-lagged so this shall be quick. Speaking of jet-lag. Shot out to Portland, Oregon for the tasty donuts at Blue Star Donuts and the amazing ice cream at Salt and Straw. Of course, I shan’t neglect to mention all of the super-polite folk I encountered whilst visiting. They are mad chill out there. #westcoastvibes
Next month, I’ve got San Francisco on tap. #eatwelltraveloften
But I digress. So much for being brief….
I already mentioned the Another Round podcast with Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton of Buzzfeed which I thoroughly enjoy. But here’s some new ish for you. I recently discovered 2 Dope Queens with funny black girls Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson. 2 Dope Queens is just two podcasts in (the third will be released by the time this post publishes) and it’s hilarious; like LOL a gang of cry-laughing emojis funny. The podcast was recently ranked the #1 on iTunes. Cheers ladies! Also I would like to give a special shot out to Naomi Ekperigin of episode two. Her bit brought me much joy while awaiting my delayed flight at PDX.
So check these funny, hot queens out yo.
So I know Yeezy has been getting all the attention due to his recent tweeted soliloquies but I stumbled across this glorious thread by @beeyroyce that I endorse wholeheartedly. Words to live by ladies, for sure.
Oh and this just in, black Men in the DMV only attend sporting events. I know this isn’t news for most of us single black women living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (hence the sarcasm). But I do appreciate VSB for vocalizing it.
Now if only they could clone eligible Idris Elba-esque versions of themselves.