Seriously. High temps, more skin and plenty of cocktails with umbrellas.
Count me in. And after surviving a pandemic, you had better praise ANY body you’re living in and designate it summer-ready.
That’s why I am all types of thrilled by the hot-girl summer energy right now as women are owning their agency.
Which leads me into this week’s what to watch:
Three things to watch
What happens when you get two strippers, a needy boyfriend and a dangerous pimp together for a road trip?
All types of shenanigans — and we are SO here for it.
If Paige seems perfect as Zola, thank Bravo, who told me she found her and surreptitiously took photos of the young actress at a coffee shop after earlier spotting Paige in an ad for her VH1/BET drama, “Hit the Floor.”
Paige was not happy about the snaps.
“Zola” is in theaters now.
‘Summer of Soul’
Questlove can literally do it all.
The drummer for The Roots, superstar DJ and adjunct instructor at New York University has directed his first film, a documentary titled “Summer of Soul.”
The film is billed as “part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.”
“Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just 100 miles south of Woodstock, the Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park),” according to a news release for the film. “The footage was never seen and largely forgotten — until now.”
Being educated while you jam? Sign me up!
The doc starts streaming on Hulu Friday.
I’m a sucker for musical artists who can also act. Liniker’s performance as Cassandra, a woman whose life takes a turn when a son she never knew she had turns up at her door, is stellar. She also sings in the series, so bonus!
“September Mornings,” also known as “Manhãs de Setembro,” is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Two things to listen to
It seems that the pandemic has artists out here creating enough tunes that they can release more than one album a year.
Color me not mad about it.
Let the storytelling begin on Sunday.
The Summer Olympics start July 23. In honor of the games, Audible is offering up an exclusive six-episode podcast series.
The podcast is currently streaming.
One thing to talk about
More prequels, please.
I know Hollywood loves a good sequel — and multiple ones at that — but I crave origin stories.
I was obsessed with the HBO show and am so looking forward to this film. (Obligatory corporate synergy disclosure: HBO and CNN are both part of WarnerMedia.)
Perfect casting. Plus, behind every great character is a history that helped him or her get there. Bada bing, bada boom.
Something to sip on
Support for Britney Spears is growing louder.
As wonderful as that is, I hope support continues when headlines are gone.