When it comes to content, it’s easy for us to stick to what we know or want that old thing back. But for a rare few, being a true content connoisseur is about being on top of what’s hot, what’s trending, and what’s next. Luckily, this new guide is everything for your music, literary, film, TV, and live experiences needs.
Each week, yours truly, Kevin L. Clark, will be your go-to advocate, spotlighting all those content cravings worth enjoying.
You’re now tuned into This Weekend, a weekly round-up for content culture lovers and those who love to avoid FOMO.
For Friday, June 17, this week’s episode finds us with some freshly-discovered treasures for you, your family, and friends to get into + share with others. It contains a healthy dose of sonic vibes, live experiences, and, of course, something streaming that’s a feast for the eyes.
So bon appétit to all those true savants who are purveyors of content culture out there.
For Listeners Only:
Obstacles won’t hold Gunna down. Despite the current RICO charges being faced by the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum rap superstar, Gunna continues to push “P” in a major way with his new self-directed music video for the single, “Banking On Me,” which you can watch above. If you’ve read his letter which advocated for the “Protect Black Art” petition, this video is a sign that not even his current trials and tribulations will hold him back.
The global music superstar known as Mr Eazi has shared “Legalize,” which is the first single from his forthcoming debut album, and promises an introspective look at the Banku pioneer’s life. Michael Brun, E Kelly, and Nonso Amadi have grouped together to give the song its flavors, while Eazi celebrates and adores his fiancée, the Nigerian actress Temi Otedola. “Legalize,” which jumpstarts Mr Eazi’s as-yet-untitled debut, is billed as a collection of art pieces, and worth adding to any real fan’s collection.
The masterful Flying Lotus is back, blessed, booked, and beautifully Black as he joins us in summer mode with his new double single, “The Room” b/w “You Don’t Know.” Featuring the criminally slept-on Devin Tracy (Ease Your Mind) — the head honcho behind Brainfeeder Records is in a great space creatively. After building the theme song for They Call Me Magic, and taking home Best Progressive R&B Album at the 63rd Grammys for his work on Thundercat’s It Is What It Is — the 38-year-old will be gearing up for a healthy set on the road from Napa to Brooklyn.
Special Mentions: There is also some exceptionally dope work from the likes of DAMOYEE (“Phobia”), Xavier Omär (“Tarantino”), Shalom (“BAD TO THE BONE”), Kadhja Bonet (“JGS”), Tank and the Bangas (“There Goes The Neighborhood”), and bLAck pARty (“On My Way”) that you cannot afford to miss.
Watch The Streams:
It’s no secret just how much Snoop Dogg has been getting it in. And now, as he enters into the rarefied air as a brand specialist, Netflix delivered a bag to the Doggfather to host Snoop Dogg’s F*cn Around Comedy Special. Clocking in at 1 hour and 7 minutes, the LBC MC uses his celebrity leverage to create a “family reunion” with his close yet famous friends. With a lot of puff-puff-passing going around, the laughs come fast, loud, and furious as Mike Epps, Guy Torry, Melanie Comarcho, Donnell Rawlings, DeRay Davis, and Katt Williams light up the stage.
In every generation, everyone has had their teen-centric, Romeo meets Juliet, supernatural-esque romance series. Whether it was The Vampire Diaries, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, it appears that up next for today’s audiences is First Kill. Based on the short story by bestselling YA novelist V.E. Schwab, Calliope “Cal” Lewis (Imani Lewis) and Juliette Fairmount (Sarah Catherine Hook) are two teens who are a monster hunters and vampire in love. If you wonder to yourself, what could possibly go wrong? Well, press play and find out!
If you didn’t know, Keke Palmer is having an extremely wonderful 2022. From starring in Jordan Peele’s Nope to becoming the new host of the game show, Password, Palmer is placing herself as one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood. Add to that she’s getting her Disney checks hand-delivered to her house, and you’ll be pleased to know that she’s the reason why Lightyear, an all-new adventure that explores the origin story of the action figure from Toy Story, is worth the price of admission.
Live at the Experience:
Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum R&B star GIVĒON is heading on a cross-country headlining tour starting August 16. His first tour in support of his upcoming full-length debut album, Give Or Take, which arrives on June 24 — the Long Beach singer-songwriter will visit major cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, and New York.
Tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m. local time today, June 17, which you can cop for you and your loved ones here.
8/16 Philadelphia, PA – The Metropolitan Opera House
8/17 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
8/19 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
8/21 Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
8/23 Boston, MA – House of Blues
8/26 Richmond, VA – The National
8/27 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
8/28 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
8/30 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
8/31 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
9/2 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
9/3 Miami, FL – The Oasis
9/4 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
9/6 New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theater
9/8 Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
9/9 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
9/10 Dallas, TX - The Factory
9/12 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
9/13 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
9/15 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
9/16 Los Angeles, CA - Primavera Sound **Festival Date
9/18 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
9/20 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
9/21 Seattle, WA - The Paramount Theatre
9/22 Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl
9/24 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
9/25 Denver, CO - The Mission Ballroom
9/27 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
9/29 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland
9/30 Saint Louis, MO – The Pageant
10/2 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
10/4 Detroit, MI – The Masonic Theater
10/5 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
10/7 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room At Old National Centre
10/9 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
10/11 Columbus, OH – Kemba Live!
10/12 Pittsburgh, PAc- Stage AE
10/14 Washington, DC – The Anthem
10/16 Montreal, QC - MTELUS
10/19 Toronto, ON - HISTORY
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Kevin L. Clark is a screenwriter and entertainment director for BET Digital, who covers the intersection of music, film, pop culture, and social justice. Follow him on @IAmKevitoClark.