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, Mar. 18, 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, this month’s BET Amplified artist to know, 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:
2022 is looking to be an absolute dynamic year for Joyce Wrice. The talented singer-songwriter has followed up her reimagined Proud Family theme song appearance with the new single, “Iced Tea,” which features the wonderfully cool Kaytranada. An artist who stands out at every level, Wrice has captivated listeners with strong projects like Overgrown and songs like “Good Morning,” featuring Mndsgn. On “Iced Tea,” Joyce and Kaytra reunite and it feels oh, so good to hear the duo on this fun dance record. As the L.A. native steps into her divine feminine energy, be sure to check her out as the official opener for Lucky Daye’s Candydrip 26-date North American tour.
Let me be the first person to tell the content connoisseurs of BET.com to dive headfirst into everything that Sudan Archives makes. Suggestions from Stones Throw efforts by yours truly include “Honey,” “Glorious (Nìdia Remix),” and “Mind Control.” A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, her first new track of 2022, “Home Maker,” is a celebration of those domestic goddesses. Sudan Archives choosing to have both her security and sexuality satiated while remaining an independent woman makes this must-listen-to song one to add into your repeat-rotation.
It’s time for that real to return, y’all! The 25-year-old multi-platinum selling, chart-topping recording artist we’ve come to know and love as Normani bares it all in a new single called, “Fair,” which heralds the arrival of an upcoming album. On the HARV-produced track, Normani departs from her bright, upbeat sonics for a more revealing and emotional side. Within soft keys, her voice echoes throughout with raw feeling while lamenting an emotional journey after a breakup. It is a new part of herself being expressed with the world, one that longtime and newbie listeners will celebrate during this weekend and beyond.
Watch The Streams:
A surprise hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Master, directed by Mariama Diallo, is a haunting story on the legacy of racism and sexism at a fictional Ivy League school in Salem, Massachusetts. Starring Regina Hall as a recently promoted professor, this tale follows her and two other Black women: Amber Gray as a radical academic named Liv, and Zoe Renee’s new student Jasmine. Each must grapple not only with the school’s past but with its more subtly racist present. It is a smart and gripping horror movie that even made Regina really how “uncomfortable” the film can be, which is why you should instantly hit play now that Master is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.
Disney Plus, at this very moment, is the reboot king when it comes to these streaming platforms. With a Fort Knox-esque vault full of content, you’d think that these projects that they’re sitting on were cheaper by the dozen. Luckily, for true content connoisseurs like you and me, that is one of the reboots now available to watch. Cheaper by the Dozen returns for a third iteration, starring Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff, as a multiracial blended family of twelve navigating their family business in New Jersey. A fresh take on a beloved story, this is a heartwarming film full of chaos that is fun for the whole family.
A personal favorite of yours truly, the drama for Love & Marriage: Huntsville returns and boy is it ramped up. The hit reality series from Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network returns for Season Three, and chronicles the loves, lives, business ventures, and personal lives of couples, who intersect, fight, and fuss over all the matters important to them in this reality TV show. If you haven’t watched this show before or aren’t familiar with the dramatics, watch this trailer and be sure to tune in for the premiere when it airs on Sunday, Mar. 20.
BET Amplified Artist of the Month Spotlight:
It is This Weekend’s pleasure to announce Muni Long as the BET Amplified Artist for March! The singer-songwriter, formerly known professionally as Priscilla Renea, has usurped the Billboard Hot 100 and became a beloved star by music lovers around the world.
After penning hits for artists such as Rihanna, Fifth Harmony, and others — Muni Long reinvented herself as such and her hits “Sneaky Leak” and “Hrs and Hrs,” the latter which became viral on TikTok, became instant classics. As this month’s BET Amplified Artist, be sure to keep an eye out for an exclusive interview with the talented Capitol Records artist and learn why she is destined to be in front of us for “Yrs and Yrs” to come.
Live at the Experience:
Kirk Franklin will be making audiences stomp right into venues and clubs across the country, as the 16-time Grammy Award-winning artist, producer, and cultural icon goes on the road for the Kingdom Tour. Featuring special guests Jonathan McReynolds and Housefires, this 37-city tour begins on June 1 at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida, making stops in all of the hottest places from Atlanta to Toronto to Los Angeles, before wrapping up in Denver, Colorado at Ball Arena on July 31.
Tickets are available today, Mar. 18, beginning at 10:00 a.m. local time on Ticketmaster. Be sure to get yours ASAP and check out the rest of the dates below:
Wed Jun 01 – Miami, FL – FTX Arena
Thu Jun 02 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Sat Jun 04 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Sun Jun 05 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
Tue Jun 07 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at the BJCC
Thu Jun 09 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Fri Jun 10 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sun Jun 12 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Tue Jun 14 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Thu Jun 16 – Washington DC – Capital One Arena
Fri Jun 17 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Sat Jun 18 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Sun Jun 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Tue Jun 21 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Wed Jun 22 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Thu Jun 23 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
Sat Jun 25 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Sun Jun 26 – Chicago, IL– Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tue Jun 28 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
Thu Jun 30 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Fri Jul 01 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum
Sat Jul 02 – Jackson, MS – Brandon Amphitheater
Thu Jul 07 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
Fri Jul 08 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Sat Jul 09 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Sun Jul 10 – Ft. Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
Wed Jul 13 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Sat Jul 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Tue Jul 19 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Wed Jul 20 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Fri Jul 22 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Sat Jul 23 – Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheater
Sun Jul 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena
Wed Jul 27 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Thu Jul 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Fri Jul 29 – Las Vegas, NV – Michelob ULTRA Arena
Sun Jul 31 – Denver, CO – Ball Are
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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 @KevitoClark.