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.
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For Friday, June 24, 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:
Dot Da Genius is the brainchild behind some of your favorite hits by Kid Cudi, and with the two in a brilliant renaissance, right now is the perfect time for a collaboration. Enter: “Talk About Me,” an impressive showing that also features Denzel Curry and J.I.D, who is also adept at stealing the spotlight with a show-stopping verse… or three. With Cudi’s harmonizing, different cadences, Curry’s easily recognizable flow, and delivery, and J.I.D’s energetic and authoritative skills — chalk this up to being one of the best group pairings of 2022.
Just in time for summer, Kalan, an L.A. native, and rising star joins forces with Blxst, a fan favorite and budding superstar for “NO STOPPIN.” Produced by The Stereotypes (Cardi B, Bruno Mars, Mariah Carey) and Roark Bailey (Summer Walker, Kanye West), Kalan shows off his signature melodic flow while sharing with the listener the complexities of a difficult, yet fulfilling relationship that is still worth that “ride or die” love at the end of the day. The official second single from Compton native’s upcoming project, Kalan, and “NO STOPPIN” are a tandem that you’ll be hearing throughout the warm weather months and longer.
Keeping it on the West Coast, YG, who already made history by surpassing 10 billion career streams and over 2 billion YouTube views earlier this year, drops a new single and video for “Run.” Featuring long-time collaborator Tyga, 21 Savage, and BIA aid the Bompton legend on the track. The song follows “Scared Money,” featuring J. Cole and Moneybagg Yo, as the second single from YG’s highly-anticipated forthcoming album. Play this for when you’re getting your brag on with your friends on this post-Juneteenth weekend.
Special Mentions: There is also some exceptionally dope work from the likes of Idman (“Look At What I’m Doing To You”), Jesse Reyez (“Fraud”), Snoop Dogg & Eminem (“From The D 2 The LBC”), Roddy Ricch (“Real Talk”), Azealia Banks (“I Rule the World”) that you cannot afford to miss.
Watch The Streams:
While there aren’t a lot of details available about Westworld Season 4, it is a series worth delving into Season 3 to build your weight up ahead of the show’s return. Maeve (Thandiwe Newton) and Caleb were able to defeat Serac (Vincent Cassel), but now with The Man in Black now turned into an “other,” all bets are off in what is rumored to be the final installment of the popular sci-fi show. If you’re excited to see the new worlds created and a host of action, turn on HBO Max and peep Season 4 tonight.
With everything that’s going on in the world right now, couldn’t you use a bit of laughter to distract you from the craziness? The Man From Toronto, a new Netflix film starring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson, is out this weekend and definitely needed for anyone in need of good vibes in their queue. Billed as a mismatched buddy action picture, Hart stars as a guy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and gets mistaken for Harrelson’s character, a brutal assassin. If you’re in the mood for this, then make this your go-to watch for Saturday.
Disney has been the go-to destination for family stories full of heart — and Rise is up that alley. Told about the Antetokounmpo family, yes, NBA World Champion hoop star Giannis Antetokounmpo and his family, and their time living under the radar in Greece. Dayo Okeniyi who plays father Charles and Yetide Badaki as mother Veronika try to care for their five children and teach them how to fend for themselves. It is a hardscrabble story that has great flashes of the greatness that happens to the children in the future.
It’s June and as you know it’s time for the Black Super Bowl, otherwise known as the BET Awards. Now in its 22nd year and hosted by Taraji P. Henson, this weekend’s showcase will entertain, engage, and empower Black creatives and audiences through the power of art and excellence. With performances by Lizzo, Babyface, Chlöe, Fireboy DML, and a special tribute to Diddy, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement award — you do not want to miss this year’s showcase as it will be what everyone will be talking about around the digital watercooler come Monday.
Live at the Experience:
An experience I had the pleasure of going on was to witness Celebrate Soulfully at Disneyland Resort, which is comprised of Disneyland Park, California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney District, Disney’s Grand California Hotel, and more. Alongside my compatriot, Chelsea VonChaz of Happy Period, we were able to hit our favorite superhero poses and tap into our inner kid while at one of the happiest places on Earth.
At a lengthy 100 acres of land with over 55 adventures and attractions, Celebrate Soulfully, which was introduced in February, invited guests to engage with moments that highlight and celebrate Black Music Month, heritage, and culture. From having the flavorful West Coast staple, Happy Ice, a Black-owned company from Philadelphia with an L.A. twist to meeting owners, co-founders, and mother-daughter duo Juana Williams and Blair Paysinger of Post 21 — it was a welcomed discovery that meant a lot to this guy who enjoys a healthy dose of Black joy.
A true gem, the Celebrate Soulfully experience is a rewarding one for anyone who feels like they’re beginning to see themselves reflected on a grand scale. And after passing through Downtown Disney and seeing Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure — the epic moment for me came in watching Tale of the Lion King. A story-theatre adaptation of the beloved animated film, you’re whisked back to the Pride and into the events that took the young lion cub (and hero) Simba into the dynamic leader and future king. It was a vibrant, melodious, and exceptionally well-done show for anyone who is looking for Black-and-good time.
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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.