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This Weekend: Here’s What to Watch, Listen to & Experience

Spend time off with Cardi B, Lena Waithe, and the 2022 Essence Fest.

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.

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For Saturday, July 2, 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:


The Bronx bombshell, Cardi B, may have dropped a strong contender for “song of the summer” with “Hot S**t,” her first record release since 2021’s “Up.” With no video needed, the joint has already caught everyone’s attention thanks to BandBwoi and Tay Keith’s nuclear-infused production, and guest features Ye (Kanye West) and Lil Durk. Revealing that she’s been sitting on the single for about three years, “Hot S**t” certainly sounds fresh and I’m confident that fans are already planning on helping this jam to break some streaming records.

NNAMDÏ, one of my favorite indie acts from Chicago, is back and ready to make audiences happy with his new album, Please Have A Seat, which drops later this fall. The first single from that project is “I Don’t Wanna Be Famous,” a song that serves as a mantra that a lot of people need to add to their morning routine. The Austin Vesley-directed video finds NNAMDÏ being harassed by paparazzi, getting pelted with tomatoes by the haters and nervously dealing with the adorning public. With the message being that you should stay true to what’s inside of you and not what the peanut gallery wants from you, “I Don’t Wanna Be Famous” is a great offering from this much-needed artist.

Snakehips make their return with this highly-anticipated collaboration with Duckwrth called “All Around The World.” This directly follows up the pair’s recent hit single, “WATER.,” and finds the latter flawlessly adding another must-repeat verse to his growing repertoire. Immediately ear-catching, “All Around The World” is an addictive and feel-good sonic offering that will play at your favorite backyard boogie or live whenever the renowned DJ/production duo decides to hit the road.

Special Mentions: There is also some exceptionally dope work from the likes of THEY. (“Comfortable Hues”), Lola Brooke (“On My Mind”), Calvin Harris feat. 21 Savage (“New Money”), and Usher feat. City Girls (“Good Love”) that you cannot afford to miss.

Watch The Streams:

We’ve finally reached the end of the road for the cast of Netflix’s Stranger Things. Caleb McLaughlin and his friends have returned to fight off baddie Vecna’s plans for their small midwest town. Judging by the trailer above, it looks like they’re in short supply of hope, and resources, but have enough fight to make this two-episode part two escapade worth watching.

The musical drama, Beauty, written and co-produced by Lena Waithe and directed by Andrew Dosunmu (Mother of George), lightly fictionalizes the story of pre-fame Whitney Houston. Here, Beauty, played by Gracie Marie Bradley, is trying to work out her personal drama amidst a compassionate, yet cautious mother (Niecy Nash), her domineering father (Giancarlo Esposito), and her manager who wants her to be whiter, er, blander, played by Sharon Stone. It is a stark comparison to the real-life tale, but with Waithe’s pen adding in her own adages as an openly gay Black woman in the entertainment industry, Beauty is one that you should watch and keep your Whitney-pedia handy for.

Live at the Experience:

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The three-day occasion finds Black people from all over the country descending to New Orleans for an experience unlike any you’ll see during the year. Already, Day 1 for yours truly has been full of food, line-dancing (specifically the “Cha Cha Slide”), and highlights by Coco Jones, Kevin Hart, Ryan Davis, and DJ D-Nice. It is my first time ever attending and with more than enough things to do, it has been important for me to be attached to my itinerary with mad alerts set.

One of the major moments for me was attending the McDonald’s Future 22 event, which featured the Golden Arches celebrating its Black owners and operators program’s 50th anniversary and recognizing 22 changemakers across the space of science, ASL, fashion, and tech, and more. “I’m only going to be better if I do better for myself,” Palmer shared during the hour-long chat, which served as a reminder for everyone in the room that self-care is more important now than ever before. 

And with family, friends, and yours truly in the building, it was truly magnanimous to witness these bright voices like Jeffrey Coprich, Kevin Brooks, J.C. Smith, and more come together and share their inspiration with us.

You can watch the full chat below, plus congratulations to them all, and follow the highlights at Black & Positively Golden (@WeAreGolden) on Instagram.


Check back to BET.com and BET Digital for more weekly installments of This Weekend.

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.

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