The weather in NYC hasn’t been showing it, but it’s May and that means summer time should be around the corner! Check out my reads, watches, and listens for this month and comment with the content you’ve loved this month too!
Let’s start with the books. For my book club at work, we read The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society, a simply lovely story about friendship, community, and the power of literature. In the aftermath of World War II, this book is written entirely in letters and takes the reader on an adventure – I want to visit Guernsey so bad now! I also finally read The Red Tent, Anita Diamant’s powerful and thought-provoking story based on Dinah in the Bible. If you’re at all interested in religion, this book is for you. And finally, I really loved Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy, a short book that gives you 21 ways to “get more done in less time”.
This month, Kanye West broke my heart with his ridiculous and offensive comments and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s article, I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye, is a real take on everything Yeezy. And as we watch LeBron James continue to dominate, this article about how Nike signed him to his first major sneaker deal was just fascinating!
This month featured the Royal Wedding (which was pretty sweet), but the only wedding with Meghan Markle in it happened at the end of Season 7 of Suits! I finally caught up on this awesome show, and this season sees Mike and Rachael get married, but also sadly leave the show. I’ve also loved the second season of Dear White People on Netflix, where we get a lot more back story on all the characters at Winchester and take a deep dive into the world of racist internet trolls and complicated TV show hosts – all with the fantastic DWP writing!
Finally, we have to talk about This is America, the intense, thought-provoking, and difficult to watch music video from Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover. While almost everyone loves it for its commentary on gun violence in the United States, parts of it were hard to watch for me because of its portrayal of black violence, specifically the Charleston shooting. It’s an important video, but one that cannot merely be portrayed as art and that we move on from.
Alright, let’s start with my jams for the month. I’ve been listening to Dirty Computer, the stellar new album from Janelle Monae. It’s a complex, beautiful, and real project that I hope we keep listening to all summer long. I also want to give a shout-out to First Burn, the new Hamil-drop featuring the initial version of Burn from Hamilton as sung by five women who have played Eliza in the show.
For a new podcast series, check out Buried Truths, a truly painful look at 1948 Georgia as Black people tried to practice their right to vote in the South. There are also new seasons out of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History (one of my absolute favorites!) and NPR’s Embedded, where they’re talking with people in West Virginia about the impact of Trump on the coal industry.
That’s it for now! Comment with the things you’ve loved this month and I’ll see you back here for RWL in June!