At least it feels easier than last summer.
It’s time to show up, as they say (i.e. the air conditioning) and focus on some of that good life. I’m here to be your guide this week – and every week when you sign up for the Pop Life Chronicles newsletter.
“High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Changed America”
It’s barbecue season and there’s nothing more perfect than “High on the Hog”.
Whetstone magazine writer and co-founder Stephen Satterfield “follows the delicious moving lines from Africa to Texas” in this Netflix documentary about the black kitchen.
Satterfield is the most charming host, and the series is not only informative but also – no pun intended – soul-stirring.
“Hog” is currently being streamed.
“Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and NASA’s Remaking”
Nichelle Nichols starred in her role as Lt. Nyota Uhura in “Star Trek: The Original Series” not only as a black woman in space, but also helped others like herself in real life despite an uphill battle.
This documentary “chronicles how Nichols turned her science fiction television star into a true science career” with a 1977 campaign to add diversity to NASA’s space programming.
She “recruited more than 8,000 African American, Asian and Latin American women and men for the agency,” said a press release on the film. “Nichols and her program continue to influence the younger generation of astronauts, including (Dr.) Mae Jemison, the first female African American astronaut in space.”
“Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA” launches on Paramount + on Thursday.
“The incantation: the devil made me do it”
When you start complaining that it’s “hot as hell” outside, remember this “terrifying story of terror, murder, and unknown evil that shocked even veteran paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
“One of the most sensational cases on file, it starts with a battle for a little boy’s soul, then takes you over everything you’ve ever seen before to mark the first time in US history that a murder suspect claims demonic possession as a defense “is how the film is described.
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play Lorraine and Ed Warren in the movie, which hits theaters on Friday and is streaming on HBO Max (owned by CNN’s parent company).
Two things to listen to
Liz Phair’s music may be closely tied to the 1990s, but she’s still creating.
Her latest album, Soberish, is out on Friday and she spoke to Variety about how she has grown as an artist.
“I’m a much better singer, producer and guitarist now … and my voices and moods are a lot more complex and interesting,” she said. “But the early work has a pure, untouched, unspoiled beauty that I cannot recapture. I can’t know what I know. “
Can we get Lilith Fair back now, please?
Paris Hilton is hosting a podcast?
This is hot.
The woman who pretty much invented and influenced the selfie speaks about pop culture on her iHeartRadio podcast, “This Is Paris,” and chats with famous people
, including some of her friends.
There is no one better suited to the gig than the Mughal DJ activist. And she doesn’t shy away from talking about her own personal experiences, including comedian Sarah Silverman’s apology for toasting Hilton at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards.
Two things to discuss
I just love Dolly Parton so much.
That’s why I was incredibly tickled to learn that she’s not like the rest of us while we hang around the house in sweatpants and / or yoga pants during the pandemic.
The legendary singer told WSJ. Magazine in an article published on Monday that she has her own version of comfortable house clothes: “A little teddy bear in a dress, a long teddy bear, then I have a small jacket or a matching shirt when I get cold,” she told the publication .
“I call them my baby clothes because they’re soft as a baby,” Parton said.
Otherwise, what would we expect from a woman who says she “cleans all my beauty work and face in the morning because I usually try to put on makeup at night”?
She explained, “I never know if there will be an earthquake, a tornado or a storm and I have to go out in the middle of the night!”
Parton is a national treasure.
I was years old today when I found out.
That Clare Crawley and Dale Moss seem to be a thing again, at least on Instagram. The former Bachelorette posted a photo on her verified account this week showing Moss (chest down) and her pups, with the caption referring to them as “The Boys”.
The couple made history after Crawley left the show prematurely when she fell head over heels for Moss, who was one of the contestants vying for her heart.
Viewers could see them getting engaged, but they broke up shortly afterwards.
“The media take things and run with them. People will tell lies or always want to point a finger,” said Moss, a former soccer player, after their split. “But the fact is that in this situation there is no one to blame.”
It wouldn’t be Bachelor Nation if there wasn’t a breakup and an occasional reconciliation – or two.
Something to sip on
“Mare of Easttown” is a reminder of how good a crime thriller can be.
The finale aired recently and social media couldn’t stop talking about it all – the great acting, excellent writing, and accurate accents in Pennsylvania.
Kate Winslet as Detective Mare Sheehan gives one of the best performances of her career. Her co-stars Jean Smart as Mares mother Helen Fahey; Julianne Nicholson as Mare’s best friend, Lori Ross; and Evan Peters as Detective Colin Zabel are also miracles. Seriously, just go ahead and nominate them for all awards.
But what I loved most about the limited HBO series (HBO and CNN are both part of WarnerMedia) was the downright incredible storytelling that will keep you updated. As my CNN colleague Brian Lowry noted, it was about both relationships and crime fiction, and both narratives were carried out with intensity and grace.
Can I have some more, please.