The less conspicuous of the Knowles sisters is back with a rich fresco of collaborations, black history, and her upbringing in Texas. When I Get Home - her fourth studio album - takes off where A Seat At The Table landed, with some of the best songwriting this side of Joni Mitchell - if one can call this songwriting at all. WIGH plays better as an alchemy of moods and fleeting sketches that fizzle and flow as they please. It echoes the avant-garde temperament of contemporary R&B (must be on that whiiiiite like Othello ooooo) with the intention to be heard visually. Make no mistake though: this is some of the most experimental R&B writing I have heard in 2019. More than a few friends join her at the table to draw out a map of her childhood: Gucci Mane, Sampha and the ever audacious Prayboi Carti - with whom she gives us the unabashed anthem of her existence. Brown skin, black braids, brown liquor - sip, sip, sip.
Marta Vieira da Silva. If you don't know who that is, the case for Festival of Football is all the more imperative. Marta is the single most decorated footballer with more World Player Of The Year awards than anybody who has ever graced the green. Yes, that's more than Zidane, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and whoever else you want to add to that list.
Festival of Football seeks to re-examine how we view women in sport by organizing the longest ever football match with the largest ever set of players. The five-day event, which will be held in Lyon, France during the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup, will bring 3500 players of all ages, abilities, and genders for a game unlike any other - all for one singular focus: to bring women and girls out of the shadows and sidelines of sport. This means that any girl, anywhere is given the right opportunity, equality, and respect. Nothing more. Nothing less. Look up how you can be a part of this here.
Jordan Peele's follow up to Get Out has been subject to acclaim from all corners of the industry - both critical and commercial. It grossed $70 million on its opening weekend, making it the second-biggest opening of the year. This would be enough to cement the movie as one of the great horror flicks of the decade. But Us goes one step further: the Lupita Nyong'o starrer officially has the highest domestic opening weekend for a film headlined by a Black Woman. The previous record was held by Sanaa Lathan for Alien v. Predator for ten years.
Nyong'o's performance has been garnering a lot of attention, with nudges towards a 2020 Best Actress run already making waves. Director Jordan Peele has said that he wrote the role of Adelaide Wilson/Red especially for Nyong'o as he couldn't understand how she wasn't offered more leading roles after her maiden Academy Award win way back in 2014. Either way, Us presents a strong case that women of color are bankable in Hollywood. And we hope more production houses take note.