What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend viewing, listening and reading
Here's what the NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was paying attention to — and what you should check out this weekend.
Flyana Boss is a duo of two young women — Folayan and Bobbi. They met in music school, apparently, and became best friends. And you can absolutely tell from the music that they make that they are in sync. They started filming these lyric videos for one verse of the song "You Wish," where they are just running while mouthing the lyrics. It's very simple, but since then it's turned into a whole thing where they're having their fans tell them where to go running next — so they've run at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Disneyland, a grocery store, a gym, a McDonald's. Shoutout to their videographer, Evan Blum, who — I don't know how he's doing this — but he's running with them the whole time. — Aisha Harris
The latest season of Project Runway All Stars
Project Runway has had several seasons of all stars that they did as kind of a separate spin-off show — different host, different stuff, different mentor. But now they're doing a regular Project Runway season that involves bringing back a lot of people going all the way back to the first season. It got interestingly tense in the most recent one that I watched. People are all older now and they kind of know how these things work and they get more frustrated when they start to go down a path of feeling like something is just nonsense. I mean, this show has now been on for so long — almost 20 years. It has motivated me to go back and watch some old seasons of Project Runway, all of which, by the way, are now available on Peacock. — Linda Holmes
New nonfiction about queer representation and media
If you are one of many folks out there who are anxious and angry about the recent wave of anti-queer legislation sweeping the country right now, let me recommend a bunch of books that have come out just in the last couple of months that speak directly to the power of representation, queer representation in media. There is, of course, friend of the show Tre'vell Anderson's We See Each Other: A Black, Trans Journey Through TV and Film. There's Kyle Turner's The Queer Film Guide that walks you through 100 films in the international queer canon in a very smart, lively and really insightful way. There's Manuel Betancourt's The Male Gazed which is a series of really searching and personal essays about pop culture's role in queer desire. And finally, there's Hi Honey, I'm Homo!, a great title by Matt Baume — it's about how something as rigid and formulaic as the American sitcom can still find room to speak to queerness — sometimes in very coded ways. So, you know, in this current cultural landscape, it is just nice to be reminded that we are part of the culture — we always have been and we always will be. — Glen Weldon
More recommendations from the Pop Culture Happy Hour newsletter
by Linda Holmes
I am delighted to report that there is another season of the game show Is It Cake? available on Netflix, and it remains one of the silliest and most relaxing things you can do with your evening, your lazy afternoon, or your procrastination time.
Our dear pal Sam Sanders and his co-hosts Saeed Jones and Zach Stafford delivered a beautiful episode of their podcast Vibe Check this week, in which they talked about grief and the death of Sam's mother. Do check it out.
I'm not sure any one thing you could read will explain the origins of the current WGA and SAG strikes better than this piece in The New Yorker about who did and emphatically did not make money on the success of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black.
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