The Roundup: June
Updated: Jul 5
It feels like we haven't experienced a lot in 2020, but we are halfway through the year already. It's safe to say the last six months of this year have felt like a spiritual and mental awakening. We've got a lot to cover for June from empowering music releases to new films (only on tv and streams because the movie theaters are still closed). So, let's dive into everything that happened this month.
New to the Screen
Although Waco originally released in 2018, it was added to Netflix and has been showing up on people's recommended shows to watch in the last couple of weeks. The show covers the story of the 1993 Waco Seige. If you are into cult shows, conspiracies, crimes, or just have a genuine interest in what happened in Waco almost 20 years ago, then this is the show for you. Make sure to check it out while you can because it is currently listed as a limited series.
Another popular release this month has been Athlete A. Remember a few years ago when allegations started coming out about Larry Nassar, the Olympic gymnastics doctor who sexually abused gymnasts? Well, the people have spoken. The Netflix Original Documentary dives into the abuse and coverups associated with top-level gymnastics and asks the question "Was Winning Worth The Cost?".
Black is King, Beyoncé
Queen Bey is back with a new visual album Black is King. We do have to wait till July 31st, but we have enough details to be just as excited now as we will be the day of the release. Written, directed and executive produced by Beyoncé, the album will celebrate Black resilience and culture. It’s based on the music she curated for the classic Disney movie Lion King’s soundtrack The Lion King: The Gift. The film has been in production for over a year now and it couldn’t be released at a better time. If you’re wanting to get as pumped as we are, just jam out to her latest surprise single, “Black Parade”.
6 PC HOT, 6LACK
You might want to learn this artist's name before reading on -- BLACK. Okay, now back to the music. 6lack has returned with a new EP, 6 PC HOT, marking his first release since his best-selling (and our favorite) album, East Atlanta Love Letter. It’s all the vibes of an R&B album we needed this cruel summer. His lyrics are similar to his last album filled with honest conversations about love, life, and hardships. He also released exclusive merch and teamed up with Goodfellas to create a custom 6LACK wing item that comes with a free bottle of 600 Degrees, his new hot sauce. Good food and music, talk about the perfect fan mania.
"Wash Us In The Blood", Kanye West
Mr. West did it again with a hefty side of Jesus. The Guardian says that the song and video see the rapper call for a blood rain to deliver black America from evil. The visual beautifully captures the meaning behind every lyric focused on racial injustice showcasing victims of police brutality, black activists, and black culture as a whole. The whole project has Kanye channeling his liberated mind. It’s like he’s facing a moment of revelation, something that America could take many tips from.
(Do it for the) Culture
The tea is back ladies and gentlemen and it’s hotter than ever. Remember the Bye Sister scandal between beauty YouTubers James Charles and Tati Westbrook in 2018? Well, it’s resurfaced this time with YouTubers Shane Dawson and Jeffery Star. Tati recently came out with a video titled Breaking My Silence where she basically accuses Shane and Jeffery of forcing her to make the video that almost cost James his life as his reputation spiraled down. Since then, Tati and James have made up. The spotlight is now on Shane and Jeffrey. Shane quickly responded with a frantic Instagram Live yelling that Tati is a liar, which fans weren’t amused by and found distasteful. Jeffery has yet to make a statement. We’ll continue to standby with our teacups.
In other news, miss 'rona is back and stronger than ever in America. Many states are rolling back on their reopening plans as their communities hit record highs every single day. Some take better measures than others. And by others, we mean states like Texas where the rates have been one of the nation's absolute highest for the disease. Establishments like bars have been forced to close again, and some people are attempting to protest that #barlivesmatter... to that we say, sit down Kevin and Karen. Remember to stay home if possible and always wear a mask folks. Oh, and while we have you here, arrest the cops that murdered Breonna Taylor.
On top of everything else, we didn't get to dive into news like Teyona Taylor's latest release, The Album, Tik Tok's prank on Trump's rally in Oklahoma, and online shopping being at an all-time high, even beating out the holiday seasons. Did we leave anything out? Let us know your favorite releases and moments from this month in the comments.