December Favorites: WAmP & “End of the World” Music Video ft. Zooey Deschanel

Sooo, 2020 is over right? Yeah? 🥴

I really have no words to describe what went down at the US Capitol this past week but boy am I glad the election results are certified and we can move forward to Emperor Spray Tan being dragged out of the White House kicking and screaming Inauguration Day on January 20th.

On that note, let’s journey back to December 2020 for a lil’ bit for my faves in pop culture and entertainment.

Favorite News Articles

1. Cardi B gives her stamp of approval for Johns Hopkins University’s “WAmp” (Wear a Mask Please). Love this so much. 

2. Marsai Martin set the record for youngest producer. YAAASSS gurl!

3. Steve Kornacki gets a gig doing football stats weeks after his amazing 2020 election coverage. Someone give this man an Emmy. 

4. iCarly is getting a reboot with the original cast! Something to look forward to in 2021 🙌🏽

Favorite Music

1. “Teach Me How To Love” by Shawn Mendes. This man can do no wrong I swear.

2. “Lets Have a Party” by Mike Posner. Feel good fun.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Sky Ferreira and the little black kitty. Too much adorableness! 

2. Ariana Grande is engaged! The ring is so gorgeous and I wish her all the best after going through so much in the past. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Favorite TV Episodes

1. Black-ish, “Compton Around the Christmas Tree.” Of course Bo would want to do more than just peel potatoes 😜

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Zooey Deschanel stars in Katy Perry’s “Not the End of the World” music video. I’m ded. 

2. Liza is having a ball making masterful cuisines with her air fryer. Oh, how I’ve missed this crazy chick!

Is it too late for a refund on 2021 though? 🤔

2020’s Best in Music

Of course my neck would hurt and my head would start to pound on the last day of this God-forsaken year when I’m scheduled to recap the songs, artists and albums that kept us all sane in 2020.

OF COURSE.

Anyway, I’m powering through this with the help of Tylenol and eggnog.

Truly, music is the MVP this year. I’m amazed at how many artists followed through on their releases and then some (looking at you, T-Swizzle).

So without further ado, I present 2020’s Best in Music:

1. “Nydia,” Buscabulla, Regresa. Started out the year with these enchantingly addicting vocals.

2. “Sinner,” Galimatias, Renaissance Boy. This boy better get his behind on tour as soon as its safe to do so again.

3. “Pure / Santiago,” Lido, Peder. This year’s pleasant surprise for sure.

4. “Is It True,” Tame Impala, The Slow Rush. I feel like Tame Impala knew how 2020 was gonna go before it even started.

5. “Midnight Sky,” Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts. I can get used to this rock and roll phase.

6. invisible string, Taylor Swift, folklore. Back on that Taylor Swift train.

7. “Mission,” Qveen Herby, EP 9. Eat cake, stream spoopy Qveen.

8. “WATER (ft. Pharrell Williams, Salatiel),” Beyoncé, The Lion King: The Gift (Deluxe Edition). So glad this was re-released with Black is King!

9. “Back Up,” Aluna, Renaissance. AlunaGeorge WHO?!

10. “Easy”, Troye Sivan, In A Dream. So proud of this kid.

11. “Spark It Up,” LEISURE, Side A. Not even a global pandemic can rob this band of their chill.

12. “Supersonic”, Fleurie, Portals (The Deluxe Version). Excited to watch Fleurie continue to grow as an artist.

13. “Oakland (ft. Winnetka Bowling League),” RAC, BOY. Lord knows we all needed this RAC album this year.

14. “Babe Ruth,” COIN, Dreamland. The calm before the chaos.

15. “Dance Again,” Selena Gomez, Rare. “Feels so good” indeed.

See you on the other side 😉🎉

September Favorites: Swearing Birds & Qveen Herby’s “Sleepwalker” Music Video

Looking back, September wasn’t as eventful in pop culture and entertainment, so this monthly favorites will be a bit short.

Enjoy!

Favorite News Articles

1. These gray parrots got kicked out of the zoo’s viewing area for cursing. I can’t imagine how hilarious that must have sounded😂

2. Selena Gomez DM’d Mark Zuckerberg about hateful messages and misinformation on Facebook. Love it when celebs stand for what’s right.

Favorite Music

1. “Bodies (Tycho Remix)” by The Knocks, MUNA. Remixed to perfection.

2. “BEST4U” by Lido feat. MulherinPeder as a whole is such a treat.

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June Favorites: ‘Lucifer’ Season 5 Announcement & Beyoncé’s “Black Parade”

I really don’t have an excuse for not having this favorites post done before the 10th so I’m just going to skip any nonsense explanations and get right to it.

Enjoy my June 2020 favorites below.

Favorite News Articles

1. Lucifer season 5 is coming this summer. So glad it didn’t get postponed with all the mess going on in the world!

2. A Kentucky tattoo parlor is covering racist ink for free. Now this is how you start meaningful change in majority White communities. #BLM

3. Barbara Streisand gave Gianna Floyd Disney stock. YES to everything about this!

4. An audience of plants attended a symphony in Spain. Is this the secret to enormous plant growth?

Favorite Music
1. “Black Parade” by Beyoncé. I felt this Juneteenth jam deep in my Afro-Latina/West Indian soul.

2. “My People” by Amber Mark. Another Juneteenth tune that hit just right in the most minimalist way.

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May Favorites: Post Malone’s Rosé & HTGAWM Series Finale

Before you begin reading this post, please ensure that you have done at least one of the following:

Signed a petition regarding justice for George Floyd & Breonna Taylor

Donated to a charity supporting Black Lives Matter

Safely participated in a protest (only if you are healthy enough to be outdoors)

Supported a BIPOC-owned business

If not, please do not come back to this blog until you have completed one of the aforementioned things.

#BLM

The world better not experience a week like the last week of May 2020 ever again.

Despite all the ways May went wrong, I was still able to find some amazing things last month that’ll put a smile on your face, if only for a few moments.

Let’s get to it:

Favorite News Articles

1. Post Malone is launching a brand of rosé. I feel like I’m the only person who is super hype about this!

2. Hamilton the musical will stream on Disney+ in July! CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

3. The law wouldn’t let Baby Musk keep his name. But not even an intervention from the state could change it enough.

Favorite Music

1. “Passion” by RAC feat. Louis the Child. “We’re pieces of the universe…”

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April Favorites: ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Film & “Chemicals” by SG Lewis

Well this is a first: I would have posted this two days ago my fingers were busy playing Wario’s Woods on my new Nintendo Switch Lite!

No doubt, my new life as a noob gamer has been a welcome distraction from the thing that shall not be named during this post. Let’s have some fun looking back at some other things in pop culture and entertainment that kept my mine off of said thing:

Favorite News Articles

1. The Hunger Games film series is getting a prequel movie! I haven’t read the books so I don’t even know what happens, much less which characters are in it, but I’m still hype.

2. This triathlete lost a virtual bike race because her husband tripped over the power cord. He’s for sure sleeping on the sofa indefinitely.

Favorite Music

1. “Chemicals” by SG Lewis. I can’t get enough of this Roosevelt-esque groove!

2. “Ride With Me”” by Pink Sweat$. It’s been a while since I’ve fallen in love with a classic R&B beat like this one.

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March Favorites: SVU Spin-Off & “Fathers Hands” by Wavvy James

For March 2020’s edition of Monthly Favorites (and for the rest of however long this lasts) let’s just take a few moments to avoid discussing the topic that shall not be named for the sake of everyone’s sanity.

Just gonna jump right into it:

Favorite News Articles

1. Det. Elliot Stabler is coming back for an SVU spin-off! So hype.

2. A woman has been watering a fake plant for 2 whole years. April Fool’s came early for her, I guess.

3. Katy Perry is pregnant. So happy for her and Orlando Bloom!

Favorite Music

1. “Fathers Hands” by Wavvy James. The most beautiful rendition of “Yesterday.”

2. “Morado” by J Balvin. Loving the juxtaposition and debauchery in the lyrics.

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February Favorites: Hamilton Film & ‘The Sinner’ Season 3

Ah, February, the shortest month of the year, which, this year, we got an extra day in (yay leap year)!

Thankfully, February 2020 was not as horrid as the month prior. The Whisper Box turned seven years old (where has the time gone?!) and I went on a vacation as you saw in my previous post.

Let’s look back at my favorites for February 2020, shall we?

Favorite News Articles

1. Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of his heinous crimes. As he should.

2. This sprinting javelina basically won us all over. Legendary.

3. Sophie Turner is pregnant! A second Jonas Bro is gonna be a daddy!

Favorite Music

1. “In the Zone” by Tobtok ft. JLV. A sassy groove that reminds me so much of RÜFÜS DU SOL.

2. “Love Don’t Cost a Thang” by Maty Noyes, Franke, and Lemaitre. I get déjà vu every time I listen to this song.

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January Favorites: ‘Black-ish’ 6×13 & Tame Impala’s “Lost In Yesterday” Music Video

A part of me didn’t want to look back at January 2020 because it was SO HORRID, but now I realize that compiling my favorites for this post will allow me to remember some of the fun stuff that occurred throughout the month.

It can only get better from here, right?

January 2020 had no shortage of great music and music videos, which is getting me super excited for what the rest of the year has in store.

Without further rambles, enjoy my favorites in pop culture and entertainment for January 2020:

Favorite News Articles

1. The infamous champagne scene from The Bachelor season 24. I don’t even watch the show but when I heard about this scene I lost it.

2. The woman who answered the Popeye question incorrectly on Family Feud Canada got free food from Popeye’s. A savory non-victory.

3. Dunkaroos are coming back in summer 2020. Guess I’ll have to add a few more minutes to my exercise bike at the gym to compensate for all those additional calories come June.

Favorite Music

1. “Simmer” by Hayley Williams. So glad she’s branching out of Paramore for some solo work!

2. “Yummy” by Justin Bieber. I got serious Journals vibes from this track.

3. “Vulnerable” by Selena Gomez. The monotone vocals in the verses get me every time.

4. “Time and Again” by The Human Kind. There’s something very nostalgic about this song.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas being romantic as ever at the Golden Globes 2020.

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My beautiful #GoldenGlobes date.

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2. Liza Koshy rocking animal print at the Grammy’s 2020.

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Liza with a Z…bruh

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3. Hair nostalgia with Marzia.

Favorite TV Episodes

1. Blackish, “Kid Life Crisis.” I nearly fell off my couch laughing when Jack sneezed on the expensive eggs!

2. The Good Doctor, “Fractured.” It was crazy seeing Moises Arias (Rico from Hannah Montana) in this episode. Also, Kerry is definitely going to be one of the most memorable patients in this series.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Tame Impala’s music video for “Lost in Yesterday” is January 2020 in a nutshell.

2. The Jonas Brothers’ music video for “What A Man Gotta Do” made 13-year-old Dana scream all over again.

3. SNL’s “Slow” feat. Halsey and Adam Driver is painfully funny.

Month of Love incoming.

 

 

Nov/Dec Favorites: Impeachment & “Confetti” by Qveen Herby

The last two months of 2019 were a complete whirlwind. Just looking over my list to write this post is giving me all the feels!

Let’s get right to it. Enjoy my November and December 2019 favorites:

Favorite News Articles

1. Trump’s impeachment.

2. Greta Thunberg is TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year.

3. Florida dog driving in reverse.

 Favorite Music

1. “Confetti” by Qveen Herby is making me “swing my hips” every time I listen.

2. “Thinkin Bout’ You” by Anthony Russo is basically the most adorable love song.

3. “Look At Her Now” by Selena Gomez will bring tears to your eyes in a good (and groovy) way.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

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I ate a hot dog in a BAGUETTE

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Thinking about peppermint bark 😍

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Benihana was closed so we had to head out to a Christmas party at a friend’s house.

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Favorite TV Shows

1. Bob’s Burgers, “Now We’re Not Cooking with Gas” is essentially Bob at his craziest.

2. Mixed-ish, “Weird Science” made me so proud of young Bow.

3. Black-ish, “Daughters for Dummies” features Dre doing too much, as usual.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Kevin Droniak tells an interesting tale of travel gone almost completely wrong.

2. Paul Rudd as President Macron and Kate McKinnon as Angela Merkel are priceless in this SNL sketch!

3. Luna Shadows’ music video for “practice” is everything.

January 2020 is already nuts.