Why you should care
The Weekender is a special collaboration between OZY Tribe members near and far to provide delicious recommendations for your valuable weekend time.
WHAT TO LISTEN TO
Khruangbin — Funkadelic. If you’ve never heard of Thai funk, you’re welcome in advance. Khruangbin, which means “Engine Fly” in Thai, is blowing up right now, with its funky instrumental sound inspired by the psychedelic funk of 1960s East Asia. It’s perfect to dance to … or just to have on in the background to help your brain relax while you’re trying to get everything done on a Friday afternoon. (Recommended by Molly Fosco, Clubgoer)
Akala — Polymath Rapper. Akala has become well-known as a cultural commentator in the U.K., tweeting, writing and appearing on BBC shows and publishing Natives, a memoir about growing up mixed-race. But he’s also a pretty underrated hip-hop artist, and you’ll find the same intellectual thought process in his lyrics. Start by listening to “Find No Enemy” and the Visions EP. (Recommended by Sophia Akram, Hip-Hop Fan)
Sturgill Simpson — Meta-Americana. The Kentucky-born singer-songwriter broke out with the 2014 album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, and his more rocky-spacey follow-up, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, is genre-bending fun. Come for the haunting cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom.” Stay for the bouncy, horn-driven “Keep It Between the Lines.” Simpson has also recently branched into acting with a role on CBS’ One Dollar in what he’s jokingly called a midlife crisis. (Recommended by Daniel Malloy, Folk Hero)
WHAT TO WATCH
Take On America with OZY — A Necessary Conversation. Dozens of Asian-American millennials gathered in San Francisco this week to tackle topics relevant to our community and the world at large. The compelling result is Take On America with OZY, airing on YouTube and PBS. Alongside episodes centered around Black men, White women and Latino families, the series exposes the diversity within communities often dismissed as homogeneous voting blocs. This week’s discussion focused on discrimination: in dating, in tech and in college admissions. Celebrities from both sides of the political spectrum discussed their own experiences, and audience members expressed their own internal conflicts over which solutions to support. The episodes help scratch the surface on what is an often-neglected dialogue in America. The country needs more of that. (Recommended by Daniel Wang, Active Participant)
All American — Your New Sports Drama Obsession. If we say “Black teen moves from inner-city Los Angeles to one of its richest neighborhoods,” you’d start singing the Fresh Prince theme song. But it’s also the premise of the CW’s new show, All American — and otherwise, it’s completely different. The drama, based on the life of former New York Giants linebacker Spencer Paysinger, is a sensitive and searching portrayal of a young Black man (Daniel Ezra) growing up in America and dealing with the discrimination he faces on a daily basis, whether he’s in a poor neighborhood or a wealthy one. (Recommended by Bishop Walton, Youth Vote)
WHAT TO DOWNLOAD
Calm — A Moment to Yourself. Sure, if you have the discipline, you can take a few minutes every morning to meditate. You may not need an app for that. But, as with everything, there is an app for that, and those of us without much self-control (shut up) may need a little more structure to encourage us to take a minute and clear our minds. Calm has great options for those who want to concentrate on specifics: You can focus your mind on sleeping better, breathing, reducing anxiety or generally de-stressing.
Calm is really a chill-out app for those who can’t stop quantifying, even when it comes to meditation. You can start with a guided “7 Days of Calm” program of daily 10-minute sessions, get email reminders for your daily calm and track your breathing, all in the service of letting go. For those who want more calm, there’s a paid upgrade to the app — or a companion book, if part of your road away from anxiety involves less screen time. (Recommended by Leslie dela Vega, Super Chill)
And whatever you do, don’t do this …
Tell people to hide their light. The so-called French Spider-Man, 56-year-old Alain Robert, has been banned from climbing buildings in Britain and served with a $7,000 fine after climbing London’s 662-foot Salesforce Tower. The judge complimented his climbing, done without safety gear, but reprimanded him for potentially inspiring less skilled people to climb and hurt themselves. (Sky)
SLIDE INTO OUR DMS
Do you have an amazing new TV obsession that you’d like to share? Think you discovered the next great jam band? Share your suggestions with us here at OZY!
Email us: Weekender@ozy.com