The Weekender is a special collaboration between OZY Tribe members near and far to provide delicious recommendations for your valuable weekend time, as we grapple with turbulent times in America.
1. Compost Cookies
The name is off-putting to say the least, but the cookies are incredible. Plus, they’re easy to make, and the recipe encourages you to deviate, as you will when it comes to picking a savory topping. Try potato chips. No, really!
2. Chile Crisp Ice Cream Sundae
This recent innovation adds the hot condiment of 2020, chile crisp, to vanilla ice cream topped with homemade peanut streusel. In just 45 minutes, you can show off this soft-serve delicacy like you came up with it yourself.
3. Bacon Cinnamon Rolls
It’s the new bacon doughnut. Except this iteration infuses the breakfast treat into the pastry instead of having it on top.
Discogs to Discover
Born Temilade Openiyi, 25-year-old Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer Tems is one of the few female talents to make it to the top of the country’s music scene. She made a splash with her 2018 single “Mr. Rebel” and has continued that momentum, garnering her own legion of fans, known as the Rebel Gang.
This Ghanaian DJ was making Afrobeats long before it was a trendy sound in the industry. His list of collabs speaks to his talent, from Nigerian superstar Mr Eazi to Beyoncé (he produced some tracks on The Lion King: The Gift.) His résumé speaks for itself.
3. Natanael Cano
This rising Mexican folk star has a sound that’s a mix of Latin trap and the hip-hop-country fusion Lil Nas X made popular last year. Start with the 19-year-old’s breakthrough 2019 album, Corridos Tumbados, which was named one of the year’s best Latin albums by Rolling Stone.
4. Jack River
What do you get when you cross Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen with a passion for sustainability? Jack River, that’s who. This Australian indie-pop genius released her new EP Stranger Heart this past Valentine’s Day and, if not for the coronavirus, would have been planning her annual Grow Your Own Festival, which promotes local and sustainable culture, in her hometown of Forster. You can still check out her refreshing sound.
1. Mikaele Oloa
You can catch this five-time world fire-knife champion transforming a banana leaf into a ula laufa'i (a traditional Samoan necklace), dancing a fire-knife dance called the siva afi or simply educating his followers on Samoan culture. In just four months, the Hawaii resident has amassed more than 750,000 TikTok followers, and he’s a part of a growing trend of Pacific Islanders using the platform to shed light on the region.
If you’re one of those people who hates math, it’s only because you haven’t learned it from the 22-year-old Pinoy Canadian drag queen, who uses her college mathematics degree to teach on TikTok. Kyne, who was born in the Philippines, has north of 750,000 followers, and you can catch her breaking down exponents, negative numbers, decimals and much more in full glam. You can also see her, albeit briefly, as a contestant in Canada’s Drag Race.
Before the pandemic, Hyram had about 100,000 TikTok followers. His no-BS skin care advice has drawn a cult following during the pandemic, and today he has more than 6 million followers. Ingredient-focused and price-conscious, Hyram’s skin care advice has sunk legacy brands like St. Ives, and his recommendations are worth their weight in gold to brands going after the Gen Z market.
This Canadian comedian (whose full name is Boman Martinez-Reid) has garnered 1.3 million TikTok followers with his quick-take spoofs of reality television like Catfish and Project Runway. His manic, hilarious vibe captures the cabin fever a lot of us are feeling during quarantine (but he’s funnier than we are).
Hot New Shows
1. The Carlos Watson Show
Some call her the queen of sitcom. On the latest episode of The Carlos Watson Show, Tichina Arnold stops by to laugh it up with Carlos, OZY's co-founder and CEO. You may know her for her roles on Martin and Everybody Hates Chris, but there’s a lot more to this Queens native. Watch as she discusses her rocky path to fame, advocacy work and her new foundation, We Win.
2. Lovecraft Country
HBO’s Lovecraft Country is what you get when horror maestro Jordan Peele and science-fiction sensi J.J. Abrams grab hold of a Matt Ruff novel (who, by the way, is the king of weird, having written genre-bending surrealistic novels set in far-off worlds for the past 30 years). This one is based on Ruff’s 2016 cosmic-horror social satire of the same name and takes viewers into the Deep South during the Jim Crow era, melding historical racism with monsters while addressing iconic horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s deeply entrenched racist ideas.
Ripped-from-the-headlines storylines can be a tough sell in a hellish year like this one, but Hulu’s new drama-comedy Woke, which launched this week, gets it right. It stars New Girl standout Lamorne Morris as an African American animator on the brink of his big break when a run-in with law enforcement awakens him in a way that literally changes his outlook on life. Partly based on the experiences of cartoonist Keith Knight, Woke is an irreverent, fantastical deep dive into the social issues central to the lives of the marginalized.
4. Cobra Kai
Who can forget the timeless 1984 classic The Karate Kid? Gen Z, that’s who! I barely remember and I was born in ’91. Luckily, the martial arts film has been reprised in a Netflix original called Cobra Kai. Featuring the original Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), this sequel follows the next generation of karate kids and the renewed rivalry between the two dojos that started it all. Make sure you catch season two today.