It has been 25 years since a Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast has been released. Now, Crazy Rich Asians follows The Joy Luck Club in making history. The movie follows Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) who discovers that her handsome boyfriend (Henry Golding) is actually from a "crazy rich" family in Singapore. Rachel accompanies him there as a date to a wedding. While there, she must contend with other jealous suitors, a protective mother, and class anxieties to keep her man. The supporting cast includes the hilarious Awkwafina (Oceans 8) as well as out actor Nico Santos (Superstore), who portrays a queer character. Watch Crazy Rich Asians in theaters this weekend.
A track inspired by real-life events, Ben Hazlewood takes on a violent attack he endured. "The hurt cuts deep to the bone and I have carried these scars for far too long. 'Save Your Sorries' is a confronting release of anger through vengeance," he told Clash. “It’s chilling yet embodies an empowering, gratifying feeling. Instead of acting out my rage I try to channel pain through music where I can express and release my real emotions. This song is closure, no longer holding me back, metaphorically killing the beast that haunts me.” Watch the music video below.
Based on the beloved queer novel by Justin Torres, We the Animals is a moving coming-of-age that has been called "this year's Moonlight." It centers on Jonah, who turns 10 at the film's onset, and his tumultuous journey coming to terms with his sexuality and masculinity in a mixed white and Puerto Rican household in upstate New York. It is loosely inspired by life events experienced by Torres and his family. Watch the trailer below, and see We the Animals this weekend.
We all know that Twitter is Donald Trump's favorite mode of communication. We also know that his tweets are often not only ungrammatical but unhinged. Trevor Noah and the staff at The Daily Show skewer Trump's tweets hilariously in The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, now in bookstores. In his introduction, Noah advises, "Please read these tweets in the spirit in which they were composed, with an open heart and with legs straddling the toilet of their choice." You might want to grab a cup of covfefe too. Presidential historian Jon Meacham, who is definitely not a low IQ person, contributes a foreword. Order here or visit your favorite bookseller.
Gay Latino pop star Joey Suarez's new song is everything we hoped it'd be. His work has strong pop elements and an emotional core. Unapologetically out and bold, his first music video leaves everything on the table. A preview of "Dancing by Myself" can be viewed below and will be available in full to subscribers of the queer streaming service Revry.
You can party heartily and also attend informative workshops at Pacific Northwest Black Pride this weekend in the beautiful city of Seattle. After a day of panels on relationships, identity, health, and more, there will be a big Black Friday party tonight at 10 p.m. at the SodoPop event space. Saturday brings a Cultural Health and Wellness Festival from 11 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Othello Park, hosted by comedian, entrepreneur, and BET correspondent Flame Monroe and featuring Love & Hip Hop: Miami's Bobby Lytes as well as many local performers. Later, bring out your best white finery for the White Affair party at 10 p.m. at the Marriott at Sea-Tac Airport. Sunday there's an ecumenical church service at 2 p.m. at Liberation Ministries, and the festivities cap off with the Return to The Wiz: Emerald City Mini-Ball Party at 8 p.m. Sunday at R Place. Find more details here.
Described as part Battle of the Sexes and part Wild, Carolyn Wood’s memoir traces LGBTQ history through her lived experiences. Wood’s story follows the trajectory of her life that really kick-started when she became an Olympic gold-medal winner at 14 through to her subsequent coming out and coming to terms with being a lesbian in ‘60s-era Portland, Ore. Tough Girl: Lessons in Courage and Heart from Olympic Gold to the Camino de Santiago further takes the reader on Wood’s journey through falling in love with the woman who would become her partner for 30 years, motherhood, and the end of her relationship that would send her on a literal journey traversing the 500-mile Camino de Santiago. Buy Tough Girl at Amazon or your local bookstore.