POP CULTURE CHEAT SHEET: 5 THINGS TO WATCH, READ, & DO IN APRIL

10:00 am
04/03/18

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Tiffany! Tiffany! We’re obsessed with funny lady Tiffany Haddish, who’s already owning 2018. We’ve also got a tear for The Weeknd’s heartache and a snigger for BOTUS books featuring Marlon Bundo. This month’s pop culture picks for busy parents have us merrily ensconced on the couch with books, music, and one very popular game.

1. Two words: Tiffany Haddish. If you like funny, inspiring, strong women, the breakout star of Girls’ Trip is your new BFF. We’re finally listening to her memoir, The Last Black Unicorn, which she narrates with effervescent energy and so much hilarity. (Here’s an excerpt.) Growing up in South Central L.A. in the foster care system, Haddish learned to survive by making people laugh. You won’t believe how she surmounted a rough start and early jobs as a school mascot and Bar Mitzvah hype woman to get to where she is today: a movie star and comic upstaging this year’s Oscars, taking on Tracy Morgan in his comeback show, and launching #WhoBitBeyonce? hysteria. This is Tiffany’s time.

2. Fortnite isn’t a new game, but it is a new sensation, thanks to the stratospheric popularity of the Battle Royale edition and a fan in Drake. Breaking records on Twitch and YouTube (where it just ousted Minecraft as the most viewed game ever), it’s been dubbed a “shooter game for people who hate shooter games.” Your objective is to build shelter and collect things that will help you survive the zombie apocalypse, but Battle Royale mode allows more players to play in more ways, across different consoles and devices—something quite rare for the genre.

3. What’s one of the best ways to enjoy Coachella? From the couch! Forget those sweaty tents, dust storms, and tired limbs. If past years are any indication, YouTube will stream a good number of acts on three different channels over Weekend One (April 14-16). Who knows if Queen Bey will be one of the talents we’ll get to peer in on, but we hope so: rumor has it she’s been rehearsing for 11 hours a day to get ready for her Saturday set.

4. The Weeknd will also be at the desert festival but you don’t need to wait to enjoy new music from the man known as Abel Tesfaye. The artist recently took a page from Beyonce’s playbook and surprise dropped a new EP one Friday night. Called My Dear Melancholy, it’s as brooding and heartsick as you might expect. Here’s a breakdown of some key lyrics and what they say about his relationships with Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid. His pain is our gain.

5. Now hop on over to two notable children’s books about bunnies (but first put your politics aside). The original, Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President, was written by Vice President Mike Pence‘s daughter, Charlotte, and illustrated by his wife, Karen, and tells the tale of how one cute little BOTUS (yes, that’s Bunny of the United States) experiences White House life. In no time at all came John Oliver’s troll-ific reply: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a children’s picture book about a gay bunny falling in love with a boy bunny. “With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming children’s book explores issues of same sex marriage and democracy,” states the parody book, which sold better than the Pence version. One-hundred percent of proceeds from the Oliver book will be donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United. Even Bundo gave a paw’s up to that.

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