POP CULTURE CHEAT SHEET: 5 THINGS TO WATCH, READ, & DO THIS MONTH

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08/03/17

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No more excuses that you don’t know what’s up in the world of culture since you had a kid. Mother’s got you covered each month with a handful of nuggets that are worth your precious time, whether you’ve got just a few minutes to watch a quick video or a whole day (whaaat?!) to read and relax. Check out our pop culture cheat sheet for August, below!

1. It’s been called sublime, witty, insightful, and “the representation I’ve been waiting for.” Issa Rae’s Insecure on HBO is a real reflection of the multifaceted lives of black women. “Few series have conveyed such a clear sense of all the different people that black professional women are required to be, and none has done such a fine job of conveying this visually as well as in performance and dialogue,” writes Matt Zoller Seitz in New York Magazine. With season two now airing, Insecure can fill the void left by GIRLS—that is, female-centric Sunday night TV, but with racial commentary that matters.

2. Date night has some choices to make! Several movies tempt (like Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit and the Apatow-produced The Big Sick with Kumail Nanjiani), but to maximize your time and dollars, see something truly worthy of the big screen: Baby Driver. Ansel Elgort is a dream to watch, the soundtrack is amazing, and the driving scenes are ca-razy.

3. Waxa what? Waxahatchee is the name of a creek in Alabama—and the moniker of singer Katie Crutchfield. On her fourth album, Out in the Storm, she transforms the stress of a toxic relationship into a tour de force album, throbbing with pelting rock and bare ballads. “There’s a lot of energy on this album that is released with pinpoint precision, a lot of thoughts articulated with emotional exactness,” says Ken Tucker on NPR’s Fresh Air. “Crutchfield’s examination of a now-dead relationship is like an autopsy. She cuts into it, pokes and prods, pointing out weaknesses, wounds, lacerations and where some healing has occurred.”

4. When your audience starts to have kids, it’s time to evolve with them. For Hypebeast CEO Kevin Ma, that means launching a new property for Supreme-toting, sneaker-coveting tykes (or at least their shopaholic parents). Check out the new Hypekids, a streetwear site for the under-10 set. Yeezy sneaks for tots, killer Air Jordans for girls, accessories from the BAPE x Minions collection, even unboxing videos of kids reacting to different shoes are in store.

5. Another edition of Comic-Con is behind us, but a pop culture-loving parent doesn’t have time to wade through all the announcements, trailers, and other geektastic news, right? Right. Here’s a quick cheat sheet of some trailers and release dates you can name-drop at the watercooler: Walking Dead Season 8 (Oct 22), Stranger Things Season 2 (Oct 27), Justice League (Nov 17), Ready Player One (March 2018), and Westworld Season 2 (2018). TIME has a full list.

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