February Favorites - Books, Movies, TV and Music
February was an amazing month for pop culture. Black Panther was released and blew everyone - including myself away. Perhaps more important than the film itself, is the fact of an all-black cast (with a young black director at the helm) leading a major studio superhero film. And crushing it at the box office. That is MAJOR. As a black woman I cannot tell you how excited and proud this film made me. I've seen it twice already!
I downloaded this book on a lark to have something to listen to on my commute to and from work. I had been feeling a bit down in the dumps and wanted something motivating and inspiring to break me out of my funk. And this book certainly did the trick! *UnF*uck Yourself, by Gary John Bishop, is not like any other "self-help" book I've read. First off if you decide to read this - get the audiobook version - trust me. The author has a Scottish accent and speaks to you like a wise but tough gym coach. I found myself having more than one personal revelation about my own thought processes and how they directly affect me. This is a quick read an listen - I finished it in two days. And will probably listen to it again in the coming weeks.
I have spoken about The Magicians before in my Five Shows To Binge Watch This Weekend post. It is hands down one of my favorite shows at the moment. There are few shows that I feel the need to watch live anymore - I usually watch them On Demand or wait for them on Netflix. One of the few exceptions is The Magicians. And this season has been amazing. One thing I love are shows that aren't afraid to takes chances or step outside of is expected. But you can never really have any expectations going into The Magicians. It is not predictable and each episode has high stakes so that if you miss it - well you've missed a lot. I can't recommend this show enough.
Not to brag too much but I have awesome taste in music. Really, I do. So much so that back in medieval times when CD burning was still a thing, my friends always requested that I make them "mix tapes" of what ever I was listening to at the time. I don't really make playlists anymore. I have a few on Spotify that I created for specific occasions (I have one for Ramadan that is mostly instrumental of "chill" music and nasheeds and Arabic music). But other than that I don't really bother anymore. But last month I created a playlist just so that I could have all the songs by the cool female artists I've been listening to lately in one place. The list is aptly (and prosaically) called, Cool Chicks. Original, I know. It fetaures musice from artists like Kelela (my current music obsession), Banks, FKA Twigs and Solange Knowles. It's a banger, if I do say so myself. And I highly recommend following it. I will leave the link here.
What were some of your faves last month? Any shows or books that you were in love with? Let me know in the comments!