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This week, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences apologized to Sacheen Littlefeather, the USA Mullet Championships chose their kids and teen finalists, and Japan said it wants young people to drink more alcohol.
Here’s what NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour crew focused on — and what you should watch this weekend.
Chaka Khan’s New Single, “Woman Like Me”
I was a professional musician many years ago and one of my oldest friends from that time, producer Gregg Pagani, co-wrote and produced Chaka Khan’s new single, “Woman Like Me”.
It’s a really beautiful song, and it’s so great to hear that this singer, who is almost 70, is still doing it and doing something really cool.
She has the song on her YouTube page, website and Spotify for people to watch. — Eric Deggans
Cult of the Lamb
This is a game that just came out for different platforms, and it’s totally my thing. You are this cute little sheep recruited by an Elder God to form a cult in his name. So you collect followers and materials, and you collect materials by making your way through some really cute, randomly generated dungeons.
The other half of the game is managing your followers. You build shrines and temples so that they can worship you. You also build farms and sleeping quarters, and if you don’t build outbuildings, everyone will get sick because they shit all over the place.
You must uphold their trust in you, for if it falls, one follower will sow discord among your flock. So what kind of cult leader do you want to be? You can sacrifice your followers or brainwash them with magic mushrooms to get a quick burst of confidence. Or you can give them gifts and blessings and make their confessions to keep them happy.
I should now make it clear that at some point in the game the boundary between cult and organized religion becomes a distinction without a meaningful difference.
The aesthetic of this game is so cute; all your followers are these cartoonish forest creatures with giant eyes. The design is really impressively deep because it gives you a lot of choices for what kind of cult you build, which really increases the replay value. It is Animal Crossing meet Helter Skelter, and it’s adorably sinister. — Glen Weldon
P-valley Season Two Finals
We talked about P-valley On Pop culture Happy Hour, and the season two finale makes me happy. I love this show so much. For me, the central relationship is that between Lil Murda and Uncle Clifford.
Uncle Clifford, played by Nicco Annon, is a non-binary owner of The Pynk, a strip club in the Mississippi Delta. Lil Murda, played by J. Alphonse Nicholson, is an up and coming rapper and they have a beautiful relationship.
There’s a moment in the season two finale that I’ve gone back to over and over – Willow Murda is in The Pynk and he’s playing this song called ‘Seven Pounds of Pressure’. It is difficult. It’s all about killing people, but it’s so catchy.
Plus you have Mercedes, who is one of the pole dancers there. She’s played by Brandee Evans, and she brings it. I just love that sequence and the aerial shots of her coming off the pole. It’s fantastic so if you’re not watching P-valley on Starz, you should. — Aisha Harris
More recommendations from the Pop Culture Happy Hour newsletter
by Linda Holmes
We have an episode about the finale of You better call Saulbut also enjoy Eric Deggans’ review for NPR.
Are you the kind of person who likes a quick home makeover with beautiful family stories and a very charismatic host? Maybe you enjoy the feather lightness of Netflix Instant dream homewith Danielle Brooks.
Revenge, BJ Novak’s feature film debut as a writer-director (and star), has arrived on demand after a theatrical release a few weeks ago. It’s a story about a man whose desire to start a podcast leads him down a very dark road, and while I’m not sure if everything works on it, I admired the strangeness of it and the absolute sting of certain media tendencies.
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