WATCH THAT. Smollett Eats.

Smollett Eats’ premiered August 20th on the Food Network, with sibling hosts Jussie Smollett (Empire) Jurnee Smollett (True Blood), together with all their siblings for what may be the first time since their short-lived ABC show ‘On Our Own’ in the 90’s.

Hang out with the Smolletts, as they braise, bake and grill their way through the week. From putting on the perfect kids’ birthday party to throwing a midnight BBQ for their friends, these six siblings, JakeJussie, Jurnee, Jocqui, Jojo, and Jazz whip up some of their family’s favorite recipes while giving us a glimpse into the relationships that make them so much fun. Baby back ribs, steak banh mi tacos and pork chili verde are just some of the mouthwatering dishes that cooking ace Jake Smollett and his brothers and sisters bring to the table. These are meals you won’t want to miss!

Will you be watching?

BUMP THAT. Frank Ocean. Blond.

To no surprise Frank Ocean released his latest album ‘Blond’ Sunday, on his own independent Boys Don’t Cry label. And also unveiling the video for ‘Nikes’ from the Blond set exclusively on iTunes. Kudos to Ocean for taking control of his career. But will you be buying?

1 ‘Nikes’
2 ‘Ivy’
3 ‘Pink + White’ (featuring Beyoncé)
4 ‘Be Yourself’
5 ‘Solo’
6 ‘Skyline To’ (featuring Kendrick Lamar)
7 ‘Self Control’
8 ‘Good Guy’
9 ‘Nights’
10 ‘Solo (Reprise)’ (featuring André 3000)
11 ‘Pretty Sweet’
12 ‘Facebook Story’ (featuring SebastiAn)
13 ‘Close to You’
14 ‘White Ferrari’
15 ‘Siegfried’
16 ‘Godspeed’ (featuring Kim Burrell)
17 ‘Futura Free’

SEE THAT. Kiki.

The documentary ‘Kiki’ dives back into the fierce world of voguing battles in the Kiki scene of New York City, where competition between Houses demands leadership, painstaking practice, and performances on point. A film collaboration between Kiki gatekeeper, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, grants exclusive access into this high stakes world, where tough competitions act as a gateway into the daily lives of LGBTQ youth of color in NYC. The new generation of ballroom youth use the motto, “Not About us Without Us.” Twiggy and Sara’s insider-outsider approach to their stories breathes fresh life into the representation of a marginalized community who demand visibility and real political power.

Watch the Trailer for Kiki, and then watch the Twiggy Pucci Garçon and Sara Jordenö Sundance Interview with Ondi Timoner where they discuss the Kiki Scene, ‘Paris Is Burning’ and the history of Ball culture. Jordenö and Garçon also address the issues and growing political movement within the LGBTQ community. Enjoy!

BUMP THAT. Milan Christopher. When I Go (Feat. Papi Chuloh).

Milan Christopher has definitely embraced his role as an LGBTQ Advocate. The rapper continues to use  the ‘VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood’ platform to highlight LGBTQ issues.

In support of his album ‘The Alpha,’ Christopher has release the music video for his latest single ‘When I Go’ featuring Papi Chuloh. In the video, Christopher tackles two issues that plague the LGBTQ community; domestic violence and suicide. Due to my support of organizations like The Trevor Project that aim to prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth, I applaud Christopher for tackling these subjects head on.

‘The Alpha’ is available on iTunes and Spotify. Watch the music video below. Enjoy!

SUBMIT THAT. Issa Rae Presents #ShortFilmSundays.

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Issa Rae and her production company Issa Rae Presents is paying it forward by showcasing a new short by a new creator, the last Sunday of every Month with #ShortFilmSundays. June saw the R. Michael Thomas written and directed short film ‘Life Event’ showcased.’

‘Life Event’ Murph (Patrick Cage II) is turning 30 and is realizing that being a real adult is harder than it looks. He decides to turn the day, and his life around, in one fell swoop. ‘Life Event’ analyzes growing older, relationships, maturity and no longer giving a fuck. Written and Directed by R. Michael Thomas.

You can submit your film to submit@issarae.com. Watch ‘Life Event’ below. Enjoy!

SEE THAT. Moonlight.

Based on the play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’ by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the film ‘Moonlight’ already had in impressive team behind it. The ensemble cast includes Naomie Harris (‘Spectre’), André Holland (‘The Knick’), Mahershala Ali (‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’), Edson Jean (‘War Dogs’), R&B singer Janelle Monaé in her film debut and Brad Pitt as Executive Producer.

‘Moonlight,’ set in the 1980’s Miami, follows Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) as he comes of age, falls in love and discovers his own sexuality, all while learning to embrace his own vision of masculinity as characters float in and out of his life via three defining chapters of his life. The film is set to debut at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Enjoy the trailer below.

SEE THAT. Todrick Hall’s ‘Straight Outta Oz’.

To promote his Straight Outta Oz LIVE in Concert show, Todrick Hall has unleashed his semi-autobiographical Straight Outta Oz Visual Album. This visually stunning film has been a bittersweet labor of love for Hall.

“This past year has been very rough for me. I left my manager, lost my MTV show, Todrick.PNGstruggled with the relationship with my mother, dealing with racism and homophobia in the industry and self image was such a struggle. I put my all into auditioning for NBC’s “The Wiz” and got so close to landing the role of the Scarecrow, but didn’t get it. I want to thank my family, friends and fans for helping me out of this dark place and encouraging me to turn my struggle into art. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has always held a special place in my heart, and I have never been more proud of anything I’ve created. Thank you all for standing by me on this crazy yellow brick road we call life. Enjoy “Straight Outta Oz” and I hope to see you all this summer when we perform it live. Tickets aRenon sale now at todrickhall.com and I CANNOT wait to share the story of my life and Oz with you every night.”

My favorite numbers are Amber Riley with “Lions Tigers and Bears” and “See Your Face,” and Hall wSOO2ith “Dumb” and Home.” The highlight of this short film is the socially conscience “Water Guns” featuring Jordin Sparks. Straight Outta Oz features cameos from Joseph Gordon-LevittPerez Hilton, Nicole Scherzinger, Pentatonix, Wayne Brady and many more.

The soundtrack album can be found on iTunes and Spotify. And don’t miss this spectacular live show coming to a city near you. But for now watch the visual album ‘Straight Outta Oz’ below. Enjoy!

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