A scene from Hulu's "Welcome to Chippendales." [Source: CNN]
Gratitude. That’s the word and exactly how I feel.
I am beyond grateful to you all. I asked about how you might like to see this newsletter reshaped, and you answered. So in the coming weeks, we shall be switching things up and putting a little meat on the bone.
Speaking of, whether turkey is your thing or not, I will not hold you long with this week’s edition to give us all more time to enjoy holiday time.
Here are some tasty content offerings for you – not literally, but you know where I’m heading with this.
Bless us, but we do love our stripper content.
This new limited series, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Murray Bartlett, among others, also doubles as a true crime tale.
Inspired by the book “Deadly Dance: The Chippendales Murders,” it tells the story of “an Indian immigrant who became the unlikely founder of the world’s greatest male-stripping empire – and let nothing stand in his way in the process,” per a Hulu press release.
Let me grab my dollar bills now, because the first two episodes of “Welcome to Chippendales” are streaming now.
I recently had the opportunity to hang out with some of the stars of this film (we missed you, Kelly Rowland) and its director, Anton Cropper – and trust me, they are excited about it.
In the movie, Marsai Martin stars as the daughter of a professional footballer, played by Omari Hardwick, whose career has meant his family moves around often. But after she and her parents (the aforementioned Hardwick and Kelly Rowland) land in Atlanta when he gets a gig with the Atlanta Falcons, things change in, well, fantastical ways.
“Fantasy Football” is a good escape for the whole family. It’s streaming on Paramount+ now.
Speaking of family-friendly content, it’s time for another season with our favorite prehistoric cave dwellers – the titular Croods (and the Bettermans) are back for more animated adventures.
This season includes family retreats, cookouts, treasure hunts and a long lost love found frozen in a block of ice. If it sounds like a lot, it is – a lot of fun!
Season 5 is streaming now on Hulu.
There’s not a ton of new albums being released between now and the end of the year, but if you are interested in learning about grime music, I have something for you.
Grime is a British genre of hip-hop/electronic music, and Stormzy is one of its best-known stars.
His latest album, “This Is What I Mean,” is his first in three years.
An activist and a philanthropist on top of his musical chops, there’s been some debate over whether Stormzy had lost some ‘street cred’ thanks to his cross-over appeal, which has included working with popstars like Ed Sheeran and the girl group Little Mix. Others, however, argue he’s breaking important boundaries:
“Stormzy is the perfect person to be in that mainstream conversation. Everyone loves him: the kids love him, the old ladies in shops love him,” Joseph Patterson, editor-in-chief of the culture website Complex UK told The Guardian. “There isn’t anyone else that can really do what Stormzy does.”
“This Is What I Mean” is out now.
And with less new music to fill your playlists, take the opportunity to get your podcast on. We have a great new series here at CNN in the form of “The Assignment with Audie Cornish.” With new episodes releasing weekly on hot topics like school boards and the sex work economy, Cornish curates insightful conversations with thought leaders and “people who live the headlines,” tapping into the zeitgeist and telling the full story, no holds barred.
The first two episodes of “The Assignment with Audie Cornish” are available now.