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DANIEL CAESAR APPRECIATION POST

It would be totally neglectful if I did not mention Daniel Caesar before the year ended. I know you guys live for my opinion on everything. Right? *stares*

As stated numerous times, Insecure has the best soundtrack of any show or movie, past present and future (Read: How Insecure Made Me Obsessed with Nick Hakim). In that post, I forgot to mention a song I liked, forgot it existed then it showed up on YouTube. Shout out to YouTube for being hella stalkerish but always giving me the best recommendations. Anyway, the song I’m referring to is “Blessed” (Season 2, Episode 8).

Daniel Caesar is a Canadian singer-songwriter who built his popularity online through several singles and EPs and dude is just 22. In August, he dropped Freudian (his debut album) to rave reviews. I literally listen to this album every day and Husband is highly annoyed by it. My favorites:

Who else is listening to this? If you’re not, you probably have sucky taste in music *stares at Husband* Anyway, Read and share my previous post: Baby Gumbeaux Turns 1 Month. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @pinkgumbeaux and @babygumbeaux

Oh and Happy New Year. Ashlee, out!

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THE ILLUMINATI CREATED FALL FINALES

The illuminati created fall finales which brings them one step closer to New World Order. While we were sleeping, some high-powered asshole decided that we needed a “break” from our favorite TV shows during the holiday season. I don’t remember the exact moment it happened but want to know who asked them to make this decision for us? What else are we supposed to do during those scheduled times? Spend time with family and friends?

With “on demand,” Netflix and Hulu, we will survive. Because I’m such a helpful noodle, I have compiled a list of my favorites as well as new, lesser known shows. I know some of you need help expanding your horizons, you’re welcome.

Insecure (HBO)

Creator Issa Rae (The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl) stars as Issa Dee, who struggles to navigate the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles along with her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji).

This show is hilarious, relatable and has an awesome soundtrack as noted in How Insecure Made Me Obsessed with Nick Hakim.

Runaways (Hulu)

Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were? Marvel’s Runaways is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents.

No nerds, I have not read the comic books, do not care about possible inaccuracies, really like this show and think it’s the best thing that has come from Marvel (in my opinion). Also, it’s probably the only show on this list that you can watch as a family.

Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)

Suddenly broke, the formerly filthy-rich Rose family is reduced to living in a ramshackle motel in a town they once bought as a joke: Schitt’s Creek

This show is hilarious, I love most of the characters and have been told I act very similar to the mother.

Search Party (TBS)

Search Party is a dark comedy about five self-absorbed 20-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears.

Yep, this show is a prime example of why one ought to always mind their business…

She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix)

Nola Darling struggles to stay true to herself and her dreams while juggling three lovers in this Spike Lee series based on his breakout film

No, I haven’t seen the original. Quite honestly, I have not seen most of Spike Lee’s movies; however, School Daze is one of my favorites. Anyway, I’m assuming this version is a modern spin on the classic; particularly, since the main character uses labels that were not common when the movie was first released.

Shut Eye (Hulu)

SHUT EYE takes a darkly comedic look at the world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them. Former magician Charlie Haverford (Jeffrey Donovan) oversees a number of fortune telling parlors on behalf of his violent and domineering Romani kingpin boss, until a blow to the head jars him into a new mindset, making him question everything he has ever believed.

Season 2 premieres on December 6th which means you should probably stop reading this blog post, watch Season 1 then return to read the remainder of this post…

Stranger Things (Netflix)

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.

Fun fact: I went to a binge-watching party for Season 2 and snored through the first episode. I mean, I don’t think I was up for 15 minutes. In my defense, it was my last trimester and I was hella tired. After the second episode, I went home and slept for like 6 hours.

The Mayor (ABC)

In the new ABC TV show, young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) runs for mayor of his hometown to generate buzz for his music career. Unfortunately for Courtney, his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: An election victory

Have you ever heard of anyone running for office for attention then actually winning? No? Me neither…

The Mist (Netflix)

Trapped by a mysterious fog, residents of a Maine village discover that it hides nightmarish creatures. A new series based on Stephen King’s novella

Don’t get too attached to this show, there’s only 1 season. I even signed a petition for another season but was the 65th signature so yeah… don’t hold your breath.

Consider this your Christmas present. Now, what you can do for me (because it’s always about me because it’s my blog), read and share my previous post: The Final Trimester & Baby Gumbeaux’s Arrival and follow Pink Gumbeaux and Baby Gumbeaux on social media. Ok, I think that’s it. Be gone!

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HOW INSECURE MADE ME OBSESSED WITH NICK HAKIM

Insecure has ended, what are we supposed to do with our Sunday nights? Something productive? Eck! Human interaction? I doubt it. Anyway, one thing that can carry us into the next season is their soundtrack.

You can’t tell me it’s not the BEST soundtrack that has ever existed for any show or movie, now and in the future. Not too surprising since some of the music’s curators include Solange, Raphael Sadiq and other super important people we don’t know.

After each episode, I replay songs and buy my favorites. Most recently, Boredom by Tyler, The Creator featuring Rex Orange County, Anna Of The North and Corinne Bailey Rae.

 

I never thought I would like any song from him because I mostly dislike him as a person but alas. What’s worse? I hear the album is pretty good but yeah, this is not what this post is about. It’s about that episode, you know the one. Episode 5 where we all collectively knew Molly f***ed up (literally and figuratively). Although I was outraged, I was paying more attention to the song playing than the actual scene. Turned out, it was Needy Bees by Nick Hakim.

 

Go ahead and listen, I’ll wait here.

I don’t know how to even describe the feeling the song gave me but did listen to it about eight times back-to-back the first time. Then, I decided to do a little research on the artist. Nick Hakim is a D.C. native, singer-songwriter who was inspired by both soul and Nueva Cancion (as a result of his South American parents), became interested in music in his late teens, attended Berklee College of Music, did things broke artists do and now we’re here.

After playing only this song for like a week, I downloaded the album and identified a couple more favorites.

 

 

Unfortunately, I have barely been able to listen to songs outside of these but am fairly confident the rest are equally awesome.

Side note: He has a concert coming up in New Orleans which I may attend and am comfortable with being judged for waddling into a club at 8 months pregnant. Who gone check me? Follow Pink Gumbeaux on social media for judgmental and sometimes funny posts. Read and share my previous post: Second Trimester: The Rise and Fall of the Incubator