Pop culture moves at the speed of lightning. Each week, there are dozens of books being released, memes to keep track of, music to stream, and TV shows to catch up on. To cut through this static and highlight what’s worth your time, Bitch is offering this weekly roundup full of our pop culture obsessions.
1. Becky G featuring Bad Bunny - “Mayores”
Becky G’s song “Mayores” is on repeat for me lately. I’ve liked her since her turn as Valentina on the second season of Empire when she hooked up with Hakeem AND Lucious! “Mayores” is full of sly and sexy double entendres and that Reggaeton beat I can never quit. Becky G is a star.—Dahlia Grossman-Heinze, senior engagement editor
2. Mike and Mike
Although I’m late to the news, it has rocked my world this week to learn that the near 19 year run of Mike and Mike, a sports podcast and show, is ending. Mike and Mike has been a part of my news briefing for most of my adult life. Yes, their dude-bro approach to some things yields numerous eyeroll-while-driving moments. But there are good things to be gained here, too. Mike and Mike opened me up to the personal narratives of sports and have pushed me to look beyond the physical grace and athleticism of sports, and look at trends, phenomenons, and how sports fit or disrupt our social make-up. Two white dudes gabbing about sports is not flawless, but something doesn’t have to be perfect for me to know that I’ll miss it.—Lisa Factora-Borchers, editorial director
3. Your Money and Your Life Facebook Group
If you don’t already know about the Facebook group “Your Money and Your Life”—an offshoot based on the NRP program, but officially unaffiliated—now you do! I joined a few years ago to pick up tertiary advice from strangers on how and where to save a few bucks and whether or not having kids can actually be done without breaking the bank, and everything in between. It’s kind of like Suze Orman, but there’s really no yelling, and rather than rely on one decisive opinion, between 20 and 150 people will weigh in with advice and personal perspectives on just about any question. I, for one, feel that we should all talk about money more honestly and more often, and “Your Money and Your Life “does the trick. Take what you need from it, and leave what you don’t!—Kate Lesniak, publisher
4. The Defenders
Superhero comics have never been my favorite thing, but The Defenders franchise has completely changed my mind. While Iron Fist is still corny as fuck, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil have convinced me to invest in Netflix’s Marvel Universe. I don’t know if it’s the way it’s shot, the characters, or the brevity of the season (finally Netflix, you got it right!), but The Defenders gave me all I could handle and then some. It’s a must watch.—Evette Dionne, senior editor
5. National Suicide Prevention VMAs performance
Suicide is an issue few want to talk about that affects so many. Nearly 30,000 people commit suicide every year in the United States and at least one million people self-harm. Some mainstream shows have attempted to tackle the topic, but Logic’s performance of “1-800-273-8255” featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid at the 2017 VMAs took it to a level we’ve never seen before. It perfectly encapsulated what it’s like to feel like you’re on the edge, like no one understands or cares, like none of it matters, and it showed us how prevalent those feelings are. Most importantly, it helped people find a much-needed resource. As a person who has survived suicide attempts and lives with an anxiety disorder, I can’t stress enough how important it was to hear that song and how much sooner I wish it had come. I found myself crying and singing along, “I finally wanna be alive. I finally wanna be alive.” Because it took me back to that overwhelming moment when I finally felt at home in my body, when I didn’t want to die anymore, a feeling I never thought I’d ever have. I want to share that with everyone. There’s no shame in struggling. There’s no shame in pain. You are worthy. You matter. You are not alone. I want you to be alive.
If you are or know someone struggling with anxiety and suicidal thoughts and are not ready to make a phone call, visit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.—Ashley Duchemin, production editor