The Weekend Wrap-Up: Episode 2

July 6, 2019Mikaela Ian
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Welcome to The Weekend Wrap-Up, where we discuss all things pop culture from this week as it relates to black millennials.

And what a GREAT week in the world of black pop culture. From Lil Nas X coming out to Coco Gauff beating Venus Williams at Wimbledon to a black girl being cast as Ariel – we are winning left and right. So let’s dive right in!

You can either watch The Weekend Wrap-Up on YouTube or check out the written version below. Or, even better – you can watch it and read it because they are not identical and you might miss something if you only watch or just read! So do both 🙂

Lil Nas X is gay

The hip-hop/country rapper came out at the end of Pride Month and pretty much shocked everyone. On Twitter, he said: “I thought it made it obvious”, referencing his song c7oser, but everyone seemed super surprised by the announcement.

In an interview yesterday with BBC, Lil Nas X said he considered taking his sexual orientation “to the grave” and didn’t want to publicly discuss it. But, he ended up changing his mind.

According to People:

“I’m also, I feel like, opening the doors for more people,” the 20-year-old star told BBC, adding that he hopes his decision will help others “feel more comfortable” coming out. But the Atlanta musician admitted that his sexuality is “not really accepted in either the country [or] hip-hop communities.” And when asked if he’s expecting backlash, Lil Nas X was quick to respond: “Oh, I’m already getting it. I used to be that person being negative. I’m not angry or anything [about it], because I understand how they just want that reaction.”

Like I said earlier this week, I think it’s fantastic that he is living his truth out loud without caring what anyone thinks. I was surprised he came out because the hip-hop world tends to be very homophobic. But hopefully he can still be successful.

Ariel is BLACK

Singer/actress Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in the upcoming live action remake of the Little Mermaid! As a huge fan of the movie, I’m super excited that Ariel is black! According to Variety, director Rob Marshall was blown away by Halle and she was the clear frontrunner during the audition process.

“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” Marshall said in a statement.

“Bailey is joining a cast that includes Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina, while Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula. “The Little Mermaid” will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is also producing the film along with Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca.”

Unfortunately, there are A LOT of YT people who are super upset about this casting. I mean out of 49 Disney movies, only one main character is black. So we can’t have a black Little Mermaid?! And folks even went on Twitter trying to give biological reasons as to why Ariel can’t be black. Cuz, you know, mermaids are real.

I’m convinced people have nothing to do in life because this whole situation is ridiculous to me. I just can’t wait to see who will be cast as King Triton and more importantly, Ursula! Earlier this week I discussed how epic Lizzo would be in that role. So basically, it needs to happen!

Coco Gauff

So I’m gonna be real here – prior to this week, I had never heard of Cori “Coco” Gauff. I’m not a tennis fiend and only watch for the Williams sisters. I’m a football and basketball girl. So, when I saw headlines about a 15-year-old black girl named Coco who beat Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon, I was like who?!

Coco played Venus on Monday and won the match. It was a huge upset and a shocker that no one expected. Venus hasn’t been on her game lately and let’s be real, she’s nearing 40 and should probably retire. But still, it was a big shock for her to lose in the opening round.

But the story is sweet because Coco idolizes Venus and Serena and was soo gracious about the win. But I mean, it had to be rough AF for Venus. She lost to a 15-year-old in round one! A child!

In a post-match interview, Coco said of Venus: “She said congratulations. I told her thank you for everything that you did. I wouldn’t be here without you. I always wanted to tell her that.”

I think it’s super sweet and I hope she goes on to do amazing things. As much as I love Venus and Serena, I think it’s time for them to pass the torch on to the younger players. I know it’s controversial to discuss Venus and Serena retiring, but we might be near that convo.

Do you think they should retire or are there many more years of tennis for the Williams’ sisters?! Let me know in the comments!


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