Between ‘Zola’ and ‘Heaux Tales’ women are owning their sexuality right now

Seriously. High temperatures, more skin and a lot of mixed drinks with umbrellas.

Count me in. And after making it through a pandemic, you had much better applaud ANY body you’re residing in and designate it summer-ready.

That’s why I am all kinds of delighted by the hot-girl summer season energy today as ladies are owning their company.

Which leads me into today’s what to enjoy:

3 things to enjoy


Taylour Paige stars as the title character in "Zola."

What occurs when you get 2 strippers, a clingy sweetheart and an unsafe pimp together for a trip?

All kinds of shenanigans — and we are SO here for it.

Based upon a viral 2015 Twitter thread, the movie, directed by Janicza Bravo and starring Taylour Paige, Riley Keough and Nicholas Braun, resembles a friend trip on euphoria — a lot of funny and a guide to the hoe video game as a reward.

If Paige appears best as Zola, thank Bravo, who informed me she discovered her and surreptitiously took pictures of the young starlet at a coffee bar after earlier finding Paige in an advertisement for her VH1/BET drama, “Hit the Floor.”

Paige was not pleased about the snaps.

“She fully squinted at me like I was a garbage person and the thing is that’s okay, because I was really taking a photo of you and not asking you to do that,” Bravo informed Paige throughout our interview, to which Paige reacted, “I was going through it, probably.”

“Zola” remains in theaters now.

‘Summer Season of Soul’

"Summer of Soul" starts streaming on Hulu Friday.

Questlove can actually do it all.

The drummer for The Roots, super star DJ and accessory trainer at New york city University has actually directed his very first movie, a documentary entitled “Summer of Soul.”

The movie is billed as “part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.”

“Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just 100 miles south of Woodstock, the Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park),” according to a press release for the movie. “The footage was never seen and largely forgotten — until now.”

Being informed while you jam? Sign me up!

The doc begins streaming on Hulu Friday.

‘September Mornings’

Liniker as Cassandra (left) and Gustavo Coelho as Gersinho (right) are shown in a scene from "September Mornings."
Soul vocalist and songwriter Liniker, a pioneer for the trans neighborhood in her native Brazil, shines in “September Mornings.”

I’m a sucker for musical artists who can likewise act. Liniker’s efficiency as Cassandra, a female whose life deviates when a kid she never ever understood she had shows up at her door, is outstanding. She likewise sings in the series, so bonus offer!

“September Mornings,” likewise called “Manhãs de Setembro,” is presently streaming on Amazon Prime.

2 things to listen to

Lana Del Rey performs at the Benicàssim International Music Festival in Benicàssim, Spain, July 20, 2019.
Lana Del Rey’s 8th studio album, “Blue Banisters,” is a follow-up to “Chemtrails Over the Country Club,” which launched in March.

It appears that the pandemic has artists out here developing adequate tunes that they can launch more than one album a year.

Color me not mad about it.

Back in April, Del Rey tweeted, “I’m writing my own story. And no one can tell it but me.”

Let the storytelling start on Sunday.

The "Rebel Girls Go for the Gold" podcast streams on Audible.

The Summertimes Olympics begin July 23. In honor of the video games, Audible is providing a special six-episode podcast series.

“Rebel Girls Go for the Gold” is carried out by Olympic bronze medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and “takes listeners on a journey throughout Olympics history — from the first woman marathon runner in the late 1800s to a young BMX racer from Colombia planning to compete in the upcoming Tokyo games.”
With all the discussion about (the absence of) gender parity in sports, I dig shining a spotlight on these incredible professional athletes.

The podcast is presently streaming.

Something to discuss

Michael Gandolfini (right) stars as the young Tony Soprano in "The Many Saints of Newark."

More prequels, please.

I understand Hollywood likes a great follow up — and several ones at that — however I yearn for origin stories.

So, thank you, David Chase for the upcoming movie “The Many Saints of Newark,” where we discover the story of a young Tony Soprano from “The Sopranos.”

I was consumed with the HBO program and am so eagerly anticipating this movie. (Required business synergy disclosure: HBO and CNN are both part of WarnerMedia.)

Particularly due to the fact that Michael Gandolfini handles the function of Soprano, initially played by his dad, the late James Gandolfini.

Perfect casting. Plus, behind every excellent character is a history that assisted him or her arrive. Bada bing, bada boom.

Something to drink on

A portrait of Britney Spears looms over supporters and the media outside a court hearing concerning the pop singer's conservatorship at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in LA, June 23.

Assistance for Britney Spears is growing louder.

As terrific as that is, I hope assistance continues when headings are gone.

That’s when Spears is going to require individuals rooting for her one of the most.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.