‘High on the Hog’ and other shows to watch this weekend

A minimum of, it feels much easier than last summertime.

Time to show up, as they state (that is, the cooling), and concentrate on a few of that great living. I’m here to be your guide today — and each week if you are registered for the Pop Life Chronicles newsletter.

‘High on the Hog: How African American Food Transformed America’

(From left) Stephen Satterfield and Jessica B. Harris explore Black foodways in "High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America."

‘Tis the season of the cookout, and there isn’t anything more best to view today than “High on the Hog.”

Author and cofounder of Whetstone publication Stephen Satterfield “traces the delicious, moving throughlines from Africa to Texas” in this Netflix docuseries about Black food.

Satterfield is the most lovely of hosts, and the series is not just helpful however likewise — no pun meant — soul-stirring.

“Hog” is presently streaming.

‘Female in Movement: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA’

Nichelle Nichols had a groundbreaking role on "Star Trek: The Original Series."

Nichelle Nichols not just starred as a Black lady in area with her function as Lt. Nyota Uhura in “Star Trek: The Original Series,” however she likewise assisted others like herself in reality in spite of an uphill struggle.

This documentary “chronicles how Nichols transformed her sci-fi television stardom into a real-life science career” with a 1977 project to increase variety in NASA’s area program.
She “recruited more than 8,000 African American, Asian and Latino women and men for the agency,” a press release for the movie mentioned. “Nichols and her program continue to influence the younger generation of astronauts as well, including (Dr.) Mae Jemison, the first female African American astronaut in space.”

“Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA” begins streaming Thursday on Paramount+.

‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’

(From left) Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as husband-and-wife paranormal investigators in "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It."

When you begin grumbling that’s it’s “hot as hell” outside, remember this “chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.

“Among the most astonishing cases from their files, it begins with a defend the soul of a young kid, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen prior to, to mark the very first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would declare demonic belongings as a defense,” is how the film is described.

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as Lorraine and Ed Warren in the movie, which hits theaters and starts streaming on HBO Max (which is owned by CNN’s parent company) Friday.

Two things to listen to

Liz Phair performs at The Theatre at Ace Hotel  in Los Angeles, March 26, 2016.
Liz Phair’s music may be closely identified with the 1990s, but she’s still creating.
Her latest album, “Soberish,” drops Friday, and she talked to Variety about how she has grown as an artist.

“I’m a better vocalist, manufacturer and guitar player now … and my voicings and tunings are much more intricate and intriguing,” she said. “However there’s a pure, pristine, unselfconscious charm to the early work that I can’t catch once again. I can’t unknow what I understand.”

Can we please now get Lilith Fair back?

Paris Hilton attends the 2019 WWD Beauty Inc Awards at the Rainbow Room in New York City, December 11, 2019.

Paris Hilton hosts a podcast?

That’s hot.

The woman who pretty much invented the selfie and influencing talks pop culture and chats with famous folks, including some of her friends, on her iHeartRadio podcast, “This Is Paris.”
There is no one better suited for the gig than the mogul-DJ-activist. And she doesn’t even shy away from talking about her own personal experiences, including accepting comedian Sarah Silverman’s apology for roasting Hilton at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards.

Two things to talk about

Dolly Parton attends the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert at the Los Angeles Convention Center, February 8, 2019.
I just love Dolly Parton so much.

That’s why I was tickled beyond belief to learn that she’s not like the rest of us, lounging as we are around the house in sweats and/or yoga pants during the pandemic.

The legendary singer told WSJ. Magazine in an article published Monday that she has her own version of comfy house wear: “a little dress-type teddy, a long teddy, then I have a little coat or t-shirt to match if I get cold,” she told the publication.

“I call them my child clothing due to the fact that they’re soft like an infant,” Parton said.

What else would we expect from a woman who said she does “all my charm work and cleaning my face in the early morning due to the fact that I normally attempt to keep my makeup on in the evening”?

She explained, “I never ever understand if there’s going to be an earthquake or a twister or a storm and I’m going to need to go out in the middle of the night!”

Parton is a national treasure.

I was today years old when I found out.


(From left) Dale Moss and Clare Crawley fell for each other early on during season 16 of "The Bachlorette."
That Clare Crawley and Dale Moss appear to be a thing again, at least on Instagram. The former Bachelorette this week posted a photo on her verified account showing Moss (from the chest down) and her pup, with the caption referring to them as “The young boys.”
The couple made history after Crawley exited the show early when she fell head over heels for Moss, who was one of the contestants vying for her heart.

Viewers got to see them get engaged, but shortly thereafter they split.

“Media will take things and run with them. Individuals will spread out lies or constantly wish to blame,” Moss, a former football player, said after they broke up. “However the reality of the matter is, there’s nobody individual to blame in this scenario.”

It wouldn’t be Bachelor Nation if there wasn’t a breakup and an occasional reconciliation — or two.

Something to sip on

Kate Winslet stars in HBO's "Mare of Easttown."

“Mare of Easttown” is a reminder of just how good a crime drama can be.

The finale aired recently, and social media couldn’t stop talking about everything — the tremendous acting, the superb writing and the spot-on Pennsylvania accents.

Kate Winslet as Detective Mare Sheehan gives one of the finest performances of her career. Her costars Jean Smart as Mare’s mother Helen Fahey; Julianne Nicholson as Mare’s best friend, Lori Ross; and Evan Peters as Detective Colin Zabel are also wonders. Seriously, just go ahead and nominate them for all the awards.
But the thing I loved most about the HBO limited series (HBO and CNN are both part of WarnerMedia) was the downright incredible, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat storytelling. As my CNN colleague Brian Lowry noted, it was as much about relationships as it was a whodunit, and both of those narratives were executed with intensity and grace.

More of this, please.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.