Monthly Favorites: June

Things I’m watching, reading, listening to and more this month.

What I’m Watching: Los Espookys (HBO)

Los Espookys “follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life.” If the description alone isn’t enough to get you to watch, the promise of a show lead entirely in Spanish by an all Latinx cast might. The show stars and is writen and executive produced by Fred Armisen of SNL and Portlandia fame, starring a cast of up and comers including Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega. Watch the trailer below:

What I’m Listening To: Khruangbin

Khruangbin was a band stumbled upon by recommendation, and they did not disappoint. A three-piece band from Houston, Texas, their music is a mostly instrumental blend of global music influences ranging from classic soul, traditional Thai music, dub, and psychedelia. Listen to their song “Como Me Quieres” here and catch their Tiny Desk Concert from NPR below:

Who I’m Following: Ggggrimes (@ggggrimes)

ggggrimes is a black queer artist based in New York. Their colorful artwork portrays queer people of color in ways that challenge and question common perceptions of race, sexuality, and gender— often asking their viewers to question society’s rigid adherence to these binaries.

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Besides their amazing artwork, one of the best decisions I’ve made is following them on Instagram. A mix of art and education, it’s all balanced out with what is probably the best (and funniest) taste in memes posted on their story. You will not regret it.

Buy their art here.

What I’m Reading: Femme in Public by Alok Vaid-Menon

What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world? At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology? Who hurt the people who hurt you? Let's figure it out.

An inspiring and hopeful read that I’ve been turning to in the past few months, Femme in Public is a collection of poetry by non-binary artist Alok Vaid-Menon. In their words it “is a dream of what it could look like to celebrate transfemininity in public”.

Buy PDF linked above or paperback version via Printed Matter here.