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15 Pop Culture Moments We Can’t F@cking Wait For in 2018

If there’s one thing that we couldn’t wait for in 2017….it’s for 2018 to finally get here. 

And now that’s it’s arrived, there’s certainly been no shortage of pop culture moments in the first week-and-a-half on a list which already includes Mariah’s hot tea, everyone diving into that now ridiculously infamous book and a Golden Globes ceremony this past Sunday that was nothing short of powerful and of course, filled with lots and lots of Oprah. 

So, although we’re barely into January, it’s safe to say that 2018 is already shaping up to be one incredible pop culture roller coaster ride that will no doubt continue over the next twelve months as American Crime Story, Justin Timberlake, Ocean’s 8, Jurassic World, Lady Gaga, American Idol, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and the 2018 Winter Olympics are all on the way to give us the thrill of a lifetime over the next twelve months. 

Buckle up, kids. 

American Crime Story:The Gianni Versace Murder   Just a couple of things to say here. One, give Darren Criss every award right now for his sure-to-be thrilling and compelling portrayal of Gianni Versace killer and serial murderer, Andrew Cunanan. Two, Penelope is Donatella. And third, January 17th can’t get here fast enough as we’ll have yet another reason to still to be obsessed with everything Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk serve out. Since, you know, AHS isn’t quite doing it anymore. No shade, just watch this American Crime Story Versace first look and you’ll know exactly why this will be a show that’ll surely get the pop culture job done this year. FX/January 17th 

Schitt’s Creek Look....If you’re not watching and falling in love with this show about the fallen-from-social-heights Rose family, you’re simply not living your life to the fullest. So here’s what you need to do. First, watch all three seasons on Netflix. Next, check your local listings for where and when you can watch the season four premiere on January 24th. Then finally, live your everyday life as if you were the great Catherine O’Hara’s Moira Roise as it’s the only way to be in 2018. Well, that and the rest of the cast including Eugene Levy, his son, Daniel, Annie Murphy and Chris Elliot truly make an incredible (and tad bit underrated) ensemble that’s worth every bit of your streaming time. Check your local listings/February 24th 

Justin Timberlake   Although he’s only given us his brand new (eh..) single “Filthy,” Justin Timberlake is already having quite a year. With a “personal” new album, Man of the Woods, on the way, an upcoming worldwide tour and oh, yeah his much, much anticipated halftime takeover at this year’s Super Bowl (and shout out Ms. P!nk for your upcoming National Anthem slay!), Mr. Timberlake will be certainly be bringing sexy and then some back into our pop cultured lives this year. So, with that being said, we may begin the rumors of an ‘N Sync reunion at the Super Bowl starting right….now. Because that would truly be the icing on the JT 2018 takeover cake.  Man of the Woods/February 2nd/Super Bowl Halftime Show/February 4th 

2018 Winter Olympics  Stunning athletes….gorgeous landscapes…lots and lots of well-deserving medals and of course, a welcome distraction from the rest of this crazy world. Yes, those are all of the elements that’ll make up the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeong Chang, South Korea, when they takeover our ski-sloped lives next month. But of course, the best part of it all is getting to know all of the incredible athletes that will be representing Team USA, and this year’s fine display of shimmering American athleticism is no exception as Ted Ligety(Alpine Skiing), Codie Bascue(Bobsled), Becca Hamilton (Curling), Adam Rippon(Figure Skating), Michael Glasder(Ski Jumping), Faye Gulini (Snowboarding) and many, many more (which you can get to know right here) will all be going for the gold–and our Olympic hearts–this year. Check your local listings/February 8th-25th 

90th Annual Academy Awards While the annual Oscars extravaganza is marked as the finale of the awards season, this year’s golden event is already sure to be something to remember as we’ll absolutely get to witness not just some true winners (I, Tonya and Lady Bird for everything), but also some truly powerful speeches along the way (thank you, Ms. Winfrey) due to Hollywood’s fallout from all of those sexual harassment allegations that have displaced and disgraced many in the industry…and of course, all of the political bull shit that we’re forced to wade into every day. And much like we fabulously saw at this year’s Golden Globes, expect the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements to continue their strength through awards season, especially at this year’s Academy Awards. Now, let’s brace ourselves for what’s sure to be a tremendous 2018 Awards season ride. And let’s open the right envelope this time, alright? March 4th/ABC 

American Idol   The time has come…to see if Katy Perry will be worth that not-so-elusive $20 million dollar paycheck when she takes a god damn seat alongside Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan when AI gives us life provided by ABC this spring. And you can all relax..Ryan Seacrest will be back to moderate and promises that nothing has changed with the format of the original program. “It’s different obviously because of these personalities but the show, at its core , works,” Seacrest recently spilled with Variety, also adding, “You’ve got three different faces, you’ve got different contestants, but to change the show drastically in terms of format would be a big mistake.” And there you have it. Who’s ready for the next American Idol? Everyone. March 11th/ABC 

Roseanne   he’s baaaack and already causing quite a bit of controversy ahead of her eagerly anticipated reboot because well, you know. But whatever the political case may be, there’s no denying that we’ll all be watching to see what happens when the entire Connor family enters our 2018 lives. And yes, both Becky’s (and Dan!) will be there, too.  March 27th/ABC 

Avengers:Age of Ultron  What every Marvel Universe fan boy, bro, girl, gay, kid and kween has been waiting for their entire god damn lives. (May 3rd). 

Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour Now, this should be…something. Get those tickets…if you dare…and if you can.  May 8th-Nov 9th 

Ocean’s 8   First up, who cares if Sandra Bullock’s Debbie Ocean is wearing makeup the day she gets paroled from prison..she’s still Sandra fucking Bullock and we’re pretty sure she can do whatever the hell she wants. Second, the hate and the shade toward this all female reboot already..calm down, y’all! From the moment the first look 8 trailer was released at the end of last year, there was (for some unbeknownst reason) instant negative comparisons to 2016’s female led Ghostbusters, which wasn’t exactly a queen at the box office…or with fans. However, unlike that rewiring, this one actually looks like it might be well…good. Bottom line–our funny girls Kristen Wigg, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon we’re just stuck in a wobbly, flimsy film. With that being said, let’s end this discussion and get to more praisin’ of Bullock and her tremendous kick-butt Ocean’s 8 co-stars including Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kalig, Awkwafina and Helena Bonham Carter…because the most fabulous cast of 2018 is right here and respect and attention must be paid..right now. Knock it off. June 8th 

Jurassic World:Fallen Kingdom More buff Chris Pratt plus more dinosaurs plus the fact that it looks as if Ms. Dallas Howard got her request granted for more sensible shoes for another dino romp equals one hell of a pop culture event of 2018 that the whole entire world has been anxiously waiting for. Oh, and did we mention that Jeff Goldblum is back as the legendary Dr. Ian Malcom? In the words of the fiercest velociraptor in all of the Kingdom…yaaaassssssss. June 22nd 

Mamma Mia!:Here We Go Again   “Cher as Grandma.” Or, in other words, the absolute gayest cinematic experience of 2018 is right here. July 20th 

Lady Gaga’s Las Vegas Residency   In what may be one of the smartest moves of her now decade-long career (take a seat, ArtPop), let’s face it…Lady Gaga was tailor-made for a residency on the strip. While there’s little tea to be spilled on the “Bad Romance” diva’s upcoming Vegas adventure, we do know that she’ll indeed be taking over the MGM Grand Arena later this year with a whopping 74 shows while earning just over $100 million for her shimmering time. But now begs the question…who’s next for a Vegas romp since we’ve already been blessed with stage spectacles fro MC, J.Lo, Ricky Martin and of course, Godney. Maybe Janet? Beyoncé? Justin? Only diva time will tell, but in the mean time, we simply can’t fucking wait for the Mother Monster ship to land on the strip this year. 

RiRi’s Next Record Get ready to see #R9 everywhere very, very soon because Rihanna’s ninth studio adventure is certainly one of the most anticipated albums of the year as it’s been reported by many outlets that our Barbadian queen is hard at work, work, work, work to an Anti follow-up. Hmmm…we’re guessing that’ll come out just in time for the release of Ocean’s 8? Either way, the whole entire world will certainly welcome the “Umbrella” diva back with open headphones because we’ve fallen in love with “Wild Thoughts” and “Lemon” and we want more of the same, please, like..right now, RiRi. 

“Baby One More Time” Turns 20  Squeeze into those Catholic school girl uniforms, tie in the pink hair pom-poms and pass all of the Botox like, now, because the legendary Ms. Britney Spears’ still stellar debut single will be celebrating twenty years of straight up owning our TRL-ed lives this year. Although this sure-to-be worldwide pop culture event won’t be taking over our calendars until the fall (Sept 30th, to be exact), ah…f@#k it, let’s start celebrating now because it’s been two decades of Godney, bitch! 

 

 

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25 Reasons Why We’ll Forever Praise ‘Sister Act’

Gird all of the halos and habits and get ready to relive all of the Mother Superior shade you still heave all over the place (of course, there’s never enough, thank you Maggie Smith), because everyone’s favorite movie in the whole entire world, Sister Act, is celebrating twenty-five years of makin’ fabulous music for our oh, so sinful lives.

So, to celebrate such a heavenly occasion (it really is, right Sister Mary Patrick?), Philly Mixtape is serving up a special commemorative piece that’s spillng all sorts of Ms. Whoopi tea and then some, while gettin’ down with all of that spiritual music truth and exposing the real Sister Mary Robert

No shade, Ms. Wendy Makkena, no shade. 

It’s all here and so, so much more, so let’s all kneel down and commune our asses to Sister Act church right now. Because after twenty-five glory-us years…..it’s still truly the only way. 

1.Go on, Mizz Whoopi….  All tea, no shade to the Divine Ms. Bette Midler, but we’re so god, um, darn glad she turned down the lead role of lounge singer-turned-nun-turned-famous gospel diva Dolores Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence. Truly, there’s just no one else that could fill that halo, that sass and those stilettos quite like Ms. Whoopi. And John, Peter, Paul and Ringo, of course. 

2.”Good night, ladies and gentlemen…you don’t give a shit.” Actually, we give lots of shits about the opening credits of Sister Act because it not only kicks it all off, but we’re blessed with the fabulous “Lounge Medley” (hey there, Ronelles!) that every true fan of the movie absolutely knows by heart….with all of those moves, of course. #burnin 

3.”Say goodnight, Ernie”   Oh, Ernie…we hardly knew ye. Really, he may have made a couple of wrong turns in his life, but, sigh…..

4.Go on, Mr. Harvey Keitel…  The original gangsta. No further witnesses. 

5.And of course, purple mink coats from your lover’s ex-wife are a must….  It’s ours, we deserve it. Connie LaRocca 4 Eva….

6.It’s where all of the fabulous queens learned how to throw proper shade…   Thank you, Maggie Smith, aka Mother “Boogie Woogie on the Piano” Superior. And of course, gurl groups 4 lyfe. 

7.Lesson number one….  #younuns 

8.”Gravy” and Ms. Kathy all day… And more of Ms. Kathy Najimy serving up the fierce with every god damn (sorry, you just have to) line she delivered along with every single scene she stole as delightfully overjoyed Sister Mary Patrick. 

9.Long live Sister Mary Robert…well, sort of…   While it’s a known tea spill that Sister Mary Robert’s vocals were actually served up by the lovely Ms. Andrea Robinson, you have to hand it to Ms. Wendy Makkena…no one takes a dive out a moving car quite like she can. Now, get out of bed, you daisy head and get to watchin’ Sister Act for the fifth time today. 

10.The first choir class…..  No explanation needed. 

11.”Just a Touch of Love”   Is truly all we need. And to watch the C+C Music Factory blessed montage over and over and over again. Ready, set, Double Dutch. 

12.And again…..  

13.”Hail Holy Queen” Or should we say, Hail, Holy Yaaaaas Kween whenever this delightful takes over our Showtunes Sundays lives. That answer would be yas….kween. Now, step. 

14.”My God”  Sing along if you know the words. That would be…everybody. 

15.”Roll With Me Henry”  We’ll be rollin straight to the juke box and over to the dance floor whenever Ms. Etta James’ “Henry” enters over our old school music lives. In which fans of Sister Act know that it’s pretty much..everyday. Let’s roll. 

16.”It’s better than sex”   Or, so we’ve heard….

17.”If My Sister’s in Trouble”  While no one has truly any idea just whatever happened to Lady Soul (and that definitely-from-’92 wardrobe), Sister Act’s R&B blessed theme song and nun worthy accompanying video will cement the truth that it’s really just…that…movie. Praise ’em up for the ladies of Lady Soul. 

18.”Rescue Me”   If you haven’t done your chores while grooving along to Fontella Bass’ smash hit, then you definitely missed, like, all of the spots. 

19. Sister Act 2:Back in the Habit  No explanation needed as you most likely know every bit of the sequel just as well as you know its predecessor. And the moment Ms. Lauryn Hill takes over our ‘Habit’ lives with “His Eye is on the Sparrow”….still pure heavenly bliss. 

20. Sister Act:The Musical   Another no explanation needed as you most likely, well, you know where this is going you fabulous Broadway kween, you. 

21.One more time…. 

22.”I Will Follow Him” Sigh……

23.The closing credits, though…..   You know you make me wanna…..watch them over and over again. Dolores Van Cartier on the cover of People magazine for life. 

24.San Francisco Luv…  The true star of the show here…the flawless and captivating city of San Francisco, for which nun of these classic Sister Act shenanigans would truly exist. Or without Buckwheat Bertha, of course. We simply can’t leave her out now, can we? 

25.Do you really need another reason? If so, there’s two words for you….Bless You. And then start it all over again. In a word, thank you Sister Act…thank you. 

 

 

 

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8 Albums Celebrating Milestones in 2017/Those 2002 Albums, Though..

So, why eight albums on this week’s list? Read on to find out and relive those 2002 albums, though…because you most certainly will. 

Ashanti/Self-titled Let’s just get right down to business, because when it comes to the music of 2002, Ms. Ashanti was that business. Fresh off the hook from Ja Rule’s (ahem..)chart topping “Always on Time,” the diva served us life with the Marley Marl/Biggie sampling lead single, “Foolish,” (plus that Goodfellas inspired video, though) which spent an unprecedented eleven weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100

Of course, it didn’t hurt that the former Princess of Murder Inc Records/Hip Hop & R&B was featured on, like, forty-five tracks that year(“What’s Luv?” “Down 4 U”…sigh), but it was this album and all of the pre-Ciara goodies that were laced all over it (“Happy,” “Baby”) that further proved that when it came to those grooves of 2002, Ms. Ashanti was always on time for all of us. 

Norah Jones/Come Away With Me Long before Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga gave us Cheek to Cheek realness and a touch before Xtina went all Back to Basics, Ms. Norah Jones served us with the lighter side of jazz with her whimsical debut set, Come Away With Me

While every song on the album still remains as light as a sun-kissed breeze (the title track, “Don’t Know Why“) the album itself was a straight up beast on the charts where it would go on to sell a whopping twenty million copies worldwide and continue with Grammy snatch (six for our girl) that still remains in a historical class of its very own. Although Ms. Jones doesn’t own our adult contemporary hearts these days like she used to, the magical music memories on her stellar debut will certainly last a lifetime. 

Nelly/Nellyville In 2000, the Band Aid promoting rapper made us learn that down home Country Grammar. (“Ride Wit Me” 4 lyfe). In 2002, he had us take off all of our clothes because he made it so f#$king “Hot in Herre” for all of us, which was soon followed by a romp on the Desperate Housewives set with Kelly Rowland in the “Dilemma” video.

There was a shoe or a song or something called “Air Force Ones,” which proves that if we were a tossed a one-way ticket to Nellyville right this very second, we would do it all over again, even the Country Grammar era for that matter. Right, Ms. Vanna? Let’s go. 

J.Lo/J to Tha L-O The Remixes/This is Me…Then While could easily spill about how 2002 was also the year that gave us….Bennifer, there’s just not enough words on the page for all of that. Especially since ’02 was also the year that Ms. Lo gave us not one, but two blockbuster records, the first being The Remixes album (“Ain’t it Funny” all day), which was followed a touch later down the road with the release of her third studio album, This Is Me…Then.

Yes, “Jenny From the Block” and “Dear Ben” are still the worst, but we’ll forever be grateful for the L.L. co-starring and (and Deborah Laws Very Special” sampling), “All I Have,” the Flashdance inspired clip for “I’m Glad” will always do it to us and the “Juicy Fruit” tasting, “Loving You” will always be quite delicious.

Because it was both of these albums that truly turned J.Lo from being a diva into being that diva. And we’ll never forget it. 

Missy Elliot/Under Construction Oh, Missy try to maintain…our lives when it comes to the funky fresh flavors on your still red-hot fourth studio album. Without going on and on here (because..this record), you must dive in at once and relive this glorious 2002 music moment, because there’s simply no flippin’ and reversin’ it when it comes to the Missy truth that will always be served up on her Grammy owning, career defining album, Under Construction. 

Christina Aguilera/Stripped Here…we…f#$king go, right, that now oh, so infamous Rolling Stone cover that truly served us Xtina realness when it came to this album? Gone were the Mickey Mouse ears and Britney comparisons, and waaaay in was Linda Perry, assless chaps, more Lil’ Kim, one “Beautiful” ballad and one “Dirrty” video that will forever remain in a delightfully skanky class all on its own accord. 

While we may never know when–or even if–Mizz Xtina will get up out of her chair on The Voice and serve us with Blonde (or whatever it was supposed to be called), but Stripped certainly gave every Xtina queen an album for days (sorry, Back to Basics), especially when it comes to album cut, “Get Mine, Get Yours,” which pretty much sums this era of the window destroying diva all sorts of up.

Well, that and the Justified & Stripped tour, of course.

Justin Timberlake/Justified One word..”Britney” followed by five more words…”Cry Me a River Video”….do you really need anything else? How about, everything else on the album that started the still ignited JT era, including “Like I Love You,” “Rock Your Body,” and of course, “Señorita.” Ay dios mio, Mr. Timberlake. 

8 Mile Soundtrack Eminem….the dearly departed Brittany MurphyKim Basinger…”Lose Yourself”….no further questions if you dare to ask any when it comes to this soundtrack