There's love that makes you believe in love, full of faith and tenderness and heart. It was such a joy to witness and celebrate it over the weekend. (And I looked great.) I've also been reflecting on reciprocity in friendships, and understanding when it's best to let go of people who are unable to inhabit that trust. Most of my recommendations this week are audio, because there's nothing like putting in headphones and wandering aimlessly through the city now that the weather is expansive and full of possibility. Onto some odds and ends:
- Arshia Fatima Haq, founder of Discostan, explores the story of two siblings in the 1980s who recorded an album that fused their Pakistani diaspora with the British New Wave they loved so much. This is a dazzling audio story, made for anyone who has fallen in love with synths and lost tapes.
- When your new roommates are nuns, how does that work? A body brokering scheme in Colorado. How To Draw a Horse is a cute comic on adolescent crushes. A biriyani party in Bloomington, Indiana.
- Jamila Woods' music is lush and full of light. I've been playing her latest album LEGACY! LEGACY! on loop. Again and again. My favorite track right now is GIOVANNI, a reference to the poet and activist. (Also, my dear friends Awaaz Do have just released their new album, Beyond Borders!)
- In Boston? The next South Asian Sex Ed Salon is around the corner, this time focused on relationships -- more specifically, the ways in which we feel our various South Asian family dynamics and cultural inheritances affect how we show up in our relationships today. I'd love for you to join us.
- Always Be My Maybe is worth watching -- I knew I'd dig it as soon as I saw young Ali Wong's character slip her shoes off as soon as she got home. I enjoyed reading about how Randall Park's own life inspired bits of the rom-com.
- This is good and necessary: Three DJs of color come together for a tender and tough conversation about Michael Jackson in the wake of the Leaving Neverland documentary.
ps - I will be co-MCing this month's Subcontinental Drift Boston open mic on June 21 with my dear pal, the artist and activist Payal Kumar. This month, SubDrift is featuring COLOR THEORY, a gorgeous, multimedia performance about the impact of color on one person's life. Come through!