How To Have the Best Weekend Ever: Holiday Movies + ‘Homeland’ Ends

What we’ll be listening to, watching, and reading to sate our pop culture needs.

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If you need us, we’ll be bundled up at home enjoying all of these winter riches. 

Holiday Movie Marathon

Break out the eggnog and fire up the Yule log, then hit the couch for a holiday movie marathon. We’ve got the obvious ones on deck (Elf, A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation), but we’re going classic (It’s a Wonderful Life) and nostalgic (Charlie Brown’s anti-corporate Christmas rant in A Charlie Brown Christmas is everything) too.

‘Black Messiah’— D’Angelo

Oh, D’Angelo (*fans self*). It’s hard not to get hot and bothered listening to this new record from the king of pure sex music himself. Especially since he’s been keeping us waiting for 14 years (Voodoo came out in 2000!). But in addition to bringing us buttery, soulful R&B, Black Messiah has a current of unrest running through it—D’Angelo even pushed its release date up in the wake of Eric Garner and Michael Brown’s deaths and their aftermaths. A beautiful album for these ugly times.

‘Homeland’ Season Finale

We suffered through quite a bit of crazy with Homeland, but with its season-4 finale airing Sunday, the show is back at peak performance. It’s been a slow burn but after last week’s powerful surprise, we can’t wait to see where the season, finally driven by Carrie’s story—and which drew us into this series in the first place—ends. Nice save!

‘Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina’ by Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland was an anxious 13-year-old living in a dismal motel room with her five siblings when she discovered ballet. She grew up to become the only African-American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Her memoir, now out in paperback, tells her story, one whose power and elegance matches her onstage talent.

‘The Pinkprint’—Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj has been making tongues and fingers wag since her debut album came out in 2010, but with “Anaconda” she took it all to new heights. This week she dropped that single’s sprawling 22-track album, The Pinkprint, unleashing her defiant brand of feminism on the rap world. Love her or hate her, we’ll all be talking about it.


In 1982 we fell in love with the little freckled orphan girl and her sweet dog Sandy. So we were pretty psyched when our favorite pre-adolescent actress Quvenzhané Wallis was cast in the remake’s titular role. Yes, it’s got a 24 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. But we can’t help but want to see this star-studded extravaganza (is it wrong to love Cameron Diaz, too?) for ourselves.

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