Greetings, fellow pop culture aficionados, and welcome to week 28 of ourI.C.Y.M.I.(In Case You Missed It) blog series. Our museum may betemporarily closedto visitorsbased on guidance from public health officials to slow the spread of coronavirus, but we're still here to recap a handful of trending tidbits from the past week(s) in popular culture, in case you missed them.
Several MoPOP Sound Off! alum, including Sol, Parisalexa, Talaya., Dave B., and Claudine Magbag combined with other local talent last month for a live stream benefit concert supporting the Seattle Artist Relief Fund (SARF), a Black-led community response to help provide direct financial support to artists impacted by COVID-19. One hundred percent of the event proceeds went directly to affected artists, with the KEXP-supported event nearly reaching it's $25,000 goal (you can still donate).
On top of performances from former MoPOP youth artists, the stream also included sets from Seattle-based musicians Eva Walker, Sango, Left at London, Ben Zaidi, Chong the Nomad, Perry Porter, and Brandon Marsallis. Check out some of the music video performances embedded below, and for the rest, head over to KEXP's YouTube—REFILL content has been releasing on a weekly basis since the show first aired.
Lovecraft Country Debuts on HBO—Watch The First Episode For Free!
Fans of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror will all likely find something to like (or better yet, love) about HBO's newest series, Lovecraft Country. Based on Matt Ruff's novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country follows the story of a young Black man (Jonathan Majors), his friend (Jurnee Smollett), and his uncle (Courtney B. Vance) who embark on a road trip together across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. During their travels the trio not only must work to overcome the racism of white America, but also struggle to survive against a handful of horrifying monsters. Misha Green, J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele, and more make up the show's executive producers, with a total of 10 episodes—airing every Sunday—in store. There's still time to catch up on episode one before the next installment begins this weekend—it's currently free to watch on YouTube, HBO Max, and HBO.
Experience The DC FanDome
Fans of DC Comics, this one's for you. Labeled "the ultimate 24-hour experience for the world's greatest fans," the DC FanDome kicks off this Saturday. The free event is set up as a virtual convention, showcasing online panel discussions, artwork, cosplay, and exciting first looks at new DC properties, from comic books to movies, TV shows, video games, and more. The fun begins at 10 a.m. PT on August 21 over at DCFanDome.com.
And our milestone series honoring 20 years of MoPOP moved on with a look at Pop Conference, including a special clip from the event's 2010 keynote showcasing singer-songwriter, rapper, actress, and producer Janelle Monáe, who speaks to James Brown's influence on her 2010 song "Tightrope."
What'd We Miss?
Now that we've filled you in on a few things, what do you feel we failed to mention? Let us know in the comments, or hit us up with a suggestion on social media. We'll look to include your ideas in our next edition ofI.C.Y.M.I.