WHAT TO READ THIS WEEKEND

As the weekend approaches, we're getting ready to kick back and enjoy some down time. A great time to catch up on some reading. With all the crap being thrown at you, it may be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Say no more, fam. We got you. Here's a selection of good reads for you to enjoy this weekend.

- This interview with Roxanne Shanté on Cardi B and her Netflix movie. "Shante’s favorite scene in the movie is the very first one. She’s about to hop into a rap battle, and she asks her mom, “Mom, can I curse?” Her mom says, “I don’t care what you do. Just make sure you win that 50 dollars.” (She did.)"

- How Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia is taking on the Donald Trump administration. “What pisses me off about this administration is that they're all these ‘climate deniers’—well, that's bullshit. They know what's happening. What they're doing is purposely not doing anything about climate for the sake of making more money.”

- This Vanity Fair cover story on excellent writer/director Lena Waithe. "If you haven’t heard of Lena Waithe, check yourself for a pulse. She is disrupting the hell out of Hollywood. As the first black woman to nail an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Lena—along with a crew of other black creatives—is sending a message to the world that Black Brilliance has arrived in Hollywood and has not come to play."

- This piece on Ricky Gervais' problematic art, and this one on Roseanne Barr's.

- Your cheat sheet for telling all the Soundcloud rappers apart. "For those over the age of 25, or perhaps just a little out of the loop, you could be forgiven for lumping the past year’s wave of “SoundCloud rappers” into one very colorful pile of teenagers from Florida who don’t care about Tupac. But given the increasing influence this young and powerful new group of musicians has both on the charts and hip-hop culture at the moment, it’s probably worth your time to learn a thing or two."

- This excerpt from Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984 by Duane Tudahl.

- Donald Glover's mock Deadpool script, dissected by The Ringer.

- Michael K. Williams is always a good idea, here's an interview about his new documentary for Vice. "Gun violence is nothing new. It’s been plaguing poor urban communities in the inner city for decades, so let’s look at why our kids are having such easy access to these illegal weapons. How are they getting into our communities? I’m hoping that we can start this dialogue because it needs to be looked at."