Young Thug and More: Your Monday Pop Culture Cheat Sheet


Welcome to your daily breakdown of the movie, TV and pop music news you should know about, curated from The New York Times and across the web. Let us know what you would like to see in these roundups by emailing us at [email protected] Tell us the good, the bad and the silly.

A yearslong saga is about to come to an end: Bill Cosby arrived in court Monday for sentencing. In April, the entertainer was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand and is now facing up to 30 years in prison. You can read about what to expect and follow our updates here.

When Disney released a teaser for the “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel “Ralph Breaks the Internet” back in August, it was fiercely criticized for whitewashing the black character Princess Tiana, who first appeared in the film “The Princess and the Frog.” Since then, Disney animators have worked with the advocacy group Color of Change, and the most recent trailer for the movie now shows the princess with darker skin and a wider nose. [Huffington Post]

The rapper Young Thug’s new EP, “On the Rvn,” is out and yes, it includes that remix of “Rocket Man” by Elton John that everyone has been talking about. That track is “High,” and there are five others to dig into. Listen on Spotify, Apple Music and other major streaming services.

Two major figures of the 1960s, Joan Baez and Paul Simon, brought their farewell tours to New York this weekend. Our critic Jon Pareles took the opportunity to ponder what pop farewells mean, whether they are “serene and modest” like Baez’s concert or a larger-scale dance party like Simon’s. [NY Times]

On “Insecure” on Sunday, Issa spun out about potentially being ghosted, and it got very awkward. But did she do enough to win this week’s bad decision index? Aisha Harris breaks it down. [NY Times]

John Oliver discussed the dangers of Facebook’s early motto “move fast and break things” on Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight.” He spliced thoughtful analysis of how the platform has inflamed tensions in Myanmar with discussions of sexy Care Bears, as is his way.


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