The warm summer sunny days are in full effect, as temperatures are only getting warmer, you may be wanting to be spending more time indoors, and we’ve got just the stuff! Grab some snacks and turn your air conditioner on high or take a trip down to your local movie theater, here is a short list of new TV shows and films to look out for this July.
The Lion King
Disney’s upcoming film journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon, and utilizes pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way. In theaters July 19, 2019.
THE NEXT BIG THING
THE NEXT BIG THING is a music competition series in which twelve up-and-coming R&B and Hip Hop artists are put through a grueling artist development boot camp designed to create bona fide superstars. The last two standing will get to meet and perform in front of four major record labels. If the labels make offers, the power turns to the final two artists who decide which
record label they want to join. Leading the artist development charge is The League, comprised of the A&R vet, Tina Davis, entertainment mogul, Dame Dash and hit-making producer, Zaytoven. The League will also enlist their celebrity friends as mentors. Guest mentors include Tamar Braxton, Keyshia Cole, Joe Budden, Remy Ma, Jeremih, Lil Kim, Tank and Nipsey Hussle. The series began July 2, 2019 on BET.
TALES Season 2
“TALES” is a scripted anthology series of “song stories” weaving classic and current hip-hop songs into captivating visual narratives from the lyrics of some of hip-hop’s greatest hits. Far beyond the music video or the live event, “TALES” brings hip-hop alive in a completely new way for television. Through songs like NWA’s “F– The Police”, Notorious B.I.G.’s “I Got A Story to Tell”, Meek Mill’s “Cold Hearted”, Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen”, to name a few, each song’s lyrics are imagined as cinematic adventures with different directors, including Irv Gotti’s directorial debut. Each episode is written by a different screenwriter, introducing “TALES” as an innovative twist to the hip-hop culture by reimagining our favorite hip-hop songs as we know them into “mini-movies”. Beginning July 9, 2019 on BET.