2019 American Music Awards

5 Pride Picks: L'Freaq, 'Pose,' Halsey & More

 Bill Christ

Pride Picks is a new weekly column where we choose five songs, events, shows and other items of interest that showcase the talent from the LGBTQ community. Check out our five picks for this week (July 16), and stay up to date by following Billboard Pride on Instagram and Twitter.

Music Video to Obsess Over

Fans of FKA Twigs and Banks would be remiss not to check out synth-pop enchantress L’Freaq and her new video for “Weird Awakenings,” which premiered Monday (July 16). The singer, also known as Lea Cappelli, tells Billboard that she was encouraged to pursue the song after discovering lyrics haphazardly scribed on a piece of paper in her Brooklyn apartment. “The awakening in the moment was myself finally feeling liberated from a doomed relationship, but these words have continued to ring true in all aspects of my life; sexual, mental, political,” Cappelli says of the soulful dark-pop track.

TV Show to Binge

For those that are late to the Pose party -- fret not! The dance musical dazzles as it puts the spotlight on New York’s ballroom scene in the late '80s and features a soundtrack that has included tracks by Whitney Houston, Diana Ross and Tina Turner. With the season finale approaching this Sunday (July 22), it’s the perfect time to begin a binge through the show’s first seven episodes. The series is available to stream at FXNetworks.com.

EP to Check Out

The Voice alum Jeffery Austin dropped his debut EP Misguided on Friday. With the five-song collection, the soulful singer/songwriter sheds his reality TV persona by exploring a more feminine sound. Austin lists Julia Michaels, Kehlani and Halsey as influences for the tracks.

Event to Be Seen At

Presented by Slay TV, the inaugural Slayfest kicks off on Saturday (July 21) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fisher Building in New York. The day-long event, which celebrates black queer and trans artists, occupies all four floors of the building and features film screenings, performances and panels, among other activities. Cakes da Killa and Dai Burger headline the musical performances among a lineup that also includes Boy Radio, Shea Diamond, Mila Jam and more. Tickets are available at slaytv.com/slayfest.

Track to Queue Up

Producer superstar Benny Blanco has enlisted bisexual goddess Halsey and crooner Khalid for his latest collaboration, “Eastside.” The nostalgic track features the singers trading verses over a breezy midtempo perfect for lazy days at the pool.


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