You’re off of work and out of school with more time than you know what to do with. Now that’s joy to the world. Before you press play on whatever cable or streaming service you subscribe to, we thought we’d share some of our favorite shows from this year. Here’s what we’re watching:

Ashlee Haze recommends

  • Netflix: On My Block “It’s a look into the lives, the layered experiences, of black and Latinx youth in Brentwood. It’s funny, clever and dramatic.”
  • Starz: Vida “It’s like the Latin Queen Sugar— dramatic and heart-wrenching, but also witty. I love seeing more Latinx stories in the media that are not just about crossing the border. It places them in the American Dream.”
  • TNT: Claws “There’s a character named Uncle Daddy. There are few reasons not to watch.”
  • OWN: Queen Sugar “It’s wonderful amazing. It offers a layered look at black masculinity, black love, sibling relationships. It hits all of the intersections. It’s such good drama.”
  • Netflix: Salt Fat Acid Heat “If you like a good cooking show, know that this is not your average cooking show. It helps you understand the mechanics of those factors and how they play into the food you eat every single day.”

Kelundra recommends

  • AmazonPrime: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “As a former Gilmore Girls fan, the Palladinos (the creators of the show) just get me. This show is so well-written and brilliantly acted. It’ll surely sweep the awards again.”
  • Netflix: Cable Girls “This is a program from Netflix in Espana and it’s about female telephone operators in the 1920s and it is full of murder, sex, lies and scandal. The cast is beautiful and the fashion is to die for. Do yourself a favor and sink in.”
  • HBO: Big Little Lies “All you have to do is say Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman and you’ve got me. This is show is more white woman than a Lifetime movie and I enjoy every minute of it.”
  • NBC: Good Girls “It’s like Weeds but less weird and more funny. I can’t wait for next season.”
  • CBS: God Friended Me “CBS went into its vault and updated the storyline and technology of its 90s hit Early Edition for this show. I was happy to see Branden Michael Hall land here after ABC canceled The Mayor. This show is heart-warming, smart and introspective.”

After the whole SHEther beef between Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj, we started thinking about women in hip-hop. As 80s babies who grew up in the 90s, we grew up during the Golden Age of women in rap music. In this episode, we’re taking a walk down memory lane and discussing the women rappers who were also role models when we were growing up. We are also digging into the state of women in hip-hop today and hopefully introducing you to someone who might become your new favorite MC. Below we’ve listed the names of women rappers who have influences our culture. Be sure to tweet us @unbasicpodcast and let us know which female rappers are spitting new flavor in your ear!

Angie Martinez
Azalea Banks
Briana Perry
Charlie Baltimore
Da Brat
Foxy Brown
Iggy Azalea
Jean Grey
Lil Kim
MC Lyte
Missy Elliot
Naeemah Supreme
Queen Latifah
Rah Digga
Salt N Peppa
Yani Mo