Top 10 Things to Read, Watch & Listen to from May 21st-May 27th

We’re getting so close to June, everybody! For those who need a new list of entertainment for this week, YEM has you covered!

The Little Mermaid – 5/26

The newest live-action rendition of the fan-favorite Disney movie, The Little Mermaid, will be released this week! Be sure to catch the film on its release date, May 26th. Check out the exquisite soundtrack done by the minds of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Lin-Manuel Miranda!

American Born Chinese – 5/24

Are you a fan of mythology? What about Chinese mythology? This upcoming, highly-anticipated series has fans excited for American Born Chinese’s release on Disney+! Follow the story of Jin Wang, an average teenager juggling with high-school with his immigrant home life. But when a new student suddenly enters Jin’s life, different worlds collide. Jin finds himself entangled with the affairs of Chinese mythological gods. Be sure to check the series out on May 24th!

Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai – 5/23

Fans of animation and Chinese folklore, here’s a series that you’ll enjoy! Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai is an upcoming animated series released on HBO Max. The show tells the story of Sam Wing, who meets a young Mogwai named Gizmo. Alongside a street thief named Elle, the three undergo a journey through the Chinese countryside encountering various, Chinese spirits from Chinese folklore. Be sure to catch the show on the 23rd to see how Sam and Elle bring Gizmo back home to his family, while also uncovering a legendary treasure along the way.

What Am I Eating? with Zooey Deschanel – 5/23

For those who are fans of Zooey Deschanel, here’s some exciting news for you! Known for roles such as Jess Day from New Girl, Jessica Day from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the voice of Bridget from Trolls, and Summer from 500 Days of Summer, Zooey stars as the host of her latest show. She is on a mission to explore common food mysteries and reveal the truth behind large food manufacturers. Be sure to check this documentary out on HBO Max!

Riley Weaver Needs a Date to the Gaybutante Ball by Jason June – 5/23

This upcoming, young adult rom-com written by Jason June will be released on May 23rd! Riley Weaver, a femme, gay podcaster who had just made it to Junior High, can now finally apply for membership into the Gaybutante Society. An LGBTQ+ organization that helps launch dozens of queer teens into careers involving pop culture, activism, and the arts. But to even get into the Gaybutante Ball, the ball that hosts a marathon of events like charity events, Riley needs a date for the ball. The book contains elements where the author explores the avenues of how labels can limit and liberate us, and shows just what can happen when you decide to bet on yourself for a certain outcome. The book will be published on May 23rd, so if you’re interested to learn if Riley manages to find a date, be sure to check it out!

Intertwined Season 2 Premiere – 5/24

Intertwined returns with a second season and Allegra’s journey is just getting started. Be sure to catch the premiere of Season 2 on May 24th at Disney+!

Arlo Parks – My Soft Machine – 5/26

From the artist who brought Black Dog and Eugene, Arlo Parks is ready to release her latest album My Soft Machine this week! Described to be the biggest secret she has ever held. This album serves as the follow-up to her Grammy-nominated album Collapsed in Sunbeams. My Soft Machine will contain songs such as Weightless and Pegasus featuring Phoebe Bridgers. Be sure to check the album out on May 26th!

The Luis Ortega Survival Club by Sonora Reyes – 5/23

Looking for something contemporary? Look no further than The Luis Ortega Survival Club, written by Sonora Reyes! Ariana Ruiz just wants to be noticed, but as an autistic girl who never talks, she’s largely ignored by others, despite her bold fashion choices. So when the cute and popular Luis takes notice and starts paying attention to her, Ariana is over the moon. But when a certain, incident at a party brings in a large rumor mill that threatens Ariana’s reputation and person, she finds a mysterious note that leads her to an unlikely group of students. They are all determined to expose Luis for the predator he is. If you want to read more about Ariana, be sure to check the book out on May 23rd!

Magic Has No Borders by Sona Charaipotra (Editor/Contributor), Samira Ahmed (Editor), Sabaa Tahir (Contributor), Sayantani DasGupta (Contributor), Tanaz Bhathena (Contributor), Sangu Mandanna (Contributor), Olivia Chadha (Contributor), Nafiza Azad (Contributor), Tracey Baptiste (Contributor), Naz Kutub (Contributor), Nikita Gill (Contributor), Swati Teerdhala (Contributor), Shreya Ila Anasuya (Contributor), Tahir Abrar (Contributor), Preeti Chhibber (Contributor) – 5/23

This book is a bit of a doozy with contributors, but it’s worth it. For those interested in South Asian folklore, this anthology reimagines the stories of old for a more modern audience. If you’ve been interested in South Asian folklore, or if you’re a fan of these contributors, be sure to check the book out on May 23rd!

Der Greif – 5/26

Based on the fantasy bestseller in Deutsch, Hohlbeins Der Greif will be streaming on Amazon Prime this week! To save humanity from Gryphon’s claws, Mark needs to confront his family legacy and enter a whole new, parallel world called The Black Tower. While the language is in German, there are English subtitles attached to the show, so be sure to check it out if you’re interested in May 26th!