The Ivory Row Weekend Guide

The Guest
One of this fall’s most-anticipated films, The Guest stars Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) as a recently discharged soldier who visits a family to fulfill a promise made to a fallen comrade. At first, he seems like the model man in uniform – a polite, soft-spoken veteran blessed with All-American good looks. However, after a mysterious and sinister chain of events, the family realizes that he may not be everything he claims to be. The Guest is a smart, action-packed thriller like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Out now. The Guest.

Anthony Anderson stars in this hilarious new sitcom as a wealthy black advertising executive living in the suburbs who is worried that his four young kids are forgetting their black heritage, particularly when son Andre starts going by “Andy” at school and insists on having a bar mitzvah. Co-starring the brilliant Laurence Fishburne as Anderson’s old-school father, this ambitious series about race in America hopes to humorously discover how we balance individuality, cultural identity, and assimilation.

Premiering September 24 on ABC.


Songs of Innocence by Jhené Aiko
For over a decade, Los Angeles singer and songwriter Jhené Aiko has skirted the periphery of R&B stardom. Having sang vocal tracks for everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Drake, Aiko is about to turn into a full-fledged star. Her incredibly heartfelt and soulful debut album is filled with melodious songs about sadness and heartbreak. The very core of Souled Out is Aiko’s unabashed sensitivity. In a climate where everyone seems out for conquest, coolness, or ironic rebellion, it’s refreshing to hear someone sing simply of love and heartbreak. This is songwriting at its finest.

Available now on iTunes


How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran
Caitlin Moran’s hilarious new novel is about an uncool girl who decides to reinvent herself as a rock critic and make her way to London. The NYT describes it as the British version of “Almost Famous” except delivered from a female perspective and set in the early 1990s. Moran, a hugely popular British columnist for The Times of London, has often been compared to Tina Fey and Lena Dunham. This semi-autobiographical sexual coming-of-age story reveals a hint of Amy Winehouse and early Roseanne Barr as well. Brilliant, twisted, and hilarious.

Available now on Amazon