Khendrick Beausoliel is a Haitian-American creative from New York. In 2020 he joined Wavy Footy and in late 2022 co-created the 5ASIDE Podcast. He currently works in the legal department at Major League Soccer and is looking to grow the game in the United States.
📚 What to read
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain - I wouldn’t necessarily call myself an introvert (I likely fall somewhere in the middle) but I appreciate this book because it highlights the importance of turning inwards, being patient, and moving with intention in a world that emphasizes and often times rewards focusing on the world around you, making quick decisions, and being the loudest in the room.
All About Love by bell hooks - a classic, taught me a lot about how I could better love myself and ways in which I’ve failed to properly love those around me. My favorite quote from the book:
"Love is as love does. Love is an act of will-namely, both an intention and an action. Will also implies choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love”
📺 What to watch
Small Axe (2020) - an incredible small-film series that tells the stories of London's West Indian community between 1969 and 1982 (a perspective we don’t often hear about or see in film/tv). It explores a number of subjects from police brutality to education to falling in love. Beautifully shot and a soundtrack worth saving!
🎧 What to listen to
Most of the time when I listen to music, I’m listening for melodies and identifiable instruments - less concerned about words or meaning, more concerned with how it makes me feel. I’ve been listening to a bunch of French rap recently - Tiakola, Leto, Gazo, Lala &ce, Le Juiice, La Fève, and most recently, Chilly.
Ruger as well who dropped an incredible album, “RU The World”, that tied together dancehall and afrobeats seamlessly.
Lastly, if you’re into jazz (even if you’re not actually, maybe you’re just looking for something new), listen to Love Tape by Marquis Hill, an incredible trumpet player. The spoken word on this album will take you on a journey and I seriously think everyone should listen to it at least once in their life.
✅ Who to follow
5ASIDE Podcast (@5asidepod) - incredible football / soccer podcast exploring the football world and its intersection with music, football, fashion, politics, and more from the perspective of 5 Black men living in the United States.
Wavy Footy (@wavyfooty) - beautifully orchestrated football / soccer brand “bridging the culture through all things footy” - highlighting the cultural significance of footy through features like “Photographer Friday”, “Music Mondays”, “MLS/NWSL Fits if the Week” and more.
The Local Project (@thelocalproject) - for the architecture lovers!