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Bourgeois Brief: A New Whitney Houston Doc, A Look Inside the Concert for Peace and Justice, 2 New Kanye Songs & More!

Bourgeois Brief: A New Whitney Houston Doc, A Look Inside the Concert for Peace and Justice, 2 New Kanye Songs & More!

Your daily dose of art, news, and pop culture headlines, and a signal boost for creators of color.

Trailer for New Whitney Houston Doc Premieres

Last week saw the premiere of the trailer for Whitney, the first estate-approved documentary about the late singer. The project was directed by Kevin Macdonald, who also directed a film about Bob Marley’s life.  The film originally debuted at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival and hits theaters July 6. It follows the 2017 Showtime documentary, Whitney: Can I Be Me. Read additional details at NME.

Dana L. Davis’ YA Novel Developed for TV

Author Dana L. Davis’ YA novel, Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now, is being developed into a series by Rebel Maverick Productions. The novel follows the story of a 16-year-old girl who’s forced to reunite with her estranged father after her mother succumbs to cancer.  The novel hits stores May 1. Find out more at Shadow and Act.

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal Pay Tribute to Police Brutality Victims

Blindspotting co-writers and stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal paid tribute to police brutality victims with a poignant spoken word performance.  The moment accompanied the CinemaCon premiere of their film, which addresses police brutality and gentrification in Oakland.  Blindspotting has received raves since premiering at Sundance earlier this year. Read more at EW.

The Concert for Peace and Justice Honors Lynching Victims

Over the weekend, the Equal Justice Initiative opened the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum. The Concert for Peace and Justice commemorated the opening and used powerful performances to honor America’s lynching victims.  Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Usher, and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard were just a few of the artists on hand to pay tribute. Read more at Rolling Stone.

Kanye West Releases 2 New Songs

Last week, Kanye West ruffled feathers with a series of pro-Trump and pro-conservative tweets. No stranger to controversy, he channeled the drama into a new single—“Ye vs. the People”. The song finds him defending his views against T.I., who plays devil’s advocate. Yeezy also released “Lift Yourself”, which features a soul sample and a nursery rhyme about poop. Find out more at Pitchfork and listen to the songs below.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer: An Emotion Picture deemed a masterpiece [Rolling Stone]

Viceland’s My House brings vogue culture into the spotlight [VIBE]

J. Cole announces Dreamville Festival [Billboard]

Also, J. Cole has 2018’s biggest debut with KOD [Billboard]

Food for thought

Even as LGBTQ acceptance has increased, queer artists still struggle to reach the mainstream-especially when they’re part of a collective of straight musicians.  Openly gay singer/songwriter Kevin Abstract is a member of Brockhampton, which refers to itself as a “boy band”. Billboard’s Stephen Daw argues that his sexuality shouldn’t be an issue as the group grows its profile:

The next time you think about throwing more money at an all-white, all-straight boy band because they’re “a safe bet,” remember who you are denying that opportunity to for the sake of appealing to a shrinking demographic.

Read the full piece at Billboard.

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