Uptown Bourgeois is an arts, news, and culture blog created by New York-based freelance writer Jefferey Spivey. UB explores universal themes through a black, queer lens. 

Bourgeois Brief: Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae Lead Afropunk Lineup, The Concert for Peace & Justice to Honor Lynching Victims, Tiger Woods Gets A Docuseries & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae Lead Afropunk Lineup, The Concert for Peace & Justice to Honor Lynching Victims, Tiger Woods Gets A Docuseries & More!

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

Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Miguel to Headline Afropunk

Afropunk, the annual Brooklyn music festival, brings alternative music artists of color under one “roof” every summer.  This year’s lineup includes Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Miguel, Tyler the Creator, The Internet, Ibeyi, and Willow and Jaden Smith, among many others.  The festival takes places August 25-26 at Fort Greene’s Commodore Barry Park.  This year’s theme is The People Resist, a battle cry against those who seek to oppress others.  View the full lineup at Afropunk’s official website.

New Tiger Woods Docuseries In Development

Hot on the heels of Tiger Woods, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian’s new biography about the embattled golf superstar, comes a new docuseries.  Helmed by Alex Gibney and Jigsaw Productions, the series would use the biography as its source material and explore his life and career.  More to come.  Get the initial details at Variety.

Usher, Common, The Roots to Pay Tribute to Lynching Victims

The Concert for Peace & Justice will take place April 27 in Montgomery, Alabama and serves as a powerful tribute to black victims of lynching.  Common, Usher, The Roots, Kirk Franklin, Gary Clark, Jr., and Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard will all perform.   The concert will be preceded by a two-day summit.  All activities were spearheaded by the Equal Justice Initiative. Read additional details at Rolling Stone.

Taking a Closer Look at Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time

After the blockbuster success of Black Panther, many expected A Wrinkle In Time to become the next big box office juggernaut.  The $100 million epic grossed $33 million in its opening weekend, debuting at #2, and amassing mixed critical reception.  To some, the film landed with a thud.  But Shadow and Act points out that the film still had a better first weekend than Pacific Rim Uprising, which just dethroned the 6-week-old Panther, as well as the Jennifer Lawrence-starring Red Sparrow and the Alicia Vikander vehicle Tomb Raider.  Not to mention, director Ava DuVernay was the first black female director to helm a project with a $100 million budget.  So, though the noise has quieted, Wrinkle is still something to celebrate.  Read the rest at Shadow and Act.

Tidbits

In case you missed it…

Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer lend voices to The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle [EW]

Explore UnREAL with Brandon Jay McLaren [Vulture]

Video: Future “Absolutely Going Brazy” [SPIN]

A preview of Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer [Rolling Stone]

Food for thought

April Hunt is the co-founder of SparkplugPR, an agency that prides itself on helping underrepresented artists reach a bigger audience.  The New York Times’ Ben Widdicombe profiled her Tuesday:

“Ms. Hunt is also a sought-after D.J. on the art and philanthropy circuit (she calls it a “side hustle”), after making her mark at the Fair Trade art parties organized by Derrick Adams and Mickalene Thomas. Gigs include benefits for the Public Art Fund and the High Line, and the house party that Kehinde Wiley hosted in his SoHo apartment in February to celebrate the unveiling of his well-received portrait of former President Barack Obama.”

Read the full feature here.

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Bourgeois Brief: Virgil Abloh Makes History at Louis Vuitton, Director Ashton Pina Launches Kickstarter for First Feature, Serena Williams Heads to HBO & More!

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