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: A Wrinkle In Time Premieres, New Amy Winehouse Music Surfaces, Gucci Mane Offers to Pay for His High School Reunion & More

Bourgeois Brief: A Wrinkle In Time Premieres, New Amy Winehouse Music Surfaces, Gucci Mane Offers to Pay for His High School Reunion & More

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

 

A Wrinkle In Time premieres in L.A.

The stars were out in full force Monday for the L.A. premiere of Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time.  The film’s stars, including Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon, were all on hand as well as a who’s who of diverse celebs. Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, and Ryan Coogler were just a few of the other major players in attendance.  A Wrinkle In Time is based on the bestselling novel by Madeleine L’Engle.  See photos from the premiere at EW.

New Amy Winehouse music surfaces

Producer Gil Cang released the previously unheard Amy Winehouse demo “My Own Way” on Tuesday.  The duo worked on the song in 2001, when Winehouse was just 17 years old.  “My Own Way” is one of the few demos that survived, after Universal Music UK CEO David Joseph destroyed several.  Read more details at SPIN and hear the song below.

Gucci Mane is paying for his 20-Year high school reunion

Tuesday, Gucci Mane invited everyone from the Bouldercrest High School class of ’98 to the V103 car and bike show, and he offered to pay for their 20-year reunion.  The random gesture is yet another reason to love Gucci Mane.  Read more details at Billboard.

Netflix develops its first Arabic series

News surfaced that Netflix is commissioning nearly 700 shows and movies this year.  It seems some of that content will be used to spread the streaming network’s global footprint.  Netflix ordered its first Arabic-language series, Jinn.  The six-part show is a young adult fantasy about teenagers who encounter an evil spirit.  Get the full story at Vulture.

Black Lives Matter’s Alicia Garza wants more from politicians in 2018

Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza spoke with Vice Impact about the importance of the midterm elections and the state of America.  “We’re in the midst of an incredible crisis,” she said.  “The crisis is not just Donald Trump, but it is certainly the vision and the values of people like him who are transforming the country.” She implores politicians to do more than engage black culture for the sake of winning elections.  Read her full remarks at VICE.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Revisit the story of the first black Oscar winner [EW]

Review- USA’s Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. [Variety]

Clare-Hope Ashitey of Seven Seconds talks about her work for Netflix [Vulture]

The cast of Atlanta talks race, diversity, and Trump’s America [New York Times]

Food for thought

Thanks to high-profile award wins from Donald Glover and Lena Waithe, the buzzy success of Issa Rae, and the blockbuster box office intake of Black Panther, it seems like diversity is moving in the right direction and in a big way.  But there’s still a long way to go, according to a report from The New York Times:

“Over the five-year run of the report, areas where women and people of color saw sustained progress were rare,” Ana-Christina Ramón, an author of the study, said in an interview. “You’d think there would be better results, especially given the public pressure and the ratings and box office evidence, which clearly show that diversity sells. Audiences want it.”

Read the full story here.

 

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Bourgeois Brief: Donald Glover Talks Race in Hollywood, Paramount Teases New Trayvon Martin Docuseries, Gina Rodriguez Stars in and Produces Netflix Rom-Com & More

Bourgeois Brief: Donald Glover Talks Race in Hollywood, Paramount Teases New Trayvon Martin Docuseries, Gina Rodriguez Stars in and Produces Netflix Rom-Com & More