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Bourgeois Brief: Beyoncé and JAY-Z announce OTR2, Craig Mack Passes Away, The Obamas Plot New Series with Netflix & More

Bourgeois Brief: Beyoncé and JAY-Z announce OTR2, Craig Mack Passes Away, The Obamas Plot New Series with Netflix & More

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

 

Beyoncé and JAY-Z Announce OTR2 Tour

On Monday, Beyoncé and JAY-Z officially announced their On The Run 2 Tour.  The international stadium trek is the follow-up to their 2014 tour, which grossed $100 million.  The summer tour kicks off in June in Wales and comes stateside July 25, with stops in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Nashville, before concluding in Vancouver.  TIDAL members can purchase pre-sale tickets on March 14. Read more details at Pitchfork.

Rapper Craig Mack Dies at Age 46

News broke late Monday that rapper and Diddy protégé Craig Mack passed away at 46.  His cause of death was listed as heart failure but no further details have been released.  Craig Mack was one of Bad Boy Entertainment’s premiere artists in the early 90s and is best known for his hit, “Flava In Ya Ear”.  Some of hip hop’s biggest names, including Funkmaster Flex and LL Cool J, have paid tribute on social media.  Get additional info at BBC.

Black Panther Blocks Wrinkle from Top Spot

Black Panther hit some additional milestones over the weekend.  The commercial juggernaut crossed the $1 billion mark globally and logged its fourth consecutive weekend as the number one movie, pulling in $41.1 million.  It’s the third-highest fourth weekend gross in history, and the film is now the 21st highest grossing North American film of all time.  Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time debuted at number two, with $33.5 million.  Wrinkle was expected to knock Black Panther from the top but mixed reviews and soft word of mouth led to a lower gross.  The film is notable as DuVernay is the first black female director to take on a project with a $100 million budget.  Get more stats and box office results at Variety.

Black-ish Political Episode Shelved by ABC

ABC sitcom Black-ish has been a critical and commercial success, largely due to its willingness to tackle heavy subject matter like race and sexuality.  One such episode, “Please, Baby, Please”, was set to take on the NFL national anthem protests.  However, the network and show creator Kenya Barris shelved the episode over creative differences.  No additional details have been shared publicly, but it seems this topic was too controversial for ABC.  Read the episode synopsis at Variety.

Obamas Plan New Shows with Netflix

Netflix has had some high-profile acquisitions in recent months, striking massive deals with Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.  It seems the next big Netflix creators could be Barack and Michelle Obama.  Reports indicate the former presidential couple is in advanced talks with the streaming network to produce a series of shows that will explore topics from Barack’s presidency, like healthcare and climate change.  A deal has not yet been confirmed.  Find out more at The Ringer.

 

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Lil Yachty set to make his film debut [Billboard]

serpentwithfeet announces debut album [SPIN]

Michael B. Jordan enacts inclusion riders at his company [EW]

Gina Torres confirmed for Suits spinoff [EW]

Ava DuVernay talks A Wrinkle In Time-podcast [Variety]

Watch the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 trailer [Vulture]

Camila Cabello releases clip for “Never Be The Same” [SPIN]

Forest Whitaker talks about his latest roles with Larry Wilmore [The Ringer]

Hope Nation gives YA authors a chance to fight against the gloom of the Trump era [EW]

This One’s for the Ladies documentary picked up by NEON [Variety]

SZA hints at deluxe edition of CTRL [Pitchfork]

Watch this short film about NYC’s underground clubs [Rolling Stone]

Food for thought

The music industry has gone through some major changes in recent years, including the rise of streaming services like Spotify, TIDAL, and Apple Music, and the ascendance of hip hop as the dominant genre.  The New York Times takes a look at the 25 songs that predict where music is headed, including work from SZA, Young Fathers, and Gucci Mane. View the full list and listen to snippets of each song here.

We’re only two episodes into the second season of Atlanta, but Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield has declared it the best show on TV.  Find out why.

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