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: Beyoncé Set to Record Lion King song, Donald Glover Gets an Action Figure & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Beyoncé Set to Record Lion King song, Donald Glover Gets an Action Figure & More!

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

 

Beyoncé to record Elton John-penned Lion King song

Beyoncé fans might get new music in a way they didn’t expect.  Queen B is set to voice Nala in Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King.  Elton John, who wrote and performed the original film’s most memorable songs, is currently writing a song for Beyoncé to perform during the closing credits.  Get additional details at Vulture.

Kendrick Lamar sending Watts youth to see Black Panther

Kendrick Lamar, who curated the Black Panther soundtrack, has bought out screenings of the film for a large group of L.A. youth.  Kids from 3 Watts housing projects will attend a February 17 showing, all on King Kendrick’s dime.  Octavia Spencer and Chance the Rapper have recently taken similar action to ensure underprivileged kids have access to black film.  Find out more at Pitchfork.

Meek Mill petitions for release from prison

Meek Mill, whose recent harsh sentencing for a parole violation made national headlines, is now seeking release on bond.  His legal team claims a Philadelphia officer involved in his 2008 trial gave a false testimony.  Meek Mill recently saw a resurgence in streams when the Philadelphia Eagles used his music during the Super Bowl.  Get more details from SPIN

Donald Glover immortalized as an action figure

Donald Glover is gearing up for another big year.  His Emmy-winning show Atlanta returns for its second season March 1.  He’s also starring in the upcoming Star Wars spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story.  Ahead of the film’s May release, Glover, who plays Lando Calrissian, has been immortalized as an action figure.  See photos and find out more at Billboard.

Common-led supergroup August Greene releases new song

August Greene is a supergroup composed of Common, Robert Glasper, and drummer Karriem Riggins.  The talented trio released a new single titled “Black Kennedy”, which delves into themes of family and power.  The group is set to release its debut album March 9 as an Amazon Original.  Read more at Rolling Stone and hear the song below.

Tidbits

In case you missed it…

Shamir drops a new video [SPIN]

Joey Badass announces his new tour [Pitchfork]

Kendrick Lamar drops another Black Panther video [Vulture]

Food for thought

Reading about New York never gets old.  This week, The New York Times assembled photos from Daniel Arnold and text from Darcie Wilder to celebrate the complex love many have for the city.  An excerpt:

“In the vast mythology of New York, it’s the place you go to become who you always wanted to be. You move here and everything finally happens for you in the way where you feel like you’re struggling, but then you eventually get it together enough to look back at it with enough material for a humble-yet-thoughtful memoir that includes a passage about the way there used to be neighborhoods, before the city became a strip mall. And the people back home who never understood you still don’t understand you, and their lives are so nice looking. Good for them.”

Does that story sound familiar?

Read the rest of the piece and view the incredible photos here.

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