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: Black Panther Leads the MTV Movie Awards, Amazon Orders a Series About Meek Mill, Adam Pendleton Uses His Art as Black Activism & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Black Panther Leads the MTV Movie Awards, Amazon Orders a Series About Meek Mill, Adam Pendleton Uses His Art as Black Activism & More!

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

Black Panther Leads MTV Movie & TV Awards

Black Panther fever isn’t over just yet. The record-breaking black superhero flick leads the pack at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, with 7 nominations. The nods include Best Movie and Best Hero. Girls Trip also scored 3 nominations.  One of that film’s stars, Tiffany Haddish, will host the ceremony on June 18. Read more at EW.

Amazon Orders Meek Mill Series from JAY-Z

Meek Mill has a story to tell, and now, he has a place to tell it. Amazon ordered a series, produced in conjunction with JAY-Z’s Roc Nation, which will tell Mill’s story of being trapped in the criminal justice system for the last decade of his life. He was recently released from prison after serving a harsh sentence for a parole violation. Read more at Variety.

Kid Ink Contributes New Song to Michael Jordan Documentary

We know Kid Ink for his radio-friendly tunes, but with his new song “One Time,” he takes a serious turn. “One Time” addresses the legacy of basketball great Michael Jordan and will be featured in the upcoming documentary, Unbanned: The Legend of AJ 1. Kid Ink chats with Billboardabout the song, the film, and Jordan’s impact on hip hop.

North Carolina College Hopeful Wins Millions in Scholarships

Jasmine Harrison spent just $135 on her college applications.  The Greensboro, NC high school student maintained a 4.0 GPA and looked like a shoe-in for acceptance. But she never could have expected the end result. She was accepted to 113 schools and offered scholarships totaling $4.5 million. Read her full story at VIBE.

Adam Pendleton Injects His Art with Black Activism

Artist Adam Pendleton’s “Black Dada Flag (Black Lives Matter)” is a monument to black lives and was inspired by the death of Trayvon Martin.  He tells The New York Times, “Zimmerman got off because he ‘stood his ground’. I’m trying to find language that stands ground. I think language that stands ground is ‘Black Lives Matter.’” “Black Dada Flag” was recently selected as the first 6-month installment for Frieze New York on New York’s Randalls Island. Read Pendleton’s full profile here.

Tidbits

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Podcast: TMZ’s Van Lathan chats about his big moment with Kanye West [The Ringer]

Food for thought

And speaking of Kanye West, he trended last week because of his support for Trump. This week, he crashed TMZ Live to share several revelations, one of which has finally forced even his most devoted fans to jump ship.  He commented that slavery was a choice—there isn’t enough space in this brief to tackle this issue but two other writers shared their thoughts on West and how his recent actions/comments affect their relationship with his music.

Pitchfork’s Jason Greene writes:

Kanye has placed himself in a lineage of unconquerable men: Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Howard Hughes, Michael Jordan, Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein. This idea has fueled him and absolved him in the past, but it is killing him now.

Read his full piece here.

Variety’s Wynter Mitchell writes:

Your words have inflicted pain, dear Kanye, and I hope it helps you understand why, as a fan, observing the intersection of art, controversy, trauma and freedom, I choose to put the tracks I love so dearly on pause.

Read her open letter in full here.

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Bourgeois Brief: Childish Gambino Gets Political, GLAAD Honors Samira Wiley and Gloria Carter, Monique Hearts Talks Race in Drag & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Childish Gambino Gets Political, GLAAD Honors Samira Wiley and Gloria Carter, Monique Hearts Talks Race in Drag & More!

Bourgeois Brief: FKA twigs Releases New IG Zine, R&B Songwriters Turn to K-Pop, Dear White People Returns for Season 2 & More!

Bourgeois Brief: FKA twigs Releases New IG Zine, R&B Songwriters Turn to K-Pop, Dear White People Returns for Season 2 & More!