Bourgeois Brief: Black Panther Has Record-Breaking Weekend, Solange Named Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year, and Kanye Performs with Kid Cudi
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Black Panther Becomes Biggest February Debut Ever
Not that there was any question but Marvel’s Black Panther officially became a blockbuster hit over the weekend. The film grossed $235 million over 4 days, making it the largest February debut ever and the fifth highest opening of all time. Original estimates pegged the film with a $150 million gross but thanks to buzz and continued positive word of mouth, it far exceeded those figures. Additionally, the Kendrick Lamar-helmed soundtrack debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with 150,000 units moved. For more info on Black Panther’s huge weekend, head to Variety.
Daniel Kaluuya, I Am Not Your Negro Win Big at BAFTAs
Daniel Kaluuya take home the EE Rising Star Award at Sunday night’s BAFTAs (the British equivalent to the Oscars). The Raoul Peck-directed James Baldwin documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, took home the Documentary honor. Kaluuya is also up for the Best Actor Oscar at next month’s ceremony. View the full BAFTAs winners list at Variety.
Serena Williams Buys Out Black Panther Screening
Serena Williams followed Kendrick Lamar’s lead by buying out a private screening of Black Panther for group of girls from Black Girls Code. She shared the photo on Instagram. View the video of her surprise entrance below and read the full story at EW.
Drake Gives Away $1 Million in “God’s Plan” Video
Drake is celebrating his latest #1 song, “God’s Plan”, by giving back. The clip for the song shows him giving away the full budget, $996,631.90, through a series of good deeds like buying strangers’ groceries and donating clothing. Get details at Pitchfork and see the visual below.
Harvard Names Solange as Foundation Artist of the Year
Solange has been selected as the 2018 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year. This is just the latest in a series of accolades for the artist, who was crowned Glamour’s Woman of the Year in 2017. She was also recently featured in Helmut Lang’s new campaign and a series of Calvin Klein ads. Get more details at The Independent.
In case you missed it…
Janelle Monae drops mysterious trailer for new album [Vulture]
GQ sits down with Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya [GQ]
Get to know Black Panther’s Letitia Wright [EW]
8 lessons from new hip hop documentary Word Is Bond [Rolling Stone]
See the trailer for Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish’s new series [Vulture]
Kanye makes a rare appearance at Kid Cudi show [Pitchfork]
Food for thought
Black Panther is officially a global commercial and critical success. The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey explores why this superhero movie is a game changer.
“Perhaps more important than the presence of a radical American politics are the waves of black nationalism laced throughout Joe Robert Cole and Coogler’s script. It’s a complex vision, more than just creator Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s evocations of Huey P. Newton on the throne. When Erik Killmonger arrives in Wakanda, the story transforms into something more ambiguous—Killmonger is a vicious murderer, but he’s also felt the cost of war and seen what violence can do to reshape the world. He’s known loss at home in America, and learned about a unique kind of survivalism. T’Challa, by contrast, has been a favored son, hermetically sealed in his wealthy nation and his vibranium suit. Killmonger brands his body with killshot dots; T’Challa wears royal flip-flops. That death in 1992, violence in the state of California, and the lost lives around the world at the hands of American military forces crescendos with a familial showdown. When Captain America and Iron Man finally square off at the climax of Civil War, the cause is a zombie soldier named Bucky—comic book stuff, preposterous and silly, even if the fight is a thrill.”
Read the full piece here.