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Bourgeois Brief: Black-ish to Tackle Marital Strife in First-Ever Serialized Arc, Donald Glover Calls Out Marvel for Racism, Snoop Dogg Tops the Gospel Charts & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Black-ish to Tackle Marital Strife in First-Ever Serialized Arc, Donald Glover Calls Out Marvel for Racism, Snoop Dogg Tops the Gospel Charts & More!

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Black-ish Set to Tackle Marital Issues in First Serialized Arc

Black-ish is the kind of sitcom you can catch here and there and feel as though you haven’t missed a beat.  However, to close out season 4, the show will adapt a serialized arc about Dre and Rainbow’s marriage.  The couple, played by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, will hit a rough patch, which unfolds over the course of the season’s final episodes.  The plot is reportedly based on creator Kenya Barris’ own experiences.  Get more details at EW.

Donald Glover Addresses Hollywood Racism with Meta TV Script

Earlier this month, news surfaced that Donald Glover, and his brother Stephen, would no longer write and produce FX’s animated Deadpool series.  Reports indicated creative differences and Glover’s packed schedule as the cause for his exit.  However, the Emmy-winning actor and director set the record straight with a 15-page meta script from an alleged finale of the canned show.  In it, he uses the titular character to suggest racism played a role in the cancellation.  Read the full script at Pitchfork.

Sly Stone to Be Chronicled In New Documentary

Filmmaker Derik Murray has taken on the task of chronicling the life and music of the iconic Sly Stone.  Concrete details—title, release date, etc.—haven’t been announced, but the project is underway.  Stone has reportedly sat for a series of rare interviews, which will be cut with archival footage.  This documentary looks to be the definitive statement about the legendary artist.  Find out more at Rolling Stone.

Snoop Dogg Hits the Top of the…Gospel Charts

Decades into his career, rapper Snoop Dogg is still reaching new benchmarks.  His recent album, Snoop Dogg Presents: Bible of Love, debuted in the top slot on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart with 5,000 units sold/streamed.  This is his first album on the gospel chart and marks just the latest genre experiment for Snoop, who previously released a reggae album under the moniker Snoop Lion.  Read more at SPIN.

Tidbits

In case you missed it…

Nas & Future join forces on “Walk Thru” [Pitchfork]

Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli team up for new queer novel [EW]

Jacob Latimore cast in The Last Summer [Variety]

John Legend teases his star turn in Jesus Christ Superstar [Billboard]

Vivica A. Fox lands talk show at CBS [Shadow and Act]

Food for thought

Rapper XXXTentacion has the number one album in the country, which is great, but he’s also facing a slew of felony charges, which is not so great.  Does his success mean anything for SoundCloud rap or nah?  Vulture’s Frank Guan explores:

“The future of SoundCloud rap as a genre is brightest precisely when it ceases to be a genre, and the SoundCloud rapper least fenced in by genre is facing trial for violent domestic crimes and witness tampering that could keep him from making any kind of music at all for quite some time. Morals are one thing, and listeners can judge artists on those grounds immediately and as they see fit. But commercially and aesthetically, it’s too early to tell what will stick, and in that sense, a question mark really is the leading sound of the moment.”

Read his full piece here.

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