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: Cardi B Set to Co-Host The Tonight Show, Rae Sremmurd Previews New Album, Mary H.K. Choi Releases New YA Novel & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Cardi B Set to Co-Host The Tonight Show, Rae Sremmurd Previews New Album, Mary H.K. Choi Releases New YA Novel & More!

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

Cardi B Set As First-Ever Tonight Show Co-Host

Cardi B is in the thick of the promotional cycle for her forthcoming debut album, Invasion of Privacy.  Tuesday, she was confirmed as Jimmy Fallon’s first-ever co-host on The Tonight Show.  She’ll interview guests alongside Fallon during the April 9 episode of the late night show.  The Grammy-nominated rapper turned in a memorable guest appearance in 2017.  Cardi B is also slated as SNL’s musical guest on April 7, and she just released the single “Drip” with Migos.  Read more at EW.

Tour Update: More Festival News for Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson, who’s co-headlining FYF Fest with Florence + The Machine, will also headline the San Francisco-based Outside Lands.  Florence + The Machine will also join this trek as well as The Weeknd.  Other scheduled performers include Future, Bon Iver, DJ Snake, Chvrches, and Carly Rae Jepsen.  Jackson is also slated for Essence Fest and Panorama.  In other concert news, Jon Batiste will hit the summer festival circuit with The Dap Kings.  Find out more about both stories here and here.

Rae Sremmurd Previews New Album for Rolling Stone

Rae Sremmurd scored a huge hit with 2016’s “Black Beatles”.  Now, they’re looking to follow up that success with their third full-length.  The album is tentatively titled Sr3mm and features Zoe Kravitz, Travis Scott, Future, and Young Thug.  Read additional details at Rolling Stone.

Mary H.K. Choi Releases YA Novel, Emergency Contact

Writer Mary H.K. Choi has made a name for herself with thoughtful humor pieces for Wired, GQ, and The Atlantic.  Now, she’s channeling her hilarious worldview into the new YA novel, Emergency Contact.  The book follows two young people who pursue a long-distance relationship through technology.  In Choi’s words, it’s a book where “high-key nothing happens”.  Read more at The New York Times and buy the book at Amazon.

Crystal Fox, Mo McRae Join Big Little Lies’ Second Season

Crystal Fox and Mo McRae have officially joined the second season of HBO’s Emmy-winning series Big Little Lies.  Fox, who currently stars in the OWN series The Haves and the Have Nots, will pay Elizabeth Howard, mother of Bonnie (played by Zoe Kravitz).  McRae most recently starred in FOX’s Pitch, and will play a teacher who has major issues with Renata (played by Laura Dern).  Also, Merrin Dungey will return as Detective Adrienne Quinland.  Get additional details at Shadow and Act.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart star in Night School [Vulture]

DJ Critical Hype mashes up DAMN. and The Chronic [Billboard]

Food for thought

Pitchfork’s Lottie Brazier explores the ways musicians are using field recordings to add emotional weight to their projects:

Field recordings can offer more detail than a photograph when it comes to establishing a sense of place, action, and personal perspective. Recorded outside of a studio environment, a field recording can be any number of things, from the sound of an iceberg splitting to sirens during a protest. Political field recordings can help encourage listeners to become emotionally engaged with a cause, or to provide insight into the reality of a moment that, sadly, might be deemed “fake news.”

Read the full piece here.

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