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Bourgeois Brief: Chance The Rapper Cast in Trolls 2, Ryan Coogler Plots All-Female Black Panther Spinoff, Banned Kenyan Film Rafiki Premieres At Cannes & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Chance The Rapper Cast in Trolls 2, Ryan Coogler Plots All-Female Black Panther Spinoff, Banned Kenyan Film Rafiki Premieres At Cannes & More!

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

Chance the Rapper Cast in Trolls 2

Chance the Rapper will dive further into film with a role in Trolls 2, which hits theaters April 17, 2020. He’ll also contribute a song to the soundtrack.  He made his acting debut in 2016’s Slice. Read more at Pitchfork.

Hiro Murai Signs First-Look Deal with FX

Hiro Murai, Atlanta’s primary director, will have plenty to keep him busy in the show’s off-season.  He signed a first-look deal with FX, which will see him produce and develop a spate of shows for the network.  In addition to directing 7 episodes of Atlanta’s second season, he also served as executive producer. Read more about the deal at Variety.

Ryan Coogler Plots Female-Centered Black Panther Spinoff

With the massive success of Black Panther, a sequel is inevitable. But Ryan Coogler wants to defy our expectations once again—with a female-centric spinoff.  During a talk at this week’s Cannes Film Festival, he shared that he’d like to focus on the women of Wakanda.  There is already source material in the form of World of Wakanda, a series penned by Roxanne Gay, Yona Harvey, Alitha E. Martinez, and Afua Richardson.  Get additional info at EW.

Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube Headline Summertime In The LBC Festival

Some of the West Coast’s biggest hip hop stars will rule Long Beach, CA for a night. The Summertime In The LBC Festival will be headlined by Ice Cube, The Game, and Snoop Dogg, who will perform hits from his debut album, Doggystyle.  The Isley Brothers, Ja Rule, Ashanti, E-40, and Too $hort are also slated to perform, among many others.  See the full lineup and get tickets at Billboard.

Rafiki Premieres at Cannes

Rafiki is a powerful lesbian love story set in Kenya.  The film was banned in its home country but has now made its international debut at Cannes.  Rafiki details the story of Kena and Ziki, who pursue a forbidden romance.  Vulture’s Emily Yoshida calls it “lively and full of vision”. Read the full review here.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Lee Daniels’ Star renewed for third season [Variety]

Stevie Wonder and Donald Glover perform “Superstition” [Pitchfork]

Black Love returns for season 2 [VIBE]

Food for thought

Franchesca Ramsey made a name for herself as a viral YouTuber and as host of MTV’s web series Decoded.  Her new book, Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist, hits bookshelves May 22.  She chatted with The New York Times’ Concepción de León about her work:

“I’ve had lots of people say, ‘Oh, Franchesca’s content is just for white people,” she said. “But I try to talk about identity in a way that’s accessible to lots of people and is not a pointed finger,” because “we can’t all wake up and know everything.”

Read the full profile at NYT.

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Bourgeois Brief: Jordan Peele Preps His Next Film, Lil Wayne Celebrates Tha Carter III’s 10th Anniversary, Bad Boys 3 Gets A Release Date & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Jordan Peele Preps His Next Film, Lil Wayne Celebrates Tha Carter III’s 10th Anniversary, Bad Boys 3 Gets A Release Date & More!