Bourgeois Brief: Chris Rock Premieres New Special, Apple Greenlights Series About Kevin Durant, Madlib Teases New Black Star Music, & More!
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Chris Rock Set to Debut New Netflix Special Today
Another day, another surprise release. Chris Rock is set to premiere his new Netflix stand-up special today. Chris Rock: Tamborine was filmed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and was directed by Bo Burnham. This is one of two specials included in Rock’s rumored $40 million deal with the streaming network. Get more details at Variety and watch the trailer below.
Tessa Thompson Set to Play Doris Payne
Fresh off her box office-blasting turn in Thor: Ragnarok, Tessa Thompson has signed on to play infamous jewelry thief Doris Payne. The biopic will be produced by Codeblack Films. Find out more at Vulture.
Kevin Durant Partners with Apple
Apple is developing a new series based on Kevin Durant’s early life and career. Swagger will dive into the world of youth basketball and offer insight into his upbringing. Notorious co-writer Reggie Rock Bythewood has signed on to the project. Get more information at Variety.
A New Black Star Album?
Madlib’s newsletter Rappcats revealed that he’s in talks with Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli to begin work on a new Black Star album. The news has hip hop fans going crazy. Find out more and listen to Black Star’s 2011 collab with Madlib at Pitchfork.
Chicago House Legend Mr. Fingers Is Back
Mr. Fingers, one of Chicago’s pioneering house artists, is set to release his first album in 24 years. Cerebral Hemispheres drops April 13 on via his own label, Alleviated Records. Mr. Fingers has recorded music under several monikers and is known to some as Larry Heard. Get a sneak peek of his new work below and read more at SPIN.
In case you missed it…
LeBron James is producing a House Party remake [Variety]
There’s a new trailer for season 2 of Atlanta [Pitchfork]
New Big Freedia to ring in Mardi Gras [Rolling Stone]
Wayne Brady is returning to Broadway [EW]
A black film for every day of Black History Month [New York Times]
Food for thought
The Recording Academy isn’t the only institution that’s doubting the contribution of female artists. The Latin American Music Awards has the same problem. Marjua Estevez writes for Billboard:
“We have a profound problem of female representation at Latin music award shows, participation and diversity. However, Somos Ruidosa believes the heart of the problem lies not in the lack of female winners, but the low number of nominations women receive to begin with. Which begs the ultimate question: How do we make women "considered" in the same way in these categories? “
Read her full op-ed here.