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Bourgeois Brief: Ava Duvernay Teams with Colin Kaepernick for New Series, Drake Matches Michael Jackson’s Chart Achievements, Nicki Minaj Leads Made In America Festival Lineup & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Ava Duvernay Teams with Colin Kaepernick for New Series, Drake Matches Michael Jackson’s Chart Achievements, Nicki Minaj Leads Made In America Festival Lineup & More!

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Ava DuVernay Developing Comedy with Colin Kaepernick

It looks like Colin Kaepernick’s next act will take him to Hollywood.  The controversial NFL star has teamed with director Ava DuVernay to create a TV comedy about his high school years.  Kaepernick is just the latest athlete to make a formal foray into entertainment, following LeBron James, Blake Griffin, and Steph Curry, who recently signed a history-making deal with Sony. Get additional details at Shadow and Act.

Drake Makes Chart History Once Again

It seems last week’s beef with Pusha T hasn’t affected Drake’s chart dominance.  His latest hit, “Nice For What,” hangs in the Billboard Hot 100’s top spot for a sixth week.  He’s now tied with Michael Jackson for second-most weeks at number one among solo male artists (37 weeks total).  Usher is number one, with 47 weeks in the pole position.  Read more about Drake’s achievement and the latest chart news at Billboard.

Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monáe, Meek Mill Lead Made In America Lineup

This September, JAY-Z’s Made In America Festival returns to Philadelphia for its seventh installment. Nicki Minaj will headline the weekend along with Post Malone.  Meek Mill, Janelle Monáe, Miguel, Alessia Cara, and Lil B are also slated to perform. See the full lineup and get pre-sale information at Pitchfork.

A Look Inside the Pose Premiere’s Instantly Iconic Dance Number

FX’s Pose, a glamorous tribute to 1980s New York ball culture, premiered Sunday night.  The series is monumental for its LGBTQ representation, making history with the largest number of trans series regulars ever.  There were plenty of standout moments, but the most memorable was Damon’s dance audition in the episode’s last act.  Ryan Jamaal Swain, who plays Damon, walks EW through his prep and execution of that epic number.

Remembering Hugh Dane

Hugh Dane, a veteran Hollywood character actor, has passed away at 75.  He was well-known for his role as Hank, The Office’s no-nonsense security guard.  But he also had memorable roles in a slew of films and shows, including BridesmaidsThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Everybody Hates Chris. Read his full obituary at Variety.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Halle Berry joins the cast of John Wick 3 [EW]

Yvette Nicole Brown and Alphonso McAuley cast in Love & Oatmeal [Variety]

Video: Future feat. Partynextdoor “No Shame” [SPIN]

First-week sales projections for ye [VIBE]

Leslie Odom, Jr. and Cynthia Erivo join John Ridley film [Vulture]

Viola Davis stars in trailer for Steve McQueen’s Widows

Food for thought

In more Pose news, Rolling Stone’s Alan Sepinwall praises the series, calling it “the most restrained and earnest of all [Ryan Murphy’s] shows.” Read his full review to find out why.

Also, The Ringer’s Alison Herman chats with series co-creator Steven Canals.

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Bourgeois Brief: Kanye Set for #1 Debut, YG and Danny Brown Head to the Big Screen, Mellody Hobson Steps Up At Starbucks & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Kanye Set for #1 Debut, YG and Danny Brown Head to the Big Screen, Mellody Hobson Steps Up At Starbucks & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Sterling K. Brown Lands His Next Big Project, Yo! MTV Raps Takes Over the Barclays Center, Engineer Kesha Lee Talks Working with Hip Hop’s Biggest Acts & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Sterling K. Brown Lands His Next Big Project, Yo! MTV Raps Takes Over the Barclays Center, Engineer Kesha Lee Talks Working with Hip Hop’s Biggest Acts & More!