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: Denzel Washington Snags A Tony Nomination, Childish Gambino and Janelle Monae slated for Austin City Limits, Zora Neale Hurston’s First Novel Headed to Bookstores & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Denzel Washington Snags A Tony Nomination, Childish Gambino and Janelle Monae slated for Austin City Limits, Zora Neale Hurston’s First Novel Headed to Bookstores & More!

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

Denzel Washington Scores Tony Nod for Return to Broadway

Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington has received raves for his Broadway return in The Iceman Cometh.  Now, a Tony might be next.  He was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.  Other notable nods went to Condola Rashad, for Best Actress, and Brian Tyree Henry for Best Actor in a Featured Role. See the full nominations list at Variety.

Childish Gambino, Janelle Monae slotted for Austin City Limits

Childish Gambino, Janelle Monae, and Travis Scott are slated to take the stage at Austin City Limits. BROCKHAMPTON, Blood Orange, and Moses Sumney are also scheduled to perform. Austin City Limits takes place at Zilker Park October 5-7 and 12-14. See the full lineup at Pitchfork.

Ryan Coogler Talks About His Career

Black Pantherdirector Ryan Coogler has had a dream career. With each film, he logs more positive reviews and bigger box office takes.  He talks to Rolling Stoneabout the inspiration behind his work, and why he still uses the same crew, despite working on blockbuster films for major studios. Read the full profile here.

Zora Neale Hurston’s First Novel to Be Published

Zora Neale Hurston gave us classic novels like Their Eyes Were Watching God. But her first novel, Barracoon, was denied by publishers because of its heavy use of dialect. Now, the book will finally see the light of day.  Barracoontells the real story of Cudjo Lewis, who was believed to be the last living person captured in Africa and brought to the U.S. HarperCollins imprint Amistad will publish the novel. Read more at NYT.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Big Freedia announces new EP [Rolling Stone]

Hiro Murai talks directing Atlanta’s “Teddy Perkins” episode [EW]

Raphael Saddiq to tour this summer [Billboard]

A lost scene from Black Panther [Vulture]

Food for thought

B-boy culture was synonymous with the birth of hip hop, but the dance style has all but disappeared from the mainstream. VIBE’s J’na Jefferson highlights the B-boys who are still dancing and repping the culture:

Although it’s one of the truest forms of hip-hop, a “stigma” placed on the craze of breakdancing has seemingly allowed it to disappear from mainstream conversation.

Read her full piece here.

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Bourgeois Brief: Dwayne Johnson Transitions Into Producing, Women of Color of Time’s Up #MuteRKelly, Drake Continues Chart Domination & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Dwayne Johnson Transitions Into Producing, Women of Color of Time’s Up #MuteRKelly, Drake Continues Chart Domination & More!