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: Diddy Covers GQ Style, CupcaKKe Gets Censored By YouTube, Yrsa Daley-Ward Preps New Memoir & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Diddy Covers GQ Style, CupcaKKe Gets Censored By YouTube, Yrsa Daley-Ward Preps New Memoir & More!

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

Diddy Covers Latest Issue of GQ Style

Hip hop legend and entrepreneur Diddy covers the latest installment of GQ Style, GQ’s quarterly style supplement to its main publication.  In an extended feature, he opens up about his latest show, The Four, his new moniker, Brother Love, why Kendrick Lamar is a worthy successor to Notorious B.I.G., and the professional future of his sons, among many other topics.  See his luxury style and read the full piece here

CupcaKKe Videos Removed from YouTube

Rapper CupcaKKe has made a name for herself with racy lyrics and equally provocative music videos.  Two of those videos, “Deepthroat” and “Duck Duck Goose” were removed from YouTube Tuesday for violating the site’s nudity and sexual content clauses.  CupcaKKe tweeted about the removals demanding that YouTube reinstate both clips.  The controversy shines a light on the limits of creative expression in the digital era.  Read more at Rolling Stone.

Major Casting Announcements for new Jerrod Carmichael-helmed FOX pilot

Jerrod Carmichael’s latest comedy pilot, Rel, has landed at FOX with some impressive casting choices.  Comedian and social media star Jess Hilarious will star opposite Lil Rel Howery.  The show follows the story of a positive do-gooder whose rosy outlook is tested when his wife cheats on him with his barber.  Sinbad will also star as Howery’s father.  Get more details at Shadow and Act.

Yrsa Daley-Ward Readies New Memoir

Yrsa Daley-Ward’s lyrical poetry has made a big impression on social media.  The Nigerian-Jamaican writer and model’s 2014 collection Bone has been used for countless viral Tumblr and Instagram posts.  This summer, she’ll release The Terrible, a memoir about her upbringing in Northwest England.  She sits down with VICE for an in-depth interview about her work and life experiences.  Read the full Q&A here.

Several Stars Get Behind The March for Our Lives

The March for Our Lives, a massive peaceful protest against gun violence, is set for March 24 and has the backing of some major stars.  Lin-Manual Miranda, Jennifer Hudson, Vic Mensa, Cardi B, and Oprah Winfrey are just a handful of high-profile celebs who’ve opted to use their influence to call for change and protect the lives of American’s children.  Read a full list of public figures who support the march at VIBE.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Get to know Hawaii native and Moana star Auli’i Cravalho [EW]

More chances to see OTR2 [EW]

Review: John Boyega leads action-packed Pacific Rim Uprising [Variety]

DVSN mashes up Prince and Aaliyah [Billboard]

Food for thought

If artists want to break through to the mainstream today, a blockbuster soundtrack might be the way.  Rolling Stone’s Elias Leight writes:

“Other rising singers also appear to have benefitted from soundtrack exposure in the last three years. Sometimes the placement leads directly to a hit: Both the rapper Logic and the R&B singer Kehlani achieved their first major singles via the Suicide Squad soundtrack in 2016. Sometimes, even if the soundtrack record isn't a smash, that placement still creates the environment for hits to come.”

Read the full piece here.

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