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Bourgeois Brief: Donald Glover Talks Race in Hollywood, Paramount Teases New Trayvon Martin Docuseries, Gina Rodriguez Stars in and Produces Netflix Rom-Com & More

Bourgeois Brief: Donald Glover Talks Race in Hollywood, Paramount Teases New Trayvon Martin Docuseries, Gina Rodriguez Stars in and Produces Netflix Rom-Com & More

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

 

Donald Glover Talks Race in Hollywood

Ahead of the March 1 premiere of Atlanta’s second season, Donald Glover sat down with The New Yorker for an in-depth profile.  In the piece, he speaks candidly about the racism he experienced at the hands of Chevy Chase, while working on NBC’s Community.  He also revisits his brief stint playing Lena Dunham’s love interest on season 2 of Girls.  Read the full piece here.

Paramount Network Releases Trailer for JAY-Z-Produced Trayon Martin Series

Paramount Network is offering a first look at Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.  The trailer for the six-part docuseries debuted Monday.  The series will dive deep into Martin’s story, leading up to the night he was killed by George Zimmerman, and the beginnings of Black Lives Matter.  JAY-Z served as executive producer.  The series debuts in July. See the teaser below.

Bill Cosby’s Daughter Ensa Passes Away

Bill Cosby’s daughter, Ensa, passed away Friday at just 44 years old.  Initial reports indicate her cause of death was related to kidney disease complications.  She’s the second of Cosby’s children to pass away.  His son, Ennis, was murdered during a carjacking in 1997.  Cosby is up for retrial on his rape charges next month. Get more details at The Independent.

Fahrenheit 451 Trailer, Starring Michael B. Jordan, Hits the Web

Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451, a staple on high school reading lists, is getting the cable movie treatment.  HBO released the trailer for the film adaptation Monday.  Michael Shannon and Michael B. Jordan star.  Get details at EW and view the action-packed trailer below.

Gina Rodriguez To Star in Netflix Rom-Com

Gina Rodriguez, the Jane the Virgin star who has been vocal about the need for better Latino representation in Hollywood, is set to star in Netflix’s Someone Great.  She’s also serving as producer on the project.  Jennifer Kaytin Robinson is set to direct.  See more details at Vulture.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Starchild and the New Romantic just released your favorite new album [Pitchfork]

Antoine Fuqua tapped to direct Scarface remake [Variety]

Drake’s “God’s Plan” breaks another record [Billboard]

Recap season 1 of Atlanta [The Ringer]

Ryan Coogler talks about his inspiration for Black Panther [Rolling Stone]

Food for thought

Black Panther’s massive success has shown that diverse movies will bring audiences out in droves.  Yet Hollywood has been reluctant to invest in female- or black character-driven films.  America’s theater owners are hoping executives change their tune.  Variety’s Brent Lang writes:

“There’s been a myth that movies starring women won’t appeal to teenage boys and that movies with black actors won’t appeal to overseas audiences. Films such as Wonder Woman, however, have been able to draw male and female ticket buyers in big numbers, while Black Panther has done an impressive $304 million overseas. Fithian hopes that the grosses will embolden studios to bankroll more movies with diverse casts and to champion stories with female and black protagonists.”

Read the full piece here.

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