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: 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!

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

Dwayne Johnson to Executive Produce New John Cena Film

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is already one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. Now, through his Seven Bucks Productions (co-owned with Danny Garcia), he’ll add executive producer to his resume. He’s slated to oversee The Janson Directive, with John Cena set to star. Find out more about the project at Variety.

Women of Color of Time’s Up Call for Action Against R. Kelly

Time’s Up is an organization created to champion, and legally defend, victims of sexual harassment and abuse. In an open letter issued Monday, the group’s subcommittee, Women of Color of Time’s Up, demanded action against singer R. Kelly for reported crimes of physical and sexual violence against women. They called on companies like Apple Music and RCA Records to cut ties with the controversial singer. The hashtag #muterkelly trended throughout the day. Read the full list of allegations and the open letter at The Root.

Drake Continues Hot 100 Chart Domination

Drake’s latest single, “Nice For What”, logs a third week in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.  He fends off new entries from Ariana Grande and J. Cole, who became the first artist to debut 3 songs in the Hot 100 simultaneously. To date, Drake has spent a career total of 34 weeks at No. 1. Get more chart news and details at Billboard.

Cicely Tyson Honored at TCL Chinese Theater

Cicely Tyson is a Hollywood legend, who’s still going strong at 93 years old. Late last week, she was honored with a handprint and footprint at L.A.’s TCL Chinese Theater. In her remarks, she noted that recognition of black actresses is long overdue and women of color have finally grabbed hold of power in an industry that has long suppressed them. See more at Shadow and Act.

James Shaw, Jr. Raises $200K for Waffle House Shooting Victims

James Shaw, Jr., the heroic young man who stopped a mass shooter at a Waffle House on April 22, has raised nearly $200,000 for the shooting victims.  His GoFundMe campaign was massively successful, and a separate campaign created for Shaw and his daughter has also neared $200,000. Shaw has also used his newfound platform to advocate for gun reform. Read more at VIBE.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Childish Gambino and Vince Staples announce new tour [Pitchfork]

First look photos from Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman [EW]

J. Cole joins Bumbershoot Festival [Billboard]

Food for thought

Janelle Monae’s latest album, Dirty Computer, is a triumph for her art and for queer black women. The Ringer’s Lindsay Zoladz writes:

Dirty Computer often has the smeary feeling of having been painted in watercolors that have not yet dried. That is not to say that it comes off as casual or hastily done: It’s as blueprinted and meticulously attuned to detail as anything Monáe has ever released, and it rarely sounds less than immaculate. But, in contrast with her earlier records, Dirty Computer is unafraid to make a bit of a mess.

Read the full assessment here.

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