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Bourgeois Brief: FKA twigs Releases New IG Zine, R&B Songwriters Turn to K-Pop, Dear White People Returns for Season 2 & More!

Bourgeois Brief: FKA twigs Releases New IG Zine, R&B Songwriters Turn to K-Pop, Dear White People Returns for Season 2 & More!

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

FKA twigs Releases New Issue of Instagram Zine

FKA twigs is easily one of the most innovative artists in music, and that same intense creativity extends to her Instagram account.  This week, she released the third installment of AVANTgarden, her Instagram zine. The issue, titled MEATSPACE, was born from conversations with Oneohtrix Point Never. See the images at Pitchfork.

Apple Picks Up Octavia Spencer Series

In Apple’s quest to compete with streaming networks like Netflix and Hulu, it has ramped up its high-profile content acquisitions.  This week, the tech giant bought Are You Sleeping, in which Octavia Spencer stars. The 10-episode run will examine America’s obsession with true crime and is being produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. Read more atVariety.

Black-ish Gets Serious

Earlier this year, the Bourgeois Brief reported that Black-ish would end its current season with its first-ever serialized arc.  That arc, about Dre and Rainbow’s marriage troubles, took a serious turn in this week’s episode. EW’s Kristen Baldwin described the episode as “jarring” and contemplated the effectiveness of a sitcom diving deeper into less comedic territory. Read her full take here.

Dear White People Creator Chats About New Season

Justin Simien, creator of both the film and TV versions of Dear White People, chatted with The New York Times about the show’s second season. About conservative critics’ backlash against the first season, he says, “It wasn’t that they didn’t get it, it was that they refused to get it.” The new season tackles trolling, white allies, free speech, and Hoteps. Read the full feature at NYT.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Lil’ Wayne signs with CAA [Variety]

Beyoncé’s choreographers discuss her Coachella performance [Pitchfork]

Empire renewed for fifth season [Variety]

Nicki Minaj confirms release date for both new videos [Billboard]

PlayboI Carti teams with Travis Scott on new single [SPIN]

Food for thought

As hip hop rules the streaming era, R&B songwriters have been forced to look elsewhere for songwriting opportunities. Rolling Stone’s Elias Leight explores the emerging trend of American R&B hitmakers transitioning to K-Pop:

Rap's minimalist palette still rules much of American pop. But some writers with bridges to spare have found an unexpected – though not unwelcome – refuge in South Korea, where K-pop artists still treasure the songcraft that persisted in R&B's mainstream until the early 2000s: Meaty chord changes, harmonic richness and a bridge that demands a singer demonstrate range and ad-libbing ability.

Read the full piece here.

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