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Bourgeois Brief: Frank Ocean’s Blonde Gets The Analysis It Deserves, Insecure Sets Its Season 3 Premiere, Janet Jackson Teases New Music & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Frank Ocean’s Blonde Gets The Analysis It Deserves, Insecure Sets Its Season 3 Premiere, Janet Jackson Teases New Music & More!

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

Dissect Podcast Focuses Third Season on Frank Ocean

Spotify’s Dissect podcast spends full seasons diving deep into classic hip hop and R&B albums. The first season tackled Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly while season two covered Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  The new season is all about Frank Ocean’s Blonde, the quiet 2016 masterpiece that marked his return to the spotlight.  Find out more about the upcoming season and the show’s philosophy at Vulture.

Amazon Picks Up Jordan Peele-Produced Nazi Hunter Series

Jordan Peele isn’t resting on his laurels. The Oscar-winning writer and director will produce the new Amazon series The Hunt.  The show follows a group of Nazi hunters living in 1970s New York and pulls from real-life events.  The announcement follows a cryptic teaser for Peele’s next horror film, Us.  Get more details at Variety.

Insecure Lines Up Season 3 Premiere

Fans of HBO’s Insecure can rejoice—the comedy returns to airwaves August 12.  Issa Rae, along with co-stars Yvonne Orji, Amanda Seales, and Natasha Rothwell, announced the premiere date in a short video via Twitter.  The show recently picked up a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting.  Read more at VIBE.

Janet Jackson Talks Early Career, Motherhood, New Music

Ahead of receiving the Icon Award at this Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, Janet Jackson opens up to Billboard Magazine in a lengthy interview.  The pop superstar shares insight into her early career, the joys of motherhood, and the vibe of her new music.  She says, “It’s important that I maintain a let-it-happen-when-it-happens approach. I don’t want to strain or stress. I want to be a channel for whatever images and emotions are running through my imagination.” Read the full interview here.

Arthur Jafa Uses Art As Commentary on Black America

After establishing himself as a filmmaker and cinematographer, Arthur Jafa made his art debut in New York in 2016. He returns this month with his second show, Air Above Mountains, Unknown Pleasures. The exhibition offers his take on the black experience. Most notably, it features a portrait of Jafa in a skirt and corset, paying homage to an 1830s sex worker who may be the first known trans woman in America. Read The New York Times review here.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

New Anderson.Paak “Bubblin’” [YouTube]

Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield in Sorry to Bother You trailer [Rolling Stone]

The Internet announce new album [Pitchfork]

Food for thought

Loyal Beyoncé fans may worship her every move, but there’s a San Francisco church that literally worships her.  Broadly takes a trip to Grace Cathedral’s Beyoncé mass:

Turns out that Beyoncé Mass is not about worshipping Mrs. Carter herself, but rather using her body of work to inspire people to attend service, worship the Lord, and empower themselves. 

Read the full piece here.

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Bourgeois Brief: Issa Rae Wants Your Music for Insecure, CBS Focuses on Diversity for Fall Lineup, Spelman’s First Trans Graduate Speaks Out & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Issa Rae Wants Your Music for Insecure, CBS Focuses on Diversity for Fall Lineup, Spelman’s First Trans Graduate Speaks Out & More!