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: FX Series Shines Light on 1980s Vogue Culture, Spike Lee Leads Cannes Buzz, the New Grace Jones Doc Reviewed & More!

Bourgeois Brief: FX Series Shines Light on 1980s Vogue Culture, Spike Lee Leads Cannes Buzz, the New Grace Jones Doc Reviewed & More!

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

FX’s Pose to Shine Light on Vogue Culture

The new FX dance musical, Pose, takes viewers into the depths of the 1980s New York ball scene.  Helmed by Ryan Murphy, the show boasts the largest number of transgender series regulars in history and offers a platform for LGBTQ people of color.  Poseis set to premiere June 3. Get more details at Deadline.

In other queer entertainment news, the Wanuri Kahiu film Rafikiwill debut among the Un Certain Regardcontenders at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  Rafikidetails a lesbian romance set in Kenya. Read more at Shadow and Act.

Spike Lee Leads Pre-Cannes Buzz

And speaking of Cannes, director Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansmanis one of this year’s buzziest films.  Produced by Jordan Peele, the film tells the story of a black police officer who successfully infiltrated the KKK.  As previously reported, Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, will open the festival. See the full lineup at Variety.

Meek Mill Grants Exclusive Interview to Lester Holt

Just yesterday, Wale expressed public support for Meek Mill after a phone conversation.  Now, Meek is speaking out directly via NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.  He tells Holt, ““I think God delivered me a job to help people—helping minorities that come from these situations like myself.” Read more at Pitchfork.

Nicki Minaj Drops Two New Singles, Previews Album

Thursday was officially #NickiDay.  The prolific rapper dropped two new singles—“Chun Li” and “Barbie Tingz”.  She also released a teaser for the latter’s video. Both songs see a return to straightforward, lyrical rap and clever wordplay.  During an interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, she said her forthcoming LP is the best of her career. Hear the singles below or at EW.

Chloe Zao Reimagines the Western in Her Vision

Director Chloe Zao’s The Riderwas a 2018 Spirit Award nominee and has garnered heaps of critical praise.  She talks to Vulture about her filmmaking process and her career.  On forgoing extensive research for a more authentic film, she says, “research wouldn’t help me. A lot of watching, listening, spending time with people, and just also trusting that you are gonna stay true … It’s all in how you conduct your set and how you plan on making the film.” Read the full Q+A at Vulture.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

A track-by-track breakdown of Kali Uchis’ Isolation[Pitchfork]

Kevin Hart to host new CBS competition series [Variety]

Rihanna in the new Ocean’s 8trailer [EW]

Video: The Weeknd “Call Out My Name” [SPIN]

The New York Timesraves about new Grace Jones doc [NYT]

Here’s who you should watch at Coachella [Rolling Stone]

Food for thought

Vice’s Broadly takes a look at the life and influence of singer Marian Anderson, who was a fixture during the civil rights era and will soon appear on the $5 bill. Chloe Kent writes:

A Black American coal seller’s daughter born in 1897, Anderson was both a singer and civil rights activist with a talent so singular that, paired with savvy and determination, it managed to transcend racist prejudices and make her one of the most celebrated contraltos of her time.

Read the full piece here.

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Bourgeois Brief: Beyoncé Makes History at Coachella, Solange Launches New Art Installation, Nina Simone Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Beyoncé Makes History at Coachella, Solange Launches New Art Installation, Nina Simone Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Wale Voices Support for Meek Mill, Terrance Howard Spooks His Superfans, The Problem with Apu Re-Airs & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Wale Voices Support for Meek Mill, Terrance Howard Spooks His Superfans, The Problem with Apu Re-Airs & More!