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Bourgeois Brief: Gloria Carter to Receive Special GLAAD Award, Diverse Authors Rule Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist, Three High School Students Compete for a Trip to NASA & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Gloria Carter to Receive Special GLAAD Award, Diverse Authors Rule Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist, Three High School Students Compete for a Trip to NASA & More!

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

Gloria Carter to Receive Special GLAAD Media Award

On last year’s “Smile”, from the album 4:44, JAY-Z detailed the powerful coming out story of his mother, Gloria Carter.  At this year’s GLAAD Media Awards, Carter will receive special recognition for that story and share remarks about living as a gay woman of color.  Ava DuVernay will also be honored for her commitment to LGBTQ visibility in her work.  The New York awards ceremony takes place May 5. Read additional details at Billboard.

Several Diverse Authors Nominated for 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction

This year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist is filled with fresh perspectives.  4 of the 6 shortlist titles were written by women of color, including Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing and Meena Kandasamy’s When I Hit You.  3 of the 6 titles are from new writers.  The winner will receive an approximately $40,000 cash award and a statuette named the Bessie.  Read more at Bustle.  

The Modern-Day Hidden Figures?

Three young Washington, D.C. high school science students—India, Bria, and Makayla—are competing in the NASA OSPARC Challenge. Their project, From H2NO to H2O, was selected as one of 10 finalists.  If they win, they’ll receive an all-expenses paid trip to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.  The winner is determined by popular vote, and voting is open until April 30.  Social media users have referred to the three young girls as a new coming of the NASA employees from the hit film, Hidden Figures.  Help make their dreams come true by voting here.

Meek Mill Speaks to Lester Holt

Meek Mill, who was released from prison Tuesday, sat down with NBC’s Lester Holt to speak about his experience.  “I don’t feel free,” he said, going on to describe how the criminal justice system has kept a hold on him since he was 19 years old. NBC Nightly News featured just a clip; the full interview will air on a forthcoming episode of Dateline.  Read details at Pitchfork.

Condola Rashad Wins Raves in Broadway’s Saint John

Three-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad, and daughter of Phylicia and Ahmad, is winning raves for her performance in the Broadway revival of Saint John.  The play tells the story of a young visionary using her otherworldly talents to reach the upper echelons of 15th-century French society.  Read Leah Greenblatt’s EW review here.

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Kevin Hart appears in the video for J. Cole’s “Kevin’s Heart” [Vulture]

Forest Whitaker cast in Godfather of Harlem series [Shadow and Act]

Food for thought

Rolling Stone profiles the creatives that are rewriting the rules of artistic output.  “The New Classics” recognizes Khalid, Vince Staples, Kamasi Washington, Jlin, J. Balvin, and Shamir, among others. See the full list and read the profiles here.

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Bourgeois Brief: Michael Che to Co-Host Emmys with Colin Jost, Janelle Monae Comes Out As Pansexual, Black Screenwriters Matter Competition Searches for New Talent & More!

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Bourgeois Brief: Meek Mill Released From Prison, Issa Rae Wins a Peabody, The Weeknd Scores Another Festival Headlining Spot & More!

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