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Bourgeois Brief: Bruno Mars Sweeps the Male-Dominated Grammys & More

Bourgeois Brief: Bruno Mars Sweeps the Male-Dominated Grammys & More

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

Bruno Mars finds 24K Magic at the Grammys

Last night, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards returned to New York City for the first time in 15 years.  Bruno Mars took home 6 awards, including Record, Song, and Album of the Year for his most recent album, 24K Magic.  The night was filled with memorable performances, most notably from Kesha (backed by a slew of superstar women for the emotional ballad, “Praying”), show opener Kendrick Lamar (with U2 and Dave Chappelle), and a showstopping performance from Broadway royalty, Patti Lupone.  JAY-Z, the most nominated artist of the night, went home emptyhanded as did SZA, the most nominated female artist of the night.  Only one female graced the stage during the ceremony, and that was pop singer Alessia Cara, who won Best New Artist.  For the full list of Grammy winners, head here.  And stay tuned for more in-depth commentary later today.

Jemele Hill is leaving SportsCenter

The controversial ESPN anchor made waves last year after a string of anti-Trump tweets.  Now, she has initiated a move away from the network’s flagship program, SC6, to work for The Undefeated, another ESPN outlet that covers sports and culture in conjunction with race.  Read the full exclusive interview at Variety.

Jennifer Hudson to play Aretha Franklin in biopic

Oscar-winning actress and American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson was handpicked by Aretha Franklin to play the Queen of Soul in a long-stalled biopic about the singer’s career.  The movie is being produced by MGM.  Get more details at EW.

Lil Rel Howery wasn’t invited to the Oscars

Comedian Lil Rel Howery was one of many highlights in last year’s Oscar-nominated thriller Get Out.  But during a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he shared he has yet to be invited to the Oscars ceremony.  See the video below.

Netflix bets big on hip hop with 8-part documentary

First, Netflix celebrated hip hop with the now-canceled series The Get Down.  Now, the streaming network is teasing an 8-part documentary titled Rapture. Nas, T.I., Rapsody, and 2 Chainz are slated to appear, among many others.  See the trailer below:

Food for thought

Literary great Junot Diaz wants the publishing industry to put its money where its mouth is, concerning diversity.

“Stop talking about diversity and start decolonizing our shelves,” he said, during a keynote speech at the Winter Institute 2018.  UB supports this message.

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