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Bourgeois Brief: A Gucci Mane Biopic Is In The Works, Reg E. Cathey Passes Away & More

Bourgeois Brief: A Gucci Mane Biopic Is In The Works, Reg E. Cathey Passes Away & More

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Gucci Mane Biopic Heading to Theaters

We know Gucci Mane as a musical powerhouse, churning out new albums and mixtapes at light speed.  But now he’s set to take on the movie industry.  His 2017 autobiography, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, is being developed for the big screen by Paramount Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.  Get full details at The Hollywood Reporter.

The Big Sick Writing Duo Teams Up with Apple

Kumail Nanjiani and wife Emily V. Gordon, the writers behind last year’s hit rom-com The Big Sick, have signed on to develop an immigrant anthology TV series for Apple.   The show is called Little America and Master of None’s Alan Yang will also executive produce.  Read more at Variety.

Actor Reg E. Cathey Passes Away at 59

Reg E. Cathey, a veteran actor who gained critical acclaim on House of Cards, has passed away at 59.  As of this time, no cause of death has been revealed.  Cathey won an Emmy for his role as Freddy Hayes on the hit Netflix series.  He’s also known for his work on Oz, The Wire, and most recently in the HBO film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack.  Read tributes from his Hollywood peers at Vulture.

Terry Crews Takes Sexual Misconduct Suit to Next Step

Though the #Metoo movement has centered around Hollywood’s leading ladies, actor Terry Crews was also a victim.  In late 2017, details surfaced of sexual misconduct at the hands of WME Agent Adam Venit.  Venit has denied any wrongdoing, however, Crews has escalated his case to the Los Angeles District Attorney.  Read more about his story here.  And revisit this powerful think piece from BET.  Below, Crews speaks out about the incident with ABC’s Michael Strahan.

JAY-Z Speaks Out at Trayvon Martin Peace Walk

Over the weekend, JAY-Z joined peaceful protests at Miami’s 6th annual Peace Walk and Peace Talk.  The rapper paid tribute to Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old who was fatally shot by a rogue neighborhood watch volunteer.  Martin would have turned 23 years old last week.  See the video below and read additional details at SPIN

Male Record Execs Call for Gender Equality

After several female record executives banded together to call out Neil Portnow, President of the Recording Academy, many of their male counterparts have spoken out in solidarity.  38 execs called for more robust action on the part of the Academy.  Scooter Braun and Randy Jackson were among the most notable signatures on the letter.  Read the full letter at EW.


In case you missed it…

Jordan Peele wins big at Writer's Guild Awards [EW]

11 essential Living Single episodes to stream on Hulu [Vulture]

Get to know all the South African artists featured on the Black Panther soundtrack [Billboard]

The Black Panther Soundtrack reviewed [Pitchfork]

Food for thought

This weekend, the New York Times ran an in-depth profile of Joy Reid, the fiery MSNBC correspondent who’s sticking it to the Republican opposition.  An excerpt from Laura M. Holson‘s article:

In the Trump era, Ms. Reid, the daughter of immigrants, has emerged as a heroine of the resistance to his leadership. And her forceful questioning style, matching that on conservative outlets like Fox, has resonated with MSNBC’s viewers. She is popular on social media with fans who fondly call themselves #reiders. Her morning show on Saturday averages nearly 1 million weekly viewers and, for the last four months, she has bested MSNBC’s competitor CNN, according to Nielsen, which tracks television ratings (granted, her competition then is general newsroom updates rather than another headline personality).

“Our prime directive is to constantly remind people that this is not normal and not to allow it to become mundane,” Ms. Reid said in a recent interview at MSNBC’s studios in Midtown Manhattan, referring to the architecture of the Trump presidency. Each week she makes sure to discuss the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. “We feel like one of our duties is to keep that story top of mind because it’s fundamentally about whether we truly choose our own leaders,” she said.

Read the full article here.

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