Bourgeois Brief: Hip Hop is banned in China, A casting shakeup on the set of The Hate U Give, and more
Your daily dose of art, news, and pop culture headlines, and a signal boost for creators of color.
Chinese Government Bans Hip Hop?
That’s right—the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT) has banned hip hop culture, and people with tattoos, from Chinese television. Allegedly, the culture doesn’t align with traditional Chinese morality and values. Find out what key players in the Chinese music industry are saying at Billboard.
Bruno Mars Wants Some Hip Hop At Next Year’s Super Bowl
With this year’s Super Bowl barely in our rear view, people are already buzzing about next year’s halftime show. The game will take place in Atlanta, home to many hip hop greats, and recent Grammy winner Bruno Mars wants the NFL to pay homage. Will they oblige him? Read Bruno’s tweets below.
Kian Lawley fired from The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give, the big screen adaptation of Angie Thomas’ blockbuster YA novel, is poised to be a major hit. But not everyone from the original cast will make it to post-production. YouTuber Kian Lawley was fired after videos surfaced in which he made racist jokes. His role is being recast, and his scenes are being reshot. Get the full scoop at Vulture, and find out more about the videos at Hollywood Reporter.
Travis Scott Riot Charges Dropped
Travis Scott is having a great week. The rapper was cleared of charges stemming from a 2017 concert in which several people were injured. He was accused of inciting a riot. However, he still faces a pending lawsuit from a fan who claims he was paralyzed at one of Scott’s shows. In other Travis Scott news, he and girlfriend Kylie Jenner welcomed a baby girl this week. Read more at SPIN.
In This Week’s Black Panther News…
Variety profiled Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and star Chadwick Boseman about the upcoming action film. In the article, the two discuss the way the film will impact culture and movie history. Coogler, who first found massive commercial success with Creed, is hopeful about the future of creators of color in Hollywood: “I hope things continue to open up. As more content gets made, more opportunities like ours can come about for folks. But you’ve got to put your foot on the gas when it comes to that or things can go back to where they were.” Read the full interview here.
In case you missed it…
Meek Mill shouts out the Eagles’ Super Bowl win from prison [Pitchfork]
Producer Andreao “Fanatic” Heard Pays Tribute to Leah LaBelle [Billboard]
Food for thought
Ijeoma Oluo’s book, So you want to talk about race, is making waves. Chicago Now’s Kelly Konrad offers a poignant review:
“Oluo covers a lot of territory in breaking down conversations about race, and reminds us interested enough to take the plunge that it.will.not.be.easy. It is not supposed to be. Race is a subject that incites powerful emotions, especially when you find yourself almost immediately in defensive territory, because, well ... you might be racist.
Oluo lets you know — yes, you will mess it up. But that's OK. You can try again. To move forward, we need to get uncomfortable. This book offers concrete suggestions about how to make those conversations work. How to set boundaries. What to ask, what not to ask.”
Read the full review here.
And buy the book at Amazon.