Bourgeois Brief: Issa Rae Wants Your Music for Insecure, CBS Focuses on Diversity for Fall Lineup, Spelman’s First Trans Graduate Speaks Out & More!
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Insecure Teams with Afropunk to Soundtrack Season 3
Issa Rae, HBO, and RCA have teamed up with Afropunk to find fresh new sounds for Insecure’s upcoming third season. Aspiring artists can submit their music, and the Grand Prize Winner will have their song featured in an episode and on the show’s soundtrack. See full contest rules and information at Afropunk.
CBS Touts Diversity in Fall Lineup
In recent years, CBS has come under fire for primarily promoting series with white male leads. However, CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl promises something different this fall—7 scripted series with actors of color in lead roles. Those shows include returning series SWAT and NCIS: Los Angeles as well as newbies Happy Together and God Friended Me. Read more at Variety.
Kenya Barris Shares Details About Black-ish Finale
This season, black-ish tested its first serial arc, which revolved around trouble in Andre and Rainbow’s marriage. Spoiler alert—they separated but a sudden family death brought them back together. Series creator Kenya Barris discussed the finale and the preceding arc with EW. “The biggest thing is that we wanted to get people to see that you can’t see daylight without seeing night first.”
DJ Khaled Leads This Year’s BET Nominations
The BET Awards released its nominations list Wednesday, and DJ Khaled leads the pack with 6 nods. Among many honors, he’s up for Album and Song of the Year, for his “Wild Thoughts” collab with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. Migos, SZA, Beyoncé, Drake, Bruno Mars, and Cardi B are also up for awards. The ceremony airs June 24 on BET. See the full nomination list at Billboard.
Keo O’Neal Becomes Spelman’s First Openly Trans Graduate
Historically black Spelman College didn’t start accepting trans students until 2017. But already, the institution has its first trans graduate—Keo O’Neal. After sharing his story on Twitter May 13, his graduation post went viral, racking up 5,000 retweets. He hopes his story inspires other trans men and women to follow in his footsteps. “It’s not going to be easy but it will be worth it, just drown out the background noise.” Read his full story at VIBE.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
SZA shares her Met Gala photos [Pitchfork]
Trevor Noah to host Battlefield V reveal [Variety]
Camilla Cabello teases new song with Pharrell [Billboard]
George Clinton tapped for Tales from the Tour Bus [Rolling Stone]
Kenya Barris launches new series at Freeform [Shadow and Act]
Food for thought
We’re officially in a queer cinema boom, with more and more LGBTQ-centric films hitting theaters. But many of these films simply force queer themes into linear, heteronormative storytelling structures. Vulture’s E. Alex Jung questions what this means for the future of queer film:
While these films vary in intent, provenance, and quality, they encapsulate a similar catholic spirit: rather than assert difference, they point out similarities. They apply salve instead of salt. They’re safe, often boring, and sentimental, following familiar emotional arcs to tell a “universal story.” In short, we’re in a movie moment defined by the political sensibility of the gay-marriage movement.
Read the full piece at Vulture.
Also, The New York Times profiles the story of the first book festival to reach The Bronx. Concepión de León also speaks to founder Saraciea J. Fennell.