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Bourgeois Brief: J. Cole Announces Surprise Album, Beyoncé Donates $100K to HBCUs, Lauryn Hill Announces Miseducation Tour & More!

Bourgeois Brief: J. Cole Announces Surprise Album, Beyoncé Donates $100K to HBCUs, Lauryn Hill Announces Miseducation Tour & More!

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J. Cole Announces Surprise Album

J. Cole fans got a big surprise Tuesday afternoon.  The conscious rapper revealed his new album, KOD, would drop Friday, April 20.  He hosted an impromptu listening session for fans on Monday at New York’s Gramercy Theatre. His last full-length was 2016’s 4 Your Eyez Only, which was his fourth consecutive number one album.  Read more details at Rolling Stone.

Lauryn Hill Announces 20thAnniversary Miseducation Tour

Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hillwas a historic achievement that solidified her as one of the greatest artists of our time. Beginning July 5, she’ll launch a full tour to commemorate the album’s 20thanniversary.  She’ll kick things off in Virginia Beach and wrap up the trek October 5 in St. Louis.  See the full list of tour dates at Pitchfork.

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars Lead Billboard Award Nominations

Billboard announced the nominations for its 2018 ceremony Tuesday.  Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars tied with Ed Sheeran for the most nominations—15 apiece.  Drake picked up 9 nods.  The Top New Artist category is notably filled with diverse artists: 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Khalid, and Kodak Black will all face off for the honor. The awards show airs May 20 on NBC. See the full nominations list at Billboard.

Beyoncé Donates to $100,000 to HBCUs

After she paid tribute to HBCU culture during her Coachella performance, Beyoncé is showing support in an even bigger way.  Through her BeyGood nonprofit, she’s donating $25,000 each to 4 HBCUs: Tuskegee, Bethune-Cookman, Xavier, and Wilberforce Universities.  One student at each school will win the funds.  Find out more at TIME.

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza Talks Race in America

Alicia Garza, activist and co-founder of BLM, spoke with OUT,and fellow activist and actor Asia Kate Dillon, about the future of the country and the passion behind her mission for equality.  She says, “The thing I’ve really been grappling with for a few years now is do I want to save America, given its incredibly violent, racist, homophobic, and sexist history? And I guess what I’m coming to right now, without getting into a lot of details around the validity of nation states, is that what I want to fight for is a different kind of ‘we’.” Read the full Q+A at OUT.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Jorja Smith makes her stateside TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live [VIBE]

Hear a clip from Questlove’s new audiobook [Pitchfork]

Don Lemon interviews Meek Mill [CNN]

Jussie Smollett releases new music, announces tour [Billboard]

Solange covers the new issue of Dazed [Highsnobiety]

Food for thought

For three decades, racists kept Virgil Hawkins from pursuing his law career.  Gilbert King writes:

A Daytona Beach attorney, Horace Hill, knew the NAACP was looking for plaintiffs to challenge discriminatory policies in public education, and he believed Virgil Hawkins would be an ideal candidate. So, in 1949, along with four other black aspiring law students, Hawkins applied to the University of Florida College of Law, and the NAACP started preparing their case. Predictably, the State of Florida denied them admission, and the Legal Defense Fund filed suit. No one in the plaintiff’s camp anticipated the fallout that followed.

Read the full story at VICE.

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