Bourgeois Brief: Jaden Smith Sends Clean Water to Flint, Dee Rees Preps Her Mudbound Follow Up, Spike Lee Shares More About BlacKkKlansman & More!
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Jaden Smith Sends Clean Water to Flint, Michigan
For the last 4 years, Flint, Michigan has suffered a water crisis, which has seen its drinking water contaminated by toxic levels of lead. Jaden Smith sent more than 9,000 bottles of water to the embattled city. The philanthropic gesture was on behalf of his water company JUST, which he founded with his father, Will Smith. Read additional details at VIBE.
Spike Lee Dives Into BlacKkKlansman
Spike Lee’s latest film, BlacKkKlansman, is a racially charged piece based on true-life events. The movie made a splash at last week’s Cannes Film Festival, taking home the Grand Prix award. The director sat down with Vulture to talk about the film as well as a wide range of current events, including Kanye West’s political views and his Cannes press conference, in which he was asked about several pressing issues affecting the black community. Read the full interview here.
Nicki Minaj Announces New Date for Queen
Nicki Minaj has had a busy May. She released singles and videos for “Chun Li” and “Barbie Tingz”, and she gave the former song its live debut on last weekend’s SNL season finale. Yesterday, she shared that her forthcoming album, Queen, would arrive August 10. She’d previously shared a June release date on the Met Gala red carpet, but has pushed back the album to ensure it’s perfect for her fans. Read more at Billboard.
Pusha T Releases DAYTONA, Uses Whitney Houston’s Bathroom for Album Cover
As previously announced, Pusha T released his long-awaited album, DAYTONA today. The 7-song album was produced entirely by Kanye West and is the first in a long line of new G.O.O.D. Music releases. The album cover is a photo of Whitney Houston’s bathroom, which West paid a reported $85,000 to use. Pitchfork hailed the album as a near-flawless outing.
Dee Rees Brings ‘Last Thing He Wanted’ to Netflix
Dee Rees found major success with her most recent film, Mudbound. The Oscar-nominated film resonated with critics and scored a simultaneous release in theaters and on Netflix. For her next film, Rees will bring The Last Thing He Wanted to the streaming network. The film stars Anne Hathaway and is based on the Joan Didion novel of the same name. Read more at Variety.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Debra Lee ends her reign at BET [Variety]
Buddy Guy debuts “Nine Below Zero” [Rolling Stone]
Michelle Obama shares more details about her forthcoming memoir [VIBE]
Video: Azealia Banks “Anna Wintour” [OUT]
Hulu preps Buzzfeed News documentary about R. Kelly [Shadow and Act]
Food for thought
The New York Times’ Vanessa Friedman profiles fashion legend André Leon Talley, ahead of the release of his new documentary, The Gospel According to André:
“There’ve been some very cruel and racist moments in my life in the world of fashion. Incidents when people were harmful and meanspirited and terrifying.”
Read the full profile here.