Bourgeois Brief: Jamie Foxx Set to Host BET Awards, LGBTQ Inclusion in Hollywood Declines, Parliament Returns with First Album in 38 Years & More
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Jamie Foxx Set to Host BET Awards
After nearly a decade away, Jamie Foxx has signed on to host next month’s BET Awards. Recent years have a seen a rash of comedians take centerstage for the ceremony, including Mo’Nique, Kevin Heart, Leslie Jones, and Chris Rock. Foxx is also returning as host of Beat Shazam, which premieres its second season May 29. Read more about this and other casting headlines at Variety.
LGBTQ Inclusion in Film is Losing Ground
On the surface, it seems like queer film is experiencing a boom, with movies like Love, Simon and Disobedience bringing same sex love to wide audiences. But GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index reveals that LGBTQ inclusion in Hollywood films has actually dropped, compared to 2016 and earlier years. Only 12.8% of major studio films featured queer characters in 2017, but surprisingly, more than half of those characters were POC. Read more at Billboard.
Parliament Surprise Releases First Album in 38 Years
George Clinton’s legendary funk band Parliament have released their first new album in 38 years. Medicaid Fraud Dogg is a 23-track manifesto featuring many of the band’s original horn players and a guest appearance from rapper Scarface. This is a victory lap for Clinton, who plans to retire from touring next year. Get additional details at Pitchfork.
Forest Whitaker Stars in Trailer for Biggie Investigation Film, City Of Lies
Recent years have seen no shortage of projects attempting to uncover the truth about The Notorious B.I.G.’s death. The latest entry in the canon is City of Lies, a feature-length thriller about the investigation of the late rapper’s murder. The film stars Forest Whitaker, Johnny Depp, and Rockmond Dunbar. Read more at Shadow and Act.
Singer Betty Davis Gets Her Due in New Documentary
Betty Davis was a 70s funk pioneer, delivering raw lyrics and unfiltered sexuality in a way no one else ever had. After a long public silence, she reemerges in the new documentary, Betty: They Say I’m Different. The film premieres in Brooklyn today, and the singer spoke to The New York Timesin a rare phone interview in advance of its debut. Read the piece here.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Tyler the Creator shares studio video for “435” [Billboard]
Moses Sumney releases extended version of “Make Out In My Car” [SPIN]
Michael B. Jordan to voice, produce new anime series [Shadow and Act]
CupcakKe channels Uma Thurman in “Quiz” video [OUT]
Pusha T’s new album rumored to drop Friday [VIBE]
Food for thought
Over the weekend, controversy brewed onstage during Kendrick Lamar’s Hangout Music Festival set when a white fan rapped his lyrics and used the n-word. The fan was booed by the audience and Lamar was upset. The incident calls into question a huge issue—are there different sets of rules for white fans when it comes to hip hop? Variety’s Jeremy Helligar suggests retiring the n-word for good:
It’s time for rappers to rethink how they deliver their message. It wouldn’t lose any of its lyrical might if they dropped the N-word altogether. Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” would be just as potent with all of the N-words removed.
Read his full take here.