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Bourgeois Brief: Janelle Monae Debuts 2 New Singles, Drag Race Season 10 Announces Its Cast & More

Bourgeois Brief: Janelle Monae Debuts 2 New Singles, Drag Race Season 10 Announces Its Cast & More

Your daily dose of art, news, and pop culture headlines, and a signal boost for creators of color.

 

Janelle Monae Gets Candid with The Guardian

Singer and actress Janelle Monae released the first two singles and videos from her forthcoming album, Dirty Computer.  “Make Me Feel” is a funky uptempo jam about lusting for that special someone while “Django Jane” is a political declaration.  Monae sat down with The Guardian to discuss her album and this phase of her career.  See the videos below and read the full feature here.

Quincy Jones Walks Back Controversial Comments

Producer Quincy Jones made waves recently with a string of blunt, confessional interviews in which he called The Beatles terrible musicians, alleged that Michael Jackson stole some of his best music, and threw shade at Taylor Swift, among many other things.  Now, he’s apologizing.  “Even at 85, ‘wordvomit’ & bad-mouthing is inexcusable,” he tweeted Thursday.  See his full statement at Vulture.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 Cast Announced

Though RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 3 is still going strong, the franchise is already gearing up for the next installment.  The season 10 cast was announced Thursday and includes Miz Cracker of New York, The Vixen from Chicago, and Mayhem Miller from Riverside, CA.  View the full cast list at EW.

Tiffany Haddish Signs On To Host MTV Movie Awards

In what seems like an infinite glow up, comedian Tiffany Haddish has signed on to host this year’s MTV Movie and TV Awards.  She also recently signed a two-year deal with HBO and has upcoming roles in series on Netflix and TBS.  The show is set for June 18.  Get more details at Variety.

Netflix Debuts Trailer for Roxanne Shanté Biopic

Netflix’s love affair with hip hop continues with the upcoming biopic, Roxanne Roxanne.  The movie follows the rise of rapper Roxanne Shanté and stars Mahershala Ali, Nia Long, and Chanté Adams.  See the trailer below.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Sufjan Stevens is bringing his Call Me By Your Name songs to vinyl [Pitchfork]

Taye Diggs lands role in CW football series [EW]

The legendary George Clinton opens up about Trump and aliens [Rolling Stone]

Food for thought

Billboard sat down with popular Beats 1 Radio DJ Julie Adenuga.

“In addition to elevating new sounds and cultures, Adenuga is also passionate about engaging with other women in similar fields and paying it forward to the next generation of creators. On Tuesday, ahead of Women’s History Month, the DJ hosted an intimate roundtable discussion at a sunny luxury loft in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood, highlighting female success and empowerment across creative and technical fields.”

Find out more about her and read the full Q&A here.

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Bourgeois Brief: Stormzy Has A Big Night at the Brit Awards, Lupita Nyong'o Set to Star in Trevor Noah Biopic, & More

Bourgeois Brief: Stormzy Has A Big Night at the Brit Awards, Lupita Nyong'o Set to Star in Trevor Noah Biopic, & More