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Bourgeois Brief: Janet Jackson Headlines FYF Fest, Big Freedia Releases New Single and Video, Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Adapted for the Stage & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Janet Jackson Headlines FYF Fest, Big Freedia Releases New Single and Video, Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Adapted for the Stage & More!

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Janet Jackson Set to Headline FYF Fest

This summer marks the 15th anniversary of FYF Fest, and to celebrate, they’ve booked a superstar headliner-Janet Jackson.  She’ll lead the festival along with Florence + The Machine.  Other artists on the lineup include Future, Amber Mark, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Car Seat Headrest.  The fest takes place July 21-22 at Los Angeles’ Exposition Park.  Tickets go on sale to the general public April 6.  To view the full lineup and get additional details, head to the official FYF Fest website.

Tracy Morgan Celebrates His Return to the Small Screen

Just four years after an accident that nearly claimed his life, comedian and actor Tracy Morgan returns to TV in TBS’ The Last O.G.  The cast gathered at Brooklyn’s The William Vale to celebrate the show’s premiere.  Morgan was emotional as he reflected on his journey and his new opportunity to reconnect with his audience.  Also, rapper Busta Rhymes performed at the event and took time to speak about Morgan’s inspirational recovery.  Read more at Variety.

Big Freedia Returns with “Rent” Video, Third Ward Bounce EP

Big Freedia is indisputably the queen of New Orleans bounce, and she’s gearing up to continue her reign.  Her new song and video for “Rent” use her signature bounce sound to demand respect and reciprocity in love.  The single precedes her June 1 EP, Third Ward Bounce, which is her first release on Asylum Records; this is also her first major deal.  Read more at Billboard and watch the video below.

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Work Adapted for the Stage

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me will find new life on the stage.  The 2015 book has been adapted by Coates’ friend and collaborator, Kamilah Forbes.  April 2 and 3 at The Apollo Theater, the production will feature jazz music, original photography, and live readings from The Roots’ Black Thought, Common, and Angela Bassett, among others.  After its New York premiere, the show will travel to D.C.  Find out more at The New York Times.

Tidbits

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Takeaways from The Weeknd’s new EP [Pitchfork]

Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry delivers a powerhouse performance [The Ringer]

Cardi B issues a warning shot with “Be Careful” [SPIN]

Food for thought

Tina Ferris is a music business veteran, having managed tours for some of hip hop’s biggest acts like The Roots, Lil’ Wayne, and The Black Eyed Peas.  Billboard’s Colin Stutz profiles her career:

When Farris was a student at UCLA, she explains she was invited backstage after a Roots concert on campus when she was spotted in the front row playing air bass "like a lunatic." Days later, she drove up to see the band again in her hometown Sacramento and, from there, would catch them whenever she could, forming a friendship as what she calls "the bothering little sister."

Read the full piece here.

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