Bourgeois Brief: Jordan Peele Produces Lorena Bobbitt Docuseries, Black Panther Heads to Saudi Arabia, MLK’s Best Works on Audible & More!
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Jordan Peele Heads to Amazon for Lorena Bobbitt Series
After making box office and award season history with his directorial debut, Get Out, Jordan Peele is lending his talents to a new Amazon docuseries. Lorena will detail the true story of Lorena Bobbitt, who infamously cut off her husband’s penis and became a tabloid sensation in the 1990s. The four-part series seeks to offer more insight into the shocking event and provide a fuller portrait of Bobbitt. Peele will produce. Read more at EW.
The Radical King Brings MLK’s Legacy to the World of Audiobooks
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Audible published The Radical King—a collection of 23 memorable speeches and essays from the historic leader and activist. The works are read by a diverse array of talent including Gabourey Sidibe, Michael K. Wiliaims, and Luke Cage’s Mike Colter. The collection was curated by Dr. Cornel West. You can read more about The Radical King at EW.
Kali Uchis’ Debut Gets Rave Reviews
Kali Uchis has spent the last couple years building buzz in the music industry with her sharp songwriting and sultry vocals. Her debut album, Isolation, channels that buzz into a forward-looking R&B album that’s one of the year’s best releases. Rolling Stone’s Joe Levy writes, “She grabs splashes of funk, bossa, reggaeton and soul and blankets them with a sunbaked, psychedelic wooziness.” Read the full review here.
Black Panther Breaks Film Ban in Saudi Arabia
Is there anything Black Panther can’t do? The film is set to beat Titanic’s all-time gross, and thanks to its international box office receipts, it’s a billion-dollar picture. But it seems the film’s global impact extends beyond revenue. The superhero film will be the first distributed in Saudi Arabia after a 35-year ban. Get additional details at Variety.
Amber Mark Adds Depth to Dance Music
Amber Mark is one of those buzzy pop artists bubbling just under the surface of the mainstream. She uses uptempo tracks to broach dark topics, and she’s a singer, songwriter, and producer. In other words, she’s a rising auteur—one who’s been praised by the legendary Sade. Pitchfork details her humble beginnings and musical journey here.
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Food for thought
For decades, Grace Jones has been a symbol of fierceness, championing strong expressions of female sexuality, embracing androgyny, and creating memorable art. The forthcoming documentary, Bloodlight and Bami, shows Jones at her rawest:
Directed by Sophie Fiennes, it tracks Ms. Jones starting in 2005 as she records an album, gigs around the world and, most revealingly, visits family in her native Jamaica, where she and her clan discuss their strictly religious upbringing and the violence of her stepgrandfather, known as Mas P. (“Bloodlight” is Jamaican musician slang for the red light of a recording studio, and bami is a local flatbread.) Even on modest family outings, she rocks notable headgear.
Read the rest of Melena Ryzik’s piece at The New York Times.
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