Uptown Bourgeois is an arts, news, and culture blog created by New York-based freelance writer Jefferey Spivey. UB explores universal themes through a black, queer lens. 

Bourgeois Brief: Kanye West Drops New Music, The Bad Boys Spinoff Might Have A Home, Pose Marks A Proud Moment for the Trans Community & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Kanye West Drops New Music, The Bad Boys Spinoff Might Have A Home, Pose Marks A Proud Moment for the Trans Community & More!

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

Kanye West Drops New LP, ye

After a few active weeks of public outrage and negative publicity, Kanye West is getting back to what matters most—the music.  The rapper previewed his new album, ye, during a Wyoming listening session last night. The 7-track album hit streaming services today and follows last week’s Ye-produced Pusha T album, DAYTONA. His Kid Cudi collaboration, Kids See Ghosts, is scheduled for a June 8 release. Read more at Pitchfork.

Bad Boys Spinoff Series Close To Deal

Earlier this year, news broke that Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba would front a new Bad Boys TV series. However, NBC passed on the show during pilot season.  Now, it appears the show could survive thanks to Charter Communications.  The company works with AMC and Viacom, and the series could serve as a premiere, high-end offering for cable.  Read more at Shadow and Act.

An In-depth Look at Syd’s Career

OUT Magazine launched its June/July queer music series with an in-depth profile of R&B singer, and The Internet bandleader, Syd.  The piece covers her “sexy, sophisticated” solo work, her anxieties about her music, and her multidisciplinary approach (she plays piano and guitar and produces). Read the full story here.

Pose Brings A Trans Revolution to Cable TV

Ryan Murphy’s series Pose, about 1980s New York ball culture, premieres on FX this Sunday. The show has already made history, with the largest number of trans cast regulars in TV history.  And early reviews have been phenomenal.TIME dives deeper, previewing the first episode and highlighting the show’s impact on the trans community.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Future shares Superfly LP track listing [EW]

A big debut week for Lil’ Baby [Billboard]

Video: Hayley Kiyoko and Kehlani “What I Need” [Vulture]

Food for thought

There’s no question, hip hop is dominating the streaming era.  But black rap artists still don’t flourish on Top 40 radio the way their white counterparts do. Rolling Stone’s Elias Leight investigates why.

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Bourgeois Brief: The Internet Details Its New Album, The BET Awards Boasts A Star-Packed Performance Lineup, Fashion Photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis Gets Her Due & More!

Bourgeois Brief: The Internet Details Its New Album, The BET Awards Boasts A Star-Packed Performance Lineup, Fashion Photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis Gets Her Due & More!