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: Kendrick Lamar wins the Pulitzer Prize, A Preview of Dear White People Season 2, The Lineup for This Year’s Summer Jam & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Kendrick Lamar wins the Pulitzer Prize, A Preview of Dear White People Season 2, The Lineup for This Year’s Summer Jam & More!

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

Kendrick Lamar Wins the Pulitzer Prize

In a historic feat, Kendrick Lamar has become the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.  Each year, the Pulitzer Prize honors arts and journalism contributions that shift the greater culture.  DAMN. was chosen as a work that vividly illustrates the complexities of modern black life.  Read additional details at Pitchfork.

Kendrick Lamar, Tory Lanez, Remy Ma to Headline Hot 97 Summer Jam

In other Kendrick news, the rapper was announced as the headliner for this year’s Hot 97 Summer Jam, which takes place June 10 at New York’s MetLife Stadium.  He’ll be joined by Remy Ma, Tory Lanez, Lil Wayne, A$AP Ferg, and many more.  Get the full lineup at Billboard.

Dear White People Gears Up for Season 2

The critically acclaimed Netflix series Dear White Peoplereleased a teaser trailer for its second season Monday.  The series returns May 4 and looks to pack in more of the irreverent humor and social commentary we’ve come to expect.  See the teaser below and view the first-look artwork at Shadow and Act.

A Primer on Kanye West’s Forthcoming Album

Not much is known about Kanye West’s next album, the proper follow-up to 2016’s The Life of Pablo.  Earlier this year, reports surfaced that he was flying numerous artists out to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for recording sessions, but little else has been confirmed. Rolling Stone’s Elias Leight scrapes together detailsto paint a fuller picture.

HBO Previews Sandra Bland Documentary

The new HBO documentary, Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland, will serve as the definitive look into Bland’s life.  She died in police custody after being arrested for a traffic violation in 2015.  Her case has become a powerful reference point for the Black Lives Matter movement. The film will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. No formal air date has been announced.  Read more at EW

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Drake announces June release for Scorpion[Pitchfork]

Also, Drake replaces himself at number one with “Nice For What” [Billboard]

Food for thought

Because Queen Bey’s Coachella performance was such a historic moment, here’s two additional takes on its importance:

Beyoncé is already the greatest performer of our time. That she somehow outdid herself Saturday is a tribute to her inimitable imagination, ambition, determination, and generosity as an artist. I feel lucky to exist on the same planet as her.

-The Ringer

Beyoncé has a cultural sixth sense for finding the busted seams between regions and eras and styles, and the performance saw her stitching those breaks back together in a way that made them new again.

-Pitchfork

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Bourgeois Brief: J. Cole Announces Surprise Album, Beyoncé Donates $100K to HBCUs, Lauryn Hill Announces Miseducation Tour & More!

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