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 and SZA Debut Video for Black Panther Video, Frank Ocean Interviews Timothée Chalamet, & More

Bourgeois Brief: Kendrick Lamar and SZA Debut Video for Black Panther Video, Frank Ocean Interviews Timothée Chalamet, & More

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

 

Kendrick Lamar and SZA Debut “All The Stars” Video

“All The Stars”, the first single from the TDE-helmed Black Panther soundtrack, debuted Tuesday.  In it, SZA dances amongst multi-colored constellations while Kendrick Lamar walks among actual black panthers.  The video is filled with vivid African imagery and fashion, and only further fuels the hype for the movie’s premiere.  The soundtrack hits streaming services this Friday.  Watch the full video below:

J. Lo and Cardi B Team Up

In what seems like an infinite glow up for Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez confirmed that she too will team up with the rapper on an upcoming single called “Dinero”.  The single will get an official video, but otherwise, details on the collab are scant.  Get what little details there are at Billboard.

Kevin Hart In Talks for Animated FOX Sitcom

Fresh off his stint in the box office-dominating Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Kevin Hart is headed to FOX.  The network has ordered the pilot for the animated series Lil Kev.  The show will focus on Hart’s upbringing, and he’ll voice the lead.  Wanda Sykes is also attached to the project.  Read more about the show at EW

Frank Ocean Interviews Timothée Chalamet for VMAN

Frank Ocean and Timothée Chalamet have expressed admiration for each other’s work via social media and interviews.  Now, they’ve connected directly, in an interview for the latest issue of VMAN.  The two chat about the correct pronunciation of Chalamet’s name, and the nonstop praise for Call Me By Your Name.  Read the full interview at VMAN.

Super Bowl Conversation continues

Three days removed from the Eagles’ historic Super Bowl win, it seems the conversation about the night just won’t stop.  It has nothing to do with the players though.  Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, told TMZ her late brother would’ve appreciated Justin Timberlake’s halftime performance.  Get her thoughts here.  And Trevor Noah has something to say about all the Eagles fans who were allowed to wreak havoc on Philly streets after the game…

Food for thought

In the era of music streaming, musicians have been forced to explore other revenue options.  Branded merchandise has been a big hit with fans.  Rolling Stone’s David Browne explores the phenomenon:

“Music merchandise (T-shirts, posters, etc.), once an ancillary part of an artist's income, has become a booming business. In 2016, sales of music merch hit $3.1 billion, a 10 percent increase from the year before, says the Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association. Retail-analytics group Edited claims that the sheer volume of music-related items on the market has tripled in the past two years. ‘Music has migrated to being more digital," says Mat Vlasic, who runs the merch company Bravado, "so fans are craving something physical.’”

Read the full report at Rolling Stone.

 

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Bourgeois Brief: Quincy Jones Spills the Tea, Oprah Confirms She Won't Run, & More

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