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: Kenya Barris Eyes Deal with Netflix, André Leon Tally Documentary Trailer Debuts, BLK MKT Brings Blackness to Vintage Shopping & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Kenya Barris Eyes Deal with Netflix, André Leon Tally Documentary Trailer Debuts, BLK MKT Brings Blackness to Vintage Shopping & More!

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

Kenya Barris In Talks to Leave ABC for Netflix

News surfaced Wednesday that Black-ish creator Kenya Barris was in early talks to break his deal with ABC.  He’s reportedly eyeing a new deal with Netflix, which recently snatched away Shonda Rhimes from ABC and Ryan Murphy from FOX.  Their deals were more lucrative and rich with creative control, something Barris is in search of after ABC canned a Black-ish episode that was set to tackle the NFL National Anthem protests.  As of now, this is just speculation, but lately, the streaming giant has become a favorite for showrunners because of its massive budget and lack of censorship.  Read more at Vulture.

Haitian Lesbian DJ Soda Pop Talks Queer Female Visibility

In a new interview with OUT, out lesbian DJ Soda Pop talks about her career and visibility for queer women.  Soda Pop, whose real name is Sophia Hyacinthe, is the resident DJ for the Museum of Sex’s weekly RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party.  She details her start in the music business as well as how she met her girlfriend and what she wants to see from New York’s lesbian scene.  Read more at OUT.

Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem to Open Cannes Film Festival

Variety reports that Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows, starring both Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, will open this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  This is only the second Spanish language film to open the festival-the first since 2004 when Pedro Almodovar’s Bad Education led the fleet.  Farhadi last helmed the Oscar-nominated The Salesman.  Read additional details here.

BLK MKT Celebrate Black History Every Day

BLK MKT Vintage founders Jannah Handy and Kiyanna Stewart are on a mission to add blackness to the world of vintage shopping.  Their Etsy shop and Bed Stuy, Brooklyn-based store feature afro picks, Dick Gregory books, slave portraits, and 1970s-era afro picks, among many other Afrocentric finds.  Read their full Q&A at Vice.

André Leon Talley Documentary Trailer Premieres

André Leon Talley has been a force at Vogue for decades. Now, the longtime contributing editor gets his due with the feature-length documentary, The Gospel According to André.  The film was directed by Kate Novack and dives deeper than the glamour of his influential years at America’s top fashion mag.  Viewers will have a window into his segregated Southern upbringing and his journey to the upper echelons of his chosen industry. The film hits theaters May 25. Read more at Shadow and Act.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Lauryn Hill set to perform at The Greenwich Film Festival [VIBE]

Jean Grae and Quelle Chris release a satiric masterpiece [Pitchfork]

Khalid and Sabrina Claudio duet on “Don’t Let Me Down” [Rolling Stone]

Video: Gallant “Gentleman” [VIBE]

Food for thought

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, The New York Times reconstructed the last year of his life in speeches, photos, and key moments:

Exactly one year before his assassination, Dr. King delivered a blistering speech on the Vietnam War in which he chastised a nation for “taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them 8,000 miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem.”

Read the full retrospective here.

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