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Bourgeois Brief: Key and Peele Reunite for Netflix, Vic Mensa Launches Chicago Nonprofit, and Meek Mill Speaks Out

Bourgeois Brief: Key and Peele Reunite for Netflix, Vic Mensa Launches Chicago Nonprofit, and Meek Mill Speaks Out

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

Key and Peele Set to Reunite in Netflix Film

Oscar winner Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael-Key are teaming up once again for the Netflix film, Wendell and Wild.  The project is based on the middle-grade novel of the same name and will be directed by co-author Henry Selick.  The two actors last worked together on their Comedy Central series Key & Peele, which ended in 2015.  Get more details at EW.

Idris Elba Debuts Trailer for Comedy Series Based on His Life

The trailer for forthcoming comedy series In The Long Run debuted this week.  The show stars Idris Elba and tells the story of his UK upbringing.  The main story centers around the Easmons, who relocated to London from Sierra Leone and find their lives disrupted when the patriarch’s (Elba) brother arrives.  The series is set to air on Sky.  See the trailer and get additional information at Shadow and Act.

Vic Mensa Launches SaveMoneySaveLife Foundation

Rapper Vic Mensa has been vocal about his activism and strong views, and now, he’s going even further.  This week, he launched his first nonprofit, the SaveMoneySaveLife Foundation.  The organization will focus on two initiatives: StreetMedics, which trains first responders to serve dangerous neighborhoods, and UniVerse, a summer mentorship program for black youth. Both programs will take place in Chicago.  Find out more at Billboard.

Meek Mill Speaks Out in Exclusive Rolling Stone Interview

Meek Mill has been a headline fixture since being imprisoned for a parole violation last year.  JAY-Z wrote a New York Times op-ed criticizing the rapper’s harsh sentence, and several others have called for a reexamination of his case.  Now, Meek Mill is speaking out from prison.  In a lengthy discussion with Rolling Stone, he tackles his upbringing, his sentencing, his career, and what’s next.  Read the full piece here.

On My Block Series Brings Diversity to YA

The trailer for the new Netflix YA series On My Block premiered this week.  The series centers around a diverse group of friends living in South Central Los Angeles.  Creator and showrunner Lauren Iungerich, who previously worked on MTV’s Awkward, spoke to EW about her mission to diversify YA programming.  Read her interview here.

Tidbits

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Jorja Smith is the next big British music import [EW]

South African music pioneer DJ Spoko passes at 35 [Pitchfork]

Kali Uchis and Tyler the Creator perform on The Tonight Show [Pitchfork]

Food for thought

Drake’s “God’s Plan”, his latest massive hit, was surprise released and received a low-key viral video as its only major publicity.  So how has it become so successful?  The Ringer’s Lindsay Zoladz examines the ways Drake has mastered commercial music success in the streaming era:

“It’s been almost a year since Drake released his “playlist”-that-was-really-an-album, More Life. But in Drake Years, that’s a lifetime. Drake has become one of the savviest artists of the streaming era by knowing how to stay relevant between albums, keeping fans sated with a steady stream of surprise-singles even while he’s still plotting his next album-length move. Still, he always stops a hair shy of oversaturation. When Drake dropped his two-song Scary Hours EP at the end of January, he’d been gone just long enough that fans had begun to miss him.”

Read the full piece here.

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Bourgeois Brief: Lauryn Hill Set to Headline Pitchfork Festival, Yeezy Prepares His Next Album, Power Gets Renewed for a Sixth Season & More

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