Bourgeois Brief: LeBron James Produces Documentary About College Athlete Exploitation, Nicki Minaj Announces Tour with Future, Wilson Cruz Talks LGBTQ Representation on TV & More!
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LeBron James Producing Investigative Documentary About College Sports
LeBron James may have lost out at the NBA Finals, but he still has something to celebrate. His production company, SpringHill Entertainment, is producing Student Athlete, an HBO Sports documentary that explores the exploitative world of high-revenue college sports, in which teams sign billion-dollar deals but pay their athletes nothing. The film was directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Trish Dalton, and premieres October 2. Read additional details at Shadow and Act.
Nicki Minaj Announces Co-Headlining Tour with Future
In advance of her forthcoming album, Queen, Nicki Minaj has announced the NickiHndrxx Tour, which she’ll co-headline with Future. She recently released two singles from the forthcoming album—“Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li”. Future helmed the soundtrack to the forthcoming Superfly reboot. The U.S. leg kicks off in Baltimore September 21 and the European leg starts in Munich February 21. See the full itinerary at Pitchfork.
Wilson Cruz Talks LGBTQ Representation on TV
Wilson Cruz first caught our attention on the cult TV series My So-Called Life, as the gender-bending Rickie Vasquez. He’s gone on to play a slew of characters in various series and films, including his recent turn on Star Trek: Discovery. He chats with EW about the importance of LGBTQ representation. He said, “The moment I was told that I was playing Rickie, it felt, to me, that it came with the responsibility of coming out—and I was excited about it.” Read the full story here.
Kendrick Lamar and Lil Wayne Lead Star-studded Summer Jam
This year was Summer Jam’s 25thanniversary, and the annual Hot 97 concert event pulled out all the stops. Swizz Beatz and Timbaland battled, showing off the slew of hits each has produced for various superstar artists. Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, and Remy Ma all graced the stage. And even veteran R&B act BBD was on hand to celebrate. Read more at Billboard.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Nicki Minaj teams up with Lil Wayne on “Rich Sex” [Pitchfork]
See the trailer for season 2 of the That’s So Raven reboot [Shadow and Act]
Travis Scott to perform at NBA Awards [VIBE]
Jorja Smith visit’s NPR’s Tiny Desk [SPIN]
New music from Macy Gray [OUT]
Food for thought
Japanese novelist Sayaka Murata has found major success in her home country. Her latest,Convenience Store Woman, won the Akutagawa Prize for literature two years ago and has sold roughly 600,000 copies in Japan. The book makes its English-language debut this month. About the book’s themes, Murata says:
“I wanted to illustrate how odd the people who believe they are ordinary or normal are.”
Read the full story at The New York Times.