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: Lena Waithe Speaks Out About Aziz Ansari, Melina Matsoukas Calls Out The Directors Guild & More

Bourgeois Brief: Lena Waithe Speaks Out About Aziz Ansari, Melina Matsoukas Calls Out The Directors Guild & More

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

 

Lena Waithe Breaks Silence About Aziz Ansari Sexual Misconduct Allegations

For the past few weeks, the conversation surrounding the #Metoo movement has taken on more nuance thanks to allegations against Aziz Ansari.  Now, his Master of None writing partner is speaking out.  “In every situation, it’s not always black and white.  And I know that’s simple for people, and it’s easy for people to [ask], ‘Whose side are you on?’ There are no sides, really, in some of these scenarios,” she told KPCC-owned platform The Frame.  Read the full conversation here.

Directors Guild Awards Honor Jordan Peele, Frustrate Melina Matsoukas

The Directors Guild Awards were held this past weekend and Oscar nominee Jordan Peele was honored as the best first-time director for his hit film, Get Out.  While it was a big win for him, director Melina Matsoukas [Insecure, LEMONADE] lost in her respective category and took to Instagram to share her frustration.  “Shout out to the culture for seeing me, to the people building platforms to honor and recognize black craft in the face of apathetic creative industries,” she wrote.  View her full post here and see the DGA winners’ list here

Dodge Super Bowl Ad Sparks Controversy

Sunday night, the Eagles won the first Super Bowl championship.  But not all the news coming out of the big game was positive.  During the broadcast, Dodge premiered an ad which used Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Drum Major Instinct” sermon.  “You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve,” he said, his voice providing narration over a montage of inspirational clips.  However, that same speech rails against consumerism and advertising—pieces that were cut from the commercial.  The King Center was quick to distance itself from the ad, and social media users expressed their anger at the use of his classic speech to sell trucks.  View the ad below:

Migos Debuts At Number One with Culture II

Migos’ 24-track album, Culture II, debuts at number one on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart this week.  The set sold 199,000 units and was powered by the lead singles “MotorSport” and “Stir Fry”.  The reign is only expected to last a week though.  Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods is expected to move close to 400,000 units off the strength of his Super Bowl halftime show performance.  View the video for “Stir Fry” below:

Tidbits

In case you missed it…

The trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story, starring Donald Glover, debuted Sunday night.

Blood Orange shared 2 new songs to honor Black History Month [Pitchfork]

Snoop Dogg is recording a gospel album [Pitchfork]

Food for thought

First-time novelist Joseph Cassara’s book, The House of Impossible Beauties, hits shelves Feb. 6.  The book follows the stories of 4 queer latino youth coming of age in New York’s ball scene in the 1980s.  In an interview with EW, Cassara said:

“I would love for queer readers to just have access to stories about queer people. Unfortunately the book ends in a sad way, which is not really a hopeful message to send to young readers, but … these characters are authentically themselves. They fight to be themselves even when they live in a society that is pushing up against them. I want young queer readers to laugh at the funny moments, fall in love, and be really heartbroken when the sad things happen, so that these queer kids can have access to a full experience of human emotion with queer characters.”

Read the full interview at EW.

Pre-order the book at Amazon.

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Bourgeois Brief: Hip Hop is banned in China, A casting shakeup on the set of The Hate U Give, and more

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