Bourgeois Brief: Leslie Jones Covers the Winter Olympics, The Chi Gets Renewed, & More
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Leslie Jones Signs On As Winter Olympics Contributor
SNL favorite Leslie Jones is well-known for her lively impersonations of celebs like Oprah and Omarosa. But those who follow her on Twitter know how talented she is at live event commentary. Her live tweets about the Rio Olympics were one of the top highlights of the Games, and she’ll officially repeat the magic as a Winter Olympics contributor. Get details about the deal at EW, and follow Jones on Twitter (@Lesdoggg).
The Chi Is Renewed for Season 2
Emmy winner Lena Waithe’s Showtime series The Chi has officially been renewed for a second season. The show follows the lives of black youth on Chicago’s Southside. Waithe has said she wants the show to humanize black lives and offer a different public narrative. Read more here, and watch episode one below.
Childish Gambino Brings 2011 EP to Streaming Services
Longtime fans of Childish Gambino have more good news to celebrate this week. Fresh off a killer performance at Sunday’s 60th Annual Grammys, he’s added his 2011 EP, titled EP, to streaming services. The collection features his breakout hit, “Freaks and Geeks”. Listen below.
Teyana Taylor Preps New Album with Kanye West’s Help
G.O.O.D. Music signee Teyana Taylor had quite a year in 2017, making a huge splash at New York Fashion Week. But she hasn’t released new music in almost three years. She tells Oyster Mag that a new record is on the way and that Kanye West is executive producing. Get more details here, and relive her iconic appearance in West’s “Fade” video below.
Oscar-nominated Film A Fantastic Woman Hits Theaters This Weekend
A Fantastic Woman, Chile’s entry in the Best Foreign Film Oscar race, hits theaters in limited release this weekend. The film, directed by Sebastián Lelio, stars Daniela Vega as a trans woman mourning the sudden death of her elderly lover. New York Times critic A. O. Scott writes, “It’s a fantastic move. Daniela Vega, the star, is fantastic in it. Quote me in the ads, with exclamation points if you must. My work here is done.” Read his full review here and watch the trailer below.
Food for thought
Streaming has become the primary way we consume music, and for superstar artists, it’s keeping their wallets padded. But what about smaller, independent artists? Is streaming working for them? Pitchfork writer and independent artist Damon Krukowski doesn’t think so.
“According to the data trackers at BuzzAngle Music, more than 99 percent of audio streaming is of the top 10 percent most-streamed tracks. Which means less than 1 percent of streams account for all other music. That makes streaming more concentrated at the top than current album or song sales. Of course, the most popular releases have always dominated the music market, but it seems these new services increase that disparity rather than reduce it. The rising tide is lifting only certain boats.”
Read the full piece at Pitchfork.