Bourgeois Brief: Stars Support, Debate March for Our Lives, Nate Parker Announces Next Project, Black Panther Dethroned & More!
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March for Our Lives Sparks Support, Controversy Over Weekend
The March for Our Lives swept the nation this weekend, with millions taking to the streets in cities like Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. The marches were inspired by the February shooting massacre at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Many of the impassioned speeches called for an end to gun violence and demanded that politicians take action or risk getting voted out of office. Celebrities like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West marched alongside protestors while musicians like Common and Jennifer Hudson gave rousing performances.
However, not everyone supported the movement. Rapper Killer Mike caused some controversy after supporting gun rights during an interview with the NRA. For a full Hollywood-centric recap of the weekend’s events, head to Variety.
Jay Pharaoh Talks About His Role in New Movie, Unsane
Comedian and actor Jay Pharoah was an SNL standout before exiting the show in 2016. Now, it seems his career has taken a serious turn with his role in Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane. The film follows the story of Sawyer [Clarie Foy], a woman who is committed to a mental hospital while trying to escape a man believed to be her stalker. Pharoah plays Nate, a fellow patient with a troubling past. He recently spoke with Shadow and Act about his latest role, his next projects, and his unexpected foray into drama. Read the full piece here.
Nate Parker Confirms Birth of a Nation Follow Up
Director Nate Parker, whose The Birth of a Nation won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, is set to direct Black & Blue. The film is based on the life and career of LAPD detective Ralph Waddy. Parker was an early favorite to score Oscar nominations for Nation, but faced major controversy when old allegations of sexual misconduct resurfaced just before the film’s commercial release. To find out more about his new project, head to Variety.
Regina King Talks Directing Must-See TV
We know Regina King as a legendary actress, two-time Emmy winner, and fixture of the small screen. But in recent years, she has accomplished just as much behind the scenes. After directing episodes of Scandal, The Good Doctor, and This Is Us, she’s helming the pilot for new ABC drama The Finest, which follows the lives of 5 black female NYPD officers who are also sisters. Get the inside scoop on her directing career at Vulture.
Michael K. Williams Talks New Season of Hap and Leonard
Actor Michael K. Williams is making promotional rounds for the third season of Sundance TV’s Hap and Leonard. The series details the friendship between a draft evader and a gay war veteran in 1980s Texas. Williams touts the new season as the show’s best and told EW that some episodes will deal with white supremacy and race in America. Get more details here.
In case you missed it…
John Boyega-fronted Pacific Rim Uprising dethrones Black Panther [Rotten Tomatoes]
Black Panther becomes highest-grossing domestic superhero film ever [EW]
The Weeknd teases Starboy follow up [Pitchfork]
Tiffany Haddish cast in Lego Movie 2 [Variety]
Chloe x Halle debut new album, short film [Vulture]
“King’s Dead” from Black Panther makes waves on streaming chart [Billboard]
Kali Uchis announces debut album, Isolation [Pitchfork]
Food for thought
VICE Sports’ Cory Erdman takes an in-depth look at America’s first black female wrestlers:
“The four women were pitted against one another quite often in the main event of shows across the United States, with Johnson usually coming out on top in either singles matches or tag-team matches. This was occurring during a time period sandwiched between Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier a few years before and Rosa Parks being arrested in Montgomery a few years later. Race and gender relations had not progressed particularly far at this point, yet a group of black women were the featured attractions on events and breaking attendance records across the country.”
Read the full piece at VICE.