Bourgeois Brief: Meek Mill Released From Prison, Issa Rae Wins a Peabody, The Weeknd Scores Another Festival Headlining Spot & More!
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Meek Mill Released from Prison
Meek Mill has been released from prison. The rapper was serving a 2-3-year sentence for a probation violation, but the controversial ruling was overturned Tuesday. Upon his release, he left the property via helicopter and arrived at last night’s 76ers game in time to ring a replica of Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell. Meek Mill’s sentencing has served as a real-time example of the bias of the criminal justice system. Fellow rappers JAY-Z and Wale, as well as a team of legal experts, have called for his release. For the moment, it seems justice has been served. Read additional details at Pitchfork.
The Weeknd, Travis Scott to Headline Life Is Beautiful Festival
The Weeknd and Travis Scott will headline Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival September 21-23. This is just the latest in a slew of festival appearances for The Weeknd, who performed at Coachella over the last two weekends. The roster also includes Tyler the Creator, Miguel, and N.E.R.D. See the full lineup at Billboard.
Grown-ish Star Trevor Jackson Leads Superfly Remake
SuperFly, the classic blaxploitation film, is synonymous with 70s black culture. Now, the film is being reimagined by director X as a modern story. Grown-ish’s Trevor Jackson plays the lead, and chatted with EW about his role. “Trevor just has a star power to him, a swag, the It Factor. It’s just something special about him,” X says. Read more at EW.
Michael Brown’s Mother Considering Run for Ferguson City Council
Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, is considering a run for a Ferguson, Missouri City Council seat. Brown was killed by police in 2014, and his death sparked local rioting and influenced the birth of Black Lives Matter. Since Brown’s untimely passing, McSpadden returned to school to earn her GED and has become more passionate about using politics as a platform to seek justice for the black community. Find out more at VIBE.
Issa Rae, Hasan Minhaj Win Peabody Awards
The Peabody Awards recognize outstanding achievements in entertainment and journalism, and Issa Rae and Hasan Minhaj lead a stable of distinguished winners. Rae’s Insecure was honored for its depiction of young, black life in Los Angeles, and Minhaj won for his stand-up comedy special, Homecoming King. Read the additional winners at The Peabody Awards’ official site.
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Food for thought
Indiana musician Jlin is making a splash on the electronic music scene. She hails from Gary, the home of both Michael Jackson and some unfortunate stereotypes. As she pushes further into her music, she also aims to change the black narrative. She tells Rolling Stone’s Simon Vozick-Levinson, "People have this cliché, stereotypical thought that you grew up in the hood and you make it out. My life wasn't like that. Actually, my life was very sheltered."
Read the full piece here.