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: Michael Che to Co-Host Emmys with Colin Jost, Janelle Monae Comes Out As Pansexual, Black Screenwriters Matter Competition Searches for New Talent & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Michael Che to Co-Host Emmys with Colin Jost, Janelle Monae Comes Out As Pansexual, Black Screenwriters Matter Competition Searches for New Talent & More!

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

Michael Che to Co-Host 2018 Emmys with Colin Jost

Comedian Michael Che, who recently made history as the first black head writer at SNL, will co-host the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards with his fellow Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost. Their boss, Lorne Michaels, will executive produce the telecast. Both Che and Jost have played a major role in SNL’s resurgence.  Last summer, they led a 4-week run of standalone Weekend Update specials for NBC. Read more details at Variety

Janelle Monae Comes Out as Pansexual

Janelle Monae, who releases her third LP Dirty Computer today, opened up about her sexuality in a revealing interview with Rolling Stone. She says, "Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker." She goes on to discuss researching pansexuality and learning more about herself. Read the full interview here.

Queen Latifah to Perform at Essence Music Festival

Queen Latifah will make her Essence Music Festival debut this summer.  She’ll resurrect some of her biggest hits like “U.N.I.T.Y.” and “Ladies First”. She joins an all-ready stellar lineup. The festival takes place July 6-8 at New Orleans’ Louisiana Superdome. Get additional details at Billboard.

New Competition Offers Black Creators A Path to Hollywood

The Black Screenwriters Matter Competition offers black creatives a chance to have their work seen by Hollywood execs and agents.  The contest is open to TV and film, in both short and feature-length formats. The first place winner takes home $250 and a chance to have their work distributed to producers and agents.  The second and third place winners will have their loglines and scripts distributed as well. Read more at Shadow and Act.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Jeffrey Wright wins big at Tribeca Film Festival [Variety]

Review: Denzel Washington electrifies in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway [EW]

New music from The Internet [Pitchfork]

First look photos from The Hate U Give [EW]

Food for thought

This week has seen two prominent black celebrities’ public profiles tarnished for two very different reasons.

On Bill Cosby, The New York Times’ Wesley Morris writes:

Bill Cosby was good at his job. That sums up why the guilty verdict Thursday is depressing — depressing not for its shock but for the work the verdict now requires me to do. The discarding and condemning and reconsidering — of the shows, the albums, the movies. But I don’t need to watch them anymore. It’s too late. I’ve seen them. I’ve absorbed them. I’ve lived them. I’m a black man, so I am them.

Read the full op-ed here.

On Kanye West, The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey writes:

Like thousands of people my age, Kanye West acted as a kind of a mirror. Sometimes, it was the type you’d find in a department store dressing room, tilted, slimming, aspirational. Sometimes it was the kind the Evil Queen in Snow White would gaze upon — a mask for the hideous. It felt like the mirror shattered today.

Read his full piece here.

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