Bourgeois Brief: Black Panther Buzz Keeps Building, Michelle Obama Visits Ellen, & Much More
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Black Panther Dominates the Cultural Conversation
Wednesday was a busy day for Black Panther fans. First, the Marvel film’s advance ticket sales have surpassed that of every superhero movie to date, including the current record holder, Batman v. Superman. Then, news surfaced that Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer is buying out an entire screening of the movie for underserved communities in Mississippi. As if that wasn’t enough, the full track listing for the soundtrack was released. It’s clear we’ll be talking about this film for many weeks to come.
Ex-NBA Star Rasual Butler and Wife Leah LaBelle Die in Car Crash
Sad news here—Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife, American Idol alum Leah LaBelle, died in a one-car accident early Wednesday morning. Initial reports indicate Butler lost control of the car, smashing into the curb and then crashing in a plaza. Both music and NBA stars expressed their grief via social media. For more details, head to Variety.
Kanye West and Tailb Kweli Reunite in the Studio
After a few years of public beefs, it seems old pals Kanye West and Talib Kweli are cooking up something new. Kweli shared a photo of himself with West, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), and Dave Chappelle via Instagram. Hopefully, some new hip hop classics are on the way. Get the details here, and revisit their classic collab, “Get By”, below.
Janet Jackson Set to Headline Panorama Music Festival
For those who couldn’t catch Janet Jackson on tour last year, you’re in luck. The legendary pop superstar will take the stage at the 2018 Panorama Music Festival in New York. The festival will also feature Cardi B, Migos, The Weekend, St. Vincent, and The XX. Tickets go on sale Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. See the full lineup here.
Michelle Obama Sets the Record Straight About Inauguration Gift to Melania Trump
On Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Michelle Obama stopped by to celebrate the host and comedian’s 60th birthday. She also cleared the air about that weird gift exchange with Melania Trump on Inauguration Day. It turns out it was “a lovely frame”. View the full interview below:
Food for thought
New York City’s Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, a haven for small, independent films, closed its doors on Sunday. Vulture’s Bruce Handy mourns its demise.
“The menu wasn’t radically different from the fare at other independent movie theaters in town; it was the audience that made Lincoln Plaza distinctive. Its crowd trended older and kvetchier and harder-of-hearing than that of the Angelika Film Center or the Metrograph or Film Forum. Irritated cross talk and loud quarrels, whether between couples or random filmgoers, was such a mainstay of the Lincoln Plaza experience that last fall, my wife and I made a point of going there to see The Meyerowitz Stories, with Dustin Hoffman playing an ill-tempered sculptor and bad father, because we knew it would be like seeing the film in Sensurround.”
Ah, the joys of going to the movies in New York.
Read the full essay here.