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Bourgeois Brief: Nicki Minaj Announces New Songs, Diverse Creators Nominated for Peabody Awards, Nina Simone’s Influence Lives On & More

Bourgeois Brief: Nicki Minaj Announces New Songs, Diverse Creators Nominated for Peabody Awards, Nina Simone’s Influence Lives On & More

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

Nicki Minaj Announces 2 New Singles

Tuesday, Nicki Minaj sent her fans into a frenzy with the announcement of 2 new singles—“Barbie Tingz” and “Chun Li”.  The cover for the latter song features the rapper in a Fendi print fur jacket and matching thong.  The official single releases may be attached to a forthcoming full-length, her first since 2014’s The Pinkprint.  However, Minaj has remained visible with a slew of features in 2017 including Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up” and “MotorSport” with Migos and Cardi B. Read more at Pitchfork.

Diversity Rules 2018 Peabody Award Nominees

Tuesday, the Peabody Awards announced 60 nominees for its prestigious media award, which covers TV, radio, podcasting, and other digital formats.  Nominees include the PBS Documentary, Maya Angelou: And Still I RiseStrong Island(directed by Yance Ford), Issa Rae’s Insecure, and the Ear Hustlepodcast, which chronicles the lives of prisoners from the inside.  Read the full nominee list at Variety.

Nina Simone’s Influence Lives On

There’s no question—Nina Simone left behind a legacy that included stellar music and moving activism. But thanks to a well-received Netflix documentary and prominent samples on popular albums from Kanye West and JAY-Z, her cultural influence is as strong as ever.  Rolling Stone’s David Browne writes, “Nina Simone died 15 years ago this month, but judging on influence alone, it's begun to seem like she never left.” Read the full piece here.

Future, Rae Sremmurd, Kehlani Lead Billboard Hot 100 Fest

August 18-19, the Billboard Hot 100 Fest will storm New York’s Jones Beach Theater.  Headliners include Future, Rae Sremmurd, Kehlani, and DJ Snake, to name a few.  View the full lineup at Billboard.

Lil Buck and Jon Boogz Bring Regional Dance to a National Stage

Dancers Lil Buck and Jon Boogz are bringing Memphis Jookin’ and popping, respectively, to the mainstream—with the hopes of making the world a better place.  Together, they founded the nonprofit MAI (Movement Art Is), which produces live performances and dance videos.  Their show, “Love Heals All Wounds”, is currently touring the country. Read their story at The New York Times.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Janelle Monae teams with Grimes for “Pynk” [Pitchfork]

Yasmine Pearl joins WME [Variety]

Jordan Peele produces Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman[Shadow and Act]

Ricky Martin named as special guest at GLAAD Media Awards [NewNowNext]

Food for thought

Drake is arguably the greatest example of how to navigate a successful music career in the streaming era. His latest release, “Nice For What”, is a worthy addition to his canon and his career strategy.  The Ringer’s Micah Peters explains why:

 “Nice for What” is also weightless, but pounding, and vitally participatory, like a bounce song is supposed to be. Did I mention this was a bounce song? That opens with the words: “Everybody get ya muhfuckin’ roll on”? I gave it about 45 seconds before I decided it was the best Drake song I’d ever heard.

Read the full piece here.

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