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Bourgeois Brief: Pusha T Details His New Album, Celia Cruz’s Life Story Heads to Primetime TV, Janet Mock Chats with Ryan Murphy About Diversity & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Pusha T Details His New Album, Celia Cruz’s Life Story Heads to Primetime TV, Janet Mock Chats with Ryan Murphy About Diversity & More!

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Pusha T Details His New Album, DAYTONA

Earlier this week, rumors surfaced that Pusha T would drop his long-awaited new album this Friday. He confirmed the release date Wednesday and detailed the new project.  DAYTONA, formerly titled King Push, is a 7-track album with production from Kanye West and the Kanye-featuring song “What Would Meek Do”. Read more about the project at Pitchfork.

Celia Cruz TV Series Greenlighted for Primetime

The late Celia Cruz was the Queen of Salsa, and now, her story is getting the primetime treatment. Endemol Shine North America is developing the best-selling book, Celia: My Life, into an autobiographical TV series.  No word yet on casting announcements or the show’s network home. More details to come. Read what’s known at Billboard.

Comedian Retta Previews New Memoir

Retta, who currently stars in the NBC series Good Girls, is prepping her memoir, So Close to Being the Shit, Y’all Don’t Even Know.  In a lengthy sit-down with Vulture, she talks about everything, from competing with a small pool of black actresses for Hollywood roles to an unpleasant encounter with Taylor Swift. Good Girls was recently renewed for a second season. Read the full profile here.

Idris Elba Develops Hunchback Adaptation for Netflix

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is getting the modern treatment at Netflix. Idris Elba is set to star, direct, and produce original music for the film.  This follows Elba’s previous foray into directing with this year’s Sundance drama, Yardie. He’s also featured in the blockbuster film Avengers: Infinity War. Read more at VIBE.

Janet Mock Chats with Ryan Murphy About Forthcoming Series Pose

Ryan Murphy’s summer series, Pose, has already made history with the largest number of trans series regulars in history.  Writer, journalist, and activist Janet Mock wrote, produced, and directed for the series, and she sat down for an in-depth chat with Murphy and The New York Times’ Philip Galanes. The conversation covers the show as well as diversity in Hollywood. Read the piece here.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Halsey goes platinum [Billboard]

A peek at Kanye and the Kardashians on Family Feud [SPIN]

Video: ZAYN “Entertainer” [Rolling Stone]

Will Smith says new music is on the way [VIBE]

Food for thought

Female R&B stars have had a rough go of it the last few years, with only SZA really breaking through to the mainstream. Rolling Stone’s Elias Leight details the pending female R&B renaissance.

A cruel holding pattern seems to have set in, where female R&B singers repeatedly battled their way to the threshold of mainstream success, only to have the door slammed in their faces.

And The Ringer’s Shea Serrano takes a rather thorough lookat the “Facebook Story” sketch from Frank Ocean’s Blonde.

Now, clearly, obviously, of course, unquestionably, for sure the point of the story is that the internet (social media, especially) has blurred and warped the way that humans build and grow relationships. Clearly, obviously, of course, unquestionably, for sure that’s what’s going on here, and why it was included in the album, which, when you peel away all the layers, is about exactly that: relationships.

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