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: Queen Latifah Honored by Rutgers University, Spike Lee Talks BlacKkKlansman, Miguel to Headline North Coast Music Festival & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Queen Latifah Honored by Rutgers University, Spike Lee Talks BlacKkKlansman, Miguel to Headline North Coast Music Festival & More!

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

Queen Latifah Receives Honorary Degree from Rutgers University

Queen Latifah is a veteran rapper, singer, and actress and, now, she can add “doctor” to the list. She received an honorary doctorate degree from Rutgers University Tuesday. She delivered the graduating class’ commencement speech.  Queen Latifah recently joined the lineup for this summer’s Essence Festival and is currently developing a slate of projects for Lifetime. Read more details at VIBE.

Spike Lee Talks New Film, Protests in Trump Era

Spike Lee’s forthcoming BlacKkKlansman was the talk of Cannes, and the film’s explosive trailer debuted Tuesday.  The film follows the true story of Ron Stallworth, a black intelligence officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s. He spoke to NYT about the film and the importance of protesting in the Trump era. “We had to connect David Duke to Agent Orange today,” he says of drawing parallels between his movie and present day. Read more at The New York Times.

Miguel Set to Headline North Coast Music Festival

It’s a busy festival season for Miguel, who’s hitting the road this summer to promote his most recent album, War & Leisure.  He’ll headline the North Coast Music Festival, which hits Chicago’s Union Park Aug. 31- Sept. 2.  DVSN and The Cool Kids are also set to perform. See the full lineup at Billboard.

Ray Charles to Be Inducted to Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

On October 25, Ray Charles will be inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame.  This is the fifth induction class, and this year’s inductees reflect a wide cross-section of musical influence.  Marcia Ball and Los Lobos will also be inducted.  The ceremony will be highlighted during a forthcoming PBS special. Read more at Rolling Stone.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

See the trailer for new OWN series Love Is ____ [Shadow and Act]

Kanye previews new music, tracklists [Pitchfork]

Black Panther’s cinematographer takes us behind the scenes [NYT]

Guillermo del Toro brings horror anthology to Netflix [OUT]

Marc Anthony signs massive touring deal [Billboard]

Food for thought

Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” recently debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.  It’s a milestone for Donald Glover, but Variety’s Jeremy Helligar details why the song’s harsh realism paints a scary picture for black expats:

As I seriously consider returning to the U.S., possibly full-time, eight years after I last stepped foot on American soil, Glover’s twisted fantasy mirrors my worst potential reality – the one I worry awaits me on the other side of the world.

Read his full piece here.

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Bourgeois Brief: Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi Starts College Scholarship, Childish Gambino Debuts At Number One, Dave Chappelle Announces Joint Tour with Jon Stewart & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi Starts College Scholarship, Childish Gambino Debuts At Number One, Dave Chappelle Announces Joint Tour with Jon Stewart & More!