Bourgeois Brief: Quincy Jones Spills the Tea, Oprah Confirms She Won't Run, & More
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Quincy Jones Spills the Tea
In the lead up to his 85th birthday, which will include a series of specials across Netflix and CBS, legendary producer Quincy Jones is traveling the interview circuit and spilling tea everywhere. This week, he gave an in-depth interview to Vulture, in which he claims Michael Jackson stole some of his best music, The Beatles were talentless musicians, and Marlon Brando slept with Richard Pryor (a claim Pryor’s widow confirmed). The whole interview is filled with crazy Hollywood secrets. Read it in full at Vulture.
Oprah Winfrey Finally Confirms She’s Not Running for President
In an interview for OWN’s SuperSoul Sunday, Oprah Winfrey chatted with Broadway sensation Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda states he’s not going into politics and Winfrey replies, “I’m not either.” Speculation about a possible 2020 run reached a fever pitch after her impassioned speech at last month’s Golden Globes. Get all the details at EW and relive her big moment below.
National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward Preps 2 Books
Fresh off her National Book Award win, novelist Jesmyn Ward is hard at work on two new books. The first is an adult novel set in New Orleans during the era of slavery and will be published by Scribner. The second is her entry into the YA space. It will center around a black Southern female protagonist with special powers. The latter book will be published by Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. Check out her award-winning novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing at Amazon.
Nas Writes Open Letter to Black Music Legends
As part of Google’s Black History Month celebration, Nas has written an open letter to legendary black artists like Sarah Vaughn, Louis Armstrong, and Slick Rick. He calls them “native storytellers who shined a light on our purpose, preserved our legacy and, without question, rocked the house.” Check out the video below:
Chance the Rapper Executive Produces New Basketball Documentary
Chance the Rapper is expanding his influence into the documentary film world. He’ll serve as executive producer for Shot in the Dark, a film that follows the story of a Chicago high school basketball team. Dwayne Wade has also signed on as executive producer. The film is set to premiere on Fox February 24. Get more details at Pitchfork.
In case you missed it…
Alicia Keys is eyeing a new record deal [Variety]
Daveed Diggs’ Sundance hit Blindspotting gets a release date [Variety]
Meek Mill streams explode after the Super Bowl [Pitchfork]
New music from Dawn Richard [SPIN]
Anderson.Paak preps two new albums [Pitchfork]
Food for thought
The Ringer’s Alison Herman praises 2 Dope Queens, the HBO special series adapted from the hit podcast of the same name.
“The best episodes of 2 Dope Queens feel more like the informal after-party to a comedy show than a show in themselves. That the HBO version of the franchise maintains that feeling, even after taking on the polish and production value that befits a prestige TV product, is the specials’ principal achievement. Adaptation is never easy, but 2 Dope Queens goes to show that taking podcasts to the next level might not be so hard after all.”
Read her full review here.