Bourgeois Brief: Regina Hall Joins Marsai Martin’s Film Debut, Jamie Foxx Signs On For New Spawn Installment, BTS Makes US Music History & More!
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Regina Hall Joins Marsai Martin’s Little
Marsai Martin, the 13-year-old star of Black-ish, is developing and executive producing the film Little. The film follows the story of a woman who gets to relive life as her younger self. Regina Hall signed on to star in the project alongside Issa Rae. Both Hall and Rae also star together in the forthcoming The Hate U Give. Read more details at Shadow and Act.
Jamie Foxx to Star in New Spawn Installment
The last few weeks have been active for Jamie Foxx. The Oscar-winning actor signed on to host next month’s BET Awards, and he returns this week as host of FOX’s Beat Shazam. Today, reports surfaced that Foxx will star in the title role of a new Spawn installment. The new version marks comic creator Todd McFarlane’s directorial debut and will take a darker approach to the story than its predecessor. Read more at EW.
BTS Becomes First K-Pop Act to Top US Charts
This week, the number one album in the country belongs to BTS, the 7-member, K-pop boy band. They’re the first K-pop act to top the Billboard 200 in the history of the chart. The group is notable not just for its size and monumental achievement, but also for its activism. They’ve spoken out about LGBTQ rights and mental health, among many other issues. Rolling Stone’s Jae-Ha Kim profiles the group’s rise to the top.
Rickey Smiley Gifts SUV to High School Grad
Birmingham teenager Corey Patrick went viral after sharing a photo of his bus ride to his high school graduation. After seeing the post, comedian Rickey Smiley gifted the new grad with an SUV. It’s a huge moment for Patrick, who has walked 10 minutes to the bus stop and taken a 14-mile ride to school for the past year. Find out more at VIBE.
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Pusha T breaks down every song on DAYTONA [Pitchfork]
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Food for thought
The holiday weekend was filled with more Kanye West drama. The Whitney Houston estate spoke out against the use of a controversial bathroom photo as the cover of Pusha T’s new album, which West commissioned for a reported $85,000. He also found himself at the center of a beef between Pusha T and Drake, jumpstarted by a Ye-produced DAYTONA track called “Infrared”. And to top it off, Kim Kardashian West engaged in a Twitter feud with one-time West collaborator Rhymefest about his involvement in the Chicago-based charity Donda’s House. The organization reportedly folded due to the controversy. The latter issue has been especially troublesome, given West’s Chicago roots. A group of journalists, artists, and DJs spoke with Billboard’s Dan Hyman about whether West still has an influential voice in the Chicago community.