Bourgeois Brief: RuPaul Heads to Netflix, Andre 3000 Releases 2 New Songs, Oprah Condemns Fake News in USC Speech & More!
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RuPaul to Produce and Star In New Netflix Series
RuPaul already has his hands full with RuPaul’s Drag Race and its many properties (Untucked, DragCon, etc.). But now, he’ll add another show to his repertoire—AJ and the Queen. He’ll produce and star in the Netflix series along with Michael Patrick King, who wrote many of Sex and the City’s most memorable episodes. The series follows Ruby Red, a drag queen who travels across the country from gig to gig. Read more at EW.
The Vixen Talks About Her Legacy, Elimination
Speaking of Drag Race, last week’s episode saw the elimination of The Vixen, the feisty Chicago queen with a penchant for activism. She opened up to Billboard about her time on the show, offscreen racism from fans, and her ongoing show, Black Girl Magic. “I knew that I was the type of queen who was going to address real issues head on,” she said. Read the full Q&A at Billboard.
Andre 3000 releases 2 new songs
After a long silence, Andre 3000 resurfaced on Mother’s Day with two new songs. “Me & My (To Bury Your Parents)” is an earnest dedication to his parents while “Look Ma No Hands” is a jazz instrumental featuring James Blake on piano. There’s no word on whether these songs will lead to a full-length project or official release. For now, fans can listen to both tracks on SoundCloud. Read more at SPIN.
JAY-Z Prepping New Prince Album for TIDAL
Before Prince’s untimely death, TIDAL was his streaming platform of choice for his final albums. TIDAL was also the only streaming service to feature his full catalog. After his death, TIDAL was locked in a lengthy legal battle with his estate, which saw his music launch on other services. Now, the battle has been resolved, and JAY-Z has announced plans to curate a new album of unreleased Prince tunes. The record could see release by late 2018. Get the details at Pitchfork.
Oprah Condemns Fake News In USC Commencement Speech
Earlier this year, Oprah Winfrey delivered an era-defining speech at the Golden Globes. This weekend, she channeled that same energy during her commencement speech at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism. She opened her speech by powerfully condemning fake news—“Everything around us…is now being used to erode trust in our institutions, interfere in our elections, and wreak havoc on our infrastructure.” Read more and see the speech at EW.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Janelle Monae debuts atop the R&B Albums Chart [Billboard]
Chance the Rapper delivers Dillard University’s commencement speech [Pitchfork]
Meek Mill gives his first performance since his release from prison [Rolling Stone]
Gabrielle Union talks about her career, new projects [NYT]
Food for thought
No stranger to controversy, Kanye West recently waded into murky waters with off-the-cuff comments about slavery and conservative politics. The blowback has been steadfast, with many longtime fans and supporters jumping ship. But there’s one group less willing to abandon his music—DJs. Billboard’s Brian Josephs examines why.
Atlanta: Robbin’ Season concluded last week with an emotional finale. Vulture’s Jen Chaney offers two waysfor us to process Earn’s big moment.