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: Sade Records Original Song for A Wrinkle In Time, Oprah Winfrey Donates to Gun Control March & More

Bourgeois Brief: Sade Records Original Song for A Wrinkle In Time, Oprah Winfrey Donates to Gun Control March & More

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

 

New Sade music is on the way

On Tuesday, director Ava DuVernay announced that Sade was contributing a new song to the upcoming film A Wrinkle In Time.  This will be Sade’s first new music since her 2010 album Solider of Love.  Get more details about her contribution and the film at Pitchfork.  See DuVernay’s tweet below.

Oprah Winfrey donates to gun control match

Oprah Winfrey pledged to match George and Amal Clooney’s $500,000 donation for the March for Our Lives, a gun violence protest organized by survivors of last week’s tragic Parkland, Florida mass shooting.  She compared the young activists to the Freedom Riders of the 1960s.  Read more details at EW.

Ja Rule protests New York City housing conditions

Rapper Ja Rule has popped up in the unlikeliest of places—as an advocate for New Yorkers living in public housing.  He joined a protest in the city Tuesday and declared that Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio “should all be ashamed of themselves”.  In December, the New York City Housing Authority came under fire for failing to address poor living conditions, which included lack of running water and heating.  Get the details at Billboard.

Remy Ma hosts female empowerment brunch

Rapper Remy Ma hosted a women’s empowerment brunch at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons during All-Star weekend.  She called for female rappers to pull together and tackle the industry as a group.  She called for change in the industry, stating that more female rappers need a shot.  Remy Ma famously beefed with fellow female rapper Nicki Minaj in 2017.  Read more about her brunch at Variety.

Buzzy YA novelist Somaiya Daud readies debut

This year’s YA success story is another one promoting inclusion.  Somaiya Daud brings her love for Arabic poetry to the novel Mirage, about an 18-year-old woman who is kidnapped by a terrifying regime.  The book has received heaps of praise and is expected to hit bookshelves on August 28.  Read an excerpt and see the cover at EW.

Tidbits

In case you missed it…

Viola Davis cast in new Amazon film Troupe Zero [Variety]

Tiffany Haddish to voice character in Netflix animated series [Vulture]

Tinashe releases video for Future collab “Faded Love” [Rolling Stone]

Jennifer Lopez to star in new romantic comedy this holiday season [Variety]

 

Food for thought

The Best Foreign Language Film category rarely gets the level of Oscar buzz as the Best Picture, Director, or Acting awards.  But this year’s crop of films are exceptional.  The Ringer’s Lindsay Zoladz provides an essential overview.  If you’re pressed for time, I suggest you read about A Fantastic Woman.  Read the guide here.

 

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