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Bourgeois Brief: Solange Teams Up with IKEA, A New Prince Album is on The Way, Diversity Set to Rule the Tonys & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Solange Teams Up with IKEA, A New Prince Album is on The Way, Diversity Set to Rule the Tonys & More!

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

Solange Partners with IKEA

Art and design are integral parts of Solange’s artistic expression.  So, it’s only fitting that her cultural project, Saint Heron, teams up with IKEA, the forward-thinking furniture chain.  Their collaboration is called “Objects, Space, Architecture” and will highlight objects with multiple functions.  IKEA is also partnering with designer Virgil Abloh. Get additional details at Pitchfork.

A New Prince Album is on the Way

Thursday, the Prince estate confirmed the release of Piano & A Microphone 1983, a full-length album of previously unreleased tunes from the late singer.  The song, “Mary Don’t You Weep” hit streaming services early Thursday.  This marks the first posthumous release for the pop icon, not including the unreleased material heard on the recent Purple Rain anniversary reissue.  See the tracklist at EW.

Lost John Coltrane Album Surfaces

Back in 1963, John Coltrane’s Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album was recorded, and then scrapped and hidden away.  He went on to record A Love Supreme, which is regarded as his magnum opus.  But finally, Both Directionsis getting a proper release.  The LP hits stores June 29 via Impulse! Records. Read more at NYT.

Diversity Rules with This Year’s Tony Nominees

The Tony Awards are this weekend, and there’s lots to celebrate concerning the diverse pool of nominees.  VIBE pulls together a comprehensive look, highlighting Denzel Washington, Condola Rashād, and Yolanda Adams, among many others.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

See the cover art for Nicki Minaj’s Queen [Pitchfork]

The Pose cast covers EW’s annual LGBTQ issue [EW]

Atlanta gets season 3 renewal [Shadow and Act]

Get up close and personal with over 50 trans men [OUT]

Food for thought

Beyoncé and JAY-Z launched their OTR II tour in Wales this week, and Billboard’s Hilary Hughes suggests it lives up to the standard we’ve come to expect from the dynamic music duo:

Beyoncé and JAY-Z are human and have their limits like everyone else, and they’ve mounted a production that pushes them to theirs in order for us to understand how deeply earned and hard won this catharsis was -- and how superhuman they were to channel this anguish into such profound work.

Read her full take here.

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