Bourgeois Brief: Solange Talks Taking Her Time With Next Album, Talib Kweli Pens Essay About Free Speech, Hassan Minhaj Gets Netflix Talk Show & More!
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Solange opens up to Billboard Magazine
On Thursday, Billboard published an in-depth profile of Solange. In the interview, she discusses why she’s taking her time with the follow up to A Seat At The Table, how she approaches her performance art, and how she’s dealing with her newly diagnosed nervous system disorder. Read the full interview here.
Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o to star in The Woman King
It’s a powerful black woman dream team—Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o have both signed on for The Woman King. The film tells the story of a West African military unit, and the two actresses will play mother and daughter. The film is being helmed by Welle Entertainment, JuVee Productions, and Jack Blue Productions. Get full details at EW.
Talik Kweli pens powerful essay about white supremacy and free speech
Talib Kweli made waves this week after posting a Medium op-ed about free speech and white supremacy. He recently dropped out of the The Riot Room, a Kansas City-based festival, in protest of metal band TAAKE. The group has recently been accused of racism and anti-Muslim views. He calls out the far-right for using free speech as justification for hateful, and even deadly, acts. Get additional details at SPIN and read his op-ed in full at Medium.
Amandla Stenberg discusses why she dropped out of Black Panther casting
Actress Amandla Stenberg recently told CBC Arts that she pulled out of the casting process for Black Panther so that dark-skinned actresses wouldn’t miss out on any roles. Stenberg stars in the upcoming film adaptation of hit YA novel, The Hate U Give. Read more at Vulture.
Comedian Hasan Minhaj gets Netflix talk show
Hasan Minhaj, who had a notable turn as host of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last year, just inked a deal with Netflix for a weekly talk show. Over 32 episodes, he’ll tackle politics and culture from his unique and hilarious POV. Minhaj is well-known for his contributions to The Daily Show. Read more about his deal here.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
DJ Khaled drops new single with Beyoncé, JAY-Z, and Future [Pitchfork]
Will Packer lines up multiple film releases with Universal [Variety]
The real story about Roxanne Shanté [Billboard]
Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, and La La Anthony star in Furlough [Shadow and Act]
Controversial lost O.J. Simpson interview to air on Fox [Variety]
Food for thought
Writers of color often face the challenge of either watering down their authenticity or being forced into narratives of struggle just to breakthrough. BuzzFeed contributor Akwaeke Emezi examines how diverse writers are creating their own canon of meaningful work:
On the day the workshop met, we were all meant to bring in pieces we’d written to be critiqued after we discussed the assigned reading. I brought the requested printout of my work, as did all the white writers, but the other two writers of color had nothing to turn in.
“It’s Nabokov,” they said. “No one writes like he does, no one can do what he does.” They were so intimidated by his brilliance that they’d chosen not to present their own work. I didn’t know how to respond, but my enthusiasm about the connection I’d felt with his work dimmed into a guarded wariness. In the air of that room, as everyone agreed with them about how untouchable Nabokov was, it felt as if the only permitted emotion was awe, like anything else would be seen as incredibly arrogant. I wasn’t supposed to read Nabokov and think, “Ah, we’re doing something similar with this study of the self.” I was off script; I was supposed to be intimidated, worshipful.
Read her full essay here.