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Bourgeois Brief: Sterling K. Brown Lands His Next Big Project, Yo! MTV Raps Takes Over the Barclays Center, Engineer Kesha Lee Talks Working with Hip Hop’s Biggest Acts & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Sterling K. Brown Lands His Next Big Project, Yo! MTV Raps Takes Over the Barclays Center, Engineer Kesha Lee Talks Working with Hip Hop’s Biggest Acts & More!

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Sterling K. Brown Joins Blake Lively-Led Spy Film

Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown has found massive mainstream success as a lead on NBC’s This Is Us and in a supporting role in this year’s Black Panther.  Next up, he’ll join the cast of The Rhythm Section, a spy flick starring Blake Lively and directed by The Handmaid’s Tale executive producer Reed Morano. It follows the story of a woman who assumes three identities while investigating how her family died in a plane crash. Read more at Shadow and Act.

Kanye Opens Up About Mental Health in New Interview

Over the weekend, Kanye West released a new video interview with veteran radio personality Big Boy. In the clip, he speaks openly about his mental health and discusses the meaning behind the title of his latest album, ye. That album, the second in a slew of 7-track G.O.O.D. Music releases, hit streaming services Friday. Read more at Pitchfork.

Yo! MTV Raps Anniversary Concert Storms Brooklyn

Earlier this year, MTV announced its Yo! MTV Raps reboot, just the latest in a long line of nostalgia programming offered by the network.  Over the weekend, the show’s anniversary concert took over Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.  Several rap greats performed including Eric B. & Rakim, EPMD, Yo-Yo, Onyx, Big Daddy Kane, and Doug E. Fresh, to name a few. Read additional details at SPIN.

Kesha Lee Talks Engineering Hip Hop’s Biggest Acts

In hip hop, we often dote on the artists, but rarely do we take time to appreciate the talent behind the boards.  Engineer Kesha Lee has worked with some of the genre’s biggest acts, including Lil Uzi Vert and Childish Gambino.  She talks with Billboard’s Colin Stutz about her work:  "I worked for free a lot. I didn't care, because I was doing what I enjoyed. And, yeah, I was broke and I probably should have brought up pay... But I feel like if you're amazing at what you do, people are gonna make sure you get paid. In the beginning, that really helped me out." Read the full profile here.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

David Oyelowo joins cast of Come Away [Shadow and Act]

New music: Luke James “These Arms” [VIBE]

Video: Big Boi “All Night” [Rolling Stone]

Food for thought

On Kanye’s “Yikes”, from his latest album ye, he exclaims “I’m a superhero!” It’s an attempt to repurpose his mental illness not as a handicap but as a superpower.  Variety’s Jeremy Helligar argues that we’ve already got the superhero front covered:

Do we really want our future leaders to learn humility and political theory from Kanye West, a man who recently said African-Americans chose to be slaves for centuries? Do we want image and cash obsession dominating the aspirations and awareness of young black Americans — especially in these throwback times when we all might be better served by the examples of a Rosa Parks or a Medgar Evers?

Read his full commentary here.

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