Bourgeois Brief: Stormzy Has A Big Night at the Brit Awards, Lupita Nyong'o Set to Star in Trevor Noah Biopic, & More
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Stormzy takes the top prize at the Brit Awards
Rapper Stormzy had a big night at the Brit Awards. He won MasterCard British Album of the Year for Gang Signs & Prayer and delivered a scathing freestyle that targeted British Prime Minister Theresa May. Other big winners of the night included Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, and Dua Lipa. Read the full winner’s list at Pitchfork, and see a clip of Stormzy’s performance below.
Lupita Nyong’o cast in adaptation of Trevor Noah’s memoir
Fresh off her standout turn in Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’o has been cast in the film adaptation of comedian and Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Nyong’o will play his mother. Read further details at EW, and check out Noah’s New York Times bestseller at Amazon.
Kiersey Clemons set to star opposite Gael Garcia Bernal in Z
Kiersey Clemons has been cast in the upcoming Zorro feature, Z, which will also star Gael Garcia Bernal. The film is a reimagining of the classic Zorro legend and will be directed by Jonás Cuarón. Clemons starred in this year’s Sundance Film Festival hit Hearts Beat Loud. Find out more at Variety.
Terry Crews still paying agent he accused of sexual misconduct
Terry Crews got candid about his ongoing lawsuit with WME agent Adam Venit. At Esquire’s Mavericks of Hollywood party on Tuesday night, he shared that he still had to pay WME despite dropping the agency and filing a lawsuit against Venit. The L.A. District Attorney is currently reviewing Crews’ case. Get additional info at Vulture.
Wendy Williams diagnosed with Graves’ disease
Daytime talk show host Wendy Williams is taking a three-week hiatus from her daily gig to deal with her Graves’ disease diagnosis. She opened up to her audience Wednesday, stating that her doctor had prescribed the time off to focus on her health. Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder that leads to an overactive thyroid and fatigue, among other symptoms. Get the full story at CNN.
In case you missed it…
Damon Wayans Jr. scores lead role in CBS comedy pilot [Variety]
Vic Mensa gives a riveting performance of “We Could Be Free” [Rolling Stone]
Kendrick Lamar’s tour brings in huge European gross [Billboard]
Boi-1da talks producing Drake’s hit song, “God’s Plan” [Rolling Stone]
Food for thought
Is it time for a black James Bond? The Ringer’s Miles Surrey thinks it should be Daniel Kaluuya:
“That might seem surprising — especially given the other, more prominent names on the Bond shortlist — but just look at what Kaluuya’s been up to in the past year. He had an Oscar-nominated breakout role in Get Out and played a crucial supporting role in Black Panther, which just had one of the best opening box office weekends in history. On Sunday, he not only won the Rising Star award at the 2018 BAFTAs (basically the British Oscars), but gave an absurdly charming acceptance speech full of wit, attitude, and heart. Kaluuya is having a moment, and is now one of the most sought-after young talents in Hollywood.”
Read his full think piece here.