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Bourgeois Brief: The Four Gets Renewed, Frank Ocean Scores LGBT Award nomination, Salma Hayek Gets Candid & More

Bourgeois Brief: The Four Gets Renewed, Frank Ocean Scores LGBT Award nomination, Salma Hayek Gets Candid & More

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

 

“The Four” Is Renewed for Season 2

Fox has ordered a second season of “The Four”, a music competition series in which aspiring singers compete for one of four slots.  DJ Khaled, Diddy, and Meghan Trainor serve as judges and Fergie hosts.  The show is Fox’s most-watched unscripted show in 4 years.  “The Four” recently faced some controversy when judge and Republic Records president Charlie Walk was accused of sexual misconduct.  No word yet on who will take his seat next season.  For more details, head to Variety.

Frank Ocean, Demi Lovato Score British LGBT Award Nominations

The British LGBT Awards highlights both LGBT public figures and allies each year.  This year’s crop of nominees includes openly bisexual singer/songwriter Frank Ocean, pop superstar Demi Lovato, and Laverne Cox.  Kehlani and Hayley Kiyoko, both of whom identify as LGBT, were also nominated. The ceremony takes place May 11.  Read the full list of nominees here.

Salma Hayek Speaks Out About Why She Waited to Tell Her Story

Salma Hayek has been one of the most vocal Harvey Weinstein accusers and, in a new interview with Oprah Winfrey, she discusses why she waited so long to share her story.  “When the information about Harvey came out, I was ashamed I didn’t say anything.  But I felt like my pain was so small compared to all the other stories,” she told Winfrey.  Get more details at Vulture, and revisit her New York Times op-ed about Weinstein

Leslie Jones’ Olympic Live Tweets Are Back

Comedian and SNL star Leslie Jones, who recently signed on as an official contributor for the Winter Olympics, kicked off her signature live tweets on Thursday.  “Um this might not be the outfit I would pick to skate in,” she tweeted about one figure skating competitor.  Visit EW for a collection of her funniest tweets so far.

Call Me By Your Name Soundtrack Finds Niche Success

Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino’s tender adaptation of Andre Aciman’s novel of the same name, has already seen its original songs take off.  Sufjan Stevens’ “Mystery of Love” is up for the Best Original Song Oscar, and the vinyl pressing of the soundtrack completely sold out.  The soundtrack is comprised of additional Stevens songs, retro 80s pop, and classical music—not exactly the makings of a hit.  But now, Stevens’ contributions are getting a full radio push.  Perhaps this movie will become a cultural force after all.  Get more details at Billboard

Tidbits-New Music Friday

In case you missed it…

Calvin Harris drops a new single with Partynextdoor [Pitchfork]

2 Chainz drops a surprise EP [Rolling Stone]

Big K.R.I.T. releases the video for “Big Bank” [Rolling Stone]

The Black Panther soundtrack is out!

Food for thought

The latest episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee was a full-scale tribute to Black History Month.  There was an Antique Roadshow spoof in which people could find out how racist their old artifacts were.  There was also an animated history segment about John Robinson, a black man who was the first American to fight fascism.  But perhaps the most powerful segment was the one in which Bee goes after the FBI and its spotlight on black identity extremists:

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