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Bourgeois Brief: The Internet Details Its New Album, The BET Awards Boasts A Star-Packed Performance Lineup, Fashion Photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis Gets Her Due & More!

Bourgeois Brief: The Internet Details Its New Album, The BET Awards Boasts A Star-Packed Performance Lineup, Fashion Photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis Gets Her Due & More!

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The Internet Detail Forthcoming Album, Hive Mind

The Internet’s new album, Hive Mind, arrives July 20.  In advance of the anticipated record’s release, they released the new single “Come Over” and shared details about the project. Band leader and solo star Syd said they’re using the album to “promote camaraderie amongst young black people.” Listen to the song and read more at SPIN.

BET Awards Lineup Packed with Stars

We’re roughly a month away from the BET Awards, and the newly announced performance lineup is packed with star power.  Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monae, Migos, rising star Ella Mai, and H.E.R. are just a few of the musicians slated to take the stage. DJ Khaled leads the pack this year with 6 nominations.  The ceremony takes place June 24. Find out more at VIBE.

Camila Cabello Finds Solo Superstardom

Ex-Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello has found solo superstardom thanks to a ubiquitous hit single (“Havana”) and outspoken views about immigration.  Rolling Stone charts her path to success in a new feature, covering everything from her days in Fifth Harmony to her politics. Read the full piece here.

Mystery Great Walter Mosley Talks FX’s Snowfall

Walter Mosley is one of the greatest crime-fiction writers of our time.  He’s published over 50 books in his career, many of which have followed the story of L.A. detective Easy Rawlins.  His latest gig involves writing and consulting for FX’s summer series, Snowfall, which takes a fictionalized look at the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic.  Mosley chatted with Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz about his career and the forthcoming second season of the show.

Shaniqwa Jarvis Finds Photography Success on Her Own Terms

Shaniqwa Jarvis is an accomplished fashion photographer who has worked with the likes of SZA, Janelle Monae, and Cardi B.  But she has also fought systemic racism in the fashion industry, and she hasn’t always received the recognition she deserves.  The New York Times highlights her career and previews her self-titled photo book.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Kendrick Lamar accepts his Pulitzer [Pitchfork]

Video: Kendrick joins Jay Rock’s “Win” [Rolling Stone]

Kamasi Washington releases new song “Street Fighter Mas” [CoS]

Video: Cardi B “I Like It” [EW]

Chiwetel Ejiofor joins Maleficent sequel [Shadow and Act]

Food for thought

Pusha T and Drake are currently embroiled in an epic rap beef, the latest installment of which is Pusha’s scathing diss track, “The Story of Adidon”. Stereogum’s Tom Breihan praises the rapper’s battle rap agility:

Pusha keeps cool and composed even as he says the most wildly, viciously, historically disrespectful shit. Weaponized information has always been a huge part of rap feuds; think of Jay-Z putting a photo of Prodigy in his dance-class outfit on the Summer Jam screen. But here, Pusha goes beyond that, into the realm of investigative journalism.

Read the full piece here.

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