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Bourgeois Brief: The Weeknd Launches Creative Incubator for Toronto Artists, Common Helps Starbucks with Racial Bias Training, Nijla Mu’min Joins Queen Sugar Directorial Team & More!

Bourgeois Brief: The Weeknd Launches Creative Incubator for Toronto Artists, Common Helps Starbucks with Racial Bias Training, Nijla Mu’min Joins Queen Sugar Directorial Team & More!

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

The Weekend Launches New Incubator for Toronto Artists

The Weekend has maintained a full creative plate lately, with a new Starboy comic and the hit EP, My Dear Melancholy. Now, he’s paying it forward with HXOUSE, a creative and digital incubator that links Toronto-based artists with resources to develop their projects.  HXOUSE begins this fall.  Get more details and links at SPIN.

Common Lends A Hand To Starbucks for Racial Bias Training

Starbucks found itself in hot water after two black men were arrested in one of its Philadelphia locations in April.  The shop’s manager called police after the men entered but didn’t purchase anything. The incident led to national outcry and multiple settlements between the men, Starbucks, and the city of Philadelphia. As a response, Starbucks is closing all 8,000 of its stores May 29 for a racial bias and sensitivity training course. One of the course’s videos features Oscar winner Common, who will aid in helping employees see everyone with respect and as complete human beings.  Read more at VIBE.

Travis Scott Pays Tribute to Sante Fe Shooting Victims

Last week, Travis Scott partnered with the Houston Rockets to honor the 10 victims of the Sante Fe High School shooting.  During game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, he shared an uplifting message alongside the team’s owner, Tilman Fertitta.  Scott said the first responders and school officials were “the strongest people on this earth.” Read more at Billboard.

Jinn Director Nijla Mu’min Joins Queen Sugar Directorial Team

Director Nijla Mu’min made a splash at SXSW, taking home the Special Jury Recognition award for her debut film, Jinn. Next, she’ll join the all-female directorial team of the Ava Duvernay-helmed OWN series, Queen Sugar.  This marks Mu’min’s TV directing debut.  The series returns with a two-night premiere, starting May 29. Get additional details at Shadow and Act.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Drake releases new single, “I’m Upset” [Pitchfork]

Monét X Change talks about her impact on Drag Race [OUT]

…and releases new “Soak It Up” video with Bob The Drag Queen [YouTube]

Food for thought

We often associate the art of breakdancing with peak 1980s hip hop culture.  But the dance form’s influence has lived on well past that era and well beyond American borders.  The New York Times profiles Moroccan dance crews that are finding freedom and creativity in a country where arts funding is scarce.  See the vivid photos and compelling story here.

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