Uptown Bourgeois is an arts, news, and culture blog created by New York-based freelance writer Jefferey Spivey. UB explores universal themes through a black, queer lens. 

Bourgeois Brief: Tiffany Haddish Cast in Tyler Perry Film, Childish Gambino Announces Tour & More

Bourgeois Brief: Tiffany Haddish Cast in Tyler Perry Film, Childish Gambino Announces Tour & More

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

 

 

Tiffany Haddish Cast in New Tyler Perry Film

It seems no week is complete without a new Tiffany Haddish casting announcement.  The glow up is very real.  In the latest news, the comedian and actress has been cast in Tyler Perry’s upcoming film, The List.  Haddish plays an ex-prisoner who reunites with her sister.  The film is set to hit theaters on Nov. 2.  Get more details at Variety.

JAY-Z and Beyoncé On Tour Again?

Fans went crazy Monday when a date for an alleged On The Run 2 stadium tour surfaced online.  The date has since been removed from Ticketmaster but it hasn’t stopped fans from speculating that music’s royal couple is gearing up for another outing.  In late 2017, JAY-Z revealed that LEMONADE and 4:44’s recording sessions started as a joint project.  Last week, Beyoncé shared photos from her Coachella rehearsals; she’s headlining the festival in April.  Get details on the upcoming tour (or not) at E!.

Childish Gambino to Tour Awaken, My Love

Childish Gambino is finally touring in support of his 2016 album, Awaken, My Love, which was nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy earlier this year.  Rae Sremmurd will open the North American tour, which runs through September.  See dates and ticket info at Pitchfork.

Rick Ross Released from Hospital

Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Rick Ross had been hospitalized and was on an advanced form of life support.  He was released Monday morning and is now resting at home.  Exact details on his condition aren’t known but the rapper has a history of seizures and recently lost 75 pounds after making serious lifestyle changes.  Read more at EW.

Flint Town Offers Powerful Glimpse at Flint Water Crisis

The Flint water crisis is one of the most devastating domestic incidents in the last decade.  A new Netflix series, Flint Town, explores the city’s issues in great detail.  Read Vulture’s review here, and see the trailer below.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Drake’s “God’s Plan” continues record-breaking streak [Billboard]

Vanessa Williams cast in new ABC series [Variety]

FKA Twigs Dances in new Spike Jonze-directed Apple ad [Pitchfork]

Sade debuts new A Wrinkle In Time original song [Billboard]

Food for thought

Sunday night, Kobe Bryant took home the Oscar for Best Documentary Short.  Back in 2003, he was accused of sexual assault.  In the #MeToo era, is it okay for Hollywood to forgive, and now reward, him?  Rolling Stone’s Joyce Chen examines why his win was controversial:

“Bryant's win signaled more than simply the athlete's first-ever Academy Award – it also represented to some viewers the short memory that Hollywood has toward disgraced, towering male figures. Though Harvey Weinstein was a prominent punchline throughout the night and James Franco was snubbed by the Academy for his film, The Disaster Artist, mentions of Bryant's controversial past did not impinge upon his nomination or eventual win.”

Read the full piece here.

 

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Bourgeois Brief: A Wrinkle In Time Set to Storm Box Office, Cress Williams Talks Black Lightning, Lena Waithe Urges LGBTQ People to Embrace Their Truths & More!

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