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: Tinashe Announces New Album, Black Panther Continues Box Office Reign, Run The Jewels to Headline Adult Swim Fest & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Tinashe Announces New Album, Black Panther Continues Box Office Reign, Run The Jewels to Headline Adult Swim Fest & More!

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

Tinashe Announces Release Date for Long-Awaited Follow Up

Friday, Tinashe took to social media to announce the release date for her long-awaited sophomore album, Joyride. The full-length is out April 13. The singer’s last album was 2014’s Aquarius.  Since then, she’s released a long series of standalone singles and mixtapes.  Most recently, she released the single and video for “Faded Love”, a collaboration with Future.  Get additional details at Pitchfork.

Black Panther Logs Fifth Frame at the Top

An onslaught of new releases, including Love, Simon and the Tomb Raider reboot, weren’t enough to dethrone Black Panther.  The cultural juggernaut logs a fifth weekend as the number one film—the first to spend 5 consecutive weeks at the top since 2009’s Avatar.  The movie continues to exhibit unparalleled staying power, and has helped the overall movie industry beat year-over-year sales by 2%.  Read more at Variety.

Chadwick Boseman, Cardi B Set to Take on SNL

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman will make his SNL debut on April 7.  Cardi B will serve as the musical guest—also her first appearance on the show.  Both Boseman and Cardi B have had huge cultural moments in recent months, and this episode looks to capitalize on that.  See more at EW.

Reni Eddo-Lodge Wins Prestigious Jhalak Prize

Writer Reni Eddo-Lodge won the prestigious Jhalak Prize for her book, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.  The buzzy essay collection holds up a mirror to modern-day Britain, and was spawned from a popular blog post of the same name.  The Jhalak Prize honors British writers of color for outstanding contributions.  The award was first established in 2016.  Read more about Eddo-Lodge and her win at The Guardian.

Krystal A. Sital Debuts Memoir About Life in Trinidad

The New York Times shined a spotlight on Krystal A. Sital’s powerful new memoir, Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad.  The book details stories of violence, abuse, and struggle in Trinidad, a location that has often been romanticized in the arts.  “The Trinidad depicted here is rife with prejudice and hate. Hostility persists between the Africans, brought as slaves, and the Indians, who arrived as indentured servants,” writes Sheila Kohler. Read her full review at The New York Times.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Run The Jewels to headline Adult Swim Fest [Pitchfork]

Lashana Lynch steps in to replace Dewanda Wise in Captain Marvel [Vulture]

N.E.R.D. set to perform at Kids’ Choice Awards [Billboard]

Also, Pharrell drops a new “Lemon” remix featuring Drake [SPIN]

Rich Homie Quan details his new album [Rolling Stone]

Food for thought

Streaming has been profitable for record labels but many artists still struggle to earn a living from their music.  Is the tide starting to turn?  [The Ringer]

A deeper look at Meek Mill’s sentencing and America’s ongoing criminal justice problem. [Rolling Stone]

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Bourgeois Brief: Drake Continues to Break Streaming Records, Toni Braxton and Queen Latifah Ink Production Deals with Lifetime, Vice Investigates Asian Representation in Hollywood & More!

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