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: Troy Carter Receives Music Visionary Award, Janelle Monae Tops List of Best 2018 Albums So Far, Nikohl Boosheri Brings Queer Muslim Women to Primetime & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Troy Carter Receives Music Visionary Award, Janelle Monae Tops List of Best 2018 Albums So Far, Nikohl Boosheri Brings Queer Muslim Women to Primetime & More!

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

Spotify’s Troy Carter Receives Music Visionary Award

At this year’s United Jewish Appeal luncheon, Spotify’s Troy Carter received the prestigious Music Visionary of the Year award.  He was honored alongside Spotify founder Daniel Ek, but Ek did not attend.  Patti LaBelle, H.E.R., Leon Bridges, and Julius “Dr. J” Erving were on hand to celebrate Carter.  The United Jewish Appeal is a philanthropic organization with close ties to the music industry. Read more about the ceremony at Variety.

Jeremih and Teyana Taylor Announce Joint Tour

The forthcoming summer concert season just got a bit busier.  R&B stars Jeremih and Teyana Taylor have teamed up for a joint tour. The U.S. jaunt kicks off August 3 in Tampa and wraps in Portland September 8.  The trek will support Jeremih’s recent EP, The Chocolate Box, and Taylor’s forthcoming Kanye West-helmed album.  See the full list of dates at Pitchfork.

The 50 Best Albums of the Year So Far

It’s June, the official halfway mark of the year, and there’s no better time for a “best of” listicle than now.  Rolling Stone recaps its 50 best albums of the year so far.  Spoiler alert—Janelle Monae tops the list while Cardi B and the Black Panther soundtrack rank in the top 10. Pusha T and Playboi Carti also score high positions on the list.  See the full recap here.

Nikohl Boosheri Talks Queer Muslim Representation on TV

Nikohl Boosheri plays feminist photographer Adena on Freeform’s summer series, The Bold Type.  In advance of the show’s Tuesday premiere, she chatted with OUT about queer Muslim representation in the media.  She says, “Muslim women are so often misrepresented on screen, so I think it’s really important to see a character like Adena who is just so unapologetic about who she is and embraces the things about her that make her different and complex.” Read the full Q+A here.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Maxwell returns with “We Never Saw It Coming” [VIBE]

Joey Badass’ classic 1999 mixtape hits streaming services [Pitchfork]

Director X breaks down a scene from his film, Superfly [NYT]

OWN’s Love Is ___ gets a glamorous premiere [Variety]

Starz’ Vida renewed for season 2 [The Hollywood Reporter]

XXL announces its annual Freshman Class [Billboard]

Food for thought

Earlier this year, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow ignited controversy after directing female artists to “step up” to receive more recognition at the Grammys.  The firestorm led to Portnow’s decision to step down next year, and now, the Academy is seeking new leadership.  But Billboard’s Robert Levine wonders what this new leader will actually do:

Portnow's successor needs to make sure that show [The Grammys] is as vital and compelling as the industry it celebrates.

Read the full op-ed here.

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