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: Viola Davis Talks About Her Struggle in Hollywood, Kanye Returns to Social Media, & More

Bourgeois Brief: Viola Davis Talks About Her Struggle in Hollywood, Kanye Returns to Social Media, & More

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

 

Viola Davis blasts Hollywood for pay disparity

At Tuesday’s Women in the World Los Angeles Salon, revered actress Viola Davis spoke out about her ongoing struggle in Hollywood.  “I have a career that's probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver," she said. “They all came out of Yale. They came out of Julliard, They came out of NYU. They had the same path as me, and yet, I am nowhere near them -- not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, nowhere close to it.” Read the rest of the Oscar winner’s remarks at CNN.

Kanye West breaks his social media silence

After a long digital sabbatical, Kanye West is back on the ‘gram.  He spent a chunk of his Valentine’s Day sharing classic photos of famous couples like David Bowie and Iman, David and Victoria Beckham, and the Kennedys.  Read some commentary at Pitchfork and follow Yeezy on Instagram.

Lena Waithe queer comedy gets the green light at TBS

Lena Waithe is on a roll.  Fresh off The Chi’s second season order, the Emmy-winning writer has scored another series pickup at TBS.  Twenties will follow the lives of one queer black girl and her two straight friends.  She initially wrote the pilot in 2009.  Find out more at Vulture.

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris scores NBC series

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and the team responsible for its Grown-ish spinoff are set to debut Bright Futures on NBC.  The series will follow a group of messy twentysomethings as they attempt to transition into successful professionals.  Get details at Variety.

Black Panther soundtrack set for big debut

The Black Panther film isn’t the only success story from this new Marvel franchise.  The soundtrack, curated by Kendrick Lamar, is poised for a number one debut next week, with sales of more than 150,000 copies.  It’s also set for a vinyl release.  Get more stats from Billboard and revisit the “All The Stars” video below.

Tidbits

In case you missed it…

Frank Ocean drops new music [Pitchfork]

True Detective season 3 casts Justice League’s Ray Fisher [EW]

The Roots announce the full lineup for The Roots Picnic 2018 [Pitchfork]

RuPaul set to cameo on season 5 of Grace and Frankie [Vulture]

Dev Patel signs on for David Copperfield [Vulture]

Angie Thomas debuts cover of her second book [EW]

Bokeem Woodbine cast for CBS series about Eric Holder’s life [Variety]

Interscope Records hires new EVP of Urban Operations [Variety]

 

Food for thought

Justin Timberlake has the country’s number one album but does a strong first week still equate to success? The Ringer’s Andrew Gruttadaro dives in:

“How should we judge a major album’s success in 2018? It’s a confusing time, when album sales still matter but are offset by streaming stats and YouTube views, amorphous buzz, and aggregated review scores. Because the old means of measurement aren’t equipped to take all of those factors into consideration, I tried to come up with a method that does. The formula works like a grading system, in which five factors — Album Sales, Album Reviews, Streaming Stats, YouTube Views, and General Buzz — are rated on a scale of zero to 100, weighted appropriately, and then added together to make up an overall score. Just like in school, a perfect score is 100.”

Read the rest of his piece here to find out how JT scored.

 

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