Bourgeois Brief: Virgil Abloh Makes History at Louis Vuitton, Director Ashton Pina Launches Kickstarter for First Feature, Serena Williams Heads to HBO & More!
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Virgil Abloh Named Creative Director of Louis Vuitton
Celebrated designer Virgil Abloh was named Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of menswear Monday. The announcement follows the departure of Kim Jones in January. Abloh is the first black director to take the helm at LV and is one of a handful of black creatives leading French fashion houses. He rose to fame as Kanye West’s creative director and with his luxury streetwear brand Off-White. Read the full story at The New York Times.
Director Ashton Pina Launches “Lemon Squeeze” Kickstarter
Rising director Ashton Pina recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his debut feature, Lemon Squeeze. The film follows the story of 3 30-something friends who reunite only to discover their bond may no longer be solid. Pina seeks to fund $50,000 by April 15 and shoot the entire feature in just 6 days. Noah’s Arc actor Jensen Atwood is already attached to the project. To donate to the campaign, head here.
Cardi B Announces Full-Length Debut
Rapper Cardi B was 2017’s brightest star, mainly driven by the infectious single, “Bodak Yellow”. Now, she’s poised to follow her singles success with a proper full-length. Invasion of Privacy will hit streaming services and store shelves on April 6. She’ll appear on SNL a day later. Cardi B’s meteoric rise has been notable as it outlined a new, album-free model of music success. Little is known about the project beyond the cover. Find out what’s known so far at Pitchfork.
Serena Williams Docuseries Heads to HBO
HBO has partnered with IMG for a 5-episode series about tennis legend Serena Williams. Being Serena will document Williams’ new marriage, baby, and return to the world tennis stage. The series is set to premiere May 2. Get additional details at Variety.
Gina Rodriguez Set to Play Carmen Sandiego—Twice
Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez will play 90s educational TV star Carmen Sandiego not once, but twice for Netflix. She’ll star in a live-action movie and voice the criminal for an animated series. The animated project is slated for 2019, yet key slots for the live-action feature have yet to be filled. This news comes on the heels of a rom-com Rodriguez is starring in and producing for the streaming giant. Read more at EW.
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“God’s Plan” is still number one [Billboard]
Get to know Roxanne, Roxanne star Chanté Adams [Vulture]
More new music from A$AP Rocky [Rolling Stone]
GLAAD set to honor Samira Wiley [Billboard]
Amandla Stenberg stars in The Darkest Minds [Shadow and Act]
Food for thought
Netflix’s Seven Seconds tackles police brutality head on. VICE spoke with showrunner Veena Sud about the show’s raw subject matter:
“For me as a storyteller, and a woman of color, I’m always interested being able to create woman heroes who are radically against the grain of what Hollywood usually conceives as a hero, or lead protagonist. I knew after The Killing that I had to find a show that felt really important, deep, and meaningful in a way that I could devote years of my life to. During the time, Freddie Gray had just been murdered in Baltimore, and it felt like something that reoccured on a nightly basis to another black man or child. There’s no way I couldn’t address that.”
Read the full piece here.