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: Wale Voices Support for Meek Mill, Terrance Howard Spooks His Superfans, The Problem with Apu Re-Airs & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Wale Voices Support for Meek Mill, Terrance Howard Spooks His Superfans, The Problem with Apu Re-Airs & More!

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

Wale Publicly Supports Meek Mill

Meek Mill has received the support of fans and hip hop royalty alike after receiving a harsh prison sentence for a minor probation violation.  Most notably, JAY-Z has spoken about his sentencing in interviews and a powerful New York Times op-ed.  Now, Wale is speaking out.  After a phone call with Mill, Wale shared a message about brotherhood and support for his fellow rapper. He writes, “The silver lining in this fucked up situation is the clarity and wisdom he has gained.” Read his full message at Billboard.

The Problem with Apu to Re-Air

TruTV documentary The Problem with Apu will re-air Sunday at 7 p.m. EST. The film, helmed by comedian Hari Kondabolu, examined The Simpsons’ stereotypical portrayal of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a South Asian character voiced by white actor Hank Azaria. In last week’s episode, The Simpsons attempted to address the criticism, but the move wasn’t well-received.  The documentary will hit airwaves once more to provide additional perspective.  Read more at EW.

Donnie Yen Cast in Mulan Live Action Reboot

Disney’s Mulan is the latest animated feature to get the live action treatment, following in the steps of the blockbuster Beauty and the Beast and the forthcoming The Lion King.  Rogue One star Donnie Yen will star opposite Liu Yifei in the film, which is slated for release March 27, 2020. Read more about his casting at Variety.

Death Grips Confirms Track Listing for New Album

Experimental hip hop band Death Grips confirmed the track listing for its new album Wednesday.  Year of the Snitch features songs like “death grips is online” and “ha ha ha”.  The band’s last release was 2016’s Bottomless Pit.  Get additional details at Pitchfork.

Terrance Howard Brings Fright Club to FOX

Empirestar Terrance Howard will bring a night of scares to FOX May 24, with Terrance Howard’s Fright Club.  The one-night special brings a group of superfans to a haunted house, under the guise that they’re attending a “meet and greet” with Howard.  The results are sure to be hilarious and frightening.  Vulture has full details.

Tidbits

In case you missed it…

Shaq helps kick off Shark Week’s 30thanniversary [EW]

Wayne Brady joins USA’s Colony[Variety]

Video: Jason Derulo “Colors” [Billboard]

Kiersey Clemons in the Hearts Beat Loudtrailer [Shadow and Act]

Food for thought

The New York Timesprofiles several survivors of the Boko Haram schoolgirl kidnappingthat spawned the hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls.  More than a hundred of the 200 hostages have been freed and have continued their education.

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