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Bourgeois Brief: A Wrinkle In Time Set to Storm Box Office, Cress Williams Talks Black Lightning, Lena Waithe Urges LGBTQ People to Embrace Their Truths & More!

Bourgeois Brief: A Wrinkle In Time Set to Storm Box Office, Cress Williams Talks Black Lightning, Lena Waithe Urges LGBTQ People to Embrace Their Truths & More!

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

A Wrinkle In Time to Face Off Against Black Panther

This weekend’s box office will see a showdown between two blockbuster films by directors of color.  Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time hits theaters as Black Panther enters its fourth frame.  The latter has been in the top slot for the last 3 weeks, breaking records each time and is expected to gross as much as $40 million over the 3-day period.  Estimates suggest Wrinkle could post a similar figure.  To get more details, head to Variety and read about Wrinkle’s importance at Geeks of Color.

Wendy Williams Set to End Hiatus

Daytime talk show host Wendy Williams is set to return to the airwaves on March 19.  She recently revealed she was diagnosed with Grave’s disease and took a three-week hiatus to take care of her health.  Read more at EW.

Cress Williams Talks About Black Lightning

Black Panther isn’t the only superhero of color vying for our attention.  CW’s Black Lightning debuted in January and is based on the DC comic of the same name.  The show has received universal claim and currently maintains a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating.  Star Cress Williams sat down to discuss the most recent episode and his character’s complexities with Variety.

Lena Waithe Urges LGBTQ Community to Come Out

Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe was recently awarded the Ford Vanguard Award at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards.  In her acceptance speech, she urged other queer people to come out and speak up.  “I ask those of you that are still hiding to come out, come out wherever you are, please don’t be afraid,” she said.  See her full speech at Billboard.

Herbie Hancock Records with Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat

Grammy-winning artist and legend Herbie Hancock is recording his first album since 2010.  The record will feature a wide range of guests including Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Flying Lotus, and Thundercat.  He also tapped Kamasi Washington and Terrace Martin to contribute.  Get full details at Rolling Stone.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Erykah Badu shares new music in Instagram short film [Pitchfork]

The Black Panther soundtrack set for third week at #1 [Billboard]

Food for thought

RuPaul caused quite a stir last week when he said that RuPaul’s Drag Race wouldn’t welcome trans contestants who were already transitioning.  After the Twitter uproar, the drag legend released an apology.  Vulture’s E. Alex Jung thinks this reversal is incredibly significant:

“The discourse around trans rights has changed rapidly since the show began in 2009, with a number of trans activists and writers articulating the need for civil rights and anti-discrimination laws. When the controversies around the use of “tranny” and “She-Mail” first happened, it was seen as a niche concern about language, and what words people have ownership over. This controversy is explicitly about people, and who is allowed to participate in drag. Also, the preeminence of social media has only grown since 2014. For drag queens, it has become the way in which people make careers, create fandoms, and receive critiques. The show has always been heavily invested in social media, so it only makes sense that a backlash would begin to form there.”

Read the full think piece here.

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