Kanye West is Getting, Like, Super Deep on Twitter (Oh & He Also Revealed Two Upcoming Albums & a Bunch of Unreleased Yeezy Gear)

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Kanye West is no stranger to well, strange, internet outbursts. But over the last 24 hours, the Pablo rapper has gotten super philosophical. Beginning yesterday, he started sharing gems like “Distraction is the enemy of vision,” “Sometimes you just have to get rid of everything” and a personal favorite, “Stop playing chess with life.”

 

 

Later, though, things started to get a bit more Tony Robbins.

 

 

The whole thing was pretty crazy. But, I guess, what else do we expect from Kanye West at this point? And, I mean, his explanation made perfect sense: it’s a book that he’s writing in real time. Duh.

 

 

West also took the opportunity to announce two upcoming albums, a seven-song solo drop due out June 1, and a collab album with Kid Cudi. He also revealed Teyana Taylor’s album release date (June 22) and that Pusha T will be dropping new music on May 25. Not sure how those two feel about that, though.

In addition to new music, Ye gave us a preview of his newest Yeezy season, including a photo of the color palette and a bunch of new shoes.

 

 

I’m sure his publicists (not to mention Teyana Taylor and Pusha T’s teams) aren’t super thrilled, but we are. It’s like a Very Yeezy Christmas came super early.

And you should probably keep your eye on his feed, since his latest reveal was just 30 minutes ago.

 

Tessa Thompson Plays Janelle Monáe’s Lover (Again) in ‘Dirty Computer’ Film

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Tessa Thompson will reprise her role as Janelle Monáe’s lover once more in the 50-minute film accompanying the latter’s forthcoming new album Dirty Computer.

Thus far, Thompson has appeared as a love interest alongside Monáe in music videos for “Make Me Feel” and “Pynk.” The new album, which Monáe had help on from her late friend Prince, is out April 27.

Speaking to the New York TimesMonáe revealed, “I’m a girl’s girl, meaning I support women no matter what they choose to do. I’m proud when everybody is taking agency over their image and their bodies.”

Pressed about her real-life relationship with Thompson, the singer only said: “I hope people feel celebrated. I hope they feel love. I hope they feel seen.”

Revisit the magic of Pynk below.

 

‘Boom For Real’ Chronicles Basquiat’s Life as a Homeless NYC Teen (Watch)

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Everyone knows the name Jean-Michel Basquiat. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, he became one of the world’s most influential artists, responsible for revolutionizing the New York art scene by popularizing street art and promoting a radical, political message. But before his paintings were selling for $110,000,00 at auction, Basquiat was living as a homeless teen in the New York City neighborhood of the East Village.

A new documentary, Boom For Real, explores this pivotal time in the artist’s life that undoubtedly impacted his career. From the prevalence of drugs, crime and violence that he witnessed (in the documentary, director Sara Driver shows how his famous tag “SAMO” came from Basquiat seeing the “same ‘ol shit”), to his experiences with class struggle — these themes were at the center of the artist’s work until his untimely death in 1988. While most of the other films about the painter, like Tamra Davis’ 2010 Radiant Child documentary, touch on Basquiat’s career and the effect he’s had on modern art, Boom For Real sheds light on his life before fame, and how those experiences shaped him as an artist.

In theaters May 11. Watch the trailer, below.

 

 

Lauryn Hill Will Be Performing ‘Miseducation’ On Tour This Summer

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The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill turns 20 this year, and to celebrate, the singer will be playing the album in its entirety on a North American tour beginning this summer. She’ll kick off in Virginia Beach in July, and finish in St. Louis in October. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, with part of the proceeds going towards the MLH Foundation, the singer’s non-profit organization that “directly contributes support for education, health, agriculture, technology, and community based businesses and development initiatives throughout the Diaspora,” according to the announcement.

Hill’s debut – and only – solo release, Miseducation went eight times platinum in the U.S., and won two Grammy’s (for Album of the Year and Best R&B Album). The singer also took home three more Grammys that year for Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for “Doo Wop (That Thing),” the lead single from the album.

Of the record, she says: “This album chronicled an intimate piece of my young existence. It was the summation of most, if not all, of my most hopeful and positive emotions experienced to that date. I Loved and believed deeply in my community’s ability to both Love and heal itself provided it received the right amount of support and encouragement. Our world today, both complex and changing, is in need of the balance between moral fortitude and cathartic expression. I hope the Love and energy that permeated this work can continue to inspire change with Love and optimism at the helm.”

Refresh your memory and listen to it, below.

 

 

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Now You Can Buy a David Bowie Subway Metrocard in NYC

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Talk about ch-ch-ch-changes. Yesterday afternoon, at the Bleecker Street and Broadway-Lafayette subway station in Manhattan, the MTA gave people the opportunity to purchase exclusive David Bowie metrocards. As part of the final stop of the David Bowie Is exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum, Spotify teamed up with the city to create 250,000 limited edition metrocards that offer five different versions of the Starman: a young suited Bowie, a Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie, an ’80s makeup-clad Bowie, the legendary Ziggy cover with the lightning bolt, and Bowie as the Thin White Duke.

 

 

In addition to the metrocards, the MTA also turned the Lafayette station into an immersive tribute to the singer. Along with various portraits throughout the subway station, the city spray-painted a giant image of Ziggy Stardust across a set of beams. The whole thing gives brand new meaning to Station to Station.

 

 

Of course, though, New Yorkers love a special. So, we’d be surprised if the metrocards last very long. As of now, however, the MTA says they’re still available.

 

Solange Unveils Performance Art and Scuplture with Uniqlo

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Solange Ferguson (formerly Solange Knowles) has begun shaping her creative career as a culturally profound artist, contributing to the massively iconic Knowles dynasty while making a name for herself. With her hit 2016 album, A Seat at the Table, she curated a musical and artistic expression of black culture through her unique social perspective. Recently, the artist has found a new medium, diving headfirst into the world of performance art.

In collaboration with Japanese minimalist retailer, Uniqlo, she’s created a performance art piece and sculpture, which recently debuted at Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Entitled Metatronia, the piece reflects on the process of creation, utilizing movement and architecture to create a visual storytelling masterpiece, with choreography by Gerard & Kelly. Accompanying the performance is a immaculate, large-scale sculpture, entitled Metatron’s Cube, designed by Ferguson.

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“In the past I have designed my sets and sculptures to exist in relationship to my performance pieces,” Solange told i-D. “I’m excited about transitioning into creating larger scale works that have the duality of existing as part of a performance and then as a standalone sculpture that can be engaged with by the public. It was important to me to make the piece modular so that it can be quickly assembled in different landscapes allowing people to have individual interactions and experiences.”

Metatron’s Cube is now on display at Hammer Museum in LA, touring the US this summer. Watch Metatronia below:

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Chloë Sevigny Talks ‘Lean On Pete’ and Evolving from Muse to Auteur

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Dating back to the early ‘90s, Chloë Sevigny has held her position as the perpetually cool girl of film. Having attracted the attention and enthusiasm of writers and directors from get, today she continues to carve out her own path with memorable roles and even a transition to working behind the camera.

Her most recent role is in Andrew Haigh’s Lean On Pete, based on the novel of the same name by Willy Vlautin. Sevigny plays Bonnie, a horse jockey who takes a young Charley (Charlie Plummer) under her wing. With a maternal quality to the role, Bonnie is a fearless example of a woman in a man’s world, something Sevigny can very much relate to.

We recently spoke with her about Lean On Pete and how her career has evolved to where it is today. As women are more than ever claiming their rightful place in the industry, she remains a force to be reckoned with.

 

What was it like working with Andrew Haigh as a director?

I’m surprised at his humor, because his films tend to be a little more serious. He’s just so pleasant. He’s so confident. He knows what he wants. He has the respect of all the cast and all the crew. He really listens to you when you talk to him. You can tell there’s just a reverence for him from everybody on the set. He has this sensitivity toward the story, toward the characters, toward the animals, first and foremost. Being with him was just such a pleasant experience. Charlie (Plummer) had it much rougher than I did because he was on set everyday with the extreme weather conditions, out in the desert and the rural, more difficult shooting circumstances. But for me, it was just a really pleasant set. Everybody just wanted to be there and work for him and do the best they could to make this movie.

 

 

What was it like working with these horses as scene partners, both in the physical and emotional sense?

I mean, for the physical part, there are a lot of handlers around. There’s a real hush that has to take over the set, and there are lots of different people with opinions on how to handle them. They’re all there for the benefit of the horse and for the movie, and they wanted the horses to perform to tell the story and help convey whatever Andrew wants out of a certain scene. But there are just a lot of people around when there are horses around. So, that was kind of the more difficult aspect, I guess.

Charlie’s character has an absentee mother in the movie. Would you say there was kind of a maternal quality to your character, as brief as their interaction may be?

I think it’s a little less maternal, a little more that she’s just been around these tracks. She’s probably seen other kids that have worked for Del. She sees how Charley is getting attached to the horse, and she just wants to remind him this is a tough world. “This horse doesn’t perform. This horse is getting fired.” That’s her line, I think. She just wants to teach him but not coddle him too much. He’s probably a grown man in her eyes. I think she’s been working since she was like eight years old.

You’ve worked with Steve Buscemi before. What was it like reuniting with him?

Steve’s so lovely, and he brings so much to the part. Being on set when he would improvise with the guys around, he would just ground the scene in a way and help everybody find a way into it. He’s just a great guy. I know he was giving Charlie bits of advice toward the end there.

You’ve done a lot of critically acclaimed films. How would you say you’ve come to choose the roles that you take?

I mean, I mostly gravitate toward auteurs. I mostly like writers/directors or directors that I feel like are visionaries or you know, want to tell stories in a different way and different kinds of stories. Those are the filmmakers that I’m attracted to. So, I’ve had a pretty lucky run so far. (LAUGHS) I don’t have a job right now, so I’m in that weird spot that an actor goes to, that dark familiar place. I’m hoping for another job soon. But I probably would have played any part in this movie just to get a chance to be a part of one of Andrew’s films. It’s kind of how I’ve navigated my career.

 

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You’ve been directing a bit lately too. Do you see yourself moving more behind the camera?

I do. I’m developing my third and possibly final short – I don’t ever want to say for sure. I’m gonna do that in May. And I’m always looking for material for a feature. I’ve had some books that I’ve loved, that unfortunately, other people beat me to them. I have some ideas myself, more like themes, less like stories. I wrote my third short, and that was the hardest part, translating these ideas that I had into dialogue or story. How do you tell this idea of a woman’s relationship to her power through her relationships? That’s the new challenge for me to figure out. Writing is hard. (LAUGHS) Understatement of the year. I found it really challenging. A challenge is good, but I’m still trying to figure it out.

You’ve been a really outspoken voice for a while. How have you seen the power dynamics of Hollywood shift so much lately with all these viral movements?

Well, like my friend Natasha Lyonne, she wrote this new TV show that she pitched to Netflix with Amy Poehler. They’re in production now, and she hired all female writers, all female directors, I’m gonna do an episode on it. Personally, having more experiences where women and more people of color are in positions of power and being able to tell their stories, it seems there’s more opportunity for that. People are embracing that. I think that’s the only way to invoke change unfortunately, is to be in power. You’re seeing that, and more people are more open to that. There are more stories being told and more people going to the theater and seeing them and responding to them. There’s a wider audience out there, and I’m so enthusiastic about all those things.
I watched the Independent Spirit Awards, and that Timotheé Chalamet, his speech was just so positive. It was so refreshing. He’s like a wonder child. I feel like Charlie’s a bit like that as well, just a lack of pretense. There isn’t this cocky bravado that used to be attached to young actors as much. I don’t know if it’s just this generation, but it’s really refreshing, and I’m in love with all of them.

Lean On Pete is now in select theaters. Watch the trailer below.

 

First Wives Club TV Reboot Gets Series Order from Paramount

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Paramount Network has ordered ten episodes of a TV reboot of the cult classic film First Wives Club, according to Deadline.

The original 1996 film starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn (and Sarah Jessica Parker in an iconic supporting role) and followed three women in New York City who find sisterhood after the death of each of their marriages.

The show is to be written by Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver, and executive produced by names behind The Devil Wears Prada and the original First Wives Club film.

“Tracy Oliver is a brilliant writer and the perfect visionary to bring this unforgettable story from the big screen to the small screen in a fresh and contemporary way,” said Keith Cox President of Development and Production at Paramount Network.

No word yet on casting or premiere date.

BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: Berlin Songstress Alice Phoebe Lou’s Stunning Video for ‘Devil’s Sweetheart’

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Busking – and fire dancing – around Paris and Amsterdam at just 16 years old, South African born singer-songwriter Alice Phoebe Lou earned her gravitas points very early on in life. Eventually settling in Berlin, and now just 24, she’s already a talent to be reckoned with – NPR enthusing that she is “An artist who feels destined for the stars.”

Before she makes her way into the cultural stratosphere, BlackBook premieres here her dazzlingly dramatic new video for latest single “Devil’s Sweetheart.” The song itself – a duet with Bologna born singer and slide guitarist Olmo – is a spine-tingling study in fiery, visceral gothic blues (think Jack White / Mazzy Star).

“‘Devil’s Sweetheart’ is a song born of the streets of Berlin,” explains Alice, “written about people in power taking advantage of those who have very little. It’s about the rich profiting from the poor, the fine moral line that big businesses and corporations tread in terms of how far human beings can go in order to optimize their profit, while disregarding how this can affect the lives of others.”

 

 

The hyper-sensory video (directed by Eike von Stuckenbrok) saw Alice and Olmo team up with performance group The Birdmilk Collective, featuring Valia Beauvieux and Dennis Macao – for something uniquely spectacular and otherworldly.

She elucidates, “The video is an emotional performance piece that embodies the mood and atmosphere of the song, playing with the concept of devils and angels, and the lyrical play on words that is ‘the devil’s sweetheart / the devil’s sweet heart.’ Morality is not as clear it seems and it always depends on the perspective.”

Alice Phoebe Lou will play several European and South African live dates from spring into summer, including May 20th at London’s Scala.

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