POSE: Angel Bismark Curiel on Season 2 and playing Lil Papi – Exclusive Interview

Angel Bismark Curiel as Lil Papi in POSE - Season 2 | ©2019 FX/Pari Dukovic

On FX Networks’ POSE, now in its second season on Tuesday nights and renewed for a third, Angel Bismark Curiel plays Lil Papi. Papi is a former street hustler and small-time drug dealer who has given up both to become part of the House of Evangelista, headed by “Mother” Blanca (Mj Rodriguez). Unlike most of his Evangelista family and friends, Lil Papi has modest ambitions, at least so far. Papi doesn’t want to be a parent, a business owner, or a star, and while he’s supportive of everyone’s activism on the part of gay men, transgender people and those with AIDS, […]Read On »

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POSE: Co-creator Steven Canals and co-executive producer Janet Mock chat Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Indya Moore as Angel in POSE - Season 2 | ©2019 FX/Pari Dukovic

In its second season (it’s already been renewed for a third), FX’s Networks’ POSE, on Tuesday nights, moves into the ‘90s. We are still in the New York ballroom scene, where gay and trans people, mostly of color, gather in found family groupings and compete at balls. AIDS activism is now on many people’s minds; two main characters, House of Evangelista mother Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) and ball emcee Pray Tell (Billy Porter), have been diagnosed with HIV. Additionally, the mainstream is starting to co-opt ballroom style and culture without attribution, which makes for a lot of mixed emotions. Executive producer […]Read On »

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POSE: Actor Mj Rodriguez chats Season 2 and her groundbreaking role – Exclusive Interview

Mj Rodriguez is Blanca iN POSE - Season 1 | ©2018/Pari Dukovic

POSE returns for its second season on FX on Tuesday, June 11. Season 2 of the drama, created by Steven Canals & Brad Falchuk & Ryan Murphy, jumps ahead several years from the late ‘80s to 1990. The New York ballroom scene, primarily inhabited by trans people of color, is just starting to gain notice from the mainstream, and voguing is coming into vogue. But the AIDS epidemic is raging, tearing away those we love. House of Evangelista founder and mother Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelistista, played by Mj Rodriguez, continues to nurture and support her found, adult “children.” Since Blanca’s main goal […]Read On »

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