POSE: Writer-producer Our Lady J talks the first two seasons of the FX series – Exclusive Interview

POSE - Season 2 Key Art | ©2019 FX

As FX’s POSE Season 2 draws to a close on Tuesday, August 20, plenty of characters are at a crossroads. It’s the ‘90s, and mainstream culture has had a glimpse of New York City’s transgender ballroom scene. House of Evangelista mother Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) is facing empty nests, at home and at work. Daughter Angel’s (Indya Moore) modeling career takes off, as has her romance with Lil Papi (Angel Bismark Curiel), so both have moved out. Son Damon’s (Ryan Jamaal Swain) work as a professional dancer has taken him to Europe. Meanwhile, Blanca’s hard-won nail salon business has been burned […]Read On »

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POSE: Indya Moore on playing Angel in Season 2 of the ground-breaking series – Exclusive Interview

Indya Moore as Angel in POSE - Season 2 - "Love's In Need of Love" | ©2019 FX/Michael Parmelee

On FX’s POSE, now on Tuesday nights in its second season, Indya Moore plays Angel. In Season 1, set in 1987 New York, Angel left the House of Abundance headed by Elektra (Dominique Jackson) to join Blanca’s (Mj Rodriguez) newly-formed House of Evangelista. For awhile, Angel had her own apartment, courtesy of her status as the mistress of married young businessman Stan (Evan Peters), but it didn’t work out. Angel, sadder and wiser, returned to Blanca’s House. In Season 2, it’s now the ‘90s. Things are looking up for Angel, as her supermodel looks are paving the way for a […]Read On »

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POSE: Dominique Jackson on playing Elektra – Exclusive Interview

Dominique Jackson as Elektra in POSE - Season 2 | ©2019 FX/Pari Dukovic

In POSE, now in its second season on Tuesday nights and renewed for a third, we’ve jumped ahead a few years, from the late ‘80s to the ‘90s. Dominique Jackson plays perennial ballroom star Elektra. Originally the mother/founder of the House of Abundance, Elektra lost the financial backing of her lover when he objected to her gender reassignment surgery (he wanted a woman who still had male genitalia). For awhile, Elektra took refuge as part of the House of Evangelista, run by Blanca (Mj Rodriguez), formerly Elektra’s daughter in the House of Abundance, who struck out on her own. This […]Read On »

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POSE: Billy Porter on the impact of the series and Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Billy Porter is Pray Tell in POSE - Season 2 - "Acting Up" | ©2019 FX/Macall Polay

As FX’s POSE, now on Tuesdays, jumps ahead in its second season to 1990, there are a lot of changes for the participants in New York’s transgender ballroom scene. One thing has stayed the same, though: the most fabulous Commentator emceeing a ball is still cis-gendered gay man Pray Tell. As played by Billy Porter, Pray is a great friend to the House of Evangelista, especially house mother Blanca (Mj Rodriguez). Both Pray and Blanca are dealing with their HIV diagnoses. When Pray’s friend and nurse Judy (Sandra Bernhard) urges him to get involved in the budding ACT UP movement, […]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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