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: 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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POSE: Co-creator Steven Canals on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Mj Rodriguez as Blanca in POSE - Season 1 | ©2018 FX/Pari Dukovic

FX’s Sunday-night drama POSE, now in its first season, explores and celebrates New York’s underground ballroom scene of the 1980s. The real-life ballroom world continues today with many changes, but it was and continues to be both a stage and a haven for transgender people, many of color, who compete in costume and dance categories. Steven Canals created the premise for POSE, which he subsequently developed with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk as a series; Canals serves as a writer and co-executive producer. Previously, Canals worked as an assistant to Dustin Lance Black before writing for DEAD OF SUMMER. ASSIGNMENT […]Read On »

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POSE: Writer-Producer-Director Janet Mock talks about Season 1- Exclusive Interview

POSE Key Art - Season 1 | ©2018 FX

The new Sunday-night FX Networks series POSE, created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk & Steven Canals, is set in the 1980s New York underground ballroom scene. These balls are dance and dress competitions for transgender and gay people, many of them people of color. Some have been rejected by their birth families and find new kin in the “houses” that comprise the ballroom world. While POSE is a scripted drama, the ballroom world is real – chronicled in Jennie Livingston’s influential 1990 documentary PARIS IS BURNING, it continues to this day and has become a global phenomenon. Much of […]Read On »

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