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Aug. 6, 2019

Ep.26.- The Category Is... Pose! Why Every Episode of Pose Is History In The Making

Ep.26.- The Category Is... Pose! Why Every Episode of Pose Is History In The Making

On this week's episode of Kickin' & Streamin' Graham and Jocelyn review FX Original series Pose, a show starring M.J. Rodriguez, Billy Porter, Dominique Jackson, Ryan Jamaal Swain, and Indya Moore. The series was created by screenwriter, director, and producer Ryan Murphy. Murphy is best known for creating and co-creating heavy hitter series including Nip Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, American Crime Story among others. Jocelyn describes the series as deeply educational and eye-opening. Graham & Jocelyn discuss how much the series shed light on the reality of the life of LGBTQ folks in the 80's at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Jocelyn expresses her amazement at the members of the gay community's ingenuity of creating "houses" as a safe space, a place of refuge for young homeless and destitute LGBT people to prevent them from dying as victim of hate crimes and other dangers they were exposed to as a result of their sexual orientation. Jocelyn expresses how learning about the Ball Culture, all the details, the history, and the kindness the gay community showed to one another during those times is enough to renew her faith in humanity. The co-host then discuss each of the main cast members and their respective characters. Graham and Jocelyn praise M.J. Rodriguez's absolutely magnificent portrayal of Blanca Evangelista, a HIV positive "house mother" who is committed to bettering the lives of each one of her children, and she is particularly committed to ensuring Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain) lives up to his potential as a ballet dancer. The two co-hosts then discuss Billy Porter's portrayal of Pray Tell who is the Emcee at the nightly balls where each house compete in a runway-style contest of a variety of categories. The remaining characters and actors are discussed at length and in detail. Graham and Jocelyn point out the importance of seeing the art in the series, the creativity, the braveness of individuals who in spite of all the rejection, discrimination, and mistreatment they received from the outside world, they decided to live their true lives, their true identity, regardless of the consequences and ignorance of the times. Enjoy this episode, and please don't forget to tell us what you think if you've watched Pose, or when you watch it.