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POSE Season 2 Premiere (Vogue, ACT UP)


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We are in the middle of June, which means that Ryan Murphy’s other series POSE is in full swing.  Season two premiered last week, with the story turning even darker.  As dark as the story gets, the ballroom culture thrives further than ever.

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Just like last season, POSE touches up on familiar events that happened in the past.  Whether they be big or small, they had a major impact in shaping America as it is today.  Two interesting references popped up during the season premiere.

Today, it’s time to go a bit deeper into these elements:
Madonna ‘Vogue’

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Madonna released her famous song ‘Vogue’ back in March 27th, 1990.  It was the music video she released that truly helped her make a major splash in the world.  Interestingly enough, Madonna’s inspiration was through vogue dancers and choreographers Luis Xtravaganza as well as Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza of the Harlem ‘House Ball’ Community.  She was introduced to ‘vogueing’ at the Sound Factory Club in New York City.

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That Madonna hype was a major element within the season premiere. Blanca was of many characters excited to see the ballroom culture becoming more mainstream over time.  Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ skyrocketed in popularity, showcasing a whole new world of dance to audiences worldwide.

ACT UP

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Pray Tell attends yet another funeral of someone who passed away from HIV/AIDS.  Nurse Judy Kubrak takes Pray Tell to attend his first meeting with the group ACT UP.  He eventually joins hundreds of others in an ACT UP Protest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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ACT UP is short for AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power.  It is an international grassroots political group that was founded in March 1987.  Their motto was ‘Silence = Death’, which was how the episode ended.

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The episode also referenced the infamous ‘Stop the Church’ incident at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.  On December 10th, 1989, over 4,500 protesters gathered outside a mass at the cathedral to protest the Cardinal’s public views on homosexuality.  A total of one-hundred and eleven protesters were arrested that day.

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All of this was referenced in the very first episode.  It has only been one episode so far and various elements from the real world are already coming into play.  Two major trends in history, Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ and ‘Stop the Church’, were woven together within season two of POSE.

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That’s all for today’s discussion on season two of POSE.  Another episode premieres tonight, which means more colorful references will be discussed within the story.

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Tales of the City/Tales of the City (Reboot)


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Merely a few days after Pride Week ended in Boston, I finished up Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City on Netflix.  Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City was a heartwarming adventure in the colorful home known as 28 Barbary Lane.  Mary Ann Singleton, Anna Madrigal, Michael, Dede, Brian, and many other familiar residents all returned to the place to reunite yet again.  Twenty-three years later and many things still haven’t changed since.

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Interestingly enough, there were many similarities between the original Tales of the City miniseries and the Netflix adaptation.  Some are rather obvious while others will need a keen eye to spot them.  If you haven’t discovered them, don’t worry – MakeSandcastlesNotWar has you covered on the tidbits within both series.

So let’s go through the round of these intriguing coincidences within Tales of the City:

Characters

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Tales of the City came with the familiar characters – Mary Ann Singleton, Michael, Dede, Anna Madrigal, and Brian.  The actors/actresses from the original series returned their respective roles.  These include Laura Linney, Barbara Garrick, Olympia Dukakis, and Paul Gross.  Mouse was still in the story, but was instead played by Murray Bartlett.

Armistead Maupin Cameo

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Speaking of characters, Armistead Maupin appears in a scene in BOTH the original and Netflix adaptation.  In the original series, there is a scene where Brian and Michael are sunbathing outside of the house.  Look closely and you can see Armistead Maupin in the window typewriting.

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For the Netflix version, Armistead can be spotted in episode seven titled ‘Next Level Shit’.  He is in the front row during the wedding scene.  One famous writer appears as a cameo in both of the series.

Storyline

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Just like the original series back in 1993, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City stems from Armistead Maupin’s novels.  The Netflix adaptation takes familiar concepts from novels such as Michael Tolliver Lives and Mary Ann in Autumn.  Over twenty-five years since the original version aired and the new version still takes elements from the literature series.

Those were a few intriguing similarities between Tales of the City and Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City.  Two brilliant series that have connecting ties within one another.  Not only did Armistead Maupin write the novels, but he also appeared as a guest cameo in the TV miniseries as well.  This was one of those instances where the Netflix adaptation series came out absolutely amazing.

Pride Month Brand Philosophy


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Pride month has been quite eventful so far for both audiences and businesses alike.  Businesses, whether they be big or small, are showcasing their true pride colors everywhere.  Gilead Sciences, the pharmaceutical company responsible for Truvada, is sponsoring the New York City Pride march once again.  LGBT-themed shows like Pose are returning for yet another season.  Literary classics like Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City are making a splash on Netflix, with new and old audiences seeing yet another chapter of the story.

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Rather than marvel over this range of corporate social responsibility, now is the time to stop and think about how far we have come in this world.  Its shocking to think that there used to be a world where very little or no companies would adhere to the LGBT community.  That kind of support only grew within the first few years of the 21st century.  It only flourished further, with the help of social media.

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Nowadays, there is no turning back.  That rainbow flag is flying higher than ever with the help from both businesses and its audiences.  Even when pride week concludes in one city, another weekly celebration begins.  That corporate support spreads throughout the nation.  Boston, New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Denver are just some of many cities that celebrate their own pride week each year.  It’s through the help of businesses, both local and national, that help get pride month in full swing.

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As support for the LGBT community grows even further, so does the need for bigger and better pride events.  This is the sort of public relations that not only benefits businesses, but also strengthens the world in the long run.  We live in a completely different world that we would have never imagined back in the 20th century.  No one would have thought that a beer company like Bud Light would be selling rainbow-colored beer cans at pride events.

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This is truly a PR miracle for both businesses and its LGBT audiences.  Pride month will only get even bigger and better as time goes on.

All with the help of the audiences and the businesses they choose to support.

What/If – 1 Decision, 1 MAJOR Consequence


Ok folks – there have been a lot of talk about the latest hit TV series coming out this month.  Even as Summer is coming in with its bright sun and blue skies, there’s still plenty of great series to watch.  There will be some rainy days here and there, so its always great to create that TV binge-watch list.

What I have for you today is… another TV series!  This Netflix series came out merely two weeks ago in May.  It’s a unique thriller series that revolves around one newlywed’s lucrative and questionable offer from a mysterious benefactor.  This is What/If.

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What/If is an anthology neo-noir thriller miniseries that was created by Mike Kelley.  Renée Zellweger stars as Anne Montgomery, a powerful venture capitalist in San Francisco.  She offers help for Lisa Ruiz-Donovan (Jane Levy) and her biotech startup called Emigen Molecular Sequencing.  Sean (Blake Jenner) spends a night with Anne in return for her help.  What happens next sends Lisa on what would be the wildest journey of her life.

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This thriller series digs deep into the concept of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things.  Lisa offers Sean up for Anne Montgomery, only to have her life spiraling out of control.  Interestingly enough, Sean isn’t the only one keeping secrets from her.

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In the end, What/If is definitely worth watching.  This creepy thriller series quickly escalates after the first episode.  Sean and Anne’s meeting set off what would be the pinnacle of the season itself.

Check out What/If on Netflix to see how one fateful decision changes the trajectory of an entire life.

Pose Season 2 (June 11th)


Our next TV series for pride month dives into the ball culture during the late 80s/early 90s in New York City.  It was a time where a unique subculture sprung up from the Big Apple, eventually becoming more mainstream years later.  Teams compete for trophies by dancing, singing, and even slaying the walkway.  This summer, it is time to live…work… POSE.

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Pose is returning with season two on FX.  Blanca, Elektra, Pray Tell, Damon, Ricky, and the rest of the gang will be back for another season in New York City.  The new season will be set in the 1990s, a few years after Blanca won her trophy for the House of Evangelista.  Season two of Pose begins Tuesday June 11th.

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A mere few days after Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City releases and now Pose season two will be on the air.  Two amazing LGBT series airing within the same month.  Pose is going to have a really interesting season now that it will be set in the new decade.  Who knows, maybe Stan will connect even further with Angela this year.

With that, Pose season two will be released shortly.  You can catch the new season on June 11th.

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Looks like it’ll be another summer to live… work… POSE!