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Mj Rodriguez Sang ‘Suddenly Seymour’ And The Video Is Getting A Lot Of Love

Mj Rodriguez is one of the biggest names in television right now. The trans actress is the lead of the groundbreaking show “Pose” that is all about LGBTQ+ people of color in the late ’80s and early ’90s of New York City. The African-American and Puerto Rican actress is once again showing her impressive entertainment skills on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

Mj Rodriguez and George Salazar are currently in a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Pasadena Playhouse.

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It is perfect for the spooky season we have all been waiting for. If you’ve never seen “Little Shop of Horrors,” do it now. You won’t regret it.

Salazar tweeted to celebrate the moment that he and Rodriguez broke another barrier for LGBTQ+ people of color.

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“Little Shop of Horrors” is a cult classic that has kept audiences inspired and entertained for decades. Seeing a gay Asian-Latino man and a trans Black-Latina woman take the lead roles is another step forward for queer people of color.

Salazar continued his tweet by highlighting the importance of brown, queer people getting a chance to shine on a national stage.

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It is no question that the representation of queer people and people-of-color is scarce in entertainment. However, seeing Rodriguez and Salazar take one such an iconic show and do it wonderfully is something people can look up to.

While the crucial representation is lagging in Hollywood, audiences are ready to support more and more diverse projects. The annual UCLA Hollywood representation study showed that films that had 31 percent to 40 percent of minority representation garnered the biggest global box office successes.

Fans of the original show are giving the rendition so much love.

The show is playing at the Pasadena Playhouse from Sept. 17 until Oct. 20. It is safe to say that people are starting to buy up the tickets after their appearance on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

Fans of the two performers are thanking them on social media for the importance of their performance.

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It is a very important thing for children to see themselves represented. By seeing themselves represented in major productions, other queer children of color can reach for the stars and will see their future opening up in front of them. It offers a community often ignored role models to know that they can do anything.

People who have seen the performance are admitting that they are being moved to tears.

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The duo really made an impression on audience members. Their performance is one that brings chills to your body. Rodriguez shines as she sings her heart out and will leave you speechless.

So, who’s going to take my money and give me tickets for this show?

From the clip, it seems like this is a show worth watching. Who doesn’t want to experience some theatre history?

You can watch the full video below.

What a beautiful rendition of a timeless classic.

READ: MJ Rodriguez Is The Newest Hollywood Sensation And Her Star Is Just Starting To Rise

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‘Pose’ Will Be Ending After Its Upcoming 3rd Season and Fans Are Crushed

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‘Pose’ Will Be Ending After Its Upcoming 3rd Season and Fans Are Crushed

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Sad news for “Pose” fans. The series’ creator, Steven Canals, took to social media on Friday to announce that the groundbreaking show’s upcoming third season will be its last.

According to Canals, the decision was one the creative team made voluntarily.

“It was a very difficult decision for us to make,” said the Bronx-born writer of Puerto Rican descent. “But this has been an incredible journey and we have told the story we wanted to tell–the way we wanted to tell it.”

“Pose” centers on New York City’s drag “ballroom culture” of the ’80s and ’90s–the underground queer scene that was made up of chosen “families” of dancers and models. The series was innovative for its trailblazing diverse cast, made up mostly of Black, Latinx, queer, and trans performers.

The show was the star-making vehicle for Latinx queer and trans performers like Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore, and Angel Bismark Curiel.

According to Variety, the third and final season will take place in 1994 and focus on Rodriguez’s character, Blanca, as she “struggles to balance being a mother with being a present partner to her new love, and her latest role as a nurse’s aide.” The third season will also explore the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic through Billy Porter’s Emmy-Winning character, Pray Tell.

According to Steven Canals, “Pose” was the type of show he had always been dying to see on TV, but one that Hollywood wasn’t in the habit of producing.

“’Write the TV show you want to watch!’ That’s what I was told in 2014 while completing my MFA in screenwriting,” Canals said in an additional statement. “At the time we weren’t seeing very many Black and Latinx characters — that happened to also be LGBTQ+ — populating screens. And so I wrote the first draft of a pilot the ‘younger me’ deserved.”

In likewise bittersweet statements, the rest of “Pose”‘s creative team bid farewell to the show that was life-changing to so many people.

“My life has been forever changed because of ‘Pose,’ a drama series that centered around trans and queer people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and Black and Latinx people – without trepidation or apology,” executive producer Janet Mock wrote in a statement.

She continued: “It’s left an indelible mark on our culture, modeling that a TV show can be successful and entertaining while also casting authentically, hiring LGBTQ talent in front of and behind the camera, and moving people living on the margins to centerstage.”

“‘Pose’ has been one of the creative highlights of my entire career,” said series writer and co-creator Ryan Murphy.

“To go from the beginning of my career in the late 90s when it was nearly impossible to get an LGBTQ character on television to Pose — which will go down in history for having the largest LGBTQ cast of all time — is a truly full circle moment for me.”

Now that “Pose” has proved it is possible, hopefully there will now be more shows that aren’t afraid to center queer people of color as the center of their own narratives. The newest season of “Pose” will premiere on May 2nd, with the final episode airing on June 6th.

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The 1997 ‘Cinderella’ Starring Brandy and Whitney Houston Will Finally Stream on Disney+ and Fans Can’t Contain Their Excitement

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The 1997 ‘Cinderella’ Starring Brandy and Whitney Houston Will Finally Stream on Disney+ and Fans Can’t Contain Their Excitement

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This one is for all you ’90s babies out there. Since Disney+ launched in 2019, the streaming service provided an endless selection of throw-back titles that sparked all of our nostalgia (we’re looking at you, “Gotta Kick it Up“).

But die-hard Disney fans couldn’t help but notice a mysterious and unexplained absence of a classic from their library. Where was the 1997 classic “Cinderella” starring Brandy?

Well finally, our prayers have been answered. On Thursday, Disney announced that “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” will be available for streaming on Disney+ on February 12th.

Many millennials–and maybe even some older Gen Zers–remember this version of “Cinderella” as the colorblind casting experiment that had a Black princess (played by Brandy), a South Asian prince (played by Paolo Montalban), a white stepmother (played by Bernadette Peters) and a Black fairy godmother (played by the late, great Whitney Houston).

At the time, the TV-movie was groundbreaking for its multiethnic cast. Even the background actors were from racially diverse.

“One of [the casting director’s] mantras, the philosophy that begat ‘Hamilton’ in fact, was to do color blind casting and always cast with diversity,” one of the movie’s producers explained to Shondaland in an oral history about the movie. “It informed how we looked at the world and how we looked at our projects. We want to reflect the world we’re working in.”

“We even got the dancers we wanted,” said another producer. “We cast Latino, Asian, white, and black dancers.”

Since the movie’s premiere in 1997, the entertainment industry has become much more open-minded when it comes to colorblind casting–a term that has now evolved into “color-conscious casting“.

Colorblind/conscious casting has become more mainstream due to cultural phenomena like “Hamilton” and “Bridgerton“.

According to Diep Tran, the associate editor of American Theatre magazine, color-conscious casting means “we’re aware of the historic discrimination in the entertainment industry and we’re also aware of what it means to put a body of color onstage.”

Naturally, fans of the 1997 film are over-the-moon that this Disney deep-cut is coming to a streaming service.

Fans have been campaigning for the movie to be on Disney+ since the streaming service launched in 2019

Twitter is awash with celebratory statements like “Brandy and Whitney Houston acting on a screen together is a beautiful blessing” and “IN TIME FOR VALENTINE’S DAY!!! GUESS WHAT MY HUSBAND IS NOW GOING TO BE FORCED TO WATCH WITH ME!!!”… Hey, that last one isn’t really a bad idea.

We, for one, will definitely be tuning in on February 12th to take a much-need walk down memory lane.

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