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Written by on June 27, 2019

Story by Chuck tackett


With so much great programming be shown on free and paid television these days, I tend to get a little behind on shows because of binge watching.

As some of you know, I suffered genetic kidney failure in 2010. I was on dialysis until July 13, 2016, when I had the fortune of receiving a kidney transplant. If you have ever been on dialysis or know of someone who has, you are very much aware of how the procedure wipes one out physically, and all one wants to do is sleep.

When someone mentioned to me the name of Billy Porter, I had no idea who he was. Frankly, when I became a lot stronger recuperating from my transplant, I had forgotten the name. A couple of years ago, I heard his name again. This time, I became aware that Mr. Porter was a Broadway, movie, and TV actor, who had this fantastic singing voice.

Mr. Porter’s name didn’t come up again until one of my buddies asked me if I have checked out the FX TV series “POSE.” I revealed I had seen the commercial, and in the back of my mind, I thought I need to put this show as a “must watch” in the very near future. My buddy said, “Chuck, you will love it.”

When I found out that the entire season 1 of “POSE” was on Netflix, I decided to binge watch the series. It took me only 5 days to watch the entire season. Some of those days, I stayed up until around 6:00 am. Thank you, Black Jesus, for retirement, serving Ruby from the TV show “Blackish” realness. (laughing)

For those of you who have not seen or heard of “POSE,” it is a television series that takes place in the ballroom culture world in New York City, circa the 1980s to the early 1990s. It was created by Black and Latinx LGBTQs. That phenomenon was homogenized by the singer Madonna on her video “Vogue,” just as actor John Travolta homogenized the Disco scene of the 1970s with the movie, “Saturday Night Fever.” Thankfully, there is a Facebook app called “That Disco before Travolta.” The kind of dance music made popular by Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ peoples before it got ruined by mainstreaming it.

I am ecstatic that the creators of “POSE” kept this historic show real by casting real-life Black, Latina, and Transgender actors, making them dominate in the series keeping it historically accurate.

The premise of Season 1 of “POSE” has been described as set in 1987/88 and looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the African American and Latino ball culture world, the downtown and literary scene, and the rise of the yuppie Trump milieu. My absolute favorite character of the show is Billy Porter portraying MC Pray Tell. Season 2 of “POSE” premiered Tuesday, June 11, 10 pm ET. If you haven’t watch Season 1, you can watch it in its entirety on Netflix or the FX website.

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