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Lena Waithe Uses Her Trailblazer Award Acceptance Speech to Praise the Stars of Paris Is Burning

Lena Waithe Uses Her Trailblazer Award Acceptance Speech to Praise the Stars of Paris Is Burning
Lena Waithe was honored with the Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in NYC on Saturday night. The actress and Emmy-winning writer - who hit the red carpet with her fianceé, Alana Mayo, gave a poignant acceptance speech on stage, during which she gave "glory and shine" to the stars of the iconic 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning. "I believe the only reason why I'm even allowed to stand here is because of a few other trailblazers that some of you might not be aware of." Lena then urged the audience to think of those Lgbtq+ pioneers, like Pepper Labeija, Dorian Corey, and Angie Xtravaganza, who "strutted through a brick wall so we wouldn't have to."

#MTVAwards: @LenaWaithe thanks trail blazers: "they strutted through a brick wall so we wouldn't have to" pic.twitter.com/0f20rUJxEE

- Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 19, 2018
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TV Review: 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

After sitting through countless bloated awards shows indulging themselves for three or four hours at a time, the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards were a genuine relief — and in a delightful twist, even genuinely heartwarming.

Airing Monday night after taping Saturday, the edited ceremony ran just two hours long but managed to squeeze in 15 awards, two musical performances, and several pre-taped sketches featuring host Tiffany Haddish. Speeches were largely short and sweet; the biggest exception was generation award winner Chris Pratt, who accidentally proved the power of short speeches by delivering a confusing list of life rules ranging from “learn to
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Lena Waithe Uses Her Trailblazer Award Acceptance Speech to Praise the Stars of Paris Is Burning

Lena Waithe was honored with the Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in NYC on Saturday night. The actress and Emmy-winning writer - who hit the red carpet with her fianceé, Alana Mayo, gave a poignant acceptance speech on stage, during which she gave "glory and shine" to the stars of the iconic 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning. "I believe the only reason why I'm even allowed to stand here is because of a few other trailblazers that some of you might not be aware of." Lena then urged the audience to think of those Lgbtq+ pioneers, like Pepper Labeija, Dorian Corey, and Angie Xtravaganza, who "strutted through a brick wall so we wouldn't have to."

#MTVAwards: @LenaWaithe thanks trail blazers: "they strutted through a brick wall so we wouldn't have to" pic.twitter.com/0f20rUJxEE

- Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 19, 2018
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MTV Movie and TV Awards 2018: ‘Black Panther’ is big winner of the night with 4 victories including Best Movie

MTV Movie and TV Awards 2018: ‘Black Panther’ is big winner of the night with 4 victories including Best Movie
Tiffany Haddish hosted the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards, which aired on Monday night, June 18. This was the 27th year for these kudos, but only the second year that TV shows were celebrated alongside films. Winners were determined by fans voting online. Find out who won in our live blog below with all the minute-by-minute results. Check out the full list of winners right here.

Black Panther” was the most nominated film of the year with seven total bids, including Best Movie. It faced off in that top category against another Marvel extravaganza, “Avengers: Infinity War,” which also features characters from “Black Panther.” There was even a DC superhero in the mix for Best Movie: “Wonder Woman.” Did all the comic-book characters split the vote, opening the door for the horror film “It” or the comedy “Girls Trip” to upset? In the history of the awards only one superhero film
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MTV Movie & TV Awards: Lena Waithe Accepts Trailblazer Award, Cites Others Who Paved the Way

Lena Waithe was honored with the Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards Monday night. The award recognizes content creators who introduce new and unique voices within the entertainment industry.

Upon accepting the award from Common, who said Waithe was "a visionary," she said although she was so "elated" when she found out she was receiving the award, she really wanted to dedicate it to other visionaries. She gave a special shout-out to the subjects of the groundbreaking 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning, which follows drag queens — including Willi Ninja, Dorian Corey and more —...
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MTV Movie & TV Awards: Lena Waithe Accepts Trailblazer Award, Cites Others Who Paved the Way

MTV Movie & TV Awards: Lena Waithe Accepts Trailblazer Award, Cites Others Who Paved the Way
Lena Waithe was honored with the Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards Monday night. The award recognizes content creators who introduce new and unique voices within the entertainment industry.

Upon accepting the award from Common, who said Waithe was "a visionary," she said although she was so "elated" when she found out she was receiving the award, she really wanted to dedicate it to other visionaries. She gave a special shout-out to the subjects of the groundbreaking 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning, which follows drag queens — including Willi Ninja, Dorian Corey and more —...
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'Pose': Ryan Murphy's Drag Ball Drama Is Stylish, Surprisingly Sincere

'Pose': Ryan Murphy's Drag Ball Drama Is Stylish, Surprisingly Sincere
Pose is the ninth TV series Ryan Murphy has either created or co-created (not counting American Crime Story, where he's an influential executive producer). It is also, somewhat improbably, the most restrained and earnest of all his shows, despite its subject matter.

Or maybe because of it.

Pose, which Murphy co-created with Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals (and premieres on June 3rd) takes place in New York in the late Eighties, in the drag ball scene that was briefly brought into the mainstream by Madonna's "Vogue" video and the documentary Paris Is Burning.
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TV Review: ‘Pose’ on FX

“Pose,” like its own unsung heroes, is revolutionary.

FX’s new drama devotes the kind of attention (and budget) that typically goes to conflicted straight male antiheros to the glittering grunge of New York City’s ballroom scene circa 1987. It centers Lgbtq communities whose ambitions are so much bigger than the infinitesimal spaces society affords them. It weaves stories of triumph and steel will with the creeping terror of the AIDS epidemic that constantly reminded everyone that this one wild night could very well be their last. Its stars are lost queer teens, hopeless romantic sex workers, defiant trans matriarchs.
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‘Pose’ Writer Janet Mock on Making History With Trans Storytelling (Guest Column)

‘Pose’ Writer Janet Mock on Making History With Trans Storytelling (Guest Column)
I first met Ryan Murphy on location in Hollywood in July. The set was a nightclub, filled with background actors staged as glistening go-go dancers, shirtless revelers, and twirling drag queens. They were all basking under the glow of a spinning disco ball — a fitting setting for my first Hollywood job interview.

I was flown in from New York City to meet with television’s most prolific showrunner, who was directing the pilot of “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” The day’s shoot concentrated on reconstructing a moment when the late Italian designer meets the man who will ultimately end his life.
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘United Skates’

Anyone who’s ever been to a roller-skating rink knows such establishments tend to bombard their patrons with rules — rules that dictate the kind of clothes, the kind of wheels, and the kind of moves permitted on the floor. For kids, it may be easy to assume that these restrictions are designed for everyone’s safety, but in many cases, they actually serve as a coded form of racial discrimination (in much the same way a Pennsylvania golf course kicked out five black women for playing too slowly earlier this week).

Now — and not a moment too soon, as once-thriving rinks go bust at a rate of three a month — first-time directors Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown’s deep-dive documentary “United Skates” reveals what these social-gathering places mean to African-Americans, past and present. Like such trendsetting classics as “Paris Is Burning” and “Rize,” this kaleidoscopically vibrant, essential-viewing survey plunges audiences into a dazzling underground scene,
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Ryan Murphy Says ‘American Horror Story’ Season 8 Will Return to ‘Tone’ of ‘Asylum’ and ‘Coven’

Ryan Murphy Says ‘American Horror Story’ Season 8 Will Return to ‘Tone’ of ‘Asylum’ and ‘Coven’
A mixture of Christmas and Halloween came early this year for “American Horror Story” fans, as co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy veered from tradition and announced plans for season eight.

During the final segment of an “American Horror Story: Cult” panel, Murphy shared with the audience and “Cult” cast members Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter, and Leslie Grossman what they can expect from the next season of the FX series. He allowed each cast member and one fan from the Beverly Hills, Calif. audience to ask a yes or no question.

Before the questions began,
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Ryan Murphy Says FX’s ‘Pose’ Is Intensely Personal Project – TCA

FX’s Pose is an intensely personal project for Ryan Murphy, as he described Friday afternoon at TCA. Asked how much the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning is in this dance musical series, and why he thinks this world is something that would have “mainstream” interest, Murphy told TV critics: “I always loved Paris Is Burning. They were rock stars to me when I was growing up.” Murphy and Brad Falchuk at one point discussed doing a TV version of the docu filmed in the mid- to…
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Harvey Weinstein Produced One of My Favorite Movies. Now What? (Column)

Harvey Weinstein Produced One of My Favorite Movies. Now What? (Column)
One of my favorite films is 2002’s “The Hours.” It is a melodramatic film in some ways, and hugely depressing, too. But at the age of 17 it was absolutely lyrical for me, and that sensibility has not faded for me in the nearly two decades since. But “The Hours” was crucial for other reasons, too. It’s not just a film I loved at a young age; it’s a film that prompted my entrée to critical thinking and awards-season reporting, as I tracked the movie’s progress from one dusty theater in my 24-screen multiplex to the Academy Awards. I was 17 years old when I first read the name Harvey Weinstein in the pages of my religiously perused Entertainment Weekly. I did not realize then, as I know now, that Weinstein was involved in four out of the five nominated Best Picture movies that awards season — “Gangs of New York,” his personal favorite,
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Black, gay and fearless: how Louis Ck’s Check It subverts expectations

A documentary about a gay street gang is the natural successor to Paris is Burning and Tangerine

Related: Burning down the house: why the debate over Paris is Burning rages on

In the winter of 2013, film-makers Toby Oppenheimer and Dana Flor took a bunch of Washington DC street kids for a burger at a local branch of the fast-food chain Denny’s. They’d heard about the Check It gang from local radio DJ Ronald “Mo” Moten while researching a documentary on go-go, the raw, indigenous Washington DC music genre. “He said these kids are like nobody you’ve ever met,” says Flor. The go-go doc was soon abandoned. Trouble Funk would have to wait.

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Kiki review – gay ballroom scene strictly life-affirming

An eye-opening documentary about New York’s underground Lgbt ball culture

Sara Jordenö’s vivid documentary about New York’s underground ballroom scene glows with the heat of radical empathy. Jordenö casts her subjects – gay black and brown teens who find freedom in dance and drag – in warm reds and oranges, giving each individual their moment by fixing on their faces as they make direct eye contact with her camera.

The elephant in the room is Jennie Livingston’s 1990 vogueing documentary, Paris Is Burning, which casts a long shadow over the film. There are two main differences here: firstly, Kiki comes from the community it depicts (Twiggy Pucci Garçon, one of the film’s stars, has a co-writer credit). Secondly, while Paris Is Burning was mostly set against the backdrop of the Reagan era, Kiki takes place in Obama’s America. Inevitably, the dramatic stakes feel different; the urgency of
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Saturday Church’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Saturday Church’
Were you Team “Moonlight” or Team “La La Land”? Now you don’t have to choose. As vibrant as it is vital, Manhattan-made indie “Saturday Church” tells the all-too-common coming-out story of a young black gay man … as a musical, blending elements of those rival best picture nominees into a winning new combination. While hardly as accomplished as either, writer-director Damon Cardasis’ colorful, you-are-not-alone debut should delight Lgbt audiences — especially young ones — thanks to a handful of dynamically choreographed identity-empowerment ballads that would be right at home on either next year’s Oscar ballot or a NYC vogue ball playlist.

In recent years, the challenges facing trans youth have garnered so much public attention, you’ve surely heard a story like Ulysses’ before — although you’ve never heard it quite like this, as Cardasis’ goosebump-inducing songs (composed and co-written by Nathan Larson) elevate this otherwise familiar tale to a higher realm.
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Why Barry Jenkins’ Second Home Is Miami’s Tiny, Eccentric, and Inspiring Borscht Film Festival

Why Barry Jenkins’ Second Home Is Miami’s Tiny, Eccentric, and Inspiring Borscht Film Festival
As film nonprofits go, Miami’s Borscht Corp has a different way of doing things. Whether it’s buying a speedboat as the first step in fundraising for a feature, or “canceling” a secret party on social media to throw off the cops, Borscht’s organizational methods are as experimental and visionary as the work it produces. That includes the Borscht Film Festival, a “quasi-yearly” event showcasing films, sculpture, performances, and installations by emerging regional filmmakers.

While Borscht may sound obscure, it lies at the heart of Barry Jenkins’ success. When Borscht co-founder (and “Moonlight” co-producer) Andrew Hevia saw Miami native Jenkins’ first feature, the San Francisco-set “Medicine for Melancholy,” he became determined to bring Jenkins back to Miami to shoot a film. Borscht commissioned a short film from Jenkins, “Chlorophyl,” for the 2011 festival. “That sort of re-awakened [Jenkins] to the city,” said Borscht co-founder Lucas Leyva, an accomplished filmmaker and producer himself.
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IndieWire Stands With Women: 18 Films Made by Women, Starring Women, That We Absolutely Love

IndieWire Stands With Women: 18 Films Made by Women, Starring Women, That We Absolutely Love
A very happy International Women’s Day (and, related, Happy A Day Without A Woman those exercising their ability to strike in order to help highlight the important contributions made by women in the workplace and the world at large) to all of our readers! With this important day in mind, we’ve assembled a list of films, all currently streaming online, that would not exist without the female creators (writers, directors, sometime-stars, and more) who crafted them. It’s just a taste — a nibble, really — of some of the industry’s best examples of forward-thinking, female-driven work.

Read More: IndieWire Stands With Women: 27 TV Shows Created by Women, Starring Women, That We Absolutely Love

Take a peek, and appreciate the power of women and their strong-as-hell creativity and drive.

Paris Is Burning” (Netflix)

Jennie Livingston’s incisive, intimate and wildly entertaining documentary about New York City “drag ball culture
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"Kiki" Whisks You Behind The Scenes of Harlem Drag Ball

If the words Paris Is Burning don’t automatically send your wrists flicking, legs swishing, or face twisting then please politely exit stage right to your nearest local library, pick up a copy of the seminal drag ball documentary, and then keep reading. For those of you already wrapped up in Labeija, you’ll want to peep this trailer for the documentary Kiki – a compassionate check-in on the contemporary state of voguing that centers on a diverse community of queer performers in the Harlem ball scene. This trailer provides a glimpse of the hugely talented group practicing – nay slaying – on the Christopher Street Pier, creating a makeshift home to express their talents and personal experiences to audiences and to one another, as well as their commentary on society's discriminatory attitude towards the different identities that the citizens of the scene inhabit. Check it out below.

Having already seen this exceptional,
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NYC’s Lgbtq Ball Culture Gets the Spotlight in Trailer for ‘Kiki’

Nearly thirty years after the landmark documentary Paris is Burning, a new film is taking a modern look at ball culture in New York City. Sara Jordenö‘s Kiki, which premiered last year at Sundance Film Festival and will get a release later this month via IFC Films, profiles a handful of Lgbtq people who are deeply involved with the scenes. Ahead of the release, the first trailer has now arrived which looks to be a beautiful celebration of this culture.

We said in our review, “Director Sara Jordenö, a Swedish visual artist, made Kiki in collaboration with Twiggy Pucci Garçon, a self-described gatekeeper of the Kiki scene. Co-credited as screenwriters, it’s easy to picture Garçon leading Jordenö in observing the subculture and its constituents without ever becoming too invasive. The documentary favors a measured approach, watching the dancing from a distance and calculating when to move in closer.
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