Pop Culture Fix: Janelle Monáe Presents Amandla Stenberg With Her First Award for “The Hate U Give”

Welcome to the Pop Culture Fix, which you can read today without having to cover your ears and run away from the news for the first time in two years!

+ Janelle Monáe and Amandla Stenberg: reunited and it feels so good. Janelle Presented Amandla with the Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award at the Hollywood Film Awards earlier this week, for her work on The Hate U Give. This isn’t their first time hanging out; they had a candid, moving conversation for Vogue last summer about racism and dealing with Trump’s election. Stenberg was also on The Late Show With Tervor Noah a couple of weeks ago where she said of her new film, “I’ve never seen so many white people crying before.” (The whole interview is very good!)

+ Well, it’s happening. The Pretty Little Liars spin-off is coming to teevee. Here is the first sneak peek, featuring Mona and an Emily-less Ali.

+ For a minute it looked like a “San Junipero” sequel was confirmed for the new season of Black Mirror but then the series creator tweeted and said it was NOT confirmed (but he also didn’t say he’s not going to do it, because he already said he was probably going to do it.)

+ Netflix’s confirmed queer She-Ra reboot is coming sooner than expected! On November 13! In six days! Here’s a new trailer and everything.

+ Look at this!

+ Rita Moreno has joined Lin Manuel-Miranda’s In the Heights adaptation! Update: Never mind. :(

+ Mockingbird‘s creative team has created a new comic called Man-Eaters that “attacks misogyny with menstruating teenage were-panthers.” SOLD.

+ Penny Dreadful is coming back to Showtime. I vaguely remember that it was gay but I can’t remember how. Valerie says she’s pretty sure “Billie Piper turned into a vampire and made a misandrist girl gang sex cult.”

+ The Aretha Franklin documentary, Amazing Grace, is finally getting released (four decades after it was filmed).

+ Abbi and Ilana celebrated election day with a mini-episode of Broad City, in which they tried to learn Russian.

+ The A.V. Club likes The Good Place a lot less when Eleanor and Tahani don’t get to share the screen.

+ Rashida Jones is going to write and star in a new sitcom parodying sitcom wives and what it is called is Kevin Can Fuck Himself. (!!!!!)

+ The Satanic Temple is suing Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

+ Frozen 2 is coming to theaters sooner than expected, make it gay you cowards, etc.

+ A Discovery of Witches, a TV show with queer characters based on a book universally loathed by our senior editors, has been renewed for season two.

+ The Sarah Shahi-fronted thriller Reverie has been axed by NBC.

+ And finally, it would appear Ariana Grande is up to something very Mommi on Ellen today.

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. “Billie Piper turned into a vampire and made a misandrist girl gang sex cult.”
    I… wow… I just need a minute.
    *fans self*

  2. Stenberg uses they/them alongside she/her, perhaps Autostraddle coverage of their work could alternate pronouns?
    G-d knows most outlets will breezily ignore their wishes.

  3. I am relieved to hear the AS senior editors loathe A Discovery of Witches–I know Jen Richards loves the book, and I love Jen Richards, but honestly, I was so disappointed in the library-to-hetero-vamp/witch-sex ratio that I never finished it.

    • I can’t speak for the series but the book was purely sexist romance novel masquerading as a fantasy book.

  4. When I heard my future ex-wife Alex Kingston was going to be in A Discovery of Witches, I tried to read the books to get a sense of what the show would be about…it felt like a non-teenage version of the Twilight books…I didn’t make it halfway through the first book.

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