Pop Culture Fix: Janelle Monáe Stars in “Homecoming”… We Shall Call It, Homo-Coming!

I am not your usual round up host, Heather Hogan, but whoa do I love Pop Culture just the same! So here’s your Pop Culture Fix. Let’s get to it!

If I Wrote a Coronavirus Episode. Television writers on what their characters would do in a pandemic, including Brooklyn 99, One Day at a Time, Vida, Parks and Recreation, Jane the Virgin, Riverdale, Dickinson, Gentefied, Friday Night Lights, and more of your favs!

And since we’re already streaming like we’ve never streamed before: Roku Customers Now Have a Month of Free Premium Channel Access.

Listen I’m not fully sure what’s happening here, but apparently Lindsey Shaw has started doing a Pretty Little Liars parody web series on her TikTok account? If those words all made sense to you, here is Episode One and Episode Two.

Is Quibi Crazy Enough to Actually Work? It’s a new pay streaming service for short form video content, and I’m not sure how that works either, but one of the new series it launched with is Night Gowns starring one of my favorite drag queens Sasha Velour, so there’s at least that.

‘Deputy’ Canceled at Fox. It’s always sad to see Bex Taylor-Klaus leave our TV screens.

Janelle Monáe is the lead in the second season of the Amazon Prime series Homecoming and here’s your first look.

“Any person that refuses to reimagine themselves is doomed to fail. And that’s why this world hates trans people so much.” Fatima Jamal in conversation with Tre’Vell Anderson about her new documentary, beauty standards and a trans reckoning.

A retrospective of all the times Kristen Stewart played a moody withdrawn teen, years before Twilight was ever a thing.

Every Bon Appétit: Gourmet Makes Video, Ranked. My goodness I love these. Have you seen the one where she tries to make Twinkies? Iconic.


The cast of Hamilton reunited via Zoom in the (separate) rooms where it happens to sing the musical’s opening number for one lucky young fan. (Sort-of Related: The Nanny cast reunited after 20 years for a virtual table read and you can watch it here.)

Vancouver TV shows may need to start on their next seasons late, based on province’s current quarantine plan. My apologies to all the Arrow-verse and Riverdale fans in the house.

And finally, who would’ve guessed that A Black Lady Sketch Show would end up being so prophetic?

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Carmen Phillips

Carmen is Autostraddle's Editor-in-Chief and a Black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. There were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

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