Welcome to your Monday Pop Culture Fix, friends.
+ ESPN’s annual ESPY Awards aired this weekend, and it was a whole different show this year — not only because it was happening remotely, but also because it centered Black Lives Matter, including the opening five-minute film which honored Jackie Robinson, Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Serena Williams, Colin Kaepernick and other Black athletes who have fought for racial justice throughout their careers. It’s narrated by Russell Wilson, Sue Bird, and Megan Rapinoe (who also managed multiple outfit changes throughout the night!).
— ESPN (@espn) June 22, 2020
I was very closeted when we made this film. Countless people over the years have told me how this movie made them feel seen and helped them come out. I want them to know their words and strength did the same for me. Thank you.
— Clea DuVall (@cleaduvall) June 20, 2020
+ Variety‘s chief TV critic Caroline Framke has spent the morning calling out the TCA Awards’ overwhelming whiteness: “TCA’s only one org, but its historically narrow view of Good TV is an awful failure that’s indicative of a much larger issue: which shows get more notice, consideration, accolades, ‘mainstream’ cultural capital to spend. We need to stop talking about being better and just be it.”
+ Please enjoy the FULL TRAILER for the Baby-Sitter’s Club and get excited for Carmen to review the heck out of this.
+ One Day at a Time‘s Gloria Calderón Kellett and Insecure’s Natasha Rothwell have sold a new feature to HBO Max. Listen to this! “The film is a classic ’80s coming of age story set in John Hughes’ Chicago but in this story the Brat Pack is in the background, and for the first time the focus is on the Brown kids, the LGBTQ kids, the Black kids, the real outsiders, because they were there, too.”
+ From Yohana Desta over at Vanity Fair: The Watermelon Woman: The Enduring Cool of a Black Lesbian Classic