Pop Culture Fix: Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe Join the Call of Black Athletes for Racial Justice at the ESPYs

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!).

+ But I’m a Cheerleader is coming to the Criterion Channel this month and Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall sat down to reminisce about their cult classic.

+ Also:

+ 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.”

+ Y: The Last Man is moving to FX on Hulu (a distinction I still don’t quite understand).

+ Please enjoy the FULL TRAILER for the Baby-Sitter’s Club and get excited for Carmen to review the heck out of this.

+ You can watch The Chi‘s full season three premiere for free on YouTube, including the long awaited gay wedding.

+ A whole documentary about Curve magazine, if you can believe it!

+ 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.”

+ The AV Club’s list of best comedies on Hulu features some of your gay faves.

+ From Yohana Desta over at Vanity Fair: The Watermelon Woman: The Enduring Cool of a Black Lesbian Classic

+ Fresh Off the Boat creator and showrunner Nahnatchka Khan’s is teaming up with Netflix for a new rom-com.

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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. any other childhood BSC fans tear up at this trailer? so glad to be getting a reboot/nostalgia series that isn’t grimdark!

    although if anyone is interested in producing a grimdark babysitter’s club please message me i would write it

    • From a world where parents were on their own.
      In a suburb that cried out for a hero.
      Who would ensure date night happened?
      They were…the Babysitters Club.

  2. OMG: “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.”

    • “The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – this is their story.”
      Grace Wheelberg [probably]

  3. HEATHER!!! HI!!! I am so relieved to see an article from you, I was worried about you <3

  4. That Criterion Channel interview with Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall was very insightful – thanks for the link!

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