Pop Culture Fix: Queen Latifah and The L Word’s Jordan Hull Star in Netflix’s Basketball Drama “Hustle”

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The sun is shining, I’ve got a special coffee treat, the first link in this Pop Culture Fix is about Viola Davis — great day so far! I hope you’re having one too!

+ Happy President’s Day to Viola Davis as Michelle Obama!

+ Queen Latifah and Jordan Hull both star in Netflix’s Hustle. Natalie wants them to be mother/daughter so bad! She’s always had Angie Porter-Kennard’s best interest at heart, in all the million years I’ve known her!

+ This season of Euphoria has not been… great. Now there’s a whole bunch of stories coming out about the behind-the-scenes drama, which I will be blaming squarely on Sam Levinson. :)

+ We need more queer rep in children’s media.

+ 15 LGBTQ+ movies to look forward to in 2022.

+ Hey and speaking of The L Word, Arienne Mandi (Dani!) is in this new Hallmark movie called Love: Classified.

+ Tan France on dream styling the cast of Euphoria.

+ The CW’s first Black nonbinary character is in All: American: Homecoming.

+ Gold-winning Canadian women’s hockey team scores a victory for gay athletes.

+ Amazon has renewed Harlem for a second season.

+ Oooh! Do you agree with this list of greatest queer love songs?

+ Hannibal Executive producer Bryan Fuller tells EW he regrets not shooting at least one take where Will and Hannibal kissed in the series finale. I’m putting this here for Killing Eve manifestation reasons.

+ Rumors are flying that CW’s Arrowverse is moving to HBO Max.

+ The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has been renewed for a fifth and final season.

+ The CW’s Two Sentence Horror Stories is bringing serious POC and queer rep to the genre.

+ Shay Mitchell on Dollface’s queer love story.

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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. The thing about Mrs. Maisel is that while in many way it upheld its greatness, I felt it kind of lacking the first two episodes, (which is all that’s out at the moment.) costumes are still great, I did laugh a good bit. soundtrack is still fantastic, but Midge…midge is being a bit of a self centered babaca. I feel like most of that is because of how she’s been taking the whole shy Baldwin outing scenario. She’s making the whole thing about her and seems almost blind to the fact that she almost damaged Shy’s career. He put a lot of trust in her, relying on the idea that he’d keep it under wraps. He’s a black gay guy in 1960s America. She knows what’s at stake for him! And yet, she in a fleeting moment, practically puts him. He feels exposed, that she’s betrayed him both as a friend and a coligue. So yeah he kicked her off the tour, which was devastating for midge and Susie, I can get that I was disappointed too, but Midge fails to see her faults. And the screenwriters kinda failed to see an opportunity for Susie to set Midge straight on her mistake. Susie, (who’s most definitely a dyke, at least in my book.) would probably be able to get a bit of where Shy was coming from. I want her to confront Midge, give her some context, say it’s not all about her. With that said, I will mention that this season (and series.) is not yet over. There is still hope and a great deal of potential.

  2. Euphoria has been amazing, this is the only place were I see so much criticism, odd. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is spinning its wheels, I’ll keep watching but I feel like we’re back to square one. I’m also really happy to have gotten a queer love story on Dollface but I don’t think it’s gonna be renewed, there has been zero traction, I didn’t even know it was our until the day after it came out .

  3. I love Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, but that trailer had actual queer female content and autostraddle didn’t mention it? Gillian Anderson is playing Eleanor Roosevelt and Lily Rabe is playing Lorena Hickock, the White House reporter. Most scholars agree their relationship was romantic (Hick burned many of the letters after Eleanor’s death, but even the ones that remain are not platonic) and this series is clearly, from the trailer, taking a romantic approach to Eleanor and Hick.

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