Pop Culture Fix: Unparalleled Queen Latifah Kicks So Much Ass in “Equalizer”

Do you feel guilty when you start rereading a book you’ve read a hundred times when you have so many unread books on your nightstand? That’s weird, right? It’s all reading and it’s all better than doom-scrolling Twitter! Anyway I just started Priory of the Orange Tree for the one billionth time during my lunch break and cannot wait for the day I announce in Pop Culture Fix that it’s being adapted for TV. 

+ The teaser for Queen Latifah’s Equalizer is finally here and she kicks just as much ass as I hoped she would! It premieres on CBS after the Super Bowl.

+ Hunter Harris’ February cover shoot profile of Zendaya in GQ is so great.

+ Hey speaking of killer profiles: Javicia Leslie left government for Hollywood — now she’s the first Black Batwoman, by Tracy Brown for the Los Angeles Times.

+ But wait there’s more! Mallika Rao profiles Lilly Singh’ for The New York Times

Yep, that’s three major publication profiles of women of color written by women of color!

+ Mamma Mia director Phyllida Lloyd spills on the treacherous Hollywood path for queer directors.

+ Brandi Carlile on queer parenting.

+ Dickinson’s Hailee Steinfeld on season 2, queer love and working with Marvel’s Finn Jones.

+ For the return of Captain Jack Harkness to Doctor Who: Torchwood is essential queer television masquerading as science fiction.

+ Peacock is dropping all ten episodes of its Punky Brewster reboot in February. (I can’t be the only one who sees Soleil Moon Frye and thinks of her character that couldn’t stop punching Joey on Friends every single time.)

+ How WandaVision reassembles the MCU with a crash course through sitcom history.

+ Lucy Lawless goes full Xena on Kevin Sorbo for spreading conspiracy theories.

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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. – I am a fan of the Equalizer films and of Queen Latifah, so I’ll give this a chance, teaser/trailer didn’t give me enough to go off of yet.

    – Anxious to finally see Javica Leslie as Batwoman, all these advertisement was nice to see, but it has also made the wait seem like forever.

    – Excited for Wandavision, though not expecting any gay stuff in it.

    – Also, for anyone interested in the “Riverdale-esque” live-action reboot of Winx Club, while they have cast a black woman as Aisha/Layla, they also whitewashed both Musa and Flora.


  3. After seeing her in Chicago, this role seems reasonable. Plus she’s in the best shape of her career.

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