In its final season, “Pose” remains a cultural force celebrating the queer Black and brown performers of ballroom culture whose influence ripples across generations. The show makes nods to people and events in “Paris is Burning,” its spiritual predecessor, but Jennie Livingston’s 1990 documentary is by no means required viewing to connect with the vibrant cast of “Pose.” Rather, the callbacks are the frame on which the writers drape their own histories, longing, and angst in a rich composite of found families and dreams realized against the odds. The show walks a narrative tightrope between honoring the deeply intersectional struggles…

Matt Becher

Arts fundraiser, illustrator, and freelance writer. Featured on, Fatherly, and others. Three-time @quora Top Writer.

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