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MJ RODRIGUEZ COVERS VANITY FAIR, TALKS POSE, DAVE CHAPPELLE & TRANS IDENTITY

Triple threat Michaela Jaé (Mj) Rodriguez covers the latest issue of Vanity Fair, and the Golden Globe winner touched on a plethora of topics, including her thoughts on Pose lasting three seasons, Dave Chappelle, and more.

I’ve also just learned that MJ will be honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak award at the 33rd annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. The event will be held on April 2nd at the Beverly Hilton.

Kudos to Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, for that fierce cover.

Catch the highlights below…

On ‘Pose’, Which I’m Hearing Netflix Is Removing In March:

“I feel like it ended at the right time. I feel like we crossed the t’s and dotted our i’s, and we explained the experience of Black trans women to the best of our ability. And now it lives on television forever.”

On Dave Chappelle, Who Just Signed a Deal To Release Four More Comedy Specials On Netflix:

“I’ve had a lot of things that came my way. There was nothing that stopped me—slurs or whatever opinion somebody had about how I lived—it had nothing to do with me. It was always with them.”

“I had nothing to say to it because I didn’t watch it. Also, I had to keep pumping for my girls. I couldn’t let someone’s opinion or their thought process or even their comedy about the trans community deter me, because the moment I let that happen, they win.… The girls are going to keep pumping no matter what.”

On Affirming Her Trans Identity:

“I was seven years old when I had an affirmation of myself. When I started Rent,I started medically transitioning. But I already had a self-assuredness of my femininity and womanhood when I was seven years old.”

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