MJ Rodriguez Makes Golden Globe History, Full List Of 2022 Winners

Mj Rodriguez of POSE

Without a network to broadcast the proceedings plus the ongoing COVID surge, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the winners of the 2022 Golden Globes via Twitter on Sunday night.

Michaela Jae Rodriguez made history as she was honored with the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama statue for her role as “Blanca Evangelista” in the final season of Pose. The win made her the first transgender person to win a Golden Globe. Continue reading “MJ Rodriguez Makes Golden Globe History, Full List Of 2022 Winners”

Emmy Nominations: POSE Star Mj Rodriguez Makes History

Mj Rodriguez of POSE
Mj Rodriguez of POSE
Mj Rodriguez of POSE (via Instagram)

Mj Rodriguez made history today as she was honored with an Emmy Award nomination for her role as ‘Blanca’ on the acclaimed FX series POSE.

Receiving a nod for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Rodriguez becomes the first trans actress to be recognized in a lead acting category.

Series co-creator Steven Canals celebrated the news on Twitter:

The third and final season of POSE garnered a total of 9 nominations this morning including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Billy Porter.

This is Porter’s 3rd nomination having previously made history himself when he took home the Emmy For Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role of ‘Pray Tell’ in 2019.

The series has been a trailblazer from the get-go by featuring the largest trans cast in TV history. And yet, until now, none of the trans female cast members had been recognized by the Emmys.

“Michaela Jaé (Mj) Rodriguez’s Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series is a breakthrough for transgender women in Hollywood, and a long-overdue recognition for her groundbreaking performance over the past three seasons of POSE,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

“Additionally, the show’s nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as Billy Porter’s third nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, mark a historic show that undoubtedly raised the bar for trans representation on television and changed the way viewers around the world understand the trans community.


In additional LGBTQ Emmy news, RuPaul’s Drag Race was honored with 9 nominations including Outstanding Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program for Mama Ru. Plus, two nods for RuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked including Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.

Netflix’s Queer Eye garnered 6 nominations including Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program as well as Outstanding Structured Reality Program.

And Randy Rainbow received his 3rd nomination for Best Short Form Variety Series. He won in 2019.

GLAAD has assembled a complete list of LGBTQ nominations here.

You can see the full list of 2021 Emmy Award nominations here. The 73rd Annual Emmy Awards will air live on CBS Sunday, September 19.

Out Music: Michaela Jaé “Something To Say”

Michaela Jaé (aka MJ Rodriguez of POSE fame)
Michaela Jaé (aka MJ Rodriguez of POSE fame)

Singer, actress and activist Michaela Jaé (aka MJ Rodriguez of POSE fame) released her anthemic debut single “Something to Say” last week to much acclaim. The track is an R&B pop bop that sees Michaela calling people to step into their truth and let their voices be heard.

The Imagen Award winner wrote “Something to Say” with PWP (comprised of the legendary Verdine White of Earth, Wind, and Fire, multi-Grammy winning Neal Pogue and John Paris as well as Nick Ferraro and Duncan Hood) and the song is a poignant celebration of equality and love.

Paper praised the track writing, “She’s at the height of her powers here, channelling the generosity and warmth of spirit of so many iconic disco divas. Conveying an easy confidence, it’s a welcome antidote to the many hackneyed Pride Month singles being released into the ether.”

With a fun and funky vibe and disco-tinged touches throughout, “Something to Say” is absolutely perfect for your pride month playlist.

Folks shouldn’t be surprised by Rodriguez’s potent vocal chops here. Regular viewers of POSE recall Rodriguez’s stirring performance of “Home” with cast member Billy Porter in Season One of the acclaimed series.

Podcast: POSE Scores At 2019 Imagen Awards; Trans Student Kicked Out Of Christian College; Ice Cream Ad Goes Awry

In this week's podcast:  • POSE star MJ Rodriguez honored as "Best Actress" in TV series at 2019 Imagen Awards which recognize positive portrayals of Latinx people in the media  • New ad spot compares eating ice cream with hugging your same-sex boyfriend in countries where homosexuality is punishable with prison time (what???)  • Illinois becomes the 5th state to include LGBTQ history in public school curriculum  • A trans student is kicked out of his Christian college for having top surgery  • A masseur suing Kevin Spacey for alleged sexual battery says other alleged victims have contacted him

In this week’s podcast:

POSE star MJ Rodriguez honored as “Best Actress” in TV series at 2019 Imagen Awards which recognize positive portrayals of Latinx people in the media

• New ad spot compares eating ice cream with hugging your same-sex boyfriend in countries where homosexuality is punishable with prison time (what???)

• Illinois becomes the 5th state to include LGBTQ history in public school curriculum

• A trans student is kicked out of his Christian college for having top surgery

• A masseur suing Kevin Spacey for alleged sexual battery says other alleged victims have contacted him

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

POSE Star MJ Rodriguez Scores “Best Actress” Win At 2019 Imagen Awards

The groundbreaking series POSE was honored in two categories at the 2019 Imagen Awards which recognizes positive portrayals of Latinx people in the media.
L-R Angel B. Curiel, MJ Rodriguez, Steven Canals, Janet Mock (photo: Imagen Awards)

The groundbreaking series POSE was honored in two categories at the 2019 Imagen Awards which recognizes positive portrayals of Latinx people in the media.

MJ Rodriguez, who plays “Blanca” on the acclaimed FX series, made history as the first transgender woman to take home the trophy for “Best Actress -Television.”

After thanking her mother and the creative team for POSE (Ryan Murphy, Steven Canals, Janet Mock), Rodriguez spoke to the historic moment.

“It’s so crazy to be standing up here because you’d never think in a million years you’d get an award like this being a woman like me,” Rodriguez told the crowd assembled in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel ballroom.

“Obviously, this is not just for me,” she continued. “This is for the little kids like me, and I’m just trying to speak as much as I can for my community as possible, and that goes for my Latino community.”

Watch Rodriguez accept the award in the Instagram post below.

POSE also took home the award for “Best Primetime Drama,” tying with Magnum P.I.

Angel Bismarck Curiel, who plays ‘Lil Papi’ on the groundbreaking series was nominated in the “Best Supporting Actor – Television” category as well.

The POSE team now looks to the 2019 Emmy Awards where the show has received six nominations including “Best Drama” and “Leading Actor in a Drama Series” for Billy Porter’s searing performance as ‘Pray Tell.’

The 2019 Emmy Awards will air September 22 on Fox.