She Sings Too
Based on Chelsea Clinton’s (and illustrator Alexandra Boiger’s) bestselling children’s book, She Persisted: The Musical follows fourth-grader Naomi on a field trip to a women’s history museum that turns into an adventurous and inspiring voyage through time. “With so many kids’ shows based on fairy tales,” said Carey Purcell of TDF Stages, “it’s a treat to have one inspired by feminist tales.”
Queering the Classics
New mobile-based media innovators Quibi has given the green light on a modern-day queer romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, written by rising Asian-American comedy star Joel Kim Booster (above, of NBC’s Sunnyside). Trip follows two besties embarking on a wine-filled week on Fire Island during the summer.
We Like Pike
Austin-based duo Patrice Pike and Wayne Sutton—cofounders of formative ‘90s band Sister 7—have released their debut album, Heart Is A Compass, as their newest musical incarnation, Pike & Sutton. Pike, who Rolling Stone called “Tina Turner, Bessie Smith, Janis Jopin, and Robert Plant all rolled up into a tiny but explore package,” has been a longtime visible LGBTQ activist, participating in everything from Stonewall marches to ACT UP protests.
Transmasculine Latinx pop artist Jakk Fynn’s EP, Cancelled, features his latest single, “Heal,” an emotional track telling the story of how he rebuilt himself from scratch at the end of an emotionally draining relationship. “Not being true to yourself in a relationship can feel like suffocation, like death,” he said of the song. “‘Heal’ is a chance to do just that—heal—by embracing the vulnerabilities that make me who I am.”
Freeform’s Motherland tells the story of an alternate America where witches ended their persecution over 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the government. The parallels are uncanny.
Thank God for Saint Frances
Saint Frances stars Kelly O’Sullivan as Bridget, the nanny of Frances, the 6-year-old daughter of a same-sex couple. O’Sullivan was inspired to pen the script from her own experiences as a caregiver who decided to end an unwanted pregnancy. With humanity and comedy, she fights stigmas surrounding abortion, post-partum depression, and rainbow families.
Not so GLAAD
Just before press time, GLAAD announced the cancellation of its 31st Annual Media Awards in NYC—joining the growing list of LGBTQ events nixed over concerns of the COVID-19 outbreak. The ceremony was set to be hosted by bisexual comedian Lilly Singh and had planned on honoring Ryan Murphy, Judith Light, Janet Mock, and Taylor Swift, among others. GLAAD stated it was working to ensure that honorees’ “game-changing work is rightfully recognized at another time.”
Our Kind of Pattern
Clothing company, Brixton, has collaborated with French artist Lucas Beaufort for its Spring 2020 collection. Beaufort’s work is a unique and colorful world of abstract characters, birds, monsters, and repeating patterns of color. Perfect for Spring! ($30-$65, Brixton.com)
Macias on the Move
Former Here Media VP and GM Stephen F. Macias is joining Rogers & Cowan PMK as Executive Vice President Entertainment and Multicultural Practice Lead. Macias has long represented LGBTQ+ artists and traditionally overlooked audiences. Adding him to this newly created position is the first major move for the big-time PR firm and ally since its merger last July.
Rolling With Taste
ROAM is the world’s first fully color-customizable premium luggage brands, and the latest from industry veteran Charlie Clifford, founder of TUMI. Each piece can be personalized with over one million color combinations, from top to bottom, creating a rather unique rainbow of tastes. ($500, RoamLuggage.com)