The Problems With Black Suffering On-Screen

How far is too far when it comes to exposing Black pain?

Morgan Jerkins
ZORA

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Illustration by Renald Louissaint. Images: Netflix and FX

CCandy Ferocity could have been any Black trans woman, and maybe that was the problem. On the award-winning FX series Pose, Candy’s position oscillated between being the laughingstock of the balls, a bullying house mother, and a witty sidekick. But unlike other house mothers, such as Blanca and…

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Morgan Jerkins
ZORA

Morgan Jerkins is the Senior Editor at ZORA and a New York Times bestselling author. Her debut novel, “Caul Baby,” will be published by Harper in April 2021.