Naya Rivera: A Film Critic’s Appreciation of a TV Star

Naya Rivera singing ‘Alfie’ from ‘Glee’ Season 6, Ep. 6 — airing on Netflix (Photo taken from my screen)

I was much older than the target demographic for ‘Glee’, but I watched it semi-faithfully for these reasons: A) the intentionally diverse casting and primetime representation of many marginalized groups B) the clever reinvention and integration of pop songs and C) Naya Rivera.

Truth be told, since the show could be so wildly uneven, Rivera was often the ‘A’ reason I…