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How Adult Mom Is Promoting A New Generation Of Queer Artists

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They revive 'Boy Tears' to help young queer artists to thrive

"I guess it's a joke," Steph Knipe, aka Adult Mom, tells me after I ask how their series of compilation albums, titled Boy Tears, got its name. "It was just a play on how the men at my college were very upset about women and non-men wanting to band together and get outside of their culture," they explain, "and so: whiny boy tears."

Knipe, and the collaborative trio of musicians that now comprise what is known as Adult Mom, have come a long way since being a local college band at their alma mater, SUNY Purchase. What was once a way of forming a community for themselves with artists around town and on campus now exists as a sort of an artifact of indie rock, a compilation of demos by artists like Mitski, Frankie Cosmos, and Eskimeaux, before any of them were famous.

Now that Knipe has a "bit more pull in the music world," it only made sense to bring back the compilations, not for their peers on the albums but for the next generation. "I realized I have my own community of songwriters around me that has been slowly growing since I started [the series]," they said, and they credit Boy Tears with helping to facilitate that. It's been five years since the fourth compilation, and as Adult Mom presents the fifth—without a personal contribution—a new crop of young artists are demanding to be heard.

The only qualification to appear on the compilation, to put it simply, is not to be a cisgender dude. And as Knipe excitedly points out to me that, on this latest addition, many of the artists who reached out and contributed are trans and queer teens, mostly ranging from14 to 16 years of age. "It is making my heart swell up, because I think, Oh, I wish I had a group of people that were queer and were my age when I was fucking 14."

And the simple point of connection Knipe provided has already proved to have sparked a new community. "I literally cried when I saw this," Knipe said, "but I set up a little directory for all the people who are on this compilation, and they all put their [social media handles on it]. When I woke up the next morning, they had all started a group chat on Instagram," they laughed. "It was so beautiful, and they're all sending each other's links and demos, and I was like, This is exactly what I wanted."

Boy Tears provides an opportunity, even outside of simply forming a respectful, collaborative community, that is so rarely alotted to those who aren't cis men. "I think that it's harder to start making music, to start making crappy music or just start anything, [as a woman or queer person], because there are so many added layers to what qualifies as good," Knipe says. Women and queer-identified artists don't get the chance to really suck, and then grow from that. "You hear so many stories about bands starting up, dudes in bands getting together, and they're like, Oh we just drank a 30-rack and fucked around. That's chill, and I'm totally down with that, but it's not really an acceptable or accessible thing for non-men to do," they add. "We need room to be able to fail and make mistakes in an environment that's going to allow us to continue and not make us feel like we're doomed and can't ever do this ever again."

"Being able to accept yourself in terms of just being a person and being around people you identify with is literally so crucial to the art-making process. There's only so much you can do when you're alienated," Knipe pointed out. Despite the large time gap between this fifth installment and the last one, Knipe is excited to continue the series, and to explore ways in which it can grow. Part of the dream, they say, is to emulate the "kind of culty, in a good way" style of representing artists on social media that record labels have perfected, but in the form of a website. A sort of landing page you can go to, to stay up-to-date on any artist who has ever been involved with Boy Tears, not only to support the project but as a go-to for finding women and queer-identified artists on the rise.

All proceeds from the fifth installment of Boy Tears benefit the Trans Lifeline, a trans-led organization which seeks to "fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid," per its site. Stream the release below.

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories

Barrettes

Bands

Bows

Clips

Ties

Ornaments

Pins

Scrunchies

Chopsticks

Twisters

Wrap

Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software

Clothing

Baby bottles

Furniture

Strollers

Beverageware

Swaddling

Blankets

Skin moisturizers

Lotions

Creams

Bubble bath

Fragrances

Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations

Puppets

Puzzles

Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers

Pillows

Mirrors

Cushions

Picture frames

Playpens

Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags

Umbrellas

Clocks

Watches

Key chains

Calendars

Books

photo albums

Stationery

Stickers

Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council www.youtube.com

Photograph via @kimkardashian.

"#NotOnMyMoodBoard"

Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.

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