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Someone just mashed up the biggest music releases of 2017

Today is...

Rosa Parks Day!

News of the Day:

+ 'Tis the season for year-end mash-ups! This 118-song compilation by Andy Wu is one of the best we've heard in a while. Titled "Perfect Struggle," the mix features a ton of your favorite releases broken down into six categories―cultivate, struggle, heal, intensify, relive, and perfect. Give it a listen, below. 


+ Speaking of this year in music, Genius just unveiled a new merch line based on this year's best lyrics. The collection features lyrics from songs like "Slide," "HUMBLE.," and "Despacito" on a series of tees and hoodies. All items range from $30 to $60 and are available online at Genius.


+ Calling all Brooklynites! Lifestyle site Passerbuys just teamed up with Urban Outfitters to create an in-store market featuring gifts and items under $100. From December 2 to 3 at Williamsburg's Space Ninety 8, you'll be able to get a headstart on your Christmas shopping—all while supporting local vendors, such as Thinx and Society6, as well as the community health care organization Americares. Check out the full details here

+ Burger King just announced that it will be releasing an all-new Flaming Hot Mac n' Cheetos menu option, a spin-off of the original Creamy Mac n' Cheetos the fast food chain released last year. ICYMI, Mac n' Cheetos are basically mozzarella stick-like snacks filled with mac 'n' cheese and covered with Cheetos (or in this case Flamin' Hot Cheetos) dust. If you're curious as to how they might taste, you can get them for a limited time at your local Burger King for only $2.69. 


+ We were all happy to hear the news about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's engagement this week, but no one seems to be more excited than Cardi B, who told Britain's Capital Xtra station that she would be willing to perform at the wedding for free. "Why would you charge them? I'll just do it, 'cause it's like, oh, snap. Have you performed for the future king?" the rapper says. She has a point here. Check out the clip, below.


Deal of the Day:

Our favorite direct-to-consumer brand Everlane has some exciting news! It's opening its first permanent store in New York City's Nolita neighborhood. With a focus on community—there is a lounge area up front where shoppers can hang out—and innovation—pick up the headphones stationed and hear factory facts about what goes into making, say, an Everlane t-shirt—the new Everlane store uses unique elements like wallet-less shopping and changing room buzzers (that alert you when a room opens up) to maximize the customer experience. Check out the all-new shop at 28 Prince Street starting today. 

Advice of the Day:

"You don't have to get really good at all this shit to have value. You have value because you are." —Dr. Lauren Hazzouri

GIF of the Day:

She considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth"

Dani Okon, NYLON's associate creative director of video, sat down with her great-aunt, May Okon, to talk about their shared experiences—despite vastly different time frames—living as queer women in New York City. Prior to retirement, May was a journalist for the New York Daily News, having first entered the male-dominated workforce when "the boys were all at war." And, of course, she absolutely killed it. Her only regret? "Retiring at 55," she tells Dani, joking, "Who the hell knew I was gonna live to 100?"

Upon retiring, she moved out to the Hamptons with her partner and bought a home. If she had to do it all over, May says "there are a lot of things I wouldn't do," but she still considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth." Get to know May in the video, above.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Marlene Colburn and Naima Green
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by: Alexandra Hsie
Camera: Gretta Wilson + Katie Sadler
Edited by: Madeline Stedman

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Here's how they're making sure it doesn't happen

Lauren Morelli, the showrunner and executive producer for the new Netflix show Tales of the City, is fostering a space where multiple queer realities can be shown on-screen. She spoke with one of the cast members, trans actor Garcia (who plays Jake Rodriguez on the show), and, in the video above, they explore why it's wrong to treat queer stories as representative of the entire community. Tokenization is something that they both want to avoid at all costs, and they're on the right track.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May Okon
Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Naima Green and Marlene Colburn
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Directed by Charlotte Prager
Shot by Gretta Wilson + Charlotte Prager
Edited by Gretta Wilson

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"Nothing is truly a binary"

We put non-binary activist Eddie Jarrel Jones and The Phluid Project founder Rob Smith in conversation with each other, and the two spoke some powerful truths about the continued gendering of products like makeup and clothing. Smith recalls that 30 years ago, the only way that he was able to experience the joys of playing with makeup was to work at a beauty counter. Even today, Jones notes that it's hard for non-binary femmes like them, or even trans women, to get that experience in stores.

In the video above, get a sense of why Smith created a genderless store, and see how important it is for people like Jones to have a space where they don't feel criticized for dressing like they want.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May Okon
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Naima Green and Marlene Colburn
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Directed by Charlotte Prager
Shot by Charlotte Prager + Dani Okon
Edited by Gretta Wilson

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We put the two activists in conversation

Marlene Colburn, one of the founders of the Dyke March, and Naima Green, an artist currently working on a project and archive called Pur·suit, which will document queer people of all identities, agree that it's really hard to find lesbian spaces that aren't bars. Just as hard, it seems, is to find lesbian representation that isn't white. In the video above, the two talk about how they are creating space for queer people and what that looks like within two different generations.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May Okon
Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Directed by Charlotte Prager
Shot by Dani Okon + Charlotte Prager
Edited by Charlotte Prager

Illustrated by Sarah Lutkenhaus

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