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BOSCO Is Starting Her Own Creative Agency

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Here’s everything you need to know about SLUG

By now, you should already recognize BOSCO as a multi-hyphenate powerhouse. The Atlanta-based artist has been on our radar since 2015, and the innovative polymath's latest creative endeavor is about to shake up the industry. Tomorrow, she's set to launch SLUG, a creative agency she's been conceptualizing for months.

SLUG's purpose is to produce work that reflects the millennial voice by "redefining the essence of experience and aestethic." The agency merges music, fashion, and tech to craft individual identities and inspire visual adventures. So far, SLUG has collaborated with a handful of brands, artists, and events on a variety of services including art direction, mixed media, event planning, set design, trend forecasting, video production, curation, illustration, and original content.

BOSCO isn't doing this alone though. Her team of skilled creatives includes Kylah Benes-Trapp, Chibu Okere, and Elyn Kazarian. Learn more about the origins of SLUG Agency in the interview with its founder, below.

You’re from Savannah and have been living in Atlanta. How do you think Georgia has shaped your music? What kind of innovative things have you seen coming out of the area that set it apart from other art cities?
Atlanta is a really good foundational city where you can test out a lot of ideas. You can kind of get your bearings and really network and find your voice. I felt like I was privileged enough to connect with a lot of the creatives and the artists here and find my voice, so a lot of the ground work was pretty much done in the earlier phases when I moved here in 2010. It really wasn't a progressive, colorful scene here, so it allowed the landscape to be like a blank canvas. You can kind of test out an event and work on your artistic vision. I think that Atlanta, because there is a lack of publication or PR or eyes on us, forces you to create some kind of visual identity for yourself, whether it be as a graphic artist or a graffiti artist or painter.
 
You’ve been referred to as a sort of mini-Pharrell. What inspired you to expand from your role as an artist and musician, to starting your own creative agency?
I really do admire Pharrell; he started out really simple and then he progressed and did his own N*E*R*D thing, so I think he's definitely a great person to model yourself after. But, honestly, the reason I'm doing something like SLUG is because it creates an environment for my music and my art to live and not really be so dependent on a label or publications to have that responsibility for my vision. It was always important to me because I did go to art school, and I was the black kid that didn't really fit in and I couldn't find my crowd. So it was important to me that I created some kind of landscape for people just like me to have a place where they feel safe, to have a place where they can express their ideas, to collaborate with different people. It's all about community building with me. 
 
How are you able to multi-task as an artist, creative director, designer, stylist, event planner, and tastemaker? I’m kind of overwhelmed just listing those. What steps did you take to gain all of these different skills?
I know, I ask myself that too. I'm actually in the car with one of my friends. She asked me the same thing, she was like, "You fucking do everything. How the hell do you do everything?" And I think, honestly, the center of my focus is my music and that's the driving point and that's, you know, the thing that kind of pulls people to see the other aspects. I do have a centered focus, my music is that, and I also have a team of people. SLUG is three other people, but then I have relationships with other designers in the city where I can bring them in on projects. It's not about only me, like I said, it's all about community building and providing jobs for people, providing resources for people to get their ideas out. We're women. We can take on a lot of stuff. We can be a soccer mom. We can have kids. We can cook. We can be a wife. We can be a sister. I think it's just woman power. You can really achieve and do anything if you have the right team and you have the right people around you. 
 
Why did you name the agency SLUG? 
It originated from the post-punk kid, the skater kid, very slugger, very street; but also it reminded me of how the South moves at a snail's pace. No matter how slow we are, though, Atlanta always rises to the top. We have people like Childish Gambino who lived in the outskirts of Atlanta, but he can take his message and go to the Golden Globes and say something about the Migos. Atlanta has always been on the forefront of music and design. We might not be as fast as L.A. and New York but eventually we will always rise to the top. So that's why the center of SLUG comes from the mixture of street, post-punk, metal kids meets the average creator in Atlanta. We'll always rise to the top.
 
SLUG is only just launching now, but it has already been doing some cool projects. Can you tell us about those? 
Recently we did something with Snapchat Spectacles. I did some creative direction on that, produced some content for them. I got a lot of the tastemakers, influencers, and creatives from the city to do flash dances at unexpected places in Atlanta, so that was really cool. I did some influencer work for Paper and The Fader. I also did a lookbook for some local streetwear brands here. Pretty Major is one of them. We did the Girls in the Yard lookbook which was a collaboration with BitTorrent. I also did the GIFs and the visual identity of the Girls in the Yard project with DJ Speakerfoxxx. 
 
What is your goal for SLUG? How do you hope the agency grows and changes few years down the road?
Honestly, the long term goal for SLUG is just to have it turn out as an agency. But we do want to eventually turn into a small publication. So, with anything you have to start as an agency to build that clientele. We do offer branding and creative direction and event planning for different publications and brands, but from that we definitely want to do some kind of a print thing. As our merch we are releasing a T-shirt and our first zine. We'll do a zine every three months, maybe every season.
 
What advice do you have for female entrepreneurs trying to find their place in the industry, whether it be creative or otherwise? 
Man, I am so on fire right now. Just this political state. I have been very vocal about the movement that's going on. Even though there's a lot of bad that's going on, I feel very positive. I'm clinging to my feminine energy more than every right now because we need it. I'm sure you understand where that comes from. But more than anything, I just want to encourage females to stay focused. I want to encourage females to block out any negativity. We can do anything that we put our minds to. I will definitely say that, if it's a great idea, do not rush it. We worked on SLUG, this concept, for a whole year before we even started telling people what it was. Take time, hone in on your gift. Get constructive criticism from people that you trust. Definitely have a mentor giving advice and just stay positive. I know sometimes it might get a little rough and you get discouraged, but you have to keep positive people around you. Keep people who are gonna push your vision and who are supportive of you. That's basically it, that's the magic. 
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"What do girls even do together?" This question, or some iteration of it, is frequently posed to me once someone finds out I'm bisexual or hears me mention my girlfriend, or if I make any reference to being interested in girls. I would be annoyed by it, but I have empathy because I know how hard this kind of information can be to find. In fact, the details of how two people with vaginas have sex isn't very widespread information. And, I know that I didn't really have all that much information about girl-on-girl sex before, well, actually having it myself. It's precisely this kind of situation that queer sex educator Stevie Boebi is trying to fix.

Boebi has gained a big following for her informational YouTube videos about how to use a strap-on, how to scissor, how to fist someone, how to choose a vibrator for yourself; any question you could have, she will get you an answer. She doesn't shy away from topics that people wouldn't be quick to ask someone about IRL, either, like BDSM. And she covers the kind of things that are definitely not what we're taught in sex education classes—likely not even in the most progressive curriculums. A study from GLSEN notes that only 4 percent of teens reported learning anything positive about queer sex in their sex ed classes, and points out that in some states, it's actually prohibited to mention queerness at all.

Particularly when it comes to sex with two vaginas, the lack of available public education leads to a general lack of understanding of how we have sex, which then leads to a lack of understanding in the queer community, too. "I just think that lesbian sex is so oversexualized, and we're the least educated," said Boebi when I asked her recently why it's so important for her to spread knowledge about queer sex in particular.

Boebi said that she started out on YouTube making videos about technology, but after she came out as a lesbian, her audience flipped from mostly male to mostly female, though she would prefer a less rudimentary gender breakdown ("the algorithm only deals in binaries, sorry," she quipped).

Ultimately, her sexuality led her to change her content entirely, because she wanted to educate people who couldn't find answers to their questions anywhere else—even on the internet.

"I started getting a lot of what I called 'stupid questions' from very confused teenage girls saying, like, 'How do I do it? Can I get AIDs from fingering someone?'" Boebi told me. They were questions that probably should have had easily Google-able answers, but, when Boebi looked for lesbian sex education content to send to fans who were asking her, she came up empty-handed. "I couldn't find anything. I think I found, like, two articles on Autostraddle, and that was it," she said. "And then I was like, Well, shit! If no one else is going to do it, then I guess I will."

Boebi's audience is mainly comprised of 13- to 24-year-olds, so she keeps in mind that she's helping people who may not be experienced, or even out yet. She uses her own experiences to inform her work sometimes, but also researches extensively and talks to people she knows who "have fancy Ph.Ds in sexology and shit," who can answer her questions or point her to resources she should be referencing.

Boebi's charm is in her relatability; even if she's talking about things we've been conditioned to feel shame around, she does it in such an open and honest way that all that shame disappears—as it should. She does this by perfectly meshing professional talk with jokes and sarcasm, and even uses characters based on star signs. She knows the importance of taking on taboo topics, because there are so many people who won't otherwise find answers to their questions. "I don't actually struggle in my everyday life asking people if they've ever been anally fisted before," Boebi joked with me. "I'll take that burden."

And keeping her tone light and humorous is of the utmost importance to her. "When people are laughing, they're comfortable, and I want people to feel comfortable," Boebi said. "And I want people to know that I'm comfortable talking about sex, and they can be, too." It helps also, Boebi told me, that her audience is separated by a screen, and she's not "in a room with a 12-year-old talking about my labia."

Beyond instructional sex videos, Boebi also deals with other rarely discussed facets of sexuality and physicality. Boebi is polyamorous, and talks openly about it, confronting the stereotypes and the misinformation about the identity head-on. And, she was also recently diagnosed with Ehler's Danlos Syndrome after going years without a diagnosis, and she aims to start working more with disabled queer sex educators to make her work more inclusive of people with disabilities. Though she pointed out to me that her work was already encompassing of disabilities, she "hasn't been a part of the disability activist community for very long," and so she has a lot to learn.

And, though Boebi's happy that she has the platform she does, she wants a more inclusive array of sex educators to join the scene. "My voice is my voice, and it's unique to me, but I think there should be way more," she noted. "Especially people [with intersectional identities]. That would make me so happy if we could diversify sex educators."

And, though Boebi says there's no "ideal way" to educate people about sex, she's definitely on a better track than the public education system, and she makes clear that there's nothing shameful about sexuality—in fact, it's just a part of being human, and a really fun one, at that.

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Stone went to the Spice Girls reunion tour at the Wembley Stadium in London and finally met the woman who inspired the name the actress is now known by. Bunton shared a photo of the two of them outside of the venue on her Instagram. She captioned the photo: "When Emma met Emma."And even added the hashtag #2become1. I can't figure out if I want to cry from sentimentality or serious envy.

As for Stone, she once cried when Mel "Scary Spice" B. sent her a video message so I can only imagine what this moment felt like for her. Let this be a reminder that even Oscar winners can be stans.

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Per Billboard, Sleater-Kinney revealed that their new album, which they've been teasing since early this year and will be their first since No Cities To Love from 2015, will be called The Center Won't Hold. It's due out on August 16 via Mom + Pop Records. "We're always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person—ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness—in the middle of the chaos," Carrie Brownstein said in a statement. Corin Tucker further noted that the new album will "[drop] you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election."

Janet Weiss noted that the band will "explore a different sound palette" with this album, and pointed to St. Vincent as the reason behind it. She said that St. Vincent "has a lot of experience building her own music with keyboards and synthesizers so she could be our guide to help us make sense of this new landscape and still sound like us."

To satiate us until then, the band released a lyric video for new single, "The Future Is Here," which is very grungy. Bump it, below.

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Even Jon Snow knows just how unsatisfying the final season of Game of Thrones was, and he's ready to apologize. Well, a deepfake of him is at least. A heavily-edited version of Snow's speech from the fourth episode—just before the bodies of those lost in the Battle of Winterfell get burned—now features Snow apologizing for the conclusion of the show and lighting the script on fire.

"It's time for some apologies. I'm sorry we wasted your time," Snow begins. "And I know nothing made sense at the end. When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you fucked up! We take the blame. I'm sorry we wrote this in like six days or something," he adds, before signaling to his peers to light the script with torches and "just forget it forever." "Fuck Season 8," he says before the pages begin to crackle and burn.

If there were more lines left to alter, we would have loved to see Snow also tackle how messy Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's story line ended up, as well as Bran's kingship, Cersei's boring demise, and the water bottle appearance.

Watch the entire deepfake and try to heal the wounds left by HBO below.

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In LP's song "Shaken," the most recent single from her 2018 record Heart To Mouth, she tells the story of seeing her lover out with someone else—ouch. Today, exclusively on NYLON, she releases a cheeky animated music video that pokes fun at the song's heightened drama and perfectly demonstrates all the angst that comes with falling hard for someone.

"She looks at you like I used to/ And I'm just sitting in the corner sh-sh-shaken," LP sings, as the visual—with art by Maayan Priva—depicts the singer hanging out in a bar, watching the girl she likes meet up with another girl. Despite the situation's inherent drama, "Shaken" is less of a ballad and more of an upbeat bop. LP told us she loves the way "this little video captures some of the fun of the song, and its inherent comical anxiety." Sure, heartbreak isn't that funny, but our (sometimes) overly dramatic reaction to it kind of is.

"'Shaken' feels like a bit of a wild card on this record," LP says. "It's the closest I've come to writing a musical, which I hope to do one day." We heartily endorse this idea: Please, LP, give us the queer jukebox musical we crave.

Until that day comes, though, you can watch the music video for "Shaken," below.

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