Instagram Just Launched a Channel for LGBTQ Youth

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“I’m an agender angel and I couldn’t be more proud.”

"Our stories are the most powerful weapon we have to combat ignorance," said the first openly bisexual college football player, Conner Mertens, in a video for Instagram's first LGBTQ channel, #VisibleMe. "So be strong, be bold, and most importantly, be youself." 

More members of the LGBTQ community shared similar sentiments on the channel, encouraging queer people everywhere to be confident, strong, and unapologetically themselves. The channel, which debuted on Instagram's Explore page today, was created in collaboration with Raymond Braun, who began the #VisibleMe photo and video series to share the stories of LGBTQ youth. 

"I created #VisibleMe with the goal of reflecting a spectrum of LGBTQ experiences," Braun told Teen Vogue. "The more times that young people tell our stories, the more we show that we have a lot of the same dreams, fears, and aspirations as everyone else." He hopes that the channel will encourage everyone to "celebrate diversity and embrace what makes them different," he said. "We all have that spark within us." 

The channel is already doing a great job at successfully showcasing a diverse group of people, including Leo Sheng, who said, “It’s been really hard for me, as a Chinese trans man, to remember that I’m not alone and that I’m not the only one, which is easy to think when you don’t see anyone like yourself. But we are here, we exist, and we are just as beautiful.”

So far more than 25 users have shared videos on the channel, including viral video star Brenden Jordan, and influencer and "agender angel" thomasistrash. 

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.