Get “Lifted” With Mona Haydar’s New Video

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The activist-musician is back with a message of hope

Mona Haydar is here with the words of encouragement you need to get through the rest of this dumpster fire year. Her latest offering, "Lifted," premieres today exclusively with NYLON.

The first generation Syrian-American artist-activist first came to national attention when her video for "Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab)" went viral. It's her acute knack for approaching difficult-to-breach topics in her lyrics, paired with an artistic vision, that makes you want to pay attention to what she's trying to say. Haydar is a true voice for this generation, so we ought to listen up.

"I wrote this song and melody in a brief moment where my postpartum depression has subsided," Haydar tells us. "I was like, 'I want people to know—we can get through it! We can do this. Especially together!' I want people to feel seen, heard, and loved. I want everyone to know that, even if they feel alone, they’re not because all of our aloneness is in our minds." 

In the Hannah Berry George-directed visuals, Manatsu Tanaka dances through New York City, embodying the emotions of the lyrics and visuals perfectly. George adds, "I think we all lose ourselves at some point in our lives. So I've created a film that's based around the five stages of grief—but when losing yourself, not someone else. Each environment represents one of those emotional stages as we follow Mona on a journey from darkness to light." 

"Aloneness is a trick of the mind," Haydar added—something so many New Yorkers can attest to, existing in a dense city that somehow manages to become, at times, the loneliest place in the world.  "[The song is] about fostering that world of togetherness where we can lift each other up in our times of sorrow and be there for each other in our times of joy."

Check out "Lifted," below. 

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.