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Karen, Yellow Jackets Collective, and Vivian for Pur·suit by Naima Green

Naima Green on her new project, Pur·suit

There are multitudes of ways that a queer community could look. Unfortunately, though, a homogenous queer identity has been shown in art and in the mainstream media throughout history. Artist Naima Green has set out to challenge the mainstream perception of queerness by offering a new look at a classic piece of queer art.

In 1995, Catherine Opie released a project called the Dyke Deck. Already known for her transgressive portraits, Opie's new work solidified her status as a boundary-pusher, while also being exactly what you'd think it was: a deck of cards with a photograph of a lesbian woman or couple printed onto each card. Though not meant to be an exhaustive representation of the queer community, Dyke Deck instead serves as a time capsule for Opie's community in the San Francisco Bay Area in the '90s. The subjects were placed into a suit based on their gender expression or relationship status: couples are hearts, jocks are clubs, femmes are diamonds, and butches are spades. It was subversive in how matter-of-fact it was, in how Opie took a simple household object–a deck of cards—and made it queer.

Of course, even in the '90s, these identities represented in Opie's work were not the only ones that exist within the queer community, which is why an update is welcome and why Green is making her own reinterpretation of the deck. Called Pur·suit, Green's deck is being created in order to represent a "missing data set." Meaning, the queer and trans people, namely people of color, who "continue to be marginalized" in our society. Among those who have sat for portraits are New York Times writer and podcast host Jenna Wortham, photographer Lola Flash, sex educator Ericka Hart, and art curator Kimberly Drew. Green has also photographed queer collectives, such as BUFU, Yellow Jackets Collective, and Bklyn Boihood.

Pur·suit by Naima Green

After she discovered Opie's deck, says Green, "I started thinking, Okay, when I think of someone who is queer, who's gay, who is a lesbian, what comes to mind? Outside of my immediate community, the people who make up my queer community would not come to mind for most people."

That's because, even in 2019, when and if queerness is represented in the media, it's still overwhelmingly cis or white or male—or all three. But, of course, that's not the only type of queerness that exists in the world, and Green is interested in counteracting the dominant mainstream depiction of queerness with something that's more representative of what queerness can actually be. "I'm interested in rethinking what types of queer communities are centered and upheld and given more space," Green says. "[There are so many different] queer communities in existence, and very present, who aren't able to take up as much space as they probably need to."

"When I first saw Opie's deck, I felt supported in a way that I didn't expect," says Green. "I felt like if I hadn't found this deck, I wouldn't have been able to see into this community." It also served as a vital jumping-off point for Green to make something more inclusive, and something that will be seen by larger audiences thanks to Green's creation of an online archive, where there will be the portraits of anyone who wants to sit, as well as whatever materials that they want to include. People can submit "a song, a poem, a letter, some sort of recording, or it can just be the photograph that I made," Green says. It will start with 100 people, and expand from there.

Bklyn Boihood for Pur·suit by Naima Green

"The deck of cards is a fixed object, and it will be the same 54 cards in 20 years as it is now," says Green. "If I was just making a deck, and someone was not in it, then where would their portrait live? I'm not interested in making an exclusive object, and have people not be included."

Green hopes to make sure that the people who don't fit into the mainstream understanding of queerness do not get forgotten. She recalls how Wortham, a friend of hers, sent her a copy of Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker, which led her to the startling discovery that she had never before heard of Pat Parker, a Black lesbian poet and activist. "I don't want the thinkers and the makers—the people who are uplifting and working for our community right now—I don't want their voices to be lost," Green says.

Not only doesn't she want voices to be lost, but Green also just wants to add to the conversation. And that's why Green's deck is in no way a challenge to Opie's original version, but simply an update of it (and, in fact, Green has been granted permission from Opie herself to reimagine this work).

Opie's deck came out in a totally different queerness climate. It's hard to visualize now, but in the '90s when the Dyke Deck was released, queer stories weren't so easy to access. There wasn't Pose, or even The L Word; there was barely any gay or lesbian representation onscreen, not to mention a complete lack of trans or nonbinary stories. And, every kiss between a gay couple on television in the '90s featured white, cis people. This is one reason why Opie's deck was so transgressive and inspiring, but it's also why it's ready for a new iteration.

And yet, Green understands that her own project is just as reflective of one moment in time as Opie's was, and that it will not represent the queer community for decades to come. "I hope that in 20 or 30 years, another artist will see both of our decks and say, 'Okay, you guys did something for your time, but what's happening right now is totally different,'" says Green. "I'm hoping that there will continue to be more conversations and visualizations, more representations of how queerness is changing." Because we're constantly changing.

You can help Green's project come to fruition by donating to its Kickstarter, here.

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Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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