NYLON Wed, 24 May 2017 12:18:28 EST //www.nylon.com/ //www.nylon.com/public/img/favicon/favicon-32x32.png NYLON //www.nylon.com/ ©2017 NYLON Media I, Inc. All rights reserved. <![CDATA[Katy Perry Finally Addresses Her Feud With Taylor Swift]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/katy-perry-taylor-swift-feud-carpool-karaoke Tue, 23 May 2017 10:30:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/katy-perry-taylor-swift-feud-carpool-karaoke no-reply@nylon.com (Sarah Beauchamp) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 10:30:00 EST Katy Perry Finally Addresses Her Feud With Taylor Swift radar, radar, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Carpool Karaoke, The Late Late Show,

Katy Perry Finally Addresses Her Feud With Taylor Swift

Katy Perry opened up to James Corden during "Carpool Karaoke" on 'The Late Late Show' about her years-long feud with Taylor Swift.

Sarah Beauchamp

Katy Perry appeared on "Carpool Karaoke" with James Corden on The Late Late Show, and finally addressed the rumors that she and Taylor Swift are mortal enemies. 

After singing her new song "Swish, Swish"—which is rumored to be about Swift, although Perry told Entertainment Weekly that none of the songs on her new album are "calling out any one person"—Corden asks Perry directly about the "famous beef." 

Ever since Swift released "Bad Blood," a song rumored to be about Perry, the two have been artfully avoiding addressing their tension head-on. Until now. 

"There's Taylor beef," Corden says. 

"For sure," Perry says. "That's true. There's a situation. And, honestly, she started it, and it's time for her to finish it."

She explained to Corden that the three backup dancers she allegedly "stole" from Swift actually had contingencies in their contracts for when Perry went back on tour. When Perry tried to bring this up to Swift, she refused to talk about it. "I do the right thing any time it feels like it's a fumble," Perry says in the clip. "It was a full shutdown, and then she writes this song about me." 

While Perry went on to say she's "ready for all that BS to be done," she also brought up "karma" and the "law of cause and effect," adding that "you do something, and there's going to be a reaction"—so maybe she's not ready to bury the hatchet? 

Perry does, however, say that she'd forgive Swift if the Bad Blood singer sent her a text that said, "The beef is off the grill." Your move, Swift. 

Watch the full clip below. 

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<![CDATA['The Secret Diary Of Laura Palmer' Finally Gives A Voice To The "Beautiful Dead Girl"]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/reading-secret-diary-laura-palmer-twin-peaks-book Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/reading-secret-diary-laura-palmer-twin-peaks-book no-reply@nylon.com (Kristin Iversen) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:00 EST 'The Secret Diary Of Laura Palmer' Finally Gives A Voice To The "Beautiful Dead Girl" radar, culture,books,television,

'The Secret Diary Of Laura Palmer' Finally Gives A Voice To The "Beautiful Dead Girl"

On re-reading "The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer," the must-read book for every "Twin Peaks " fan.

Kristin Iversen

Most people I know had their first experience with David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks as adults, 10 or even 20 years after the series first aired. In a sense, I was no different; I didn't actually watch a single episode of the show until a few years ago when Twin Peaks came out on Netflix. But the language of the show, both visual and auditory, had been with me since I was a small child, thanks to the fact that my parents watched it obsessively, as pretty much everyone else in America did, and our apartment was small enough that I could hear the strains of Angelo Badalamenti's instantly iconic theme music through the closed door of my bedroom as I tried to fall to sleep. 

From a very young age, I knew Twin Peaks was something suited only for adults, and I desperately wanted to be an adult. But try as I might, there was no way I'd be able to see the show. By the time I got up enough nerve to ask my parents if I could watch it, Twin Peaks was off the air, and there was no way in hell that they were going to allow me to rent it at Blockbuster. (If Netflix had existed in the '90s, my life really would have been so different.) So instead, Twin Peaks loomed in my mind as something forbidden and dark and just out of reach, something I could never really know or understand, no matter how badly I wanted to. And then one day I stumbled across a copy of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer on my parent's bedroom bookshelf.

Its cover looked worn, tattered. This was intentional. I know that now, but back then, it felt like I had happened upon a long-lost treasure, an actual artifact from another young girl's life. It felt like a found treasure. It felt... exciting. And excitement was just what I was looking for; I had been scanning my parents' books because I was home alone and bored and it was raining and I needed something to do. I was, I think, 10 years old. And reading this book, which I knew was forbidden even if I didn't know for sure why it was forbidden, was definitely something to do.

A quick glimpse of the first page revealed that Laura Palmer was not so different from me. I also kept a diary at that time and I, too, started each entry by dating the page and addressing the book: "Dear Diary." And, as Laura revealed right away, she had only just "officially turned 12 years old." So she was barely any older than me. She had gotten a horse for her birthday, and she had named it Troy. I also wanted a horse. And we had just "adopted" a manatee in Florida named Troy! The coincidences were, I realized later, Lynchian in their uncanniness. (Or, you know, not.)

So I took the book with me to my then-favorite reading spot (on the floor in the back of my parents' walk-in closet, underneath my father's hanging suits) and started reading. Written in the style of a 12-year-old girl, The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer can feel artless at first, so closely does it adhere to its adolescent voice. Or, at least, I recognize the feeling of artlessness now, as an adult; when I was 10, I just felt like I'd found someone speaking my language, even if she were telling a story that didn't relate to my everyday life. (Which, you know, thank god.)

Very quickly, The Secret Diary left behind the world of horses and birthdays and revealed the troubling undercurrent that was threatening to pull Laura under the surface, and into the roiling, dark depths below. As I devoured the book in one straight shot, sitting on the closet floor (I still remember how my foot fell asleep beneath me, and how I barely even noticed, so engrossed was I in the story), I entered a world of rape, drugs, violence, anonymous sexual encounters, and so much more. I was entranced, soaking it all up, even when I could only guess as to what certain plot points revolved around. It didn't matter that I didn't always know what was happening on the page. What was clear was that things were happening and that someday I would understand what they were.

Later that evening, after I had slipped the book back into its place on the shelf, I asked my parents if I might read The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer. "Absolutely not," they said. "No way." I'm sure they were pretty surprised I didn't argue with them about it (my usual approach), and so it was probably because they were suspicious that, the next time I went into their room, looking for the book, it was gone from its place on the shelf. I was upset, but not overly so. I had already read the whole thing, and it didn't feel like the end of my time with it. It felt a part of me. I'd read it again, I knew.

More than 20 years have passed since I first read The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer. When talking about the revival recently, I mentioned to people that I read the book when I was way too young, but how certain scenes—notably one at the beginning in which Laura heads into the woods with her best friend, Donna, and three Canadian motorcycle-riding men they've only just met for some riverside hooking up and a slow, solo dance in front of a fire—were formative in my life. I also dismissed the book as being, not trashy exactly, but slight; a needlessly lurid and almost too obvious accompaniment to a TV show whose enigmatic nature and refusal to be overly obvious was what made it so special. In my mind, the book had been a fun and wild read for me as a precocious kid, but it wasn't otherwise notable.

I was wrong. In re-reading The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, in anticipation of the new Twin Peaks, as an adult who is not only much older than the fictional Laura Palmer but also much older than Jennifer Lynch, the then-22-year-old author of the book (who also happens to be David's daughter), I realized something that I was not able to see as a 10-year-old: This book is a startlingly powerful portrayal of what it means to be a sexually abused young woman and, I think, the single best thing to come out of the Twin Peaks universe.

The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer is no less provocative or compulsively readable to me now than it was when I was a child, but it also carries with it a weight of incredible pathos and horror; knowing the way the story will end does not make the journey any less heart-breaking. And while so often stories about the abuse of young women are told primarily by men (see: Twin Peaks), The Secret Diary was written by a young woman, one who was incredibly close in age to her doomed protagonist. 

Unlike the show, which had to skirt around any overly explicit depictions of sex or drug use (it was on basic cable, after all), the book is incredibly graphic—often uncomfortably so. But rather than gratuitous, this level of detail feels important; if we flinch when we're reading about these horrible things, that's okay, that's the right response to such atrocities. 

More than this though, The Secret Diary offers a perceptively accurate look into the way victims of sexual abuse internalize the violence that happens to them and feel responsible for it. Writing in her diary, Laura often wonders if there is something inherently wrong with her and why it is that she "deserves" the nightmarish visitations she receives from her tormenter, B.O.B. Because Jennifer Lynch so perfectly mimics the writing style of an adolescent girl, it is impossible not to empathize with what Laura is going through, impossible not to want to find this young girl and help her before she begins participating in her own destruction.

But there will be no saving Laura, there will only be the experience of reading about the many ways in which she tries to escape the cycle of abuse within which she is so firmly entrenched. And yet, even though Laura cannot be saved, what The Secret Diary offers is something all too rare in the common "beautiful dead girl" narrative: It gives the "dead girl" a voice of her own. Instead of keeping Laura a total cipher, a mystery upon whom her friends and family can project their own fantasies, The Secret Diary guarantees that Laura can contribute to our perceptions of who she actually was. And she was a complicated person, one who made hasty decisions, who put herself in danger, who was unable to escape from the hell that others created for her. But she was a person, an all too recognizable one. She was the homecoming queen who questioned why others around her couldn't see the way she was "being swallowed up by pain," and instead just kept asking her "to smile again and again?” She was a young woman whose traumas unfairly affected the way in which she could feel around those surrounding her; because of the abuse she endured, she was never able to trust anyone or feel like love was something of which she was capable. 

Far too often, the "beautiful dead girl" serves as a trope in popular culture; she stands for wasted opportunity, for all the ways in which our society does not protect its most defenseless members. The "beautiful dead girl" is meant to be admired and mourned, but she is never allowed to be known. The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer upends this trope; it allows readers to really know what lies at the heart of not all "beautiful dead girls," but definitely this one in particular. And this glimpse into Laura's troubled and tormented mind is an essential reminder that we have to pay attention to and take care of each other when we are still alive, not when it's tragically too late.

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<![CDATA[Domino Kirke Has Claimed Her Place With This Soothing Song]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/domino-kirke-beyond-waves Tue, 23 May 2017 09:30:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/domino-kirke-beyond-waves no-reply@nylon.com (Sydney Gore) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 09:30:00 EST Domino Kirke Has Claimed Her Place With This Soothing Song music, news, music, radar, domino kirke, Penn Badgley,

Domino Kirke Has Claimed Her Place With This Soothing Song

Listen to Domino Kirke's single "Beyond Waves."

Sydney Gore

Two years ago, nobody could stop talking about Domino Kirke. As the product of a family full of multitalented creatives, all eyes were on the Kirke sisters—Jemima, Lola, and Domino—as they forged their own paths in Hollywood and beyond. Domino has been a part of the musical scene all her life (her father is a musician), getting her first record deal at the age of 17. Now that the hysteria has died down from her getting married to Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley, the world can once again focus on her talent.

Today, the singer-songwriter released a brand-new single titled "Beyond Waves." Domino told Billboard that the soulful song is about "moving past that breaking point and into a clearing." The 34-year-old mother of one, son Cassius from a previous relationship, delicately touches on the challenges of motherhood as she sings, "I had a child no one told me wasn't a toy." In a press release, Domino said that "getting these words out was its own kind of medicine and a deeply personal attribution to my last few years." 

Overall, Domino is pushing a message of triumph through this dark and moody tune. She cites her experience working as a doula for the Carriage House Birth as a major source of light and inspiration for her forthcoming full-length debut which contains 11 tracks. Beyond Waves is expected for release on August 25. Stream the title track in full, below.

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<![CDATA[How To Adultify Your Oral Care Routine]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/adultify-oral-care-routine Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/adultify-oral-care-routine no-reply@nylon.com (Jenna Igneri) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:00 EST How To Adultify Your Oral Care Routine radar, culture,,

How To Adultify Your Oral Care Routine

We chatted with the experts on how to take care of your mouth like a true adult.

Jenna Igneri

Growing up, I went to the dentist—who just happened to be my uncle—quite often. Never wanting to disappoint my dear Uncle Dave with a cavity at my scheduled semiannual cleaning, I brushed and flossed multiple times a day (probably too much, actually) and threw all kinds of mouthwash into the mix. I almost enjoyed it.

That is until I moved out of my parent’s house and went on to college. Sometime during that partially messy and confusing time of my life, before I hit actual adulthood, I stopped caring. I moved to New York City for school and deemed it far enough away for me to not get my regular cleanings from my uncle in central New Jersey. For a few years, I never bothered going to a dentist in my new city, and exploring New York meant drinking a lot of barely-legal strawberry daiquiris and understandably passing out at home sans brushing.

After graduating college and attempting to be more adult-like in every aspect of my life, and being excited over having my own health insurance thanks to my first big girl job, I finally went for a cleaning (which later resulted in a cavity filling and getting my wisdom teeth yanked out of my face). I still struggle with being good to my mouth from time to time, and I know many of you out there were, or still are, just like me, passing out to Netflix on the couch, bag of chips in hand—and not a toothbrush in sight.

As many of us probably need a little guidance in the oral care department (about 50 percent, actually, as you’ll read later), I chatted with oral health experts to get the lowdown on how to adultify our oral health routine.

Below, read on to learn how to be the responsible adult with shiny, clean teeth you’ve always dreamed of being.

Know the basics
Oral health 101: While we’re sure you learned the following in early childhood, a little refresher course never hurts, right?

In general, all the dentists and oral health experts we spoke with agree that a healthy mouth requires brushing a minimum of twice a day, with each brushing session taking about two minutes. “Brushing first thing in the morning and last thing before bed is ideal, with the exception of those who have braces and may need to brush a bit more. Do note: There is such a thing of brushing too many times a day,” says Simon Enever, co-founder of quip, the oral care subscription service. “When brushing, you should focus on brushing one tooth at a time individually, so that the time added up per tooth should take about two minutes."

When it comes to flossing, Dr. Jennifer Plotnick of Grand Street Dental recommends flossing once a day, before you brush. “I usually recommend that my patients floss prior to brushing so that any food and tartar are removed effectively, which allows the toothpaste to penetrate all areas of the teeth,” she says. “Plus, it’s usually the part that most people get lazy about, so taking care of it from the get-go will encourage more people to do it.”

Dr. Marc Lazare, doctor of dental surgery and author of Dr. Lazare’s: The Patient’s Guide to Dentistry, stresses that the most important time of day to brush your teeth is before you go to bed. “When you’re awake, your saliva helps to bathe and rinse your teeth, but you salivate less when you’re asleep, making your teeth more susceptible to developing cavities from the debris left on them.”

While twice a day is standard for most with a healthy mouth, Lazare also recommends brushing after meals and snacks if you have the chance, and especially after taking any liquid or chewable medicines. “The sugars and acids contained in medicines can actually break down the tooth’s enamel,” he says.

While this information may seem redundant to some, a lot of people don’t actually follow these guidelines at all. In fact, Enever points out that, according to studies, only about 50 percent of people brush their teeth the recommended twice a day and the average brushing time is closer to one minute than the recommended two. If you’re one of these people, you’re certainly not alone, but it’s time to take control and change bad habits.

Step up your brushing game
So, now you know all the basics. Why not step it up?

Both Plotnick and Enever stand by the fact that how the teeth are brushed is way more important, and much more effective, than the type of brush being used. “The key to effective brushing is the technique, routine, and upkeep of the person using the brush, not whether you use a manual or electric brush, nor what power setting it’s on,” says Enever.

However, electric toothbrushes do have specific benefits that manual brushes do not, and when used with an effective routine, you make your oral care routine that much easier, healthier, and less daunting. Timers are one of the features that make all the difference, as they help ensure you brush for a full two minutes. (Quip and Philips are just two of the brands whose brushes are equipped with such timers.) Quip's subscription model, which sends new heads and toothpaste every three months, also ensures the user isn’t employing an old brush with ineffective bristles. 

Lazare speaks highly of powered toothbrushes, as they generate more brush strokes per second, which is not only more effective but helps improve the user’s technique. “There’s usually less trauma to the gums and teeth when brushing with a power toothbrush since many overzealous manual toothbrush users bang into their gums with the wrong technique or scrub too hard,” he says. He recommends the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean, as not only does it remove 10 times more plaque than a manual toothbrush, but it also has a pressure sensor that gently vibrates the handle when the user brushes too hard, alerting them to be a little less rough. We personally also love its rose gold color, charging case, and five different modes whether you want to focus on cleaning your gums or a deep cleaning.

Know your toothpaste
While Plotnick says she isn’t very particular about toothpaste, she recommends certain types for specific patients. For example, she’ll suggest a sensitive formula—which is gentler on enamel—to a patient with sensitive teeth, recommending they stay away from anything with tartar control or whitening features, as they tend to be more abrasive on the teeth.

Natural toothpastes are also growing increasingly popular, as the natural beauty and wellness industries continue to boom. However, just like anything you put on your skin, in your hair, or ingest, you should know what’s in your toothpaste. Evener warns that you should proceed with caution and check in with your dentist when it comes to natural toothpaste. “While some can be great, others are using the word ‘natural’ very loosely,” he says, “Others are jumping on the bandwagon with buzzy ingredients, but without explaining how to use them properly, how often to use them, or sometimes even mentioning what they actually do. The ADA and most dentists still recommend ‘regular’ fluoride anticavity toothpaste due to its tooth strengthening properties.”

What's the deal with mouthwash?
The opinions on the necessity of mouthwash vary amongst dentists. Lazare recommends using antiseptic rinses pre- or post-brushing for their ability to kill germs in between your teeth but making sure the formulas are alcohol-free, as alcohol can have a drying effect on the mouth. 

Plotnick, on the other hand, is not a huge fan. “Many of the over-the-counter products out there have alcohol in them and a host of other chlorides and additives, which I don’t think healthy patients need,” she says. “Not many people know this, but many commercially available mouthwashes can cause staining of teeth.” Eek. While she agrees with Lazare that there are definitely benefits to mouthwashes, especially for those with periodontal issues and healing tissues, she prefers her patients to try a more natural approach.

“If your gums are irritated, try warm salt water rinses. If you want to get into a great routine of keeping your gums really healthy and evening brightening your teeth naturally, try oil pulling every morning."

Pay attention to what you eat
Being aware of what you eat is a big part of stepping up your oral health. Lazare points out that while it may be a given that chewy candy such as taffy, caramel, and jelly beans are some of the biggest cavity culprits, as they get trapped within the pits and grooves of your teeth, you’d be surprised to know which other foods can cause potential oral damage: nuts, raisins, and dried fruit and, essentially, anything that doesn’t dissolve quickly.

“Any food debris left on the tooth creates an acid attack in the mouth to break it down,” he says. “The less likely the food is to dissolve or rinse away, the longer the acid attacks will be. Chocolate, which is full of sugar, is actually not as bad for your teeth as dried fruit and nuts because it dissolves quickly.”

Well, that’s all we needed to hear. *Unwraps candy bar*

Make it a priority
According to Plotnick, the biggest mistake young adults are making when it comes to dental health is that they’re not prioritizing it. “Many who are uninsured will decide to simply not go to the dentist at all, or until something hurts,” she says. “I try to educate my patients on the actual cost of treatments, and they’re pretty surprised to learn that they spend more on coffee per year than they would on getting preventative basics.” Sound familiar? This is a habit that she warns against. “Dental mistakes you make when you’re young will always come around to haunt you when you’re older. If you have a lot of dental work now, you’re going to have a lot of dental work to replace later.”

So, as a young adult, make taking care of your teeth and gums a priority. While, of course, you should make sure your daily routine is up to par, Plotnick also recommends taking care of any issues you have before they become bigger problems, such as fillings when they’re small or correct grinding issues before you actually hurt your bite.

So what does this all come down to?  As someone trying to get this adult life right, you should finally stop putting off that dentist appointment. We know, we know—adulting results in being really busy, but that doesn’t mean you should let your teeth suffer, especially later on in life. According to Lazare, the average person with healthy teeth and gums should go see their dentist for a cleaning every six months—and, of course, even more often if you have gum problems or other issues that would need monitoring.

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<![CDATA[Activated Charcoal Cocktails Are Our Latest Drink Obsession]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/nylon-activated-charcoal-may-2017 Tue, 23 May 2017 08:30:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/nylon-activated-charcoal-may-2017 no-reply@nylon.com (Austen Tosone) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 08:30:00 EST Activated Charcoal Cocktails Are Our Latest Drink Obsession radar, culture, culture,

Activated Charcoal Cocktails Are Our Latest Drink Obsession

Check out this charcoal cocktail feature from our May 2017 issue.

Austen Tosone

The following feature appears in the May 2017 issue of NYLON.

It’s a known fact: Black is always in fashion. And these days the color has transitioned from street-style staple to cocktail menu must-have courtesy of activated charcoal, the ingredient responsible for the spike in midnight-hued happy hour beverages on your Instagram feed. 

You might recognize the activated-charcoal hype from the beauty world, as seen in the form of face masks, cleansers, and even toothpastes, since it’s believed to absorb dirt and oil. A similar theory applies to ingesting it—once in your body, proponents say that activated charcoal binds to and eliminates toxins in your system. For this reason, it’s also become a favorite of the supplement- and juice-shop set. 

But now that activated charcoal seems to have officially crossed over from health fad to fun drink trend, a bevy of aesthetically on-point cocktails are cropping up that incorporate the ingredient to magical, moody effect.

Mission Chinese Food’s Moonwalk cocktail, for instance, is made from mezcal, yuzu sake, kosho, citrus, and, of course, activated charcoal, and is sprinkled with “disco salt” (a combination of Maldon salt crystals and confectioners’ luster dust). Slowly Shirley in New York’s West Village has also created a showstopping drink dubbed the Perla Negra, a large-format, rum-punch cocktail served in a huge skull glass, topped with sorrel, and garnished with flowers and a burning candle. 

Both Sam Anderson of Mission Chinese Food and Ray Sakover of Slowly Shirley acknowledge that the charcoal’s primary function is to create a deep black tone, and that the ingredient doesn’t really alter the flavor profile of drinks. That said, it definitely makes the cocktail experience more exciting. And while it’s important to note that health professionals advise against consuming too much activated charcoal, indulging in the occasional cocktail only turned our tongues black. 

Slowly Shirley's Perla Negra Cocktail photographed by Mikey Asanin.
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<![CDATA[Jamila Woods + Chance The Rapper Are Looking For You To Produce Their Next Video]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/student-filmaker-chance-the-rapper-jamila-woods-video Tue, 23 May 2017 08:07:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/student-filmaker-chance-the-rapper-jamila-woods-video no-reply@nylon.com (Hafeezah Nazim) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 08:07:00 EST Jamila Woods + Chance The Rapper Are Looking For You To Produce Their Next Video radar, radar,music,

Jamila Woods + Chance The Rapper Are Looking For You To Produce Their Next Video

Jamila Woods and Chance the Rapper created an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to direct their music video for Jamila's single, "LSD (Feat. Chance the Rapper)"

Hafeezah Nazim

Chance the Rapper and Jamila Woods are teaming up to give one student filmmaker the chance of a lifetime—the opportunity to bring their ideas to life in a music video for the duo's single, "LSD."

Lil' Chano tweeted a photo of the contest guidelines, captioned with "ATTENTION CPS STUDENT FILMMAKERS." (CPS meaning only students who attend public school in Chicago are eligible to apply.)

This opportunity is yet another great example of how Lil' Chano continues to give back to Chicago and its public school system. Just last month, the rapper donated 1 million dollars to CPS via ticket sales from his upcoming tour. 

The winning submission will be the theme of the video and directed by Sam Bailey and Vincent Martell, who also directed Woods' video for "Holy." The winner also will shadow Bailey and Martell on the set as their video comes to life. "Students who show promise" will additionally be granted the opportunity to pair with a department head to shadow them during the shoot as well. 

Applicants (including graduating seniors) are to send videos before June 2 in a PDF file to submit@vamstudio.net. 

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<![CDATA[Meet OWO, The Artist Who Created Her Own Genre]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/tracee-owo-interview Tue, 23 May 2017 07:40:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/tracee-owo-interview no-reply@nylon.com (Donna Gibson) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 07:40:00 EST Meet OWO, The Artist Who Created Her Own Genre music, music, tracee atanda-owo, OWO, nigerian, nigeria,

Meet OWO, The Artist Who Created Her Own Genre

We talked to OWO about her Nigerian background and how it influences her music.

Donna Gibson

Tracee Atanda-Owo is the originator of a genre she describes as "afro-electro-R&B." The 26-year-old Nigerian-American artist hails from Maryland, a place that, she says, instilled an "introverted and observant" nature within her. At 18, Atanda-Owo moved to New York to study at The New School and began recording songs on GarageBand. Her music is inspired by the sounds of Nigerian afro-funk artists like the Lijadu Sisters and Fela Kuti. 

Atanda-Owo views her upbringing between two cultures as a privilege and finds that her dual nationality extends into her art. On stage, as OWO, she puts her Nigerian culture on full display. Atanda-Owo thinks that it is imperative to show “the vastness of African culture, American culture, and R&B culture” within her work. Furthermore, she's embracing the beauty of being a first-generation artist in what she describes as a "genre-less generation."

OWO is gearing up for performances this summer, which include The Drum Collective Presents A Night of Dance feat. Music from Africa & the African Diaspora at Subrosa on May 25 and a show at Baby's All Right on July 2 in New York. Check out OWO's Drums and Emotions EP and learn more about her vibrant background in the interview, below.

How does your Nigerian heritage influence your music?
It influences the sound, but I wouldn’t say it’s overt. I feel like it’s just culturally influenced more than anything. Being Nigerian is a big part of me, especially when it comes to me being a hard worker, being aggressive, being ambitious. I really do put it in a lot when it comes to my sound during live performances. I usually have a djembe drummer with me when I’m performing or dancers, I use a lot of Ankara prints. It’s definitely a part of me, you can’t separate it.

How did you decide on your music moniker?
I just took the end of my surname and made it my artist name, but it actually does mean money as well. It’s interesting; people who are Yoruba or Nigerian are like, “MONEY, I like that.” I’m just like, "Okay, cool, but it’s actually my last name."

What has your journey with music been like?
A very awakened one. As I was writing different sounds and different verses, I had a conversation with a very close friend who works with me closely now, and he was like, “You need to put traces of your culture in your music.” This was about five years ago. I was like, “What do you mean?” He was like, “Go do your research.” So I did heavy research, and I found artists like the Lijadu sisters who I didn’t know existed. They were twins from the '70s who were afro-pop stars in Nigeria, and I had no clue who they were and how they fused it. I listened to a lot of people who genre-bend. We all kind of influence each other’s music. So the first vocal mix I put out was the introduction to that new sound, and luckily it was well-received and we just started to flow with that sound and really became keen on producing ourselves and working with producers who understood the afro-electro-R&B sound that I wanted to make. That’s what my journey was. 

How would you describe your sound?
Afro-electro-R&B. It’s interesting, and it gives people this screwed face like, "Whaaaaat?" Then they go listen to it, and then they get it. So instead of saying "I’m a mix of this and that," I just created it. 

What are some of your goals as an artist?
Right now, I’m planning for a lot of shows, and our goal is to reach as many people as possible and to perform for as many people as possible and to get set up with the right team. It may be a label [or] it may be a partnership that understands the vision, understands the goal, and understands the mission that we’re trying to do, which is trying to show the vastness of African culture, American culture, R&B culture; especially now, where there’s a huge emphasis on Africa, to show the beauty in the female artists that you don’t really hear about. Then, me being raised here, there's the beauty of first-generation immigrants making music that’s influenced [by another culture], but you can still understand it. You can still get. As much as I listened Fela or Wande Coal back in the day, I was listening to Mary J. Blige and Destiny’s Child and everybody, so I want people to see that. 

How is your family receiving your music?
I use my parents as a filter for if a song is good or not. As much as they’re older, they get it. I would say I have parents who are more in tune. They sometimes know songs more than me from listening to the radio. They’ll be like, “You know what? This sounds great. The lyrics, I really don’t understand. But it sounds great.” So they’re very supportive especially since they’ve seen progress. Of course, being Nigerian you kind of have to show, not tell too much. So as I’ve been showing, they’re been super supportive and very receptive. I’m really blessed to have that. Being a creative and a business woman and an artist and Nigerian, I feel like I’m blessed to have that.

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<![CDATA[Elisabeth Moss Is Following Up ‘The Handmaids Tale’ With Another Harrowing Series]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/elisabeth-moss-fever-bbc-series Tue, 23 May 2017 07:10:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/elisabeth-moss-fever-bbc-series no-reply@nylon.com (Taylor Bryant) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 07:10:00 EST Elisabeth Moss Is Following Up ‘The Handmaids Tale’ With Another Harrowing Series radar, news, elisabeth moss, fever, bbc series, the handmaids tale,

Elisabeth Moss Is Following Up ‘The Handmaids Tale’ With Another Harrowing Series

Elisabeth Moss is set to star in the BBC series Fever.

Taylor Bryant

Elisabeth Moss is a really talented actress. She’s proven this in her breakout role as Peggy in Mad Men. Again in Top of the Lake. And she’s making a point to drill in the fact most recently in her role as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale. She’s also got a thing for taking on the kind of roles that make us go, "Woah." Case in point: her next project.

According to Variety, Moss is set to star in the BBC series Fever which will tell the true story of an Irish immigrant and cook Mary Mallon, the first healthy carrier of typhoid fever who was forced into isolation. The history of “Typhoid Mary,” which she came to be called, has been debated since the 1900s—did she or didn’t she carry the disease? Was she to blame for the outbreak in New York?—and she became a poster child for how disease-carrying individuals should and shouldn’t be treated.

Moss opened up about why she chose to take on Mallon’s story in an interview with Variety, stating:

I look forward to telling this story about one of the most infamous women in America, "Typhoid Mary,’"  woman whose true tale has never been told. She was an immigrant in turn of the century New York, a time of huge change and progress in America. She was incredibly unique, stubborn, ambitious and in fierce denial of any wrongdoing until her death where she lived out her days imprisoned on an island just off of the Bronx in NY. She is incredibly complicated, something I seem to enjoy playing.

But, also, something that we enjoy watching! We’d love for Moss to continue taking on these more nuanced, multidimensional, strong female characters. But, like, if she opted to take on a less intense role, we wouldn’t be mad either. You know, for balance (and sanity).

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<![CDATA[Now Is Not The Time For Your Ariana Grande Jokes]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/humanity-before-tribes-manchester-bombing-ariana-grande Tue, 23 May 2017 06:45:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/humanity-before-tribes-manchester-bombing-ariana-grande no-reply@nylon.com (laura studarus) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 06:45:00 EST Now Is Not The Time For Your Ariana Grande Jokes radar, radar,music,

Now Is Not The Time For Your Ariana Grande Jokes

On the importance of putting your humanity before your tribe during times of tragedy.

laura studarus

Last night, a bomb was detonated at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in England, killing at least 22 and wounding at least 59. Like the 2015 attack on the Bataclan during the Eagles of Death Metal concert (which killed 130) in Paris, this is an unfathomable, heartbreaking tragedy. As the music community, and the world at large, began mourning, a journalist working for several major publications tweeted, “The last time I listened to Ariana Grande I almost died too.” Cue record scratch as we attempt to answer the ultimate question: What the hell?

I’m intentionally not using the writer’s name here—with any luck the public callouts he’s already endured will force him to consider why he made such a crude joke, rather than simply entrench his sophomoric view. And truthfully, the underlying issue is bigger than an offensive collection of 140 characters. By the very phrasing of the statement, he’s claimed a tribe and declared that his taste in music has somehow elevated his status as a human over the many who lost their lives in the attack.

Last year, I asked Sarah Assbring of El Perro Del Mar what she would like to change in the world, a hot-button issue in what would soon become a disastrous election cycle. “I would take away the very notion of nations,” she replied. “People belonging to nations and flags and borders. It’s been awful, and it continues to be awful. I don’t know when it’s going to end. It’s going to reach a level where it’s going to keep becoming worse until it can’t go anywhere. Then maybe it’s going to turn into something else. But first it’s going to end somewhere awful. It seems like we need to go through hell to be reminded of the good in us.”

At the time, with the U.S. splitting along party lines during a divisive lead-up to the presidential election, it was easy to see Assbring’s statement as merely referring to political nations. But with the internet—forever the great connector—we all possess multiple citizenships. And, for the most part, it’s a positive. There’s a certain thrill to carving out your unique place on the web, translating your real-world lifestyle, beliefs, preferences, and taste into a unique digital footprint, and finding others who share your interests. It’s allowed us to meet like-minded friends across the world and forge the kind of connections no generation before could dream of.

But in a society that’s hell-bent on individualism as the ultimate currency, it’s also worth reminding everyone that the world is bigger than your color-coordinated Instagram account. The alliance you feel toward your “nation,” no matter how you choose to define that, shouldn’t be bigger than your concern for your fellow humans. Expressing sincere sorrow for someone else’s misfortune should always be delivered without a disclaimer.

And yet, we saw it happen last year with the phrase, “I don’t like Kesha, but…” splayed across social media while the singer-songwriter fought a lengthy battle to free herself from contract with Dr. Luke, who, Kesha alleged, sexually, emotionally, and verbally abused her. As I type this, history is repeating itself, with people offering a "broken" Grande comfort in the same breath that they excuse themselves from any notion of fandom. Another weird reminder for a weird time: In a nightmare this dense and unthinkable, no one cares if you like pop.

Just as the internet brings us together, it also creates a distancing effect (“online disinhibition effect,” in sociologist speak). It’s easy to see our tribe; after all, they’re got the same religious, political, sexual, artistic, or pop culture leanings as we do. But without voice, emotion, or interactions, it becomes harder to achieve empathy for any group in which you don’t see yourself as a member. (Meanwhile, as the citizens of Manchester are proving, loving the stranger in front of you can be breathtakingly easy.)

I’m not excused from this out-of-sight, out-of-mind phenomenon. The terror that has taken place in Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, New York was easy to mourn because I had a familiarity with all of them. But, for me, for a long time, the horrors occurring in Aleppo felt like more like a non-specific sadness, until a serendipitous meeting with a Syrian family in Copenhagen last summer. Seeing their sadness, hearing their joys, and even sharing their Middle Eastern sweets was a reminder that being “woke” isn’t a static state. It’s worth digging deeper to ask yourself where your feelings, or lack of them, really come from. 

I’ve yet to figure out how to put my newfound empathy to action, other than swallowing the lump in my throat every time my country cuts refugee protections. But I can say, with 100 percent certainty, that none of these people suffering, from any number of our planet’s current crises, are abstract ideas. They’re human. Compassion without restraint or caveats is worth it, even if all we can do is feel their pain. I’m certainly not advocating a future where we’re all reduced to anonymous, beige-colored balls. Differences are beautiful—but not when they’re wielded like a weapon, even on a playing field as banal as Twitter. 

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<![CDATA[Toilet Paper Lip Art Is A Thing Now]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/toilet-paper-lip-art-instagram Tue, 23 May 2017 06:15:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/toilet-paper-lip-art-instagram no-reply@nylon.com (Hayden Manders) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 06:15:00 EST Toilet Paper Lip Art Is A Thing Now beauty, beauty, instagram, ig,

Toilet Paper Lip Art Is A Thing Now

Instagram beauty people are now using toilet paper to help make lip art. Help us all.

Hayden Manders

When the extraterrestrials inevitably touch down on Earth and come upon Beauty Instagram, they'll wonder one thing, Are humans the most ridiculous creatures we've ever encountered or the most innovative? Case in point: toilet paper lip art.

No domestic or craft product is safe from the minds of beauty artists. Greta Agazzi used the bathroom necessity to create a look she's calling "textile lips." Really, though, it's toilet paper pressed onto the lips with metallic and matte liquid lipsticks brushed over it. The peculiar part is that it does look good. Like, editorially good. If 2016 was the year of realizing things, 2017 is the year of doing things—and Agazzi did that. Now the question is, Charmin or Quilted Northern? Two-ply seems to be the most, uh, moldable but also a little flimsy. Ultrasoft could very well be too soft to even apply and stick. Can you spare a square?

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<![CDATA[Slow Dancer's "I Would" Is Quietly Devastating]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/slow-dancer-i-would-song-premiere Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/slow-dancer-i-would-song-premiere no-reply@nylon.com (Noah Jackson) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 EST Slow Dancer's "I Would" Is Quietly Devastating music, music,slow dancer,i would, music, slow dancer, i would,

Slow Dancer's "I Would" Is Quietly Devastating

Slow Dancer discusses his silken soft ballad "I Would."

Noah Jackson

After enchanting us earlier this year with “Don’t Believe,” retro-leaning Aussie Slow Dancer is back with another beguiling slice of laid-back sophisti-pop. “I Would,” premiering on NYLON today, is the second single from his upcoming album, In A Mood (out June 9), and shows off the Melbourne native’s penchant for pairing soulful ‘70s instrumentation with devastating lyricism. Flickering acoustic guitar underscores Slow Dancer’s lilting croon, as he evocatively employs vintage sonics to depict modern heartbreak. We caught up with Slow Dancer (aka Simon Okely) to discuss this silken soft ballad.

“I Would” is a heart-wrenchingly specific love song. What’s the story behind it?
You are spot-on. "I Would" is a very specific love song, and I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't writing to a specific person. But perhaps due to feeling that it often detracts rather than adds, I'm not comfortable telling people much about what my songs are about, or the story behind them. My favorite thing about it is that you can have a personal experience with it and never be wrong. There are not many places in the world you can still have that. Especially with Google at your fingertips.

You include the line, “All the others went and bought the cars/ And built their houses/ But I think we make for better dancers.” Are you finding a pressure from your peers to conform and settle down?
I grew up in western Australia. Urban sprawl hugs the coast in both directions for hours. Almost everyone owns a car, and the middle and working classes live in a suburb at least 40 minutes from the city. People generally partner and have children young. If you're not careful, you can wake up a middle-aged 25-year-old. This culture, and pressure to conform to it, has shaped me for sure. But, in answer to your question, no, I have recently sold my car and my house and started tango lessons. 

“I Would” is a deeply emotional and introspective song. Where would you ideally want fans to listen to it? 
Ideally, you dub "In A Mood" from your record player onto cassette, and put the cassette into your Walkman with the bass boost on and the volume all the way up. You start walking to the park around the corner from the house you grew up in. As "I Would" starts, you are hanging upside down on a set of monkey bars. You give a thought to your first crush, and how they used to smell. Your chest relives how they made you feel when they walked past at recess on their way to the library. You're sitting on top of the monkey bars now, and looking out onto the suburb you grew up in. You think about how far removed your life is now, how much lower the monkey bars are from the ground, yet how connected you still feel. You jump down, landing on both feet, but wobble. You put your hands on your knees, and you do a small watery vomit into the sand. It's from hanging upside down and from being far too nostalgic. You walk back, hop into your rental car, drive to the airport, and sit at the darkest part of the bar. You're drinking white wine, but you really feel like orange juice. You call that family member you always call when you're waiting somewhere. The one who isn't offended when you hang up when it's time to board. 

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<![CDATA[Bishop Briggs Tells Us About Her Secret Pokémon Identity]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/hangout-fest-2017-bishop-briggs Tue, 23 May 2017 05:52:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/hangout-fest-2017-bishop-briggs no-reply@nylon.com (Hafeezah Nazim) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 05:52:00 EST Bishop Briggs Tells Us About Her Secret Pokémon Identity video, news,music,video, hangout fest, bishop briggs, river, music, festival,

Bishop Briggs Tells Us About Her Secret Pokémon Identity

Bishop Briggs talks to us about performing her first headlining tour at Hangout Fest 2017.

Hafeezah Nazim

It’s no secret that Bishop Briggs has been dominating the charts with her fierce single, “River,” off of her self-titled debut EP. But even a rising powerhouse like Briggs admits that while on the outside she wants to be like the Pokémon Charizard, she still feels like Jigglypuff on the inside. We learned this and more when we hung out with the singer at this year’s Hangout Fest, where she talked about everything from meeting fans to channeling her own Sasha Fierce on stage and, of course, Pokémon. 

“We are currently on our first headlining tour, and this is our first time doing meet and greets and VIP packages, so it’s been so great to meet the people—they’re the reason why I’m here,” says Briggs. “That’s where I really saw this connection being built, where we could talk about the music, and there’s nothing that will really ever compare to that, I don’t think.”

Watch the interview, above. 

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<![CDATA[Uh Oh, The Morning-After Pill Might Not Work For All Body Types]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/plan-b-effectiveness-research Tue, 23 May 2017 05:20:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/plan-b-effectiveness-research no-reply@nylon.com (Taylor Bryant) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 05:20:00 EST Uh Oh, The Morning-After Pill Might Not Work For All Body Types radar, news, plan b effectiveness, norlevo, obese women,

Uh Oh, The Morning-After Pill Might Not Work For All Body Types

A look into how women's weight may impact the effectiveness of Plan B.

Taylor Bryant

On its website, Plan B One-Step specifically advertises itself as a high-dose hormone pill used to help prevent pregnancy. It’s labeled as being “generally safe and effective,” “accessible,” and warns of potential side effects like inconsistent periods, nausea, and tiredness. What it fails to mention is that it might not be as effective for women who weigh more than 165 pounds, a segment of the population that happens to include millions of American women.

The correlation between a women’s weight and the effectiveness of the morning-after pill is a complicated topic that started in 2011. A study done by the Contraception journal found that obese women were three times more likely to become pregnant after taking the morning-after pill than women with a normal BMI (which is typically between 18.5 to 24.9). According to the CDC, the average BMI for an adult woman is 26.5. People freaked out, and understandably so.

Then, in 2013, Norlevo (the European version of One-Step) placed a warning on its boxes, saying that the pill might be less effective for women who weighed 165 pounds or more and was completely ineffective for women weighing 175 pounds or more. Then, the European Medicines Agency stepped in with the ever-vague messaging that “the data available are too limited and not robust enough to conclude with certainty that contraceptive effect is reduced with increased bodyweight.” Basically meaning that, despite what the number on your scale reads, emergency contraceptives remain a viable option for all women.

One way that women have worked around the uncertainty is by taking more than one dose of the medication. Fusion brought up this method today and acknowledged that even if this is an effective (if expensive) workaround, it is not one that will be endorsed by the pharmaceutical companies, because "it’s risky to tell heavier women to buy an extra dose: Theoretically, if you made women over a certain weight shell out an extra $50, it could be grounds for a class action suit."

Ultimately, you should consult your doctor if you have serious concerns on the topic, and let this serve as a reminder that the problems women face when it comes to getting accessible and effective health care are real, and that's why it's essential to have people in politics who are working toward making health care more affordable and comprehensive for all Americans, not just the most privileged among us.

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<![CDATA[Rihanna Was Honored At Parsons' Annual Benefit]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/rihanna-honored-at-parsons-benefit Tue, 23 May 2017 04:42:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/rihanna-honored-at-parsons-benefit no-reply@nylon.com (Jenna Igneri) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 04:42:00 EST Rihanna Was Honored At Parsons' Annual Benefit fashion, news,, radar, fashion, rihanna, parsons school of design, matthew adams dolan,

Rihanna Was Honored At Parsons' Annual Benefit

Rihanna was honored at Parsons School of Design's 69th annual benefit for her music, fashion, and humanitarian contributions.

Jenna Igneri

Rihanna is pretty much slaying at life. In addition to, you know, just being Rihanna (and becoming a soon-to-be live-action meme), she added Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year award to her resume earlier this year. Now, Parsons School of Design has chosen to honor her as well—alongside fashion designer Eileen Fisher and Karen Katz, CEO of Neiman Marcus—for her musical talents, fashion influence, humanitarian efforts, and, most of all, for championing of young designers.

Last night the Bad Gal herself took the stage at the school’s 69th Annual Benefit, where she sang praise to the aspiring designers that filled the audience—noting the struggles and hardships that the younger set face in today’s world. “I don’t think you get celebrated enough,” she said. “You should be celebrated for every aspect of your growth and your growing pains. You should be celebrated for your creativity, for your fearlessness, your persistence, and your determination…for being different, for not being given credit. For not having to use eye cream.”

As if that wasn’t inspiring enough, she also had a word of advice for the future of the world: “We often tear our youth down when we should be building them up,” she said. “You are all the next generation. We need to invest in you.”

She finished off by letting the young talent know that she cares and that she’s there, closing her speech with, “I’m here to say that I’m listening, I’m watching, and you’re up next.” Well, if Rihanna’s got your back, then you’re without a doubt destined for success.  

Of course, being the fashion force she is, her speech wasn’t the only noteworthy part of the evening. She turned heads in the ultimate pantsuit: a dramatically oversized tan blazer and wide-leg pants by Parsons alum Matthew Adams Dolan. She finished off her look with some icy wrists and fingers, a simple clutch, and white pointed toe pumps, keeping her hair and makeup effortless with simple wavy hair and a red lip. Elegant and poised, she still managed to look ridiculously cool, like the true icon for fashion’s future that she is.

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<![CDATA[Drake, Kehlani & More Emphasize The Importance Of Safe Spaces Following Manchester Bombing]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/celebrity-reactions-to-manchester-bombing Tue, 23 May 2017 04:15:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/celebrity-reactions-to-manchester-bombing no-reply@nylon.com (Sydney Gore) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 04:15:00 EST Drake, Kehlani & More Emphasize The Importance Of Safe Spaces Following Manchester Bombing radar, news, radar, music, ariana grande, manchester bombing, drake, lorde,

Drake, Kehlani & More Emphasize The Importance Of Safe Spaces Following Manchester Bombing

This is how celebrities reacted to the Manchester bombing.

Sydney Gore

Manchester Arena has become the latest music venue to be targeted by terrorists following a fatal explosion that has killed at least 22 people. Concerts are intended to provide safe spaces for people, to escape from the chaos of the real world, but terrorists have turned these sanctuaries into sites of unspeakable horror. 

In the aftermath of last night's attack, many musicians are reflecting on the importance of protecting these spaces from harm. Lorde described it as "truly a worst nightmare" for any musician and stated that "shows should be safe for you" in a tweet. Troye Sivan shared a similar sentiment about how shows are "filled with such joy and love," and have no place for "such a senseless and ruthless act."

Demi Lovato immediately tweeted about how she was "tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives." Nicki Minaj also commented on the "innocent lives lost" in this "tragic event," stating that her "heart hurt" from the pain of it all.

In addition to posting an image to show solidarity for Ariana Grande, Drake touched on the "real fear" that musicians have of their shows being targeted like this. Kehlani also expressed the same concern in a heartfelt post on Instagram. "Currently being on tour and understanding how much concerts are safe spaces for support, love, peace & expression... this breaks my heart," she wrote. "My heart is with the victims, their families, everyone who had to experience such a traumatic encounter, and with the entire Ariana tour team."

Paramore tweeted about how "the community we all create together thru music should be completely devoid of fear." JoJo echoed this message in her post on Twitter about the event as well. "Concerts should be spaces of love and inclusion and peace," she wrote. "How dare someone corrupt such a magical experience."

Since news of the bombing broke last night, Grande has received an outpouring of love and support from her peers in the music industry on social media. Grande tweeted last night about how "broken" she felt over what had transpired. TMZ reports that Grande has “indefinitely suspended” the remainder of her European tour. For now, her management has released the following press statement in response to the deadly attack:

For more information on how to help Manchester in the aftermath, refer to these guidelines provided by Manchester Evening Standard.

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<![CDATA[RIP Swirl Has Made Your New Go-To Greeting Card]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/rip-swirl-hi-video-premiere Tue, 23 May 2017 04:00:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/rip-swirl-hi-video-premiere no-reply@nylon.com (Sydney Gore) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 04:00:00 EST RIP Swirl Has Made Your New Go-To Greeting Card music, music, rip swirl, Luka Seifert, Felix Aaron, birthday,

RIP Swirl Has Made Your New Go-To Greeting Card

Exclusive premiere of RIP Swirl's music video for "Hi!" directed by Felix Aaron.

Sydney Gore

Berlin-based artist Luka Seifert is the gift that keeps on giving. Between Birthday and RIP Swirl, the producer is busier than he's ever been, but that's how he likes it. Today, we're premiering RIP Swirl's music video for "Hi!," and it's probably going to be the weirdest thing you watch all day.

The Felix Aaron-directed visual avoids incorporating a "detailed concept," an intentional approach on Aaron's part. "We spontaneously decided to spend a day at the botanic gardens and shoot a trippy holiday video in a low-fi vibe inspired by the moody tune Luka provided at the Neukölln local greens," he says.

The video cuts between VHS clips of Seifert and lush green plants. Every so often, teary-eyed emojis, skeletons on bicycles, a white Lamborghini, and a dancing Snoop Dog—among other things—flash on the screen. As for the track itself, prepare to feel completely mellowed out as it casts a moody spell on you.

See it for yourself and watch all the wild shenanigans go down, below.

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<![CDATA[All The People We Hung Out With At Hangout Fest]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/hangout-fest-2017-recap Tue, 23 May 2017 03:30:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/hangout-fest-2017-recap no-reply@nylon.com (Hayden Manders) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 03:30:00 EST All The People We Hung Out With At Hangout Fest radar, radar,musicfest,

All The People We Hung Out With At Hangout Fest

Another Hangout Fest has come and gone. Let's take a look back at all the cool people we chilled with this year.

Hayden Manders

Hangout Fest lives up to its name. It is, perhaps, the one festival that encourages kicking back and living your beach fantasy. That is if your beach fantasy consists of stellar live performances from Major Lazer, Charli XCX, Chance The Rapper, and more. Throw in a couple thousand people into the mix, too, and you've got the recipe for an experience unlike any other—a sandy one, at that. 

For the third year in a row, we ventured down to Gulf Shores, Alabama, to hang out at Hangout. It was a wild ride, to say the least, filled with surprise birthday celebrations with Young The Giant, ping-pong with The New Respects, and more inflatable objects than we could have imagined. The rest of the summer has a lot to live up to after this weekend. 

As we continue to dust off all the sand from the past couple of days, let's look back at all the people we met, saw, cut the cake with, cut a rug with, and then some. On to the next one! See you next year, Hangout. 

If Grace Mitchell were any cooler, she'd be frozen solid.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

We meet again, Bishop Briggs!

Photo by Nina Westervelt


Photo by Nina Westervelt

Paradise is Charli XCX's denim number.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

The sisters JOSEPH.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

A moment with Tkay Maidza.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Wam, bam, it's Kam Franklin.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Fact: You will be hit by one of these at some point in your festival experience, and it will knock your drink all over unsuspecting strangers.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

If your name is Charli, bounce.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Mac DeMarco is the man.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Spot the crystals on Barns Courtney

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Do you feel the electric with MGMT?

Photo by Nina Westervelt

PVRIS straight-up rocks.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

This crowd gets it.

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Photo by Nina Westervelt

Weezer's Brian Bell's hair is full of wonderful secrets.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Phoenix rises.

Photo by Nina Westervelt
A wild Louis The Child appears! Photo by Nina Westervelt

Twenty One Pilots are the future.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Get that COIN.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Kungs, post-turn-up.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Cash Cash us outside, how 'bout that?

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Phantoms for the win.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

The Suffers go classical.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

This dog!!!!!!!!

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Peace up, The Head and the Heart.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

A reading with RÜFÜS DU SOL.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

It's always a revolution when Major Lazer comes through.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

See what we mean?

Photo by Nina Westervelt

What the duck is up, Bob Moses?

Photo by Nina Westervelt

The New Respects are angels, for real.

Photo by Nina Westervelt


Photo by Nina Westervelt

Those In-N-Out socks on LANY make the world a better place.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

NGHTMRE's not sinking anytime soon.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Franz Ferdinand is back, y'all.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Sometimes you happen to stumble into a birthday celebration with Young The Giant.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Then sometimes you have a moment like this with Young The Giant, too.

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We see you, Chance The Rapper. We see you.

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A Mumford, but where are the sons?

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A casual Sunday night.

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That's all she wrote, friends!

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<![CDATA[James Corden Pays Tribute To Manchester And Its People]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/manchester-attacks-james-corden Tue, 23 May 2017 03:10:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/manchester-attacks-james-corden no-reply@nylon.com (Ben Barna) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 03:10:00 EST James Corden Pays Tribute To Manchester And Its People radar, james corden,ariana grande,radar,manchester, james corden, ariana grande, radar, manchester,

James Corden Pays Tribute To Manchester And Its People

James Corden gave an emotional statement on the Manchester attacks on his show last night.

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In the age of terror, late-night hosts have found themselves performing the morbid ritual of solemnly addressing the latest attack on their talk shows. Last night’s awful attack in Manchester happened after all the shows had already taped—they are typically pre-taped in the afternoon—so most of the hosts haven’t been able to offer their thoughts and condolences (expect to see that tonight). But James Corden, a U.K. native, was compelled to tape a separate segment, where he addressed the attacks and the city they were carried out in, that aired during the show.

Sitting at his desk in an empty theater, a rattled Corden emphasized that details on the incident were still developing, and said that there were “multiple fatalities and many injuries” at an Ariana Grande concert, where the bombing took place. (We now know the death toll is at 22, with more than 50 people injured, many of them kids). Corden then told his audience about the city of Manchester and its contributions to society and culture. “Many of you won't have ever been to Manchester but you will definitely have heard of it," he said. “It's famous all over the world for so many wonderful things, great football teams, Manchester City, Manchester United. It's famous for incredible music, Oasis, and Joy Division. It was the birthplace of the leader of the Suffragettes. It's the home of the inventor of the first computer.”

But Corden saved his most poignant sentiments for the people of Manchester themselves, who are no doubt reeling. “I’m telling you a more tight-knit group of people you’ll be hard-pressed to find,” he said. “Strong, proud, caring people with community at its core. And if it’s even possible, the spirit of the people of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening.” Watch his remarks above. 

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<![CDATA[Olivia Wilde Is Challenging The Skin-Care Industry To Do Better]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/olivia-wilde-true-botanicals-interview Tue, 23 May 2017 02:15:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/olivia-wilde-true-botanicals-interview no-reply@nylon.com (Irina Grechko) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 02:15:00 EST Olivia Wilde Is Challenging The Skin-Care Industry To Do Better beauty, beauty, beauty, olivia wilde, true botanicals,

Olivia Wilde Is Challenging The Skin-Care Industry To Do Better

Olivia Wilde, as chief brand activist for True Botanicals, is on a mission to get everyone to switch over to natural skin-care. Read about it here.

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"I want to go testify before Congress, I want to beat the drum on this," says Olivia Wilde on a rainy morning in Manhattan's Clover Grocery when asked what she will do in her role at True Botanicals. Just a few days prior, the actor and director—who's about to make her Broadway debut next month in George Orwell's 1984, alongside Tom Sturridge—has been appointed the luxury natural skin-care line's chief brand activist, a platform that, she says, she plans on using to educate women on the importance of using safe and natural products. 

"My mother’s a cancer survivor, so many of my friends are affected by cancer, and it’s something we really have to take seriously. I don’t accept it’s a given that we’re all gonna get cancer," she says. "It's not people's fault they trust the government that’s protecting them, it’s not their fault that if something is on their shelves, [they trust] that it doesn’t have poison in it. In the EU, they have more than 1,300 banned ingredients; here, we have less than 20. What the fuck is up with that? It makes me furious." 

It's not hard to believe when Wilde says that she wasn't looking for a "brand to pay my bills." In fact, after a good decade of searching for skin-care products that were not only natural, non-toxic, and cruelty-free, but also sustainable in terms of packaging and supply chain, she was ready to create them herself out of sheer frustration. "I’ve been looking at how those products checked those boxes but also how they really worked, because, at the end of the day, I really needed something that worked. And I wasn’t finding the thing that had both of those elements, that was effective but also truly natural, non-toxic, sustainable, and I thought I was gonna have to create my own." 

But after hearing about True Botanicals through word of mouth and trying out the products for herself, the former Revlon ambassador wanted to come on board. "I increasingly understood the power of my voice and started being really thoughtful in how I used it, and I wanted the beauty world to represent something that was moving forward," she said of deciding to join the relatively small brand. "My belief is when people understand that they have the ability to choose something that’s a lot healthier for themselves and the environment, and it actually works, that they will not go back. You can’t unlearn this stuff, once you know. Consumers will demand higher standards, and then the larger companies will have to respond to that. This always comes back to politics, but your dollar is your vote." 

Speaking of politics, according to Wilde, it helps that True Botanicals is the product of two women, Hillary Peterson and Christina Mace-Turner. "I got to meet these guys, and then it became an emotional connection as well because I thought, This is a movement and these are the leaders of the movement that I have been passionate about for a long time, they’re actually doing it," she said. As the mother of Otis and Daisy, whom she had with partner Jason Sudeikis, Wilde has understandably become even more passionate about the importance of using safe ingredients topically in the last few years. "If I put on some harsh toxic product that a dermatologist recommended and then I snuggled my seven-month-old baby, it was a crime to me, like, 'Oh I shouldn’t hold her, I shouldn’t kiss her, because that’s gonna get on her skin,' and that was really heartbreaking. I wanna be able to smoosh all over them."

Wilde is by no means delusional that the switch from questionable-ingredients-laden products will happen overnight; this is, after all, a society that's obsessed with cleansing and stripping skin of essentials oils, all in order to get that squeaky clean feeling. "I don’t think beauty should be this experience that is all about stripping and attacking and changing; it should be about self-love," she adds. "I feel very luxurious using these products; it [also] doesn’t feel like I’m sacrificing anything to use it, and I think that’s a really important point." She also is aware that it's a big decision to wipe your medicine cabinet clean of products you've been using for years. "People feel this tremendous pressure to clean out everything in their shelf and replace it all with a new line, and they don’t know if it's worth the investment," says Wilde. "I would say take baby steps. Start with one product that you realize is changing your skin and give it the chance to actually work." That first product for Wilde was the brand's Pure Radiance Oil, which comes in three different variations targeting various skin concerns; for me, a recent convert to True Botanicals, it started with the Pre Cleanse Oil

With an approach this straightforward and holistic, you can't help but envision Wilde making a foolproof case to the Congress when time comes. "I’m interested in being an activist in terms of communicating information, and I think that’s arming consumers with the information they deserve to make better choices," she said. "[At the end of the day,] in order to know you can demand better, it takes companies proving that it’s possible, and I think that’s what is revolutionary about True Botanicals. There’s so many people who know a lot about the beauty industry who aren’t even aware that there’s a product that can be as effective and natural as this."

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<![CDATA[Get To Know The Podcast That's "Better Than Ambien"]]> //www.nylon.com/articles/sleep-with-me-podcast Tue, 23 May 2017 02:00:00 EST //www.nylon.com/articles/sleep-with-me-podcast no-reply@nylon.com (gray chapman) NYLON en Tue, 23 May 2017 02:00:00 EST Get To Know The Podcast That's "Better Than Ambien" radar, radar,

Get To Know The Podcast That's "Better Than Ambien"

Can't fall asleep? Some say the podcast, Sleep with Me, is "better than "Ambien."

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The first time you listen to the Sleep With Me podcast, you might spend the first 10 minutes feeling utterly perplexed. Who is Scooter, and why on earth is he droning on about a self-styled tour of the La Brea Tar Pits? And, sorry, but how is this supposed to be soothing and sleep-inducing, exactly? 

The next thing you know, you’re waking up in a puddle of pillow drool and nine hours have passed. 

At least, that’s how I first experienced this podcast, which was created by a librarian named Drew Ackerman (known to his listeners as “Scooter”); I felt bemusement and a little confusion, followed by a surprisingly swift (abrupt, even) transition into blissful, deep sleep. No white noise, no ASMR, no soothing sounds of ocean waves or trickling streams, just one man with a monotonous voice and a babbling, nearly nonsensical story. Yet, Ackerman’s signature brand of gently whimsical storytelling somehow manages to hit the “mute” button on the ever-churning froth of anxious thought patterns that keep us up at night. Ackerman has a knack for using his voice and his words to build a cozy, safe, warm burrow in which the jaw can unclench and the mind can meander. Or, as one reviewer succinctly and accurately describes it, “His voice is like a tranquilizer dart straight to the brain.” 

Judging by more than a thousand near-perfect ratings and reviews on the podcast’s iTunes page (not to mention its 2.9 million monthly downloads by listeners), my experience wasn’t unique. “This man is a genius,” writes one reviewer. “Better than Ambien,” states another. One former insomniac describes it as a “miracle cure”—a bold claim, sure, but could it be possible that Ackerman has nailed the scientific formula for a truly effective bedtime story? 

He’s certainly been honing his craft for long enough. Growing up with undiagnosed dyslexia, Ackerman spent many sleepless nights as a kid worrying about school. “Sunday nights were the worst,” says Ackerman (an opinion shared by probably all of us). But when a wise classmate steered him toward the “Doctor Demento” radio show, a switch flipped. “[The show] interrupted my thought patterns and allowed me to escape for an hour or two,” he says. Cue the lightbulb moment, years later. 

That strategy would become the foundation for Sleep With Me and its wandering, seemingly aimless narrative; a story that distracts you just enough to push the pause button on those racing thoughts, without drawing you in and keeping your mind hooked the way an episode of Orange Is the New Black might. Ackerman releases three episodes a week, which typically include a rambling recap of a television episode (like Star Trek: The Next Generation), a pre-written story, and an hour-long, stream-of-conscious tale Ackerman might make up on the spot. (He says he used to find inspiration for those stories in Twitter's trending topics section, but nowadays, the daily IV drip of nightmare fuel from social media is hardly conducive to a good night’s rest.) 

With most episodes topping out at more than an hour in length, it’s pretty incredible that Ackerman pours so much weekly time and effort into planning, recording, and editing the kind of work that is typically received by a mostly unconscious audience. But, despite sending his work out into the ether on the reg, Ackerman says he feels like the work he does is more than the sum of its parts. “Part of it is this human element, and that's weird in this digital age or whatever, but people know the podcast is going to be there three times a week,” he says. Like a note from a pen pal, knowing a new podcast awaits on a regular schedule, is a comfort to some. He also feels a sense of connection with, compassion for, and perhaps even duty toward the most dedicated listeners who truly struggle with falling asleep—a loneliness he can relate to, after all those sleepless nights in his own childhood. “There are four or five people I hear from regularly who are chronic insomniacs,” he says. “Especially in the face of the last six, 12, whatever, months knowing that there's this large number of people out there that are having a tough time. A lot of listeners know there are other people out there listening to this podcast that are hurting, too, and that they can't sleep either.” 

Knocking people unconscious with his storytelling is a hidden superpower, but Ackerman makes it clear that he’s not a therapist, a magic bullet for sleep issues, or a substitute for medical treatment of insomnia. Dr. Rajkumar Dasgupta (who goes by Dr. Raj), a spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, says that while a podcast like this can be helpful for getting to sleep, there are other pieces of the sleep hygiene puzzle necessary for achieving a good, full night’s rest, and those shouldn’t be neglected. “The role of sound, temperature, your pillow and bedding, the role of meditation—certain things work for some individuals and not for others because sleep is very individualized,” Dr. Raj says. Plus, he adds, stimulus control—the idea that the only thing you should be doing in your bed is sleeping—means that fiddling with your iPhone to dial up a podcast while laying in bed might not be a great idea. 

Ackerman’s podcast might be more of a Band-Aid fit for occasional use than a long-term solution for the chronically sleep-deprived, but, Dr. Raj says, using something like this, as opposed to relying on prescription drugs, could be a healthier solution. “Anyone who’s doing something to help you get more sleep, I’m on board,” he says. (He does emphasize that for true insomniacs, few solutions can beat the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy.) As far as why Sleep With Me is so effective for some people? Raj explains that it’s widely understood that distracting yourself from sneaky anxiety spirals without activating your brain too much can help. “It’s well-known that if you [watch or listen to] something that stimulates thought and emotion, you won’t transition into sleep,” he says. 

In other words? There just might be an art and science to the perfect, boring bedtime story. And if a thousand reviews and 3 million downloads are any proof, this librarian-by-day, sleep-whisperer-by-night may have nailed it.