from @galdemzine - “If you want to respect me, respect the real Latino community that exists here”. @princessnokia stopped her show last night to talk about gentrification in London's Latin American community spaces #SaveLatinVillage . Head to gal-dem's Facebook page for the full video ✊🏽✊🏻✊🏿
from @teenvogue - 21-year-old model @luhshawnay is unapologetically herself, which is why we adore her. She made her NYFW debut this season; "I was so nervous and wanted to back out a few times but it was amazing and helped boost my confidence levels even more," she says of the experience. @Instagram is her favorite social media platform because “I love showing off my style and trying to show the world that skinny people aren’t the only ones who create 'looks' and can prosper at being a model. My time is coming and I want to prove to all the people who look up to me that it IS possible if you keep trying and don’t give up!” Want to grow a platform like hers? Her advice is crucial: "Just stay true to yourself even if a lot of people bully you or turn you into memes for being 'unpolished' and different; follow people who you genuinely like or are aesthetically on a similar wave as you; and don’t be scared to reach out to people you look up to because they may actually notice you and reach back out!” Why do you love Instagram? Comment below! ✨ #ShineTheory
from @adil_omar - SNKM - “Atomic Kitten” is now live on YouTube 🔊💥🐱we shot this video a few months ago in LA with @alexmerkle @shimizujones @willcallcinematic @asabialexander // more to come from myself @talalqureshi and @snkmmusic ❤️
from @jasminsehra - Man like Jasmin Sehra is hosting a radio show with @reformradio! I will be joined with dancer @raheemmir talking art, dance and memories! Hold tight cheese, hold tight indian drama intros, hold tight gup shup. Join us 3-5pm 4th November ✨ #reformradio#jasminsehra#paradisegirl#radioshow#britishasian
from @thatkahlo - Let’s get a bit emosh today. 😭 I always thought I’d have to mask my Nigerian accent as much as possible to be accepted/taken seriously as an artist in the Western world. Through my 7 years in New York, I put on an American accent to avoid people asking me where I was from and why I spoke English so well and seeing me as simply African instead of for who I was as a person. Meeting @ritontime and recording Rinse and Repeat was the first time I ever used my Nigerian accent on a song. And this was only because my mom called and I switched accents. He wondered why I hid it and asked me to use it on the song instead of what we already laid down. Knowing that I can be who I am and still make music that everyone understands and appreciates is an actual dream come true because I didn’t think it was possible. So massive thanks to @ritontime for encouraging me and everyone else for listening ❤️
from @alokvmenon - On femme imposter syndrome:
It really hurts that I am not taken seriously and am so often dismissed as an aesthetic prop because of my appearance. I am often the only trans femme of color in the room and am made to feel aware of it. .
Transmisogyny looks like all of the work that I have done to find power, intelligence, and beauty in myself disappears when confronted by the reality of my scarcity. I began to feel as if everyone thinks I am stupid (because of my appearance). I began to think that everything I say will be somehow linked back to my gender/appearance. I began to think that if I was masculine or binary people would engage with me more seriously or treat me with more respect. So I begin to “tone it down,” be less “extra,” retreat into normativity in order to make other people more comfortable. But then I get even more dysphoric — I have struggled so hard and so long to get “here” in this body, in this gender, in this world, and it constantly feels like I have to hold back because people aren’t ready for it. I get mad at myself for having to correct for other people’s transmisogyny, how the onus is always on women and femmes to have to hold and compensate for other people’s anxieties, fears, desires, and insecurities they project on us. I get frustrated because I know I am not “extra,” that’s just misogyny because everything different from normative masculinity is dismissed. And I get so weighed down by all of these thoughts and feelings that I just sit there and remain quiet. And then I wonder if they think I am quiet because I am stupid because I am femme. And then I get mad about how much of the “stuff” of misogyny is invisibilized — I don’t want to say invisible, I mean invisibilized. Language was made specifically to render it incoherent, immaterial, less urgent and violent. And so the misogyny begets anxiety and the anxiety begets insecurity and the insecurity begets dysphoria and the dysphoria begets silence and the silence begets imposter syndrome. like i do not belong. Like I only exist to be looked at, not listened to. Like I am too tired to take on the world and just want to surround myself with people who s