Always do what's right; this will gratify some and astonish the rest

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KC Ortiz

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Join the sexual health conversation. Let's talk about sex. Let's talk about PrEP.

Let's Talk About PrEP is performed by Chicago-based rapper KC Ortiz and features Big Dipper, as well as local influencers, such as like drag queen and advocate Lucy Stoole, DJs [X]P and All the Way Kay, comic Tien Tran, and more.

Let’s Talk About PrEP continues the HIV-advocacy legacy of Salt-N-Pepa’s original 1991 song, Let's Talk About Sex. Two years after its initial release, they re-recorded it as Let’s Talk About AIDS, bringing awareness of the HIV epidemic to mainstream audiences.

The video was produced by Imagination + Muscle Productions and directed by Tobin Del Cuore and filmed at a variety of Chicago locations, including Howard Brown’s Andersonville Brown Elephant resale shop. The project was funded by a grant from the Illinois Community Health Foundation. Get it.


Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it

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Nicolas Brunet

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Our separation from each other is an optical illusion

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Merlot

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Mexican-born filmmaking duo Santiago & Mauricio present this new video for New York’s nouveau soul singer, Merlot. Together, they offer up a moving meeting of song and performance which celebrates queerness and human emotion. Drawing on visual references from what the directors call ‘classic queer iconography’—centred especially around New York’s vibrant LGBTQIA+ communities in the 1970s and 80s, the video is as much a history lesson as a glimpse into the future of queerness. Talking about their collaboration with Merlot on the musician's latest track, the filmmakers explain: “In our minds, Merlot is a modern Grace Jones, merging the masculine and feminine while being simply themselves. Because they are based in New York, we thought creating a ‘classic’ New York vibe would be a perfect fit, with the aim of making this timeliness. This is why we didn’t want to use models—everyone in the film is playing themselves.” Get it.



Bad For You is out now.

Everyone must become their own person, however frightful that may be

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MN8

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Let's rewind to 1995 with sizzling UK quartet MN8's hit I've Got A Little Something For You. Get it.



To The Next Level is out now.

One cannot alter a condition with the same mind set that created it in the first place

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Moses Sumney

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Hot on the heels of Rank & File comes the video for Power?, the lead track from Moses Sumney’s new EP, Black in Deep Red, 2014. Get it.



Black in Deep Red, 2014 is out now.

He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed



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The Midnight

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The Midnight is Los Angeles-based songwriter/producer duo Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan. America 2 is their latest. Get it.



America 2 is out now.

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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Fischerspooner

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Here's the new video for Fischerspooner's Top Brazil: Benny Benassi vs Constantin & MazZz Extended Mix. Get it.



TopBrazil is out now.

Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts

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Moses Sumney

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Here's the video for Rank & File, the closing track from Moses Sumney’s new EP, Black in Deep Red, 2014. Get it.



Black in Deep Red, 2014 is out now.

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity

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Gabrielle

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE
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Gabrielle is back with her first album in over a decade. Here's the first single, Shine. There's a fantastic interview with her here. Get it.



Under My Skin is out this month.

How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will

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Tolliver

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Avant-garde soul singer Tolliver hails from Chicago's infamous "wild 100's" Southside neighbourhood. "The video is about living a low life but making it look glamorous. Hence the gold-painted burger king sammich. The set pieces collapse behind me, the charade is up," he says of new video I Gotchu. "But then I step into my rightful place, claiming my crown, confetti everywhere. I imagine there are half-naked people just out of frame. The overarching theme is no longer being broke, making great art and claiming whatever prize is at the end of the rainbow. The set fell down many, many times before we got that take - the lights were weighing the shit down. Got hit in the head a bunch, was definitely funny the first few times. The burger paint was edible, I ate a good portion of it, I go to Burger King IRL more than I should." His debut EP, Rites, is coming soon.

BlackManWhiteBaby

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The human spirit must prevail over technology

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Chanti Darling

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“This record is built upon a sort of string theory of RNB sounds,” Chanti Darling says of his new album, RNB Vol. 1. “THE RNB is a type of place that exists in another plane. It’s another dimension. A place beyond dreaming that is the totality of your highest vibration. All the rest though… is just mundane.” Get it.



RNB Vol. 1 is out now.

The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self

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Blood Orange

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Blood Orange (Dev Hynes) drops his new album, Negro Swan, later in the month. The first single is Charcoal Baby. "An exploration into my own and many types of black depression, an honest look at the corners of black existence, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of color," Hynes says. "A reach back into childhood and modern traumas, and the things we do to get through it all.” Get it.



Charcoal Baby is out now.

Life isn't worth living, unless it is lived for someone else

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KillASon

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE
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KillASon is Magnifik in his new video. Get it.



Magnifik is out now.

The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain

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Ross Watson

ART SKOOL
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Dancers are the athletes of God

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Late Nights Early Mornings

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New music from Late Nights Early Mornings. Get it.



Alone is out now.

 
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