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Lil Nas X makes LGBT history right in front of us and we admire it

Lil Nas X is revolutionizing the music marketing industry and making LGBT history in front of our eyes. With expert use of fashion and social media, he continues to make headlines and solidify his space in the music industry as a gay Black man.

Ever since breaking into the music scene with the hit “Old Town Road,” every song that Nas X has released has been accompanied by an outfit, action, or TikTok campaign that stirred either controversy or extreme positive press, primarily centering around Nas X’s LGBTQ+ identity. 

Nas X has always proudly owned his identity, sometimes to the point of angering those who are heterosexual in the industry.

Breaking the internet, making LGBT history, and innovating within the music marketing industry, Nas announced his new album, Montero, by faking a maternity post.

He angered a lot of mothers and pregnant women, as they felt he was picking fun at what it was like to be pregnant.

However, this served as amazing promotion for his album, because the rest of the population found it funny and thought it served as a great way to announce a debut LP.

He also proudly posted TikToks and other photos with the prosthetic baby bump to continue to monopolize on the controversy.

Furthermore, at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, when accepting the award for video of the year, Nas began his speech by thanking the gay agenda creating even more conversation around himself and his work.

Other than just promoting his own work and creating a space for LGBTQ voices, but he also works to advocate for the community through activism and support. Nas X has identified the discrimination within society around the idea of sexuality, and gender identity. 

“Thank you so much to The Trevor Project for this award and for all they do for the LGBTQ community…”

“Discrimination around sexuality and gender identity is still very real, and our community deserves to feel supported and totally free to be themselves…”

– Lil Nas X

He continued:

“I often get messages from fans telling me about their struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts, and it made me realize that this was something bigger than myself. If using my voice and expressing myself in my music can help even one kid out there who feels alone, then it was all worth it.”

Stamping his legacy in LGBT history even further, the artist was recently honored with The Trevor Project’s inaugural suicide prevention advocate of the year award.

Beyond the controversy around his Montero album, Lil Nas X’s impact has been great in challenging gender sexuality norms. He has redefined what being Black and part of the LGBTQ community truly means.  

This will forever be a part of LGBT history

Instagram is down? How creatives can survive the next outage

Instagram is down? A question many businesses asked themselves today as Facebook took a major L. Creatives panicked and the Ethans of the world didn’t know what or where to go to live stream.

Instagram (and by extension its parent company Facebook) is one of the primary ways that creatives have their work discovered by others online.

However, starting sometime around noon on Monday, Oct. 4, the platform went dark.


The company experienced its biggest service outage in years while also under fire for concealing and misconstruing information regarding hate on their platforms. SUS.

Here are some other options for creatives to share their works and solidify their legacies online. 

1. Own your provenance on the blockchain


The blockchain has changed the way we consume and digest content. As we move towards web 3.0, it’s important that as creatives you stay in tune with platforms that allow for the distribution of your works outside of social media.

NFTs have changed the way creatives can create portfolios on the web. Platforms like Artiva allow digital creators to curate their own storefronts. From music to photography possibilities on the blockchain are endless. If you are a writer apps like mirror and sigle have made way for a new way to blog.

2. Start a blog about what you’re working on 


Creating an independent blog to host and showcase your content not only means you’re independent of social media apps like Instagram, it also gives you more creative freedom on how you would like to display your work.

Most blog sites like WordPress, Tumblr, Wix, or Squarespace are also free or low cost, so it can prove to be a great investment in yourself and your work. 

It’s time to stop relying on whether Instagram is down or not and create your readership.

3. So what? Instagram is down. Build an exclusive community around your work


If you create an audience that is willing to seek out your work, then no IG blackout will be able to stop you.

Creating hype around your art not only allows you to share your work directly with people who are looking for it, but it also lets you interact directly with a community of other super cool creators.

Creators are taking over discord and Twitch by creating their own communities around exclusive drops and sessions. Like Kenny Beats create a space that’s exclusively yours and dominate it.

It lets people receive your work and form connections with works directly from you and is not dependent on if Instagram is down.