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    Listen: Lil Nas X’s “Montero” Empowers Black Queer Kids By Flipping Religion On Its Head

    “I’m amazed that someone as young as him was able to overcome this hurdle, when it comes to sticking to what your true self is, and walking in that—and figuring out how to balance this with this oppressive force in your life.”

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    On today's episode:

    1. It’s been a big week for Lil Nas X. His song “Montero” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. And despite all the backlash, the accompanying video is continuing to rack up views.

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    Today we talked with BuzzFeed culture reporter Michael Blackmon about how impactful “Montero” has been--especially for young Black queer youth.

    2. Thandiwe Newton has changed the spelling of her name.

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    3. YouTube is maybe getting rid of its thumbs-down button.

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