Singer/songwriter and producer Sudan Archives has released a new single for “Glorious” alongside some visuals directed by Ross Harris. The track marks the second single from her upcoming debut album for Stones Throw called Athena.
The Wilma Archer co-produced single builds on the album’s overall theme of duality and features Archives’ fellow Ohio-native artist D-Eight. Archives’ pet snake also makes an appearance in the music video above and is meant to serve as a “visual theme” for the project. “He’s so sweet and cute, and he doesn’t want to hurt anybody,” the artist says in a press release. “But everyone is afraid of him. I deal with that – men have told me, ‘You look intimidating’. Or someone will be like, ‘Smile!’ But I’m totally non-intimidating when you get to know me, I’m actually shy.”
Harris adds, “Sudan said her new record was about duality and I instantly thought about the mirrors that the nail salon that went out of business left in the alley by my storage space. The term ‘Geisha’ roughly translates to artist and Sudan exemplifies the concept of artist to me more than anyone working in music today.”
Check out the visuals above and listen to Athena when it arrives November 1.
James Charles is back, proving that nobody stays canceled for long.
The 20-year-old beauty vlogger’s feud with his former mentor Tati Westbrook over his sponsorship of her company’s rival hair vitamins rocked social media. In her now-deleted takedown “Bye Sister” — a play off Charles’ chipper video introductions, “Hi sisters!” — Westbrook publicly ended their “transactional” friendship and said her former protégé sexually harassed other men, knowing that they identified as straight and wouldn’t return his advances.
YouTube drama is often contained to the community; when vloggers begin feuding and stans take sides, it rarely extends beyond the people who already religiously follow the creators involved. But last year’s explosive Dramageddon showed that when the drama is juicy enough, even the most offline people will follow along.
The James/Tati feud was no exception. After Westbrook posted her video, social media exploded with memes and hot takes. Charles’ paltry (also now-deleted) apology only fanned the flames. Others on social media pointed out that Westbrook must have known about his problematic behavior, and wondered why the spurned vlogger waited until her brand was threatened to speak out. As others questioned her motives and beauty mavens like Jeffree Star got involved, she uploaded another now-deleted video titled “Why I Did It,” explaining that her original takedown was a “last-ditch effort for me to really be loud and vocal and to wake up someone that I really love.”
Two days later, Charles dropped a 41-minute encyclopedic screenshot-laden explanation from his side, where he cited specific texts between himself and every person involved in the conflict. With receipts out in public, Star posted a video denouncing drama and declared that he would never get involved in feuds again. The war came to an anticlimactic conclusion via Notes app, in which Westbrook called for an end to the receipts and acknowledged her own immaturity in the situation.
Following along? To summarize: We canceled Charles, then canceled Westbrook, and we may have canceled Star for getting involved despite his own problematic past, then we uncanceled Charles and Star, Westbrook invoked a Notes app truce, and now all is forgiven and nobody is canceled.
Do people actually want to get rid of problematic YouTubers, or is everyone just bored? All of the creators involved in the spat took a short break from social media, but resumed posting again within weeks. None of them seemed to have faced consequences for their actions.
Sam Cooke, one of the men Westbrook alluded to being the victim of Charles’ harassment in her original “Bye Sister” video, said he felt “pressured” to pursue a relationship with Charles. Cooke originally detailed their relationship in May, alleging that when he didn’t want to go further than kissing, Charles tried to use his celebrity status to convince him to stay in his hotel room. In a follow-up video posted on Sunday, Cooke publicly apologized for painting Charles in a bad light, and blamed himself for leading him on.
“We villainized him for our own good and that was wrong,” Cooke stated, explaining that his family and friends pressured him into maintaining a relationship with Charles.
As tea accounts pointed out, Cooke appears to read off a script. Some YouTube users commented that Cooke seemed terrified, wondering if Charles had threatened him with legal action. Some joked that Charles was behind the camera, coaching him, and one person even commented, “This feels like a hostage situation.”
Regardless of the actual circumstances, Cooke’s video didn’t stir up much talk. It had been more than a month since the initial drama went down, and everyone seems to have moved on — so much so that when Charles returned to YouTube with a triumphant video titled “Hi Sisters” two days after Cooke’s apology, he was welcomed back with open arms.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of his lost subscribers, Charles hasn’t experienced any long-term repercussions from the drama. If anything, the month of laying low and then emerging with a Pride-themed makeup look only upped his clout; the video reached #1 on YouTube’s trending within hours of being posted. His SocialBlade page, which tea accounts gleefully livestreamed to show his rapidly falling subscriber count, shows that he has well over 15 million followers again — back to where he was before the hair vitamin debacle.
Sure, Charles, Westbrook, and Star may have broken a few friendships, but YouTube cancelations never last long. The drama-hungry stans are satiated for now, and even though Cooke’s apology would have incited days of memes and think pieces last month, everyone has lost interest. Knowing the spirit of YouTube bonds, all three are sure to find new allies to collaborate with.
That’s not to say that everyone has forgotten, though; Twitter users were surprised that people were so ready to accept Charles again.
I’m sick of seeing James Charles manipulating people to get his way and always trying to have his name being talked about in the drama community. He clearly is mad people are not paying attention to his sister stupid ass. We need a break from you Mr. Dickinson. You’re annoying.
While avid drama chasers joked that Charles’ career tanked with the feud, his return video proves them wrong. YouTubers only get canceled when audiences get bored — just look at Star, who’s survived controversy after controversy, and sits at the throne of a multimillion dollar makeup empire. You can attribute it to second chances, but more often than not, creators survive even the most turbulent cancellations because people don’t care enough to keep up the hate. While pundits lament how quick the general public is to fall into “cancel culture,” it’s rare to find someone who actually stays in canceled jail.
I am emotionally quite old and know very little information about YouTube personalities from the post-“Shoes” era, and yet for the last two days I’ve been fascinated by the ongoing feud between YouTube beauty blogger James Charles and fellow YouTube beauty blogger Tati Westbrook.
For those of you who have not spent the last two days watching YouTube response videos to the YouTube drama and/or don’t care about any of this, here is the backstory:
A few weeks ago, James Charles, the 19-year-old vlogger, social media star, makeup artist, and model with millions of YouTube subscribers, allegedly shaded Tati Westbrook, a 37-year-old vlogger and social media star with her own strong following on YouTube, by doing an Instagram video for Sugar Bear Hair beauty vitamins.
Westbrook, who essentially mentored Charles in his early vlogging days, recently launched her own line of beauty vitamins, Halo Beauty, and after throwing some lowkey shade of her own on Instagram, on Friday Westbrook posted a 43 minute video titled, “BYE SISTER” that, among other things, accused Charles of being an extremely petty influencer diva, and also of sexually harassing servers at restaurants. (I highly recommend watching the whole thing, perhaps instead of tonight’s Game of Thrones, which, to be fair, will probably suck.)
Though Charles apologized to Westbrook, this fallout from this DRAMA has been VICIOUS, with beauty vloggers and people who follow beauty vloggers weighing in worldwide on Tati vs. Charles. It’s so vicious, in fact, that according to CNN, someone had the good business sense to make the above live-count showing Charles’s YouTube subscribers, who have been abandoning the vlog ship in droves thanks to what I have dubbed #Sistergate. Charles’s count was at about 16.5 million before “BYE SISTER” dropped—as of Sunday evening, it’s at just over 14 million.
Meanwhile, Westbrook’s subscriber count has seen a sizable bump in the wake of the Madness, going up from a meager 5.9 million followers to about 8.7 million by Sunday evening. It is very dramatic!!!!
Again, I truly have no horse in this race, but I have been watching this subscriber count video for about as much time as I spent bingeing Younger two weeks ago, in part because I appreciate a good internet scandal, in part because I dig the fun background music, and in part because the person who posted the subscriber count video also included their own live subscriber count, and I respect the hustle:
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If you’ve ever tried covering a huge, inflamed pimple with your usual foundation or concealer, then you already know that sometimes, you just need something stronger. Enter: green concealer, the weird-looking product that’ll legit transform your makeup routine.
Yes, I know using a colored concealer sounds cray cray, but the science behind it actually makes a lot of sense: Complementary colors (think back to third-grade art class) are colors that fall on opposite sides of the color wheel, meaning they cancel each other out when used together.
So if you have a red pimple, for example, a green concealer will help tone down the redness, since red and green are complementary colors. But don’t worry—these formulas are so sheer (and meant to be used under your usual concealer or foundation), that you won’t end up with a mint-tinted face. And to help you on your quest for damn-near-perfect skin, I rounded up the best green concealers, mixing drops, and primers, below.
This Dark-Circle-Destroying Balm
Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer ulta.com
Okay, fine—technically, this eye balm isn’t a concealer, but its blue-green tint works almost like a pre-concealer, canceling out red, purple-y dark circles before you even apply your makeup. And if your dark circles come with a side of bags and irritation, you’re in luck: The balm is also filled with puff-reducing and cooling ingredients, like cucumber, matcha green tea, and caffeine. Just massage it on after your moisturizer, wait a few minutes, and then apply your makeup.
This Stick Concealer
Soap & Glory Kick Ass All Is Calm Anti-Redness Concealer amazon.com
No brush, no problem: This matte concealer easily blends into skin with either your (clean) fingertips or a sponge for a sheer, natural-looking finish that covers up excess redness, breakouts, and overall blotchiness. Plus, it’s pretty long-lasting, so you don’t have to stress about having a makeup meltdown during the day.
This Blurring Skin Illuminator
Urban Decay Cosmetics Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid ulta.com
This innovative primer-meets-illuminator leaves your skin looking bright and even, without feeling too intense. Subtle touches of pearlescent pigments diffuse light to help you fake that filtered finish, while skin-friendly antioxidants like vitamin C and E soothe irritation and reduce redness.
Those looking for full coverage will love this clutch powder-to-cream color corrector. The quick-dry formula blends easily over the skin—and stays put for up to 16 hours (on either your face or your body)—to reduce the look of discoloration on contact.
These Ultra-Pigmented Color Drops
Algenist Reveal Concentrated Color Correcting Drops sephora.com
Formulated with green algae (don’t worry; it’s completely sterile), these intensely pigmented drops can be used alone or under makeup to help neutralize redness where you blend it on. Mix a few drops (or more, depending on how much coverage you want) in with your moisturizer, primer, or foundation to get a super-smooth, even-looking finish.
This Correcting Primer
Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer sephora.com
This color-correcting primer has just a touch of green in it to cancel out ruddy tones, rosacea, and acne once you smooth it on. And don’t worry about getting left with a chalky-looking mask—the formula is filled with hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin for a dewy, glow-y finish.
This Full-Coverage Concealer
Maybelline FaceStudio Master Camo Color Correcting Pen ulta.com
This color-correcting pen has a spongy, precision-tip applicator that makes it easy to swirl around your nose and eyes. And, despite it being full-coverage, the formula is surprisingly lightweight, so you can easily camouflage any of your skin annoyances without dealing with cake-y, creasy coverage.
Still not sure how to apply your concealer? Try watching this color-correcting video, below, and copy on yourself at home.
Brooke Shunatona Brooke Shunatona is a contributing writer for Cosmopolitan.com.