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Hot off the heels of his infectious new single Paradise, MNEK takes a break from finishing his highly anticipated debut album and invites us into his hit-making studio where we explore the intersectionality of race and sexuality, self-care, the journey we go on as queer people to find out who we really are, and anything BUT who he’s worked with in the studio – because as you should probably know by now, there’s so, so much more to MNEK than that.


We’re walking through Hackney on an inconsequential sunny September morning when our phone comes to life with noise and vibrations.

The Daily Mail – purveyors of hate and merchants of division – have essentially put a sociological hit out on transgender model and activist Munroe Bergdorf with a story that reads: “L’Oréal’s first transgender model claims ‘ALL white people’ are racist in extraordinary Facebook rant that could see her lose lucrative cosmetic campaign.”

Munroe – who actually made comments about systemic racism weeks prior to the Mail’s story, in response to the horrific white supremacy rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia – did indeed lose that lucrative L’Oréal campaign. She also came under fire from transphobic abuse, racial slurs and death threats. The Daily Mail had struck again.

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