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  • - 2008.

  • - Oh!

  • - 2008.

  • - I was in eighth grade. Ew.

  • - I was a young 20 year old.

  • Dead, dead, dead, broke.

  • - I was newly gay.

  • - My glory days in the fast paced New York city.

  • - Do I remember 2008?

  • - The world was good.

  • - Let's go back to 2008.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - I think Single Ladies, the song,

  • forced people that weren't ready for marriage into marriage.

  • - Single Ladies by Beyonce.

  • I think I listened to that song for four years straight.

  • - Everyone thought they were Beyonce.

  • Everyone and their mom thought they were Beyonce.

  • They put the black little leotard on,

  • they had the ring and they were like mmm.

  • - This became the move for everything.

  • All my single ladies. ♪

  • All my single ladies. ♪

  • - Me and my best friend at the time, Riley,

  • were in my basement watching Single Ladies video

  • on repeat to try to learn the dance.

  • - If you didn't know the dance moves

  • you better get the hell off the floor

  • because there were about 20 other gay guys

  • and girls that knew every single move.

  • (Humming "Single Ladies" by Beyonce)

  • - Head throw.

  • - That really is the power of the Beyonce, right?

  • - Beyonce, you are an icon.

  • You stay an icon in everything you do.

  • It's breathtaking. Live for you, love you.

  • Ah.

  • - These are my Crocs.

  • - Crocs: my father's favorite shoe brand.

  • - Oh God. I hate Crocs.

  • - I think they're stupid.

  • I think they are a waste of a shoe.

  • - I'm going to have to admit that I wore Crocs.

  • - There are certain things in life

  • that I'm just like somebody just gave up on fashion.

  • Somebody just gave up on the way that they look.

  • - I wore them to my internship. I wore them to school.

  • - If you didn't want to be in the in crowd,

  • you'd buy some Crocs.

  • - I would have like a nice red dress.

  • And then on my feet were Crocs.

  • - Croc is disgusting.

  • I thought it was disgusting, then.

  • I kinda think it's disgusting now.

  • If you're not an essential worker.

  • ("Low" by Flo Rida ft. T-Pain plays)

  • - Apple bottom. - Jeans.

  • - Boots. - With the fur.

  • - Yes! I remember Flo Rida.

  • It took me a long time to actually realize

  • The Flo Rida was a bougie way to say Florida.

  • - I didn't know what Apple bottom jeans were.

  • I still don't.

  • - You know, apple bottom figure.

  • Celebrating a big, nice ass.

  • - I mean, look, everybody wanted the apple bottom jeans.

  • - I was very familiar with boots with the fur

  • because I owned a lot of uggs.

  • - Flo Rida is from Florida.

  • It's like 90 degrees.

  • Why would you be wearing boots with the fur?

  • Maybe that's one reason why everybody was looking at her.

  • - This song was, you know,

  • an anthem for every frat party I went to.

  • - Everybody was literally dropping low

  • and it was not, like, it wasn't sexy at all.

  • - I always feel like songs

  • that gives you directions do well.

  • And like it goes low, low, low.

  • So everybody had to get.

  • - Low, low, low, low, low, maybe not.

  • (electric guitar music plays)

  • - Myspace. Everyone was so in love with it.

  • It was like a step up from Friendster.

  • - Don't tell my parents

  • 'cause I don't even thing they know this still to this day.

  • But in 2008 I had a Myspace.

  • - I did have a Myspace,

  • but I'm a daughter of Haitian parents

  • so I was not allowed to put my profile picture up.

  • I was not allowed to have any photos of myself.

  • - You can send people messages in front of everyone.

  • There was no direct messages.

  • Everyone who would be all in your business.

  • And we loved it.

  • - Myspace was like the beginning of my digital career.

  • Like I literally would take self portraits,

  • which was what we call them at a time.

  • - I was so hung up on getting the right song,

  • the right background,

  • making sure that I was like that girl on Myspace.

  • - One of my pictures, or whatever picture you put on there,

  • it was a quote from Lauren Conrad

  • (laughs)

  • that said like boys are like purses

  • you just have to find the right one.

  • - So I would like photoshop my photos

  • and not morphing myself or changing anything about myself,

  • but changing my backgrounds

  • and changing like where I was

  • and making these cool collages.

  • And then young kids in LA,

  • other kids like other queer Latino kids in LA

  • would be like you're that Curly kid

  • with the weird collages on Myspace.

  • And I would be like, oh my God.

  • - I mean, I remember staying up all night on the internet

  • just figuring out the coding

  • to have the music play on my profile.

  • - Myspace, I guess, was the birth

  • of Tinder, Facebook, Instagram, all in one.

  • And actually the birth of Spotify.

  • - I used Myspace for music.

  • I used Myspace to show my bullies that I had friends.

  • - I put really dark eyeliner all around my eye

  • and took a photo like this.

  • - I was your typical.

  • - And then of course there's the notorious top 8.

  • - If you weren't in someone's top friends

  • you had beef because it was just like are we really friends?

  • Like, I'm confused.

  • - The crème de la crème of (laughs)

  • of your friend group, essentially.

  • - I was having a fit

  • anytime I wasn't on someone's top friends.

  • I would call them up like so I don't understand

  • we're best friends in real life.

  • So, like, why am I not one of your top friends?

  • I don't understand.

  • - Actually, my feelings were hurt, honestly.

  • Like if I didn't see myself in a top three

  • of one of my friends the friendship was over.

  • Why are we even friends?

  • Why are we even talking?

  • Why would you even put that out for the world to see

  • that we're not even that close of friends?

  • - This is going to shock everyone,

  • but I did not use Myspace.

  • I thought I was above Myspace

  • because at the time I had Facebook.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - In 2008 it felt like everyone had an iPhone

  • except for me.

  • - I've never owned an iPhone.

  • I never bought into the hype.

  • - I wanted one so badly.

  • - And everybody wanted to be a touchscreen hoe.

  • I mean, the Blackberry was slowly dying out

  • and she was a moment in history.

  • - I was a Sidekick kid.

  • It was like a (imitates a ringing noise).

  • I was one of those kids.

  • - But I pushed mine up too times and the screen came off.

  • So I would just have two parts of a phone

  • and it would still ring and buzz when I had texts.

  • - Listen, when the iPhone came out

  • I think I had a Razor, a pink Razor phone.

  • - In 2008, that was when the flip phone was dying out.

  • But guess who had it?

  • This guy.

  • And guess who was getting no love because of it?

  • This guy.

  • - I remember not knowing how to use the iPhone.

  • Even when they took the button away from iPhone

  • I was like how do I use this thing now?

  • - I thought iPhones were going to be a fad.

  • I thought they would disappear

  • and look at us in 2020.

  • Till this day I miss the Sidekick.

  • I think Sidekicks need to make a comeback.

  • I think Sidekicks are like, I don't know what it is,

  • but I'm a Sidekick kid for life. Forever.

  • (Acoustic guitar music)

  • - Love Story by Taylor Swift!

  • - I remember crying to that song.

  • I mean, I don't know how many breakups I've had,

  • but I know I had one in eighth grade.

  • I know I had one when I was 13.

  • And I remember being in my bed, writing in my diary,

  • like Romeo, take me.

  • - I was caught up in the fairytale romance.

  • That's peak Taylor Swift hair.

  • - I remember Taylor Swift's hair

  • kind of like defied logic

  • because it was so curly

  • and the bangs were so straight.

  • - I mean, she has great hair now,

  • but peak Taylor Swift hair was the long curls.

  • - She was gorgeous.

  • I was like she's just a walking Barbie doll with a guitar.

  • So how could you not like her?

  • - She was just so young and dreamy eyed

  • and just wanted to be cool and have a bae

  • and just live her best life.

  • - [Ade] Obama versus McCain.

  • - It was a big race.

  • It was someone who was black like me running for president.

  • - Oh my God, 2008.

  • When politics made sense.

  • - I knew that the candidate was black

  • and I said that's it that's my president.

  • - I mean, I followed the race for Obama's sake.

  • - I got to see him speak. It was amazing.

  • There was so much exciting and hope.

  • - He was, like, fresh. He was new.

  • I've never looked at a president and been like okay.

  • - We all were just so excited.

  • Like here he was this beautiful man, Obama.

  • Not only was he super charming,

  • but he was smart and that voice.

  • And then finally somebody who looked like,

  • as a POC person, somebody who looked like us

  • and our friends and the people

  • that we surround ourselves with.

  • - I remember when Obama won the election

  • and me and my sister ran outside in the middle of the night

  • and screamed yes.

  • And we screamed at the top of our lungs.

  • - I'm drowning in a bog right now

  • and I'm like my hands reaching up.

  • And I'm just trying to reach to 2008.

  • And remember what that felt like.

  • What'd it feel like

  • to be excited about Obama?

  • - I think that seeing Obama

  • was really important for a lot of different communities

  • because it suddenly made it seem like

  • oh maybe you can be the president of the United States.

  • Maybe you can work your way up to something like this.

  • - 2008 was the greatest year of all

  • if you don't think about the recession.

  • - 2008 was the best year ever because Barack Obama.

  • - I would totally live 2008 again.

  • - 2008 was an exhausting year, but a hopeful year.

  • - Compared to today, 2008 made sense.

  • - I don't know if I'd live 2008 again.

  • It was fine, it had its time. I've moved on.

  • (laughs)

  • (upbeat music)

- 2008.

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