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MILA JAM'S OPTIMISTIC ANTHEM, GIRLPOOL'S DARK ADVENTURE, AND MORE SONGS WE LOVE

PLUS, MS. WHITE'S RAW EMOTION, TEDDY GEIGER'S FREEDOM ODE, AND MORE

  11/20/2020

The search for the ever-elusive "bop" is difficult. Playlists and streaming-service recommendations can only do so much. They often leave a lingering question: Are these songs really good, or are they just new?

Enter Bop Shop, a hand-picked selection of songs from the MTV News team. This weekly collection doesn't discriminate by genre and can include anything — it's a snapshot of what's on our minds and what sounds good. We'll keep it fresh with the latest music, but expect a few oldies (but goodies) every once in a while, too. And this week, in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance today (November 20), we're shining the spotlight on trans musicians making vital, important art that's built to last.

Get ready: The Bop Shop is now open for business.

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Peppermint ft. LaFemmeBear and Mila Jam: “Be Optimistic”

Today (November 20) is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors the lives of trans people who were violently killed in the past year. But the trans and gender non-conforming community is so much more than the epidemic of violence that plagues it. Enter “Be Optimistic,” a soulful, R&B-infused new track centering trans joy from PeppermintLaFemmeBear, and Mila Jam, all Black trans people themselves. LaFemmeBear sets the stage in a powerful spoken-word intro: “We came to remind you, let’s be optimistic / ‘Cause we got this / Listen.” For a truly immersive experience, watch the song’s black-and-white music video, which incorporates on-the-ground footage from Black Lives Matter protests. —Sam Manzella