The frost-covered issue of Underground is on its way to mailboxes and newsstands soon, but you can check out three new articles ahead of time today! Lauren Elmore looks at whether a spate of recent pop songs is making things "better" (or not) in "Raise Your Glass If U R A Firework Who Was Born This Way: Who's to say what makes a gay anthem?". Emi Koyami examines how the mainstream anti-trafficking movement isn't as progressive as pop culture would have you believe in "Trade Secrets: The tough talk of the new anti-trafficking movement". And then there's my interview with Issa Rae, creator of the hilarious Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl on wrapping the series up while looking forward. Click through for the full text and to preview these articles before they hit your mailbox. And don't forget—you can still subscribe today to get your issue of Underground AND get an awesome floaty pen when you do!