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"Tramps" Is A Charmingly Lighthearted Rom Com: BUST Review

By Deborah Krieger  In Movies  On May 25, 2017

Tramps, currently available on Netflix, is a sweet, slight, and short film — the actual runtime is barely 80 minutes — that was seemingly made for streaming on a lazy afternoon. A fresh spin on the Roman Holiday/Before Sunrise model, Tramps follows two beautiful young people who meet by chance, walk around a city, and fall in love within the span of a day and night. Where Tramps diverges is the incorporation of a heist/con element gone wrong, which is responsible for bringing these two beautiful young people together… Read more
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s debut novel Harmless Like You has, in the months since its initial UK release last August, quietly become a critical hit - with publication in several countries; a New York Times editor’s choice spot; glowing reviews in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Literary Review, and elsewhere; and appearances on numerous awards shortlists. Harmless Like You tells two interconnected stories. We open in New York City in the late 1960s with Yuki, a teenage girl who decides to stay in New York and… Read more

Nikka Costa Returns With "Arms Around You": BUST Premiere

By Michael Levine  In Music  On May 25, 2017

After taking a break to embrace motherhood and domesticity, Nikka Costa is back releasing a new song available for download today on iTunes, ”Arms Around You.” This new track was co-written with Justin Parker, who is best known for his work with artists such as Lana Del Rey, Rihanna, and Sia. It’s just a sample from her new kickin’ album Nikka & Strings, Underneath and In Between (Metropolis Recordings), which will be released June 2nd. Recorded in a single day with minimal overdubbing, Nikka & Strings, Underneath and… Read more
Every year, Riverdale, New York school Ethical Culture Fieldston School hosts a fashion show. Art teacher Nancy Fried challenges students in her sculpture class to create sustainable designs sans fabric. The resulting looks blend current trends with the nontraditional, and use candy, newspaper, bookmarks, soda can tabs, and more as their essential materials. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Fried describes how her sculpture class grew from less than 20 pupils (and corresponding looks in the fashion show) to over 68… Read more
When 30-year-old sex educator Ashley Manta got a medical marijuana prescription for her chronic migraines three years ago, she visited a dispensary for the first time. This experience would be life changing, introducing her to the range of options available, and leading Manta to coin the term “cannasexual” to describe her experiences mindfully pairing sex and cannabis. But cannasexuality isn’t just buying weed from a dealer and having sex while high; it is a deliberate practice. “I found Foria, the THC-infused sex… Read more

Warning: The Soup May Be Hot, But This Outfit is Hotter

By BUST Magazine  In Style  On May 25, 2017

Chicken Ramen Tracksuit, $99.99 Nothing says “college years” like the iconic Ramen pack, and this super soft, all-over-print, made-to-order tracksuit from GetOnFleek (getonfleek.com) will have you looking deli fresh. With hundreds of designs, many based on memes, this shop has something for everyone who’s ever lost a couple of hours on Tumblr. By Callie Watts; photo courtesy Callie Watts More from BUST These #LiberatedWomen Shirts Are Helping Planned Parenthoods In Minority Communities This College Professor Became A… Read more

ALERT: There May Be An "L Word" Reboot In The Works

By Miriam Mosher  In TV  On May 24, 2017

Queer women are rejoicing at the twitter hint that The L Word, the hit show that followed the lives of a group of L.A. lesbians, may be returning. Ilene Chaiken, the woman behind the show, tweeted, out of the blue, "So excited, can't wait...!" with the twitter handles of the majority of the cast. Further energizing the already excited fans, Kate Moennig, the actor who played Shane, the dreamboat who sparked many a young queer ladies' sexual awakening, tweeted back her excitement. Sarah Shahi, who played Carmen, piped… Read more
When she was just 17, Alynda Segarra ran away from her home in the Bronx. Since then, she’s been a rambler, frequently on the road playing her unique combination of folk, Americana, and roots rock. Now 30, Segarra is reckoning with where she came from on The Navigator, the newest full-length album from her band Hurray For The Riff Raff. It tells the story of a character named Navita Milagros Negrón, a teen girl from the streets adrift in a rapidly gentrifying city. Segarra spoke to BUST about her ambitious new concept… Read more

Helen Mirren's Commencement Speech Is A Feminist Dream

By Miriam Mosher  In Feminism  On May 24, 2017

Our favorite Dame's commencement speech at Tulane slays: It's witty, a little bit raunchy and full of practical advice and feminist wisdom. In short, it's the type of speech we all need, whether you are graduating or just reflecting on the complicated, difficult and joyful ride that is life, especially life as a woman in the trump era. She shares her wisdom, gained from a rewarding life of risk-taking and at times brash choices, in a light-hearted and relatable way. “Like a hangover," she tells the graduates, "neither… Read more

The Story Of Charles Dickens' Beloved Flea-Ridden Dog

By Mimi Matthews  In Living  On May 24, 2017

In the mid-nineteenth century, Charles Dickens had a small, shaggy Havana spaniel named Timber Doodle. Dickens had acquired Timber during a visit to America and the little dog soon became his constant companion, even accompanying him on his travels. It was during one of these foreign excursions that Timber suffered from a very severe infestation of fleas. The solution was extreme. As Dickens relates in an 1844 letter: “Timber has had every hair upon his body cut off because of the fleas, and he looks like the ghost of… Read more

3 Niche Online Marketplaces For When Etsy Just Isn't Enough

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On May 24, 2017

Etsy has been dominating the handmade market for years, but anyone who’s tried scrolling through 3,000 pages for just the right scarf knows it isn’t always the best fit for some shoppers (or makers). These three alternative markets offer a more curated selection for those with an eye for occult and witchy items, farm-fresh foods, or beautiful handmade products inspired by Africa. Witchsy (witchsy.com) doesn’t have any rules of conduct for makers, which means they’re free to sell whatever creative creation they want—and… Read more
Deity of DIY, the BUST Craftacular returns to London on June 4 filled to the brim with blossoming indie craft makers and hands-on workshops. Bethnal Green’s York Hall plays host to the summertime special once again, with the chance to pick up that perfect plant pot or spruce up with a scented DIY hair spritz. But Jazzy Jeff didn’t string together that Summertime tune just for fun; everyone knows the key to a jumpin’ June jam is the soundtrack, which is why we’ve made sure there’s more for you to shop and bop along to… Read more
In these bleak times, we, at BUST, find events focused on promoting women more crucial than ever. Ellevate Network is hosting a summit on Mobilizing the Power of Women in celebration of their 20 year anniversary. The guiding slogan of #MobilizeWomen is action, impact, power. The event will "convene thought leaders, activists, business leaders, and changemakers, to discuss actionable solutions to increasing diversity and closing the gender gap." Check out their website to purchase a ticket or watch the livestream.… Read more
Forget Kim K, it was this badass picture of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o that broke the internet. It went viral on Twitter and Tumblr, starting a tweetstorm about making a heist movie featuring the aforementioned dream team. They quickly tweeted back their support of the idea! With the endorsement of the two stars, it went from joke to full-fledged concept with people asking for Ava Duvernay to direct and Issa Rae to write the script. The two quickly responded and the idea went from dream to joke to the very definition… Read more
Here at BUST, we’ve had our eye on Amandla Stenberg ever since she made us cry as Rue in the Hunger Games back in 2012 - and we were all in when her video about cultural appropriation, “Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows,” went viral in 2015. We’ve featured her in BUST’s Broadcast section before, and now we are beyond thrilled to have her on our cover for our June/July 2017 issue. In our interview, Amandla talks about her nonbinary gender, growing up in the spotlight, why her new film Everything, Everything is so… Read more
The Cheesecake Factory menu is a weighty tome filled with bizarre confections galore and some of the most inventive names in the world of restaurants. This is a masterpiece that deserves a dramatic reading, and who could be better suited for the job than Neil Gaiman? Cult following aside, his mellifluous voice is truly the perfect match for this classic example of American excess. image from wikimedia commons The idea was the brainchild of writer, comedian and BUST contributor Sara Benincasa. She told Eater, "Last week… Read more
Yesterday, an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England ended in terror after a suicide bombing killed at least 22 concertgoers and injured at least 59, according to the most recent report from the BBC. According to the Independent, the terrorist was 22-year-old Salman Abedi, who was born in the UK to Libyan refugee parents. ISIS has claimed responsibility, but this has not yet been verified. Two victims have been named among the 22 dead so far - both young girls. Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos died of her… Read more
Paint It Black Co-written and directed by Amber Tamblyn Out May 19 Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut, Paint It Black, is a visually stunning exploration of grief and a fitting follow-up to her 2015 poetry collection, Dark Sparkler, which explored the lives and deaths of doomed actresses. Based on the novel by Janet Fitch, with a script co-written by Tamblyn and Ed Dougherty, Paint It Black opens with Josie (Alia Shawkat) receiving the news that her boyfriend (Rhys Wakefield) has committed suicide in a motel. When the… Read more

Thank You to Everyone Who Came to our Spring BUST Craftacular

By Haley Maiden  In DIY  On May 22, 2017

A few weekends ago BUST Magazine put on our annual Spring Craftacular event and needless to say it was a hit! The craft fair was held in the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse and was packed with badass lady artists, vendors, skaters, bakers, and more. Happy shoppers lined up early to receive our legendary swag bags full of goodies courtesy of Tish and Snooky’s Manic Panic, Wonderful Pistachios, The Amplifier Foundation, Smart Women, and Hardly Art. Inside the warehouse, customers of all ages explored the goods which ranged… Read more
Many people don’t know that it was women in Brazil who “invented” abortion pills in the 1980s. After seeing the “do not use while pregnant” warning labels on a common ulcer medication, Cytotec, women began taking these pills when they didn’t want to be pregnant. The pills worked well to induce abortion in the early weeks of pregnancy and proved far safer than other methods that were available (abortion was highly restricted in Brazil and therefore often unsafe). Word of mouth helped spread the news of this… Read more
Out last Friday, the new teen romantic drama Everything, Everything is different from the usual John Green adaptations you usually see onscreen. And that’s for two reasons. The first is the fact that the film takes place largely in its main character’s imagination, and director Stella Meghie turns these daydreams into scenes that are visually stunning, charmingly funny, and occasionally heartbreaking - and star Amandla Stenberg carries these scenes beautifully.The second is the fact that this teen romantic drama, based… Read more
Hello, yes, do you know about this new movie Patti Cake$? You should. Patricia (AKA Patti Cake$) is an aspiring rapper from New Jersey who wants to show the world the boss bitch she knows she is. Armed with her clever writing ability, rapping skillz, and the support of her friends and grandma, Patti aims leave her impoverished life for a more glamorous one. Patti Cake$ looks like white Precious meets 8 mile #patticakes — LARRY (@LARRYtweeted) May 17, 2017 Is this the next "mom's spaghetti" movie?? But with a lady?! We… Read more
“There’s so many ants happening right now. I’m actually okay, they’re fine. Are you okay?” This nonchalant thoughtfulness is Mary Lambert in her truest form. She told me about her new crowdfunded album BOLD the day it was released over coffee - featuring ants - which she was charmingly unbothered by. Of all the things to adore about Lambert’s new album, what the musician loves most is that she produced half of it herself. “I feel like I’ve always had straight white cis male producers and crafters helping me craft… Read more
Carmen Perez, co-chair of the Women's March on Washington Planned Parenthood has teamed up with the lifestyle brand Liberated People to show their support for an important and often overlooked issue: accessible healthcare for women of color. The campaign dubbed #LiberatedWoman aims to draw attention to the lack of visibility and care given to minority women’s reproductive health, especially in disadvantaged communities. Liberated People, founded by Gbenga Akinnagbe of the T.V. show The Wire, partnered with image… Read more
We at BUST would like to wish a very happy birthday to the legendary Grace Jones! Jones started her modeling career shortly after immigrating to New York when she was 13. Her androgynous appearance catapulted her to international recognition, appearing on the covers of Vogue and Elle while working with fashion houses like Yves St. Laurent. She forayed into the music world in 1977, when she signed with Island Records, and went on to release many popular albums. Jones also acted in many mainstream films; her work in… Read more
Here at BUST HQ, we’ve been talking about the late great comedian Phyllis Diller because we’re working on a story for our next issue about the Smithsonian’s quest to digitally transcribe all 52,000 of her meticulously catalogued jokes. Truly, she was a pioneer of the female punch line. And nobody appreciated her more than superfan Amy Poehler. When we asked Poehler back in 2007 to interview Diller on the occasion of her 90th birthday, she jumped at the chance, and the results are a bright spot in the history of BUST.… Read more

These Viral Photos Make An Incredible Statement About Race

By Erika W. Smith  In Arts  On May 18, 2017

Three photos showing white women and women of color in recognizable situations - but with their places swapped - are going viral on social media for all the right reasons. The photos - which show white women giving Asian women pedicures at a salon; a white girl gazing at a shelf full of black dolls; and a white woman in a maid’s outfit pouring a cup of tea for a Latina woman chatting on the phone - are from O, The Oprah Magazine’s May 2017 issue. Photographer Chris Buck shot the photographs for a feature called “Let’s… Read more
BUST’s April/May cover gal Solange is now Teen Vogue’s cover gal, for its music issue out May 23. Side note, can we keep Solange on magazine covers year-round, every year, please? Instead of an interview, Teen Vogue features a letter/poem Solange wrote to her teenage self, and it’s beautiful. She begins with both poignancy: there will be fear. a lot of it. there will be triumph. a lot of it. there will be constellations you want to reach for but can’t put your finger on. you will trace them like the scars on your body… Read more
Bang On!NYC will be hosting Elements Lakewood Camping Music & Arts Festival in Northeast Pennsylvania May 26-28 2017. The 3-day music festival will feature your favorite musicians and producers across 4 ‘Elemental’ themed stages and 3 indoor late night stages. There will be endless stimulating activities from an interactive theater, art installations, a roller skating rink, a pirate ship you can hail across the lake, and more. At night make sure to bring your own instrument and howl at the moon around the fire jam. No… Read more

Janet Mock Writes About Glam As "A Gateway To Survival"

By Miriam Mosher  In Feminism  On May 17, 2017

instagram/janetmock Janet Mock - TV host, author, and trans rights activist - just published the first essay of her new Allure column "Beauty Beyond Binaries" and we're hooked, as always, by the honesty of her writing. The powerful essay recounts how bonding over makeup with her best friend as a 13-year-old gave her the confidence to slowly begin to live in her truth. Waxing poetic about first meeting her best friend, Wendi Miyaki, Janet recalls, "she was carefree and confident in her nonconformity as a 13-year-old… Read more
“Remember that a ball-room is a school of politeness, and therefore let your whole conduct be influenced by that strict regard to Etiquette such a place requires.”- Etiquette for Gentleman; or the Principles of True Politeness, 1852. Not every man who attended a ball during the nineteenth century did so with a lady on his arm. Some attendees were young, single gentlemen. For them, a ball was the perfect place to practice their dancing, polish their conversation skills, and meet eligible young ladies. It was also a… Read more
We’re big fans of Arrested Development here at BUST, especially of Alia Shawkat, who we featured on our cover back in ‘09. So we’re greeting the news that Arrested Development will return to Netflix for another season with hesitant excitement. As you probably know, Arrested Development aired on Fox from 2004-2006, becoming a cult favorite but got canceled after its third season due to low ratings. It came to Netflix for a fourth season in 2013, to mixed reviews - the negative ones were due, in large part, to the lack… Read more
The time is almost upon us for the annual Summer, Sex and Spirits bash! Join the Planned Parenthood NYC Action Fund Activist Council at 8pm on Tuesday, June 27th at Broad Street Ballroom to party in the name of women's health. The event features music from Hudson Horns, an open bar, naughty balloon art by Mistress B, The Self Portrait Project and a silent auction and raffle featuring some of NYC's finest. Raffle and silent auction include items from Bindle and Keep, Let there be neon, IFC Center, Wythe Hotel, Dirt… Read more
There are a plethora of shows examining the bumbling quest for self-fulfillment among millennial age women - think Girls, Broad City and Insecure - but what about the thirty-somethings who are still trying to get that webseries into Sundance and figure out their love lives, all against the ever-louder tick tick tick tick of their biological clock? Enter award-winning filmmaker and playwright Lisa Ebersole and her webseries 37 Problems. 37 Problems follows Amanda, a 37-year-old woman whose baby is her webseries, as she… Read more
At 63, professor and social worker Lyn Slater is finding a new career - as a fashion model. Three years ago, Slater, who lives in New York City, suddenly found herself surrounded by paparazzi when meeting a friend during New York Fashion Week. Because Slater was dressed so fashionably - wearing a suit by Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto and carrying a Chanel bag - the paparazzi mistook her for a celebrity. As Slater describes it on her blog: "Young photographers approach and ask to take my picture. Before I knew what… Read more
As a fan of Paramore for roughly ten years, I was ecstatic upon finding out the news that they were releasing a new album. The album’s first single, "Hard Times," was practically all I was listening to for days - the catchy melody getting stuck in my head. The album, After Laughter, released on May 12th is wildly different from anything the band has done previously. The sound leans more '80s synth-pop than the pop-punk tunes Paramore became known for. A running theme in this album, the follow-up to their 2013… Read more
Yesterday’s Washington Post report that Trump revealed highly classified information about ISIS intelligence to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador led to countless responses - but Stephen Colbert’s may be the best. “Well, ladies and gentlemen, I’ve got good news, and I got bad news. The bad news: The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador. O.K.? The good news: Trump found the leaker. He’s fast, he’s fast.” He continued,… Read more

Get pintacular at this summer's London BUST Craftacular!

By Victoria Woodcock  In Style  On May 16, 2017

The BUST Summer Craftacular London is back at York Hall in Bethnal Green on 4 June! With over 70 designer-makers, a host of DIY workshops, DJs and the Drink, Shop & Do pop-up café, it's a summer-time shindig not to be missed. And one thing's for sure, there's going to be pins and patches aplenty. Check out some of the fab designs you'll be able to get your mitts on June 4 to up your pin and patch game. See you there? We love these colourful retro-inspired pins from Acorn & Will. And from bright colours to something a… Read more
Melissa McCarthy hosted Saturday Night Live for the fifth time on Saturday, and of course, she had to bring back her impression of Sean Spicer after his latest hiding in - I’m sorry, AMONG - the bushes fiasco. Videos of McCarthy-as-Spicer zooming around Midtown on her motorized podium flooded the internet on Friday, and the actual sketch was just as good as we hoped. The sketch begins with Aidy Bryant as Sarah Huckabee Sanders leading a press conference, while Spicer hides AMONG the bushes and watches - before… Read more
Pop artist Ashley Longshore is like a piece of pop art herself. She wears wacky colors and enormous oversized jewelry, Instagrams herself skiing naked, and swears like a sailor with the voice of a sweet Southern belle. Her recently published book, You Don't Look Fat, You Look Crazy: An Unapologetic Guide to Being Ambitchous, says it all in the title. But while it’s easy to get distracted by the glitter smeared across her canvases, or the celebrities who are buying up her paintings like they’re candy, Longshore’s art is… Read more
For the latest in our series on women photographers, Lady Shooters, Tara Wray interviews San Francisco-based photographer Vivian Fu. Vivian Fu! Can you please tell me why you make pictures? At the most honest and basic level, I'm interested in photography because I have a desire to document my life; it's a way to keep a diary, but also it's a reminder that I have some agency or control. My introduction to photography was through family photographs that my dad took, which always felt like they skipped or glossed over so… Read more

Lizz Winstead Guest Stars on BUST's "Poptarts" Podcast!

By Emily Rems  In Feminism  On May 12, 2017

Poptarts is a twice-monthly podcast hosted by BUST Magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each episode is devoted to a hot topic in entertainment, and in the second half, a segment called "Whatcha Watchin'?," Callie and Emily dig into all the shows, movies, books, music, videos, and podcasts they've enjoyed since the last episode, and either praise or pan each experience. In Episode 8, available now, the hosts welcome Lizz Winstead—the groundbreaking… Read more
Bulletin Broads are opening their newest store series in Williamsburg this Saturday, May 13 at 11 a.m. The new store is “all about women supporting other women,” Ali Kriegsman, Bulletin Broads co-founder, said. And they mean it – 10 percent of all store sales will go to their collaborator, Planned Parenthood of New York City. Bulletin Broads is a company entirely run by women and offers a collective space for female-run brands to share their products with the world. For their latest store series, Bulletin Broads is… Read more

"Henchgirl" Breaks Superhero Gender Roles: BUST Review

By Isabel S. Dieppa  In Books  On May 12, 2017

A super villain with super strength, no health insurance, and a conscious. Henchgirl, Kristen Gudsnuk’s debut graphic novel published by Dark Horse comics, is a smart, funny, satirical take on your typical superhero graphic novel with its own twists and turns. I recently had the opportunity to both read and interview the author of Henchgirl. Gudsnuk began Henchgirl as a webcomic; now it is a published graphic novel with Dark Horse Comics. She is one of the many female artists/comic book writers that are paving the way… Read more
In this week's Full Frontal, Samantha Bee explores the captivating prose of Ivanka Trump's Women Who Work, an "initiative celebrating women who work at all aspects of their lives." Cool. But Amazon reviews call Women Who Work "the literary and philosophical equivalent of Laffy Taffy." User M.D. Couturier writes, "No kidding, I’ve read pop-up books that contained more insight into the human condition." And in keeping with the misogynistic spirit of the Trump administration, Ivanka's self-help book aims to inspire women… Read more
When I think of Cate Blanchett’s extraordinary acting talents, I think of the 2007 Academy Awards, when she was nominated for two completely different performances: as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth, and as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There. If performances like those don’t have you convinced of Blanchett’s talents, Julian Rosefeldt’s new film Manifesto will. In the film, Blanchett transforms into 13 different characters of different genders, ages, and nationalities. In various scenes, she’s a drunk old homeless man; a prim… Read more

On Carrying My Mother’s Relationship Advice to New York

By It's Not Personal  In Living  On May 12, 2017

Growing up, my mother was a lot of things for me: Loving. Stern. A role model. A disciplinarian. A sage source of romantic wisdom? Not so much. Dating advice was bypassed in favor of legal advice (my mom is a lawyer), and practicality and independence were held at a premium. Her advice on men often came as more of a warning than a guide. She had strict notions of what I should strive to achieve in my life: First comes college, then comes a career along with financial independence, and later you can set your sights on… Read more
On Thursday, May 4th, feminist author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sat down with New York Times editorial director of books Radhika Jones for a TimesTalk at New York's Florence Gould Hall that included discussion of her latest book, Dear Ijeawele, Or, A Feminist Manifesto In 15 Suggestions. In a wide-ranging conversation, Adichie talked about growing up in Nigeria, the books she read as a child, the difference between sexism in the United States and Nigeria, what surprised her about having her own daughter, the drawbacks… Read more

Spend Women's Day 2017 Like A Suffragette In Lily Dale, NY!

By Olivia Loperfido  In Feminism  On May 08, 2017

Susan B. Anthony and Marion H. Skidmore on the porch steps of Marion's cottage On November 5th, 1917, Carrie Chapman Catt pleaded with New York Times readers to vote for women's suffrage: "Remember that our country is fighting for democracy, for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own government. Vote for woman's suffrage, because it is part of the struggle towards democracy." The next day, women in New York State were granted the right to vote in all elections. Three years later, the… Read more

Women Working for Women - From Facebook To "IRL" Activism

By Rafaella Gunz  In Feminism  On May 08, 2017

Women Working for Women began as a Facebook group in response to the election as a place for women to connect to each other and inform one another. It has since turned into “IRL” groups in cities across the country. I attended the inaugural meeting of the New York City chapter on February 18th. The event took place in a cool Chinatown loft and featured wine donated by Vinfluence, a company that supports various nonprofits. “I was drawn to help build Women Working for Women because I believe in the power of women… Read more

     

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