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Qulture Collective, a creative safe-space for queer peoples and allies based in Oakland, CA, is hosting a new gallery entitled From a Place With No Space Or Time, on display from Friday, February 12 through February 29. The two-part installation captures the mysticism of the queer Black femme, depicted through interpretations of mythology, magic, and ancient ritual. Oakland-based multidisciplinary artist, India Davis, conceived the project. Photos are taken by New Orleans-based photographer, Lauren Hind. A trained acrobat and aerialist, Davis is not only the subject but...
From music video star to sex-positive spokesperson, Amber Rose is a pop culture personality whose feminist evolution continues to unfold. Amber Rose is talking about feminism and getting a manicure. On the phone from Studio City, Los Angeles, she pauses to choose a polish—dark blue glitter—before returning to our conversation. “Sorry, babe,” she says. A few days later, I spot that mani in one of Rose’s Instagram pics: in the mirror selfie, she’s wearing a black, lace-up one-piece swimsuit. The photo has 207,000 likes and counting....
This June, I officially tied the knot. As I look back on my wedding photos, I see joy in my eyes, love beaming off my husband’s face, and my gown—which was big enough to cover the two ostomy bags attached to my body. My medical condition is hard to quantify. I don’t have a formal diagnosis or illness.  I may not have a stomach, but I sure am hungry for life.  It started in 2005 — a week before my senior prom.  It was our second...
In what seems like an endless string of heart-wrenching losses, Harper Lee joins those we have to mourn. The author has died at age 89. She has been with many of us since seventh grade when our English teaches passed out To Kill A Mockingbird— usually the only female author seen on such reading lists. Lee only ever published two books, the 1960 classic To Kill a Mockingbird and the contemporary "sequel" Go Set a Watchmen, but her influence is infinite. Her debut novel won her...
Seattle-based self-described “whoa-pop” progressive punk group Gazebos’ debut album Die Alone is out today, and here at BUST we're thrilled to premiere their new music video. The band formed in 2014 and have been known in the Seattle scene for their rambunctious performances and funny sensibility. Gazebos is the type of band that can make a statement and have an opinion while also maintaining a level of joy and a smart, witty sense of humor. Frontwoman and lyricist Shannon Perry has a powerful, expressive voice that...
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