In theaters now is The Wolfpack, an extraordinary new documentary by Crystal Moselle. Winner of the 2015 Grand Jury Documentary prize at Sundance this past January, this film—produced and edited by women, and with a mostly-female crew—tells the story of the six young Angulo brothers, who were raised in New York City with little to no contact with the outside world. Paranoid the “drugs and crime” of the city would harm them, the boys’ father kept the door to their Lower East Side housing project apartment locked at all times, a ladder wedged tightly against it. Read More
“OK,” says BUST photographer Ramona Rosales to actor/comedian Kumail Nanjiani halfway through their shoot at a bar near his home in L.A. “Now it’s time to bring the sexy.” Raising his extremely expressive eyebrows, the 37-year-old replies, “I thought I was bringing the sexy. That was my 11. Read More
TRU Hanika Beatty grips the bike. The waterfall hem of her black leather skirt drapes gracefully over the seat as her feet—encased in lace-up stilettos—work the concrete. She squeezes the front wheel brake and the back tire spins madly. Her bike seems to levitate, humming and hovering in place, until a burst of pink smoke erupts from the back end and wafts over the busted-up remains of New Orleans’ Magnolia housing projects. A crowd gathers. “Y’all really riding a bike with heels on?” someone asks. Read More
Brooklyn’s Shayna McHale is better known by her rap persona, Junglepussy, but the unconventional performer’s provocative name isn’t even the 10th most interesting thing about her. Though only 23, McHale has already reinvented herself several times, with time logged in fashion, art, and modeling. And she managed to acquire a devoted online following before she ever released an album. Read More
Cookie Never Crumbles in Her Flawless Wardrobe. If you’re a fan of Empire, FOX’s musical drama about a family of hip-hop royalty, then you’re probably obsessed with Cookie Lyon (played by Taraji P. Henson)—and her killer look. Bite Cookie’s style with bold prints, curve-hugging dresses, massive gold accessories, big-brimmed hats, and a boss bitch attitude. Read More
  This guest post was written by Shannon Carlin.   BEST COAST California Nights(Harvest Records)   The chord progressions are the same on Best Coast’s latest album, which, production-wise, falls somewhere between her perfectly flawed debut and its too pristine follow-up, but this time, Bethany Cosentino has more on her mind than just boys.   “Sleep Won’t Ever Come” is her prayer for a good night’s rest and chance to turn off her brain, while “So” has her contemplating the meaning of life. Read More
Orange is the New Black ’s Laverne Cox is an accomplished actress, outspoken trans-rights activist, and boundary-busting sex symbol whose unique pop-culture platform is helping her change the world. I’VE INTERVIEWED A few celebrities in my day, but Laverne Cox is the first to mention “cis-normative, hetero-normative, imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy” within the first ten minutes. Or, you know, at all. By the time we’re done chatting in N.Y.C. Read More
A few years ago, I fell in love for the first time. I was living in Brooklyn, NY and he lived in Austin, TX. As is the case with many long distance, star-crossed loves, it was an emotional roller coaster of a grey area relationship that inevitably ended in the most bloody crash and burn disaster of the heart I had ever experienced. Meanwhile, I was designing at a digital media company and still in the first few years of workshopping my knowledge and craft of drawing letterforms. Read More
“I want to be in a movie,” Meredith Graves tells me. “I do kind of feel like I’m living in a movie a lot of the time.” The 27-year-old musician and writer would be a compelling heroine, no doubt. A cinematographer couldn’t hope for a more arresting visual than a wide shot of Graves onstage with her band Perfect Pussy, gripping the microphone with white knuckles, a sea of sweaty kids pushing each other in the pit below. 
The former seamstress is stylish, too, though her cool outfits are prone to destruction by the end of a particularly intense set. Read More