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  In case you didn’t already know, Cardi B is underrated and freakin’ fantastic. She held back no punches while on Instagram Live Monday night, where she took her newfound fame to discuss an international crisis: as Al Jazeera reported, there seems to be evidence of a literal slave trade happening in Libya. The coverage of what is happening in Libya is sparse and horrific – Al Jazeera reported, “hundreds of people are being auctioned in modern-day slave markets in Libya for as little as $400.”...
    Rosalie Morales Kearns’ debut novel, Kingdom of Women (Jaded Ibis Press), comes at a perfect time. Never before have we so badly needed to see what is possible when women act on the anger that is a product of living in a patriarchal world. Kearns imagines a world where women are not only armed and dangerous but also rising up to kill those who assault, rape, and murder women and children. The book is set in an undetermined future time, post- internet, when North Dakota...
Amanda Rodriguez is a New York City-based tattoo artist with a flair for English roses, among other beautiful and colorful organic designs. Her easily recognizable botanical tattoos have earned her the title of the flower queen of Brooklyn, where she creates unique artworks for her customers at Three Kings Tattoo in Greenpoint. Amanda spoke to BUST about her her journey as a tattoo artist and the women who inspire her. So what inspired you to start tattooing? It really kinda came out of desperation. After I graduated...
  Frances McDormand is won a well-deserved Oscar for Fargo in 1996, but though she's worked regularly, it’s been a long time since she’s starred in a movie that wasn’t directed by the Coen Brothers (one of whom, Joel, she's married to). In 2017, McDormand—now 60—is finally top-billed in a movie that lets her prove, once again, why she’s one of the best actors out there. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is billed as a “black comedy-drama,” but though there are some funny moments, it’s more of...
Music heals – and musicians do, too. In the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation and damage this fall, Puerto Rican artists in New York are sending grants to their independent counterparts based on the island. Puerto Rico Independent Musicians and Artists (PRIMA) was founded by musicians Ani Cordero and singer Raquel Berrios of the indie-electronic duo Buscabulla. In a press release, Berrios described the destruction Maria caused Puerto Rico’s vibrant music scene and her fear of “a whole generation of musical culture…washed away with the waters...
  Cat people won’t be the only ones who relate to Noël Wells’ directorial debut Mr. Roosevelt. In the movie—which Wells also wrote—Wells plays Emily, a broke aspiring comedian in LA who returns to her former home in Austin after the sudden death of her cat, the titular Mr. Roosevelt. Once there, she has to reconcile with the cat’s other “family,” Emily’s ex-boyfriend, Eric (Nick Thune) and his new live-in girlfriend, the apparently perfect Celeste (Britt Lower)—all while coming to terms with her own seemingly-stalled career...

  Happy day-after-Thanksgiving, BUSTies! The holiday season has officially arrived, and with it comes some cozy pop culture, like the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Sia's holiday album. There are plenty of non-cozy picks, too, like Björk’s wonderfully weird album and a Hedy Lamarr documentary. As a reminder, we haven’t watched, read, or listened to all of these ourselves — when we have, we’ll link to our review, or refer to it if it’s in print. Enjoy! MOVIES Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr’s story...
The holiday season has descended upon us, so get some mistletoe and get in the spirit of the season. Mr. Showbiz, aka Murray Hill, is hosting his annual holiday extravaganza at Joe’s Pub this December 15th, 16th, and 17th, and it should be one for the books. The show will feature cocktails, cheesy holiday songs, and “dazzling production numbers that will knock the stockings off the mantle.” With VIP guests such as Bridget Everett, a badass babe burlesque star; The Craigslist Quartet; and Santa Claus...
  Borderline personality disorder, despite entering the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1980 and affecting 1.6% of the population each year, is a condition that is still not very well understood. Much of the medical community agrees that BPD isn’t even a particularly good name for the disorder. Its causes are unclear, but the symptoms include an extreme fear of abandonment, distorted self-image, intense emotional reactions, impulsive behavior, unstable relationships, and self-harm. And for some reason, I gravitated towards two dramatic portrayals of...
Every November, for the past 30 years, AFI Fest takes over Hollywood. With dozens of films that highlight the works of emerging filmmakers, world cinema, retrospectives, and a handful of big budget flicks, AFI Fest is one of the more original festivals around. It also happens to be the only major festival that’s free to the public, which makes sense because it’s put on by the American Film Institute. Opportunity and education are two of its biggest goals. It’s a festival I’ve attended for the...
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