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  Poor Elmo.  Sesame Street's most naive and trusting character has been laid off in a video taking aim at Donald Trump's military-heavy, culture-light budget, which proposes slashing funding to a number of community and cultural agencies, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting allocates its funding amongst public broadcasters nationwide, including PBS, NPR, as well as local broadcasters across the country. Although Sesame Street has actually now moved to HBO, PBS is where Elmo and his friends got their big break, not...
Renaissance woman Lane Moore — the ukulele-slinging musician, comedian and sex writer — is back with a new video entitled “Be My Rachel Maddow.” You may know her from the queer shot-by-shot remake of Fiona Apple’s "Criminal" or from her stand-up, but either way, get excited. Dressed in teenybopper style — pigtails, bright purple eye shadow, and a bold lip — she croons, “Be my Rachel Maddow.” Saying you could be a boy or a girl, so long as you resemble Rachel and talk politics to her,...
  The Animators is a novel about relationships--relationships with your friends, with your family, with the art you create, with yourself--and the amount of work that goes into maintaining each one. Sharon Kisses, the protagonist, is at odds with herself at the outset of the novel. A freshman in college, she’s quiet and reserved, the direct opposite of Mel Vaught, a girl in her classes who quickly becomes her best friend and creative partner. Ten years after the two first meet, she and Mel are on the...
Julia may take a while to respond, and probably won’t make eye contact, but as Sesame Street fairy Abby Cadabby would say, “That’s just Julia being Julia.” In its 47th season, the veteran PBS show will introduce its first muppet with autism, a redhead 4-year-old named Julia. She carries her favorite stuffed rabbit with her and likes to draw, sing and play with her friends Abby, Elmo and Big Bird.    This follows her appearance in print and digital materials as part of the “See Amazing in All...
When Amy Winehouse first came to the U.S. in 2007 to promote her brand new album, Back to Black, we sensed she was someone special. Of course, we had no idea how massive her career would become, or how tragically her life would end. But even back then, she had that spark that made us so excited to introduce her to the readers BUST Magazine asap. Enjoy this Flashback Friday reprint of the chat Amy had with our editor Molly Simms almost exactly ten years ago....
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 3, "Get Out!," available now, the hosts examine the phenomenon of writer/director...
Things have been a little stressful in the United States recently, what with Trump’s latest budget proposal announcement, which promises to slash $9 billion from the US Department of Education. It’s understandable if you need a pick-me-up to distract you from the current state of the country. Look no further, because we now present to you: a toad in hats. This little guy kept coming back to Chris Newsome’s porch this past summer, so the Alabama resident decided to make his new pal some homemade hats....
“Is life one inferno of an eternal cosmic line?” asks Gogo, played by Marjorie Duffield, in Theater of the Ape's all-female rendition of Zamboni Godot written and directed by Ayun Halliday, inspired by Samuel Beckett’s famous existentialist piece from the '50s, Waiting for Godot. Life, to most of us, most certainly seems so. There are websites dedicated to describing the best ways to hack the Trader Joe’s lines, apps which monitor transport so as to optimize our waiting time, a whole branch of the TSA meant to...
Samantha Bee typically dedicates the majority of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee to unloading on the Trump administration, breaking down new policies while simultaneously (and comically) pointing out each and every flaw. However, in a segment of her latest episode, Bee turns her finger towards a new group: Democrats. She has a bone to pick with Democrats over the low, low percentage of voter turnout. While the #resistance is bringing awareness to the issues, it’s important that it moves beyond protests and marches. The only way...
Add this book to your to-read list ASAP (if you’re not already a fan, that is). Kerry Washington is going to produce a movie adaptation of the novel the Mothers by Brit Bennett, and we are very excited. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bennett will write the script, as well as executive produce. This will be Washington’s second film as a producer, after last year’s Anita Hill HBO biopic Confirmation, in which Washington also starred. Instagram/Brit Bennett The Mothers centers on a small black community in a suburban...
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