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Catching up with Afghan graffiti queen Shamsia Hassani War-torn Afghanistan is among the world's most dangerous countries for women. But that's not stopping one brave lady from hitting the streets to add a little feminist flair to Kabul's walls. Shamsia Hassani is Afghanistan's first prominent female street artist. Since attending a graffiti workshop in 2010, the 28-year-old has become known for her breathtaking murals of women, often painted on fragments of bomb-damaged buildings. Some are joyful and dreamlike, others melancholic and nightmarish; but the hijab-wearing figures are...
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The title of director Macon Blair's film I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore is, in the end, slightly misleading. Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) has clearly never felt at home in the world she inhabits. Clinically depressed, alienated from her nominal friends, and awkward in the extreme, Ruth is a pot left to eternally, sickeningly simmer until she boils over, flooding and burning everything in her wake. An early scene sets the stage for the straw that breaks Ruth’s back quite nicely: a foul-mouthed...
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BLAME, a challenging new film centered around a high school production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, depicts a bold narrative about villains, victims, and how to tell the difference between the two. While this coming-of-age story focuses around a play that's become an English lit class cliché, BLAME is surprisingly surprising. It's written and directed by Quinn Shephard, a 22-year-old actress who also stars as one of the main characters. Shephard began writing the screenplay after she starred in the role as the villain-mistress Abigail in a...
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  So...this is disappointing. At a Tribeca Film Fest panel for the upcoming Hulu miniseries adaptation of the Handmaid's Tale, cast members were quick to insist that there's nothing particularly feminist about Margaret Atwood's novel about a dystopian near-future where an all-male ruling class has complete control over women's lives, bodies, and reproduction. Um, what? MTV's Rachel Handler brought attention to the panel when she shared her quotes and disappointment on Twitter, writing, in a series of tweets, "bizarre Handmaid's Tale panel at Tribeca. Cast stressing over and...
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C2E2, one of the nation's largest pop culture events, is happening this weekend in Chicago, and I have an all access pass to everything. On Thursday, April 20th, I was given a sneak peek into some exciting DC Comics news before the con even began. DC publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, along with heavyweight industry artists, Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert, and John Romita Jr., unveiled their newest project, Dark Matter. Dark Matter will be a series of books and comics presenting all-new superheroes to the...
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  Witches, fear not! Apple knows you have been paralyzed by the inability to express yourself via the emojis of mortals, and they have answered your call. As of this week, WitchEmoji is available in the app store! Apple describes WitchEmoji as 'an iMessage sticker pack for all of your witchy needs': it features images of witches themselves, spell craft objects, familiars, and magic symbols.  itunes.apple.com My favorites are the ouroboros and the goat (who looks a lot like Black Phillip from The Witch).  WitchEmoji also features both male and...
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Refresh your to-read pile with these books from the BUST Guide in April/May 2017's print edition. Featuring new books from Roxane Gay, Lidia Yuknavitch, and Patricia Lockwood — plus a collection of Dolly Parton interviews and a book on clit-eracy — this list has a little something for everyone.   LIT PICK:Difficult WomenBy Roxane Gay(Grove Press) With Difficult Women, author Roxane Gay—already a celebrated novelist (An Untamed State) and essayist (Bad Feminist)—establishes herself as a master of the short story. For anyone who's experienced trauma, reading these chapters...
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Yesterday, Bill O'Reilly was let go from Fox News (about damn time), after yet another woman came forward with sexual harassment accusations against him. To celebrate the occasion, Stephen Colbert brought back his Colbert Report persona -- Conservative Pundit Stephen Colbert -- in order to give O'Reilly a proper, tearful goodbye. "We all saw this coming at us like an old man cornering an intern in the breakroom," Colbert said. Colbert addressed the most recent harassment accusation against O'Reilly that was made by a female African American Fox...
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Blondie is back with the music video for their single 'Long Time,' with an album Polllinator to follow on May 5. The track is a collab between Debbie Harry and Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), and the video is set in New York and features Debbie Harry driving a yellow cab Fast and Furious style. In celebration, we're going back into our archives to bring you this interview with Debbie Harry from way back in 2007, shortly after the release of her solo album Necessary Evil. Blondie's 1981 single,...
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Jan van Raay (American, born 1942). Faith Ringgold (right) and Michele Wallace (middle) at Art Workers Coalition Protest, Whitney Museum, 1971. Digital C-print. Courtesy of Jan van Raay, Portland, OR, 305-37. © Jan van Raay As part of their A Year of Yes, Brooklyn Museum is exhibiting a collection art by black woman artists of an unrecognized generation, entitled We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85. The new exhibit, part of a yearlong series of feminist exhibitions, includes over 200 works ranging from film to performance,...
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