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Sheida Soleimani’s understanding of the world has always been shaped by art and injustice. Both of the Iranian-American artist’s parents opposed the totalitarian Iranian government in the early '80s, and they instilled political consciousness in their daughter. As a child in Cincinnati, Soleimani’s mother would draw pictures depicting her experiences of imprisonment and torture under Ayatollah Khomeini’s regime, according to Fader. Iranian voices have been the basis of her work ever since, and her creations have been defined by her life experience and identity as...
In every issue of BUST, managing editor Emily Rems chooses her ten picks for the best in pop culture. Check out the list from our April/May issue, featuring Margaret Cho, Tully, I Am Evidence, and more.  1. Tully Kimberly French / Focus Features Superstar screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body, Young Adult) returns to theaters May 4 with Tully. The film stars Charlize Theron as a mother of three who forms a unique bond with her new night nanny. Find out more at focusfeatures.com/tully.    2. Margaret Cho, "Fresh Off The Bloat"...
It only took the premiere episode of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Miami for breakout star Amara La Negra to charm her way into viewers’ hearts. But the Miami-born Dominican singer didn’t do it in the typical table-flipping-drink-tossing way that usually turns reality stars into GIFs—she did the exact opposite. On the first episode of the series, about aspiring music artists and their love lives, La Negra requested constructive criticism from potential producer Young Hollywood. But when he suggested she be “a little bit more...
Imagine a future in which birth control is a thing of the past, as outdated as a telegraph or an abacus. Scary, right? At the forthcoming exhibition Museum of Banned Objects, you don’t have to imagine. In a collaboration with Planned Parenthood and Ace Hotel, New York City-based artists Ellie Sachs and Matt Starr developed the Museum of Banned Objects to give a haunting glimpse into a maybe-not-so-distant future where reproductive health and contraceptive products have been completely banned. The exhibit will be on display...
As a relative nube when it comes to experimental music, I was slightly trepidacious about attending the Borealis fest in Bergen Norway this month, mostly because my uninformed views expected four days of “Nails On A Chalkboard.” Luckily for me, while there was plenty of noise, it was all interesting, and the acts were incredibly diverse and surprising. The festival, founded in 2004, covers everything from string quartets to avant-garde opera, noise, spoken word, field recordings, chamber music and dance hall. In addition to the musical...
Roxanne, RoxanneWritten and directed by Michael LarnellThe biopic Roxanne, Roxanne takes viewers through the early life of one of the first female rappers, Roxanne Shanté, who as a teen spit one of the hottest rhymes of the early ’80s. Shanté (born Lolita Shanté Gooden and played impeccably here by Chanté Adams) birthed the famous “Roxanne Wars” of 1984, when at 14, she dropped an answer track to U.T.F.O’s “Roxanne, Roxanne” with a freestyle called “Roxanne’s Revenge.” Recorded in one take by producer Marley Marl in...

Someone Bit Beyoncé  — And People Have Theories As we discussed yesterday, GQ published an interview with Tiffany Haddish in which the actress, comedian, and writer revealed that an actress bit Beyoncé’s face at a JayZ afterparty in December. Haddish didn’t say who the actress was, but fans online are trying to figure it out. Vulture is staying on top of the investigation, if you’re interested, while the Huffington Post is asking representatives from every actress in existence to deny the charges (“No, Shirley MacLaine did not...
  In celebration of Women’s History Month, Imagine This Productions (ITP) presented the #GirlPowerSummit film + media festival this past Saturday, March 24,  where BUST was present as a media sponsor. It was a full day's worth of film industry information, talks, and food. The event was nothing short of inspirational, with discussions, panels, film screenings, and mixers that exemplified the girl power of women in the film industry. The goal of Imagine This Productions is to support women by sharing their work with the public,...
Ah, middle school — an awkward time of change and newness for all. Perfectly clear complexions become pocked with zits, a once-simple interaction with a person of the opposite gender becomes nervous and overthought, and Saturdays that were once spent “playing” are now spent on more serious things, like getting your ears pierced at Claire’s. For most, a shift in the type of entertainment one consumes changes around this time too. While I liked music as a kid (Disney, musicals, etc.), it wasn’t until I was...
Here at BUST HQ, spring has sprung and our April/May issue is bursting with gorgeousness, starting with our amazing cover queen Samira Wiley, co-star of The Handmaid’s Tale! Inside, we’ve got an interview with Love & Hip-Hop’s new rising star Amara La Negra; a revealing chat with actor and activist Terry Crews; surprising reporting on what happens later in life to women who make purity pledge as teens; and more... SUBSCRIBE NOW! ON THE COVER: SAMIRA WILEY PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEANEEN LUND; STYLING BY KAREN LEVITT; MAKEUP BY...