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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
  BUST recently had the opportunity to chat with the exceedingly awesome Jade Brandt. Never heard of her? In addition to being the only full-time seamstress working for the ever-popular American Horror Story, Jade is also a designer and mixed media artist in her own right. Read our interview to discover how she got her job on the hit FX show and learn about her other projects in the works. No spoilers are given. Read More
Defining the Black American Woman is not an easy task. She is layered, multifaceted, complicated and her representation tends to spark debate. Since 2002, one photographer has attempted to capture the essence of what it means to be a modern black woman in America through an ever-expanding exhibition of portraits called WOMEN OF A NEW TRIBE.  Jerry Taliaferro's subjects come from a variety of backgrounds, with different ages, professions and socioeconomic standings represented. The project has traveled to several U.S. Read More
The third annual BUKU Music + Arts Project – which went down on March 21st and 22nd in New Orleans – delivered the same electric and eclectic experience the festival always promises. Crowds gathered from far and wide to appreciate a power-packed line-up of musical guests, while also enjoying BUKU’s signature graffiti wall, and an array delicious local foods that encapsulated the rich culture of New Orleans. Read More
Recently I sat down with the lovely and talented Mwende Katwiwa — a.k.a. FreeQuency, a spoken word artist, recent recipient of the Feminist You Should Know Award, and senior at Tulane University. Ms. Katwiwa is 22 and double majoring in Political Economy with International Perspectives, and African & African Diaspora studies. Originally from Kenya, she came to New Orleans after graduating high school to pursue service with the AmeriCorps program City Year, prior to enrolling at the University of Chicago. Read More
I was very lucky to attend the Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans this past weekend, a.k.a nerd heaven. If you're not familiar, Comic Con is a popular culture and comic convention held annually around the country. It features a variety of different celebrities, artists, merchants, and most importantly FANS! Thousands of people fond of sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, comic books, anime, and cosplay gathered together at the convention center to hang out, meet some of their heroes, and buy cool stuff. Read More
As a several year veteran of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (which, for those in the know, is the dubious lovechild of Burning Man and Coachella), I now feel able to offer advice on that fraught annual conundrum: should I go to _____ music festival? Your friends are probably going. Kirsten Stewart is probably going. And above all things, a newly reunited OutKast might be going – and if anything in this world is worth braving foul weather, crowds, noise, grime, and a consistent druggy-buggy haze for...it's probably OutKast. Read More
Art initiative New Orleans Airlift is working to create an architectural landmark in New Orleans, a musical space in which artists and visitors can share and collaborate. The first phase of the musical village was The Music Box, a set-up of interactive structures built on the site of a collapsed 250-year-old Creole cottage. This project, completed last year, is a giant musical instrument that takes an entire community to play and looks freaking awesome. Read More
Big Freedia, New Orleans bounce musician extraordinaire and BUST favorite (featured in “The Men We Love” April/May 2010 issue), is inviting you to put the VMA's out of your mind once and for all by helping a true professional set the Guinness World Record for Most People Twerking Simultaneously. Yes. You read that correctly. Don’t lie; if you’re in the New York area, you’re definitely going to want to be there to see this. Take a long lunch Wednesday, September 25, between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Read More
    This weekend, I got caught in the crossfire of yet another Miley Cyrus twerking debate, and I realized that race is a feminist issue now as much as it ever was. For decades (centuries!), the fight against race and gender inequality have been intimately bound together, all the way from Ida B. Wells’s anti-lynching papers, which completely disrupted stereotypes applied to both black and white women, to the public outcry against the objectification of black women in Cyrus’s performances. Tragically, the media continues to over-sexualize African American women. Read More
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