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  Legendary Ari Up started making a documentary about the influential herstory of her band The Slits. She teamed up with former band manager Jennifer Shagawat to deliver this epic story of social rebellion, riot, and really awesome music. It’s crazy we don’t know that much about The Slits yet, considering they laid the foundation for so many feminist and punk movements that happened after them. They were pre riot grrrl, post punk, and transformed the music scene into an irreversibly different culture.   Five years ago Ari Up passed away from cancer at the age of 48. Read More
"More than 300 women have been shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death by men in South Carolina over the past decade, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse," reads Till Death Do Us Part's description.  Till Death Do Us Part—a Post and Courier photo series that took place over eight months—won the Pulitzer Prize for its outstanding work this week. Read More
Emmy-award winning director Elizabeth Rohrbaugh met Carlene Borden when she was 65 years old and had already served over three decades in a Missouri prison for the murder of her husband, Delbert. The court refused to enter the years of physical, verbal, and emotional abuse she endured at Delbert's hands into evidence. It didn’t consider the time he severely beat their daughter, following her recent spinal surgery. It failed to acknowledge the fact that every time he walked into a room, their son would wet his pants in fear. Read More
BUSTies, we hope your weekend is off to a great start. Here are some stories you may want to catch up on before you go out and celebrate.  Did you know that women own and manage breweries all around the U.S? Yup, we find that to be pretty badass too. The BomBaebs released an epic Rap Against Rape video in which they speak out about the rape culture in India. Tarynn Brumfitt is the founder of Body Image Movement and the creator of new documentary Embrace, which sets out to change the way women view their body. Here are 9 Empowering TED talks on Feminism all in one place. Read More
In celebration of the Amy Winehouse documentary, we're sharing a piece straight from the BUST vault. Read on for our interview with the late, great singer from 2007, right before the release of Back to Black. Powerhouse soul singer Amy Winehouse is the last person you’d expect to struggle with anxiety. With a number one album in her native U.K. and admirers like Jay-Z and Mos Def buzzing about her retro–Motown-styled new release Back to Black, critics are eating out of the 23-year-old’s manicured hands. In the video for her first U.S. Read More
Iris Apfel has been an icon in the fashion and interior design world for seventy-five years. Let's not even pretend we haven't noticed. From her signature glasses to her fabulously gaudy costume jewelry, Iris has been sparking our love of thrift-store finds since before we could shop. Now, she's getting her own documentary. Read More
It’s true! Little and Big Edie Beale will grace the big screen once again when this cult classic documentary opens in select theaters (starting at Film Forum in New York) this March, thanks to Janus Films. The East Hampton socialites-turned-recluses created a most unusual following when this doc, directed by Albert and David Maysles, first came out in 1976. The film takes place in the once lavish and stunning 28-room mansion lovingly named Grey Gardens after the color of its dunes, cement garden, and grey sea mist. Read More
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” has been named as the opening film for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary follows the life of artist and activist Nina Simone, and is directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA and Bobby Fischer Against the World). It will air as part of Netflix’s original programming and be available for streaming in 2015. Read More
In Norah Shapiro’s documentary, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile, a Tibetan-American teenageer leaves home in Minnesota, dons a bikini and high heels, and heads to Dharamsala, India to vie for the crown of Miss Tibet. The film follows Tenzin Khecheo on an unusual search for her “Tibetan-ness” by way of a western-style beauty pageant staged by an eccentric impresario in the Indian region home to the exiled Tibetan government. Personally, I have a certain reaction to beauty pageants that is totally cliched feminist. Read More
The latest and last installment of the MAKERS documentary series, “Women in Politics,” airs tonight at 9/8c on PBS. Narrated by Alfre Woodard, the continuing struggle for female representation in politics is personified in the stories of  Shirley Chisholm, Olympia Snowe, and Hillary Clinton, among others.   Just in time to make us feel really satisfied about voting today, right? (Go vote. Read More
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