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When Universal Music approached documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia about making a movie about Amy Winehouse, the singer had been dead for only a year. “My first instinct was that it was actually too early, but I thought there was a story there because something didn’t quite make sense about what happened,” Kapadia told BUST on the phone. “The fact that this happened in London, where I live, in North London, where I live, it didn’t make sense that someone in this day and age could live that life and die that way. Read More
Suicide is historically burdened with the tenacious stigma of being “taboo”—a label that once meant the conversation was not suitable for mixed company (or any company) and should be quarantined to the likes of medical professionals. As talking openly has become inextricable from progress, this dated label has gone the way of matrimonial twin beds. No conversation is out-of-bounds anymore. Now when we say “taboo,” we mean to point out that our persistent reluctance has become a detrimental hindrance to growth. To be fair, suicide is complicated and heavy and sad. Read More
Meet The Patels is the ultimate documentary highlighting the modern Indian American experience, replete with precious quips from Mom and Dad Patel, witty replies from their Americanized adult(ish) children, and boatloads of emotional blackmail. Filmed over two years, Meet The Patels follows Ravi Patel, a successful Indian American Hollywood actor, on his quest to find the perfect bride with excessive assistance from his parents, Champa and Vasant. Read More
On October 14th, Sundance Selects' documentary, A Ballerina's Tale, will hit theaters and VODs nationwide. The film follows Misty Copeland's journey as the first African-American woman to join the American Ballet Theater, and it promises to be "more than just a ballet success story." Take a look:  Copeland made headlines on June 30, 2015 after the prestigious ABT promoted her to the principal dancer spot. In its 75 years of operation, never once had a black woman headlined a performance. Read More
Trailblazing broadcast journalist, news writer, producer, professor, and documentarian Marlene Sanders passed away in hospice at the age of 84 on Tuesday. Even as a journalism major, I was shocked to find I didn't know how groundbreaking her work was. Sanders was one of the first women in TV journalism, working her way up from an assistant to an exec, to an assistant producer, then a writer and producer, then a correspondent, eventually becoming an executive in addition to an anchor. Read More
  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