BY Mariana Garces
on Dec 18, 2014
Last week, Sean Hannity went on his show on Fox News to discuss the meeting between New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and rapper/mogul/husband to Beyonce, Jay Z. Strangely enough, Hannity doesn’t introduce Jay Z how we would best know him, but as “A guy that admits that he sold crack and was a drug dealer and actually shot somebody."
Luckily, Jon Stewart and Jessica Williams exist to call out Hannity on his bullshit — and they did just that in last ... Read More
BY Audrey Cerchiara
on Dec 10, 2014
On Monday night outside of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, protesters organized a “#RoyalShutdown” for Eric Garner and other victims of police violence. Visiting British royalty William and Kate met a crowd of demonstrators reacting to the recent non-indictment of officer Daniel Pantaleo from a Staten Island Grand Jury, and chanting Garner’s last words: “I can’t breathe!”
The organizers of the demonstration, Justice League ... Read More
On August 9th, 18-year-old Mike Brown was killed by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The people of Ferguson, MO, have bravely protested for justice since August; however, after a grand jury failed to indict Officer Wilson, the protests have gone global.
A civil disobedience group, Ferguson Action, has organized the #HandsUpWalkOut campaign, which fell on December 1st, the 59th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ arrest in Montgomery, ... Read More
on Oct 08, 2014
Dear White People is a satirical dramatic film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, written and directed by Justin Simien, inspired by his experience at college as an African American student.
He wrote the first draft in 2005 and made a movie trailer to promote the script, which earned major attention for the project. This attention led to crowd-sourced funding for the film through Indiegogo, exceeding the filmmaker's original goal of $25,000 and ... Read More
BY Emily Robinson
on Aug 15, 2014
When officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the town of Ferguson, Missouri erupted into a justified rage. With local the police force increasing militarization, including the use of tear gas and violence against protestors and reporters in order to quell the riots, there has been an flood of information from every corner of the internet on what is going on, from protestors to citizen journalists and everyone else on Twitter.
As a feminist ... Read More
on Aug 07, 2014
So wait a minute, the same girl who stole our hearts at the age of 13 in her performance in Akeelah and the Bee, is the same girl who is wearing my jeans, is the same girl who played Chili in the recent TLC biopic, is the same girl who will be starring as Broadway’s first African-American Cinderella…WHAT!
Keke Palmer is starring in Broadway’s production of Cinderella as the latest breakthrough for African-American actors on Broadway. Following ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jul 12, 2014
Former BUST intern Niesha Davis sets off to her next big adventure – a 6 episode webseries. The series entitled Black Girl in the R.O.K. (Republic of Korea) follows recent college graduate Janae on her move from the States to South Korea to teach English. Davis tells us that the series will touch on matters such as race relations, workplace relations, dating as a black girl in the R.O.K, and culture shock. Media representation is absolutely necessary – ... Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Jul 03, 2014
The 4th of July is right around the corner. Americans across the country are breaking out the barbecues, stocking up on red, white, and blue paraphernalia, and trying to find the best vantage point from which to view the fireworks. (I recommend finding a friend who lives in a tall apartment building and hanging out on their roof.)
Now, I love a celebration as much as anyone, but I think it’s important that we remember that, much though we’d like ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 20, 2014
Earlier this year, the My Brother’s Keeper program, a national initiative with the goal of improving the lives of boys and young men of color (specifically Black and Latino youth) was established.
The initiative itself is somewhat flawed in that it is perpetuated by a rhetoric that supports white supremacy. While, yes, the fact that the first Black president is coming out with this type of program is eons beyond what we would expect a white president to do ... Read More
The performance artist Nate Hill is known for his groundbreaking work on race in contemporary culture, examining the idolization of white women as ideals of beauty and femininity. In one recent project, he sold milk gargled by college-educated white women. In another, he donned white face. His new project “Trophy Scarves” might be his most controversial yet. In an attempt to shed light on the way men in power look at race and women, he invites white ... Read More