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BUST’s 10 Best Bets For Spring 2020

by BUST Magazine

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 Spring 2020 issue, featuring Self-Made: Inspired By The Life of Madam C.J. Walker, Little Fires EverywhereLaw & Order SVU Podcast, and more.


1. Little Fires Everywhere

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An adaptation of Celeste Ng’s celebrated 2017 novel, Little Fires Everywhere stars—and is executive produced by—Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington as two mothers of different backgrounds whose lives become uncomfortably entwined. Written by, directed by, and starring a whole crew of powerhouse women, this hotly anticipated eight-part miniseries debuts on Hulu March 18.



2. A Quiet Place Part II

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The world didn’t know how terrifying silence could be until A Quiet Place became a horror hit in 2018. Now, writer/director John Krasinski has penned a sequel centering on his on-and-off-screen spouse Emily Blunt as a woman continuing to shepherd her family through a world infested with sound-seeking monsters. Opens March 20.




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Fifteen-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys is dropping ALICIA, her seventh studio album, on March 20, and we are Here. For. It. The slick videos for preview tracks “Time Machine” and “Show Me Love” are getting millions of hits on YouTube, and the new single “Underdog” is a whole mood for 2020. 



4. Emma.

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The story of a “handsome, clever and rich” young woman who can’t stop meddling in other people’s love lives, Jane Austen’s Emma has always been popular screen adaptation fodder. This woman-helmed version directed by Autumn de Wilde and written by Eleanor Catton stars Anya Taylor-Joy, who has been gaining a following since she blew everyone away in another period piece— 2015’s The Witch. Opens February 21.



5. Law & Order SVU Podcast

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For SVU fans who can’t stop thinking about their favorite Season 21 episodes after the “Dick Wolf” closing credit, there’s the show’s official podcast, where cast and crew take listeners behind the scenes. Don’t miss the one for S21E11, where Mariska Hargitay talks about directing, producing, editing, and starring in “She Paints for Vengeance.” Find it wherever you get your podcasts.


6. Hillary

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For those of us still fascinated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, this intimate four-part documentary series directed by Nanette Burstein features never-before-seen footage from her doomed 2016 campaign and candid insights from Clinton herself that are already grabbing headlines (Sorry Bernie!). Catch it on Hulu starting March 6.



7. Self Made: Inspired By The Life of Madam C.J. Walker

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Based on the book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker, written by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles, this four-part limited series stars Octavia Spencer as the iconic Black hair tycoon who became America’s first female self-made millionaire. Premieres March 20 on Netflix.



8. Kesha’s “Raising Hell” Video

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Pop princess Kesha and Queen of Bounce Big Freedia are a match made in heaven in “Raising Hell” off of Kesha’s new album High Road. A flamboyant send-up of evangelical excess, everything about this mini feminist movie will have fans shouting “Hallelujah!” Watch it on YouTube.



9. Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection

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Now through September 13, the Brooklyn Museum will be showcasing the work of 44 distinctive female artists—including heavy-hitters Louise Bourgeois, M. Lourdes Grobet, and Carolee Schneeman—whose unorthodox styles have previously prevented their inclusion in major museum shows. Plan your visit and find out more at brooklynmuseum.org.


10. Manic Panic Living in Color

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Indulge your inner punk rock grrrl by grabbing this guidebook to both hair color and life by rebellious style pioneers Tish and Snooky Bellomo. The wild sisters behind the iconic countercultural Manic Panic brand have been setting trends since 1977, and here, they share all their tips and tricks for expressing yourself in every shade under the sun.



This article originally appeared in the Spring 2020 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today! 

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