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The Photograph, starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield, is the first Black romantic film of the decade—premiering today, on Valentine’s Day, smack dab in the middle of Black History Month. Setting the tone for representation of Black love by Black creators under any other circumstance would be daunting, but The Photograph exceeds expectations by simply just being a regular, degular love story. The film seesaws between two generations of love: Christina (Chante Adams) grappling between her love for her southern hometown sweetheart, Isaac (Y’lan Noel) and...

Who says true love can’t be a good book? Here are 9 young adult titles that are sure to make you fall head over heels this Valentine’s Day, or all year round. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon Following up on her hit When Dimple Met Rishi, Menon has gifted us another adorable story of two teens with something to prove to themselves and the world. Ashish is fresh off a breakup and has to endure his persistent parents who are so sure that they...
When quotes from an interview with Friends cast member David Schwimmer went viral, many people felt he missed the mark by not taking into account one of the most influential all-Black casted sitcoms of the '90s: Living Single. Often times in the Black community, we refer to Friends as the white Living Single, considering the show premiered a year before Friends and could actually be considered the template for which the internationally syndicated show was founded on. While Schwimmer meant well and gave examples of how he...

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether or not you’re in a romantic state of mind, we have you covered this week with everything from the sweetest rom-coms to chilling thrillers to ten episodes’ worth of Zoë Kravitz. Read on for our entertainment picks this week. MOVIES/TV High Fidelity In Hulu’s gender-swapped take on the classic Nick Hornby book (and rom-com), Zoë Kravitz stars as an effortlessly cool music enthusiast forced to look back at her previous breakups in order to move on from a recent one. Streaming February 14 on...
Most know Camille Saroyan, the head of the Jeffersonian Institute’s Forensic Division in the FOX hit TV show Bones, but not as many know the actress who played her: Tamara Taylor.  Since Bones ended in 2017, the 49-year-old Canadian actress has gone on to play parts in a number of movies and TV shows. But her latest role in the new Netflix series October Faction, which she describes as "like Mr. and Mrs. Smith meets Buffy the Vamipre Slayer," is probably the one she is most excited about. “It’s funny because...

Leslie Knope has filled many a binder with good ideas, but perhaps her best idea is Galentine’s Day, a day for ladies celebrating ladies. Here at BUST, we love nothing more than celebrating rad women, and we especially love it when they show up on our screen. So grab your friends, some wine, and your snack of choice and unwind with some of our favorite flicks about female friendship, as chosen by our staffers. Waiting to Exhale Featuring a star-studded cast filled with legendary actresses such as...
By popular demand, award-winning comedian and actor Natalie Palamides brought back her hit solo gender-bending show Nate to New York’s Improv Aslyum in Chelsea, Manhattan. In it, Palamides plays the titular Nate, her male alter ego. It's a solo set, and Palamides pushes for participation from the audience, making it a very interactive show. NYC!! I’m doing NATE for one week at @improvasylumNYC Get ur tickies! https://t.co/virfBEccRT pic.twitter.com/71FMPQhXjS — Natalie Palamides (@natdogkatdog) January 29, 2020   In her exploration of masculinity, questions of consent come into play - what’s allowed, and...
MADAME GANDHI Visions(Self-Released) L.A.-based artist and activist Madame Gandhi continues to break down the status quo on her latest EP, Visions. These tracks examine the pressing trials of our time—climate change, global capitalism, and patriarchy. “I’m not everyday trying to turn up to the sound of my own oppression,” she begins on “Waiting for Me.” Set against a flawless blend of her award-winning drumming, trap beats, Bali funk, and the sounds of everyday life, Madame Gandhi presents songs that make you think and make you dance. Add “Top...
After Suicide Squad failed with DC fans, with its weird plot and “Hot Topic” aesthetic, many fans left the theaters with a new love for Harley Quinn, the zany, loveable anti-hero, while others were disappointed in her portrayal. Easily the best part of the 2016 film, the fan-favorite left a lot to be desired and many women wanted her character explored more. Thankfully, this fourth-wall-breaking character is getting well-earned praise and spinoffs. Her adult cartoon tv show Harley Quinn premiered in 2019. So, when DC announced that...
1975’s frontman, Matty Healy, has announced on Twitter that the band will only be playing festivals with a gender-balanced lineup. After another approaching festival season with largely male-based acts, The Guardian’s deputy music editor, Laura Snapes, reached out to the band online suggesting a new term of agreement for them “that says you’ll only play festivals that commit to X% (ideally 50%!) acts that include women and non binary performers.” “Take this as me singing this contract,” Healy replied. The singer added that some festivals they had...