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A panel discussion at The Sundance Film Festival brought forth an exciting initiative which hopes to narrow Hollywood’s pervasive gender gap, Deadline reports. In a speech, Tessa Thompson announced the 4% Challenge, which encourages filmmakers to commit to working with women directors, especially women of color, within 18 months.  Last night in a keynote speech at @sundanceorg I announced that I will join the @TIMESUPNOW #4percentChallenge. I will work with a female director in the next 18 months. I know @brielarson, @kerrywashington, & @jurneesmollett are in....
This piece discusses suicide attempts. You know that thing people do when you watch a film or episode of a TV show together that they have seen before—subconsciously or otherwise, they observe you and your reactions to it. They know what’s coming, after all. This happened to me recently during my month-long binge of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I was hanging out with a close friend and she suggested we watched it together—a cunning plan on her part to catch me up quicker so we could have lengthy...
Paul Soileau, the brilliant "drag terrorist" behind the characters Christeene and Rebecca Havermeyer, is now based in NYC! Hooray! Christeene, the “human pissoir of raw unabashed sexuality” is coming to Trans-Pecos in Queens, NY with a new show next week on Tuesday, February 5 at 8:00pm. The show will feature musical performances by other New York-based bands and artists including Pictureplane, bottoms, and Hairbone. Soileau, who was previously profiled by BUST (which you can read here) and who was born and raised in the South, has said that...
  Folklore: from Cinderella to The Little Mermaid, these stories are the basis of much of the pop culture we consume today. But are the outdated attitudes about women at the core of these stories doing more harm than good? Or would ditching these morality lessons be throwing the baby out with the bathwater? Helping us sort this all out are the hosts of the Feminist Folklore podcast Rachael Marr and Carlea Holl-Jensen. Carlea has a Masters degree from Indiana University in Folklore and Rachael loves old stories...especially...
If you have plans this Saturday night—change them. Comedian, actress, and writer Amanda Seales of Insecure and stand-up fame is releasing her first special on HBO, and it’s full of all kinds of humor, truth, singing, and new and necessary vocab (your vagenda, she explains, is the list of people who could get it). “I think for any comedian, doing your special is a very seminal moment,” Seales tells BUST. “But for me, it was always like, if I’m gonna do it, I want to do it on...
SNEAKS Highway Hypnosis (Merge) Highway Hypnosis is the kind of record that club basements were made for. The experimental songs are quick—tailored for those who like a clear beat and have a short attention span. A few tracks sound somewhat predictable, but the collections takes a turn halfway through. In "Money Don't Grow On Trees," Sneaks (aka D.C.'s Eva Moolchan) repeats the title line over an eclectic mash-up of synth and percussion, creating a hook of sorts. The overall effect of the album is interesting ati-pop, though some...

 The stories in Advanced Love—the new book by the creator of the blog Advanced Style—are actual, irl #relationshipgoals. Following over 60 couples, most over the age of 60, author Ari Seth Cohen asks couples what kept them together through the years, and how their advanced style played a part. Couples like Ann and Bill from California explain that their love and style has worked over the decades because “we’re made for each other because we are both weird.” Nazare and Edwardo explain their love story as,...
Walk down Smith Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, and you’ll see it painted on the side of a building: a vibrant, all-caps slogan in white block letters with pink trailing behind, Super Friends-style. “Books Are Magic,” it reads, and beside it, in smaller pink letters, “Need to read? Open every day.” This popular spot for bibliophiles was founded by Emma Straub—bestselling author of the novels Modern Lovers (2016) and The Vacationers (2014)—and her husband Michael Fusco-Straub in May 2017, after their beloved neighborhood bookstore, BookCourt,...
When I noticed Hulu recently added the 1953 Marilyn Monroe classic, Gentlemen Prefers Blondes, I scoffed. While I find Monroe to be a complex and misunderstood icon (notably her friendship with Ella Fitzgerald and reported history of perhaps being lesbian-inclined), I tend to view the modern women who flock to her to be vapid and often full of internalized misogyny. It didn’t surprise me when I started seeing images of the movie pop up over my social media accounts decorated with hearts and #vibe. The title...

  How is January over already?? The last week of the month brings us the final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, new music from Jenny Lewis, and a neo-noir thriller starring Anne Hathaway. MOVIES Serenity Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey star in this neo-noir thriller about a fishing boat captain with a mysterious past and an ex-wife who needs his help. Directed by Steven Knight. In theaters Friday, January 25. Animas  In this thriller, a teenage girl (Clare Durant) finds herself on a hallucinatory journey after her father dies in a...