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As the foremost ambassador of New Orleans bounce music, Big Freedia is the rule-breaking, ass-shaking, noise-making pop star we need right now A LOT HAS CHANGED for Big Freedia since we first featured her in BUST’s April/May 2010 issue. A gay man who prefers she/her pronouns, Freedia (pronounced as in Kahlo) was making waves at that time as one of the major forces reviving New Orleans’ club scene in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina through the medium of “bounce” music. An electrifying performer with a booming...
  Early last week, news broke that Twilight star, Kristen Stewart, will be playing the one and only Diana, Princess of Wales in an upcoming film. Set in the early 1990s amidst Diana’s divorce from Prince Charles, there is much to be excited about in terms of a new film about the feminist icon, but a great deal about the film has left some fans confused as well. Here’s everything we know so far: With a screenplay written by Steven Knight of Peaky Blinders, the upcoming biopic,...
With platforms such as Instagram, these days it's much easier to engage with artists from across the globe. While it's imperative to continue to #AmplifyMelanatedVoices one must also consider also how difficult it is to combat algorithms on a platform with one billion users. The works of these womxn are mesmerizing to say the least, yet still engaging. They educate us on experiences beyond our own, while in search for their own voice through their art.    @blackcollage_            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Thais Silva...
I don’t know about you, but in the midst of everything going on, I need a break. And if you’re like me, a “break” involves camping out in Netflix’s true crime tab and bingeing “Evil Genius,” “Conversation with a Killer” and “Mindhunter” (all of which I recommend). However, at some point in my watch party, I decided I wanted to hear some stories told by women. It may seem counterintuitive to take a break from the suffering of the world with a book about grisly deaths,...
This past Friday, Beyoncé surprised her audiences with the release of a new song “Black Parade," which she wrote on her Instagram, “celebrates you, your voice and your joy.” The song's celebratory energy is particularly fitting, as it was released on Juneteenth: the holiday observing June 19, 1865, when the enslaved in Texas were informed of their freedom, two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. A Texan herself, Beyoncé’s song – which opens with the lines, “I’m goin’ back to the South” – is a proud reclamation...
If this year has proven anything, it is that not all heroes wear capes. Actress Nicole Kang of The CW’s Batwoman has to agree. The show Batwoman premiered on The CW in October 2019 starring model and actress Ruby Rose as Kate Kane. Set after Batman mysteriously disappears, Kate takes up the Bat mantel to protect the streets of Gotham and fight for justice as Batwoman. Actress Nicole Kang plays Mary Hamilton, Kate’s stepsister and influencer-in-the-making who secretly runs an underground clinic for the marginalized of...
It seems like every week, there’s another male celebrity being exposed as a pedophile. From longtime creep R. Kelly to professional predator Jeffrey Epstein to, now, comedian Chris D’Elia, who is facing multiple accusations that he made sexual advances on minors over the past few days.  fuck you @chrisdelia. you solicited nudes from minors while u were in vancouver and tried to fuck my friend when we were 16, and when i called u out on twitter you told her you’d ruin her life if i...
It’s Juneteenth, and we’re celebrating with a new movie, out now, starring Nicole Beharie and directed by Channing Godrey Peoples. Plus, there are tons of other brand-new books, records, and movies this week – read on for just a few of our most exciting picks. MOVIES/TV Miss Juneteenth   A single mom who was once crowned Miss Juneteenth—an honor commemorating the day slaves were freed in Texas—is determined to prime her teenage daughter to win the same title. Out June 19.  Babyteeth   Little Women actress Eliza Scanlen stars as Milla, a terminally...
This Pride month, we’re excited to see Nicole Maines get special attention for her acting and activism in Variety’s Power of Pride List. As the first transgender superhero to ever appear on TV, most people know Maines from her ass-kicking role as Nia Nal, or ‘Dreamer,’ on The CW’s Supergirl. However, Maines has been our LGBTQ+ superhero since she was in middle school. In 2014, Maines and her family sued their Maine school district in a case that went all the way to the state’s Supreme...
Recently, author J.K. Rowling has come under hot water for some of her remarks regarding transgender people on Twitter and her subsequent statement to her website. Many people have accused Rowling of being a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) for her comments excluding trans women from her conversations about feminism. On June 6, Rowling made a tweet that mocked people for wanting to be more inclusive by saying “people who menstruate” instead of “women,” including people of all gender identities who menstruate. She made various other statements...