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  The sky is black, the suburban streets are lit only by sporadic street lights, and your only way home is by your own legs and wits. To some, this would be an inconvenience; to others, it’d be an endangerment. Gender tends to play a role in this distinction. The tensions—and potential terrors— that can permeate girls’ everyday experiences are so ingrained, they are often dismissed. Director Aly Migliori’s third short film, the 10-minute thriller Twist, illuminates the unspoken, the unseen, and the uncertain in the female experience....
Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin are paving the way for female comedians on the Internet. Starting out as fan favorites on BuzzFeed, in 2015 the comedy duo left the company to start their own popular YouTube channel Just Between Us (JBU). The channel was an instant hit with its advice show format and numerous skits in which the two portray exaggerated versions of themselves. In each episode, they discuss topics including feminism, friendship, LGBT issues, and dating.  Both women are hilarious, but as they’ve been moving...
  DAWNnew breed(Local Action Records) DAWN (aka Dawn Richard) opens her fifth solo album, new breed, with a My So-Called Life reference. If that’s not reason enough to listen to it in its entirety, then what is? Well, her hypnotic voice is another reason, as evidenced by cuts like the title track and “Dreams and Converse.” Meanwhile, songs like “Spaces” and “Sauce” thoroughly utilize strong production to show the versatility of her vocals. Even the “Outro” is full of vibes. Considering Richard has co-written and co-produced...
Someone Great, written and directed by Jennifer Kaityn Robinson, is the feminist-friendly Netflix film that disrupts the paradigm of a traditional rom-com. It’s a story that speaks to a generation living in an age of individualism, a time when self-love has reached an unprecedented level of importance. The self-love revolution has boosted our emotional intelligence, which has made us question the patterns and values that our parents and grandparents lived by.  This is not a story about a man and woman who were meant to be together...
  Today the New York-based Colombian duo Salt Cathedral (Juli Ronderos and Nicolas Losada) released the music video for their latest single, “Go and Get It.” The song features LGBTQ rapper–and BUST fave– Big Freedia and singer Jarina de Marco.  As a hustling anthem for the immigrant experience, Salt Cathedral says:  “Since we came to this country we worked to open doors constantly by hustling like crazy. Having Jarina and Freedia be part of this and bring their magic into it makes the message and emotion extra...
  This past Sunday, everyone’s favorite woman warrior, Brienne of Tarth, was officially knighted. Now Ser Brienne, Game of Thrones fans can take comfort in the fact that Gwendoline Christie’s iconic character now has the respect and title she deserves. Game of Thrones has been both praised as a feminist show and criticized as being un-feminist. The past two seasons have garnered critical acclaim for the feminist themes presented in the show, with the majority of the surviving leaders being women.  In the second episode of the final...
Lizzo is having a triumphant weekend: she released her album Cuz I Love You last Friday, which went to number one on iTunes (and surpassed Beyonce’s Homecoming album), but when Coachella’s audio went amiss during her set last Sunday, she didn’t miss a beat. “If they ain’t gonna get the music right, I’m gonna get the music right... That’s why I got my music major,” she said during her set, as she continued to trudge through her hit single “Juice” with her flute, nicknamed Sasha, in...
ABJECTSNever Give Up(Yippee Ki Yay)   For a jolt of straightforward garage-punk, Abjects has your number. With band members hailing from Spain, Japan, and Italy, the group began in London in 2013 where it began mixing driven, occasionally thrashy classic punk with glints of J-Pop sensibilities, and three-part harmonies as rallying cries. The pacing on the Spanish-language procrastination track “Mañana” nods enthusiastically to the Monks. Elsewhere, buzzing, tense riffs are reminiscent of the Cramps with pleasing chord progressions by way of the Buzzcocks. “Dream Song” shines with...
  Jenna Wortham is a technology reporter and staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. She co-hosts the New York Times podcast Still Processing with Wesley Morris, and just before her rise to fame at the Times, she was one of BUST’s superstar freelancers, interviewing Diablo Cody, Solange Knowles, and Sarah Silverman for us all in 2008 alone. We are so thrilled by her success and in this episode of BUST’s Poptarts podcast, we chat with her about Black excellence in pop culture, the importance of self-care while covering the...
“My name is Aubrey Parker. I broke into my dead friend’s apartment. Who the fuck are you?” Aubrey (Virginia Gardner) says combatively to a walkie-talkie she found by her friend’s bed in a wood-paneled, cabin-like dream of a bedroom. It’s New Year’s Eve and Aubrey’s best friend Grace is dead, leaving behind a group of mourners, a tombstone with the epitaph “Always Right,” and a secret task that she expected Aubrey to be able find out about and carry out. In response, Aubrey has barricaded...