2020: The Year of Phoebe Bridgers

By Sylvie Baggett  In Music  On Dec 02, 2020

Attention all Phoebe Bridgers fans: do not remove your skeleton costumes. With the recent announcement of her four Grammy nominations (Best New Artist, Best Rock Song ("Kyoto"), Best Alternative Music Album (Punisher), and Best Rock Performance ("Kyoto")), it’s probably best to keep them on. According to an interview with The New York Times, Bridgers received her Grammy nomination news via a flood of texts from her mom while in bed with a migraine. How relatable! Bridgers’ second solo album, Punisher, was released in… Read more

Ijeoma Oluo Puts Patriarchy on Blast in Her New Book Mediocre

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Dec 02, 2020

When author Ijeoma Oluo, 39, went to a women’s writing retreat to pen the follow-up to her 2018 bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, she found inspiration in the discussions the other women were having about the career struggles they faced. Oluo realized that their experiences all had one common denominator: they had all been manipulated, dominated, and harassed by privileged white men. And in the resulting book, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America (out December 1), she discusses how this… Read more
Kimberly Drew (left) and Jenna Wortham Now more than ever, the world needs cultural projects that nourish the Black soul. Born out of this deep craving, author and art curator Kimberly Drew and her friend and collaborator Jenna Wortham—staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and co-host of the podcast Still Processing—have created a stunning new visual anthology, Black Futures, out December 1. The book is a compendium of images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more, collected from… Read more
Following the news of Joe Biden’s election as the next President of the United States, his choice of cabinet appointees has developed much interest in the realm of political discourse. In an unprecedented move, Biden has already appointed the first Latino man as Chief of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas. What’s more, Biden also chose Avril Haines and Janet Yellen as the first women ever to hold their positions: Director of National Intelligence and Treasury Secretary respectively. These appointments have not… Read more
As we finally eat the last of those Thanksgiving leftovers, we can officially announce that it’s go-time for the Christmas season. Every year someone around the world is wondering what to get for the ones they love most. Maybe another bag, another sweater, or another perfume gift set, but what about for the feminist friend? You could purchase another mug that says “Feminist” or another photo of Beyoncé in her “Formation” outfit throwing the middle fingers, or you could be daring and try one of these easy, thoughtful,… Read more
There are certain people who live their lives naked. We have all met someone like this, or maybe we wish that we could live our own lives this way. They carry a willingness to open themselves up to the world, to find connection wherever they go. Catherine Cohen is one of these people. Cohen, who is 29-years-old, is best known for her candid comedy. In 2017, she began hosting Cabernet Cabaret at Club Cumming in the East Village with musician Henry Koperski. She brought her show, The Twist?...She’s Gorgeous, to Edinburgh… Read more
If anyone can save Christmas this year, it’s Dolly Parton. In October, the 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist released her first holiday album in 30 years: A Holly Dolly Christmas, a feel-good medley of winter classics and originals. The 12 tracks feature guest vocals from friends including Michael Bublé (on the steamy “Cozy Up, Cuddle Down Christmas”), Billy Ray Cyrus (on the upbeat, easy listening “Christmas Where We Are”), Miley Cyrus (on the tender “Christmas Is”), Willie Nelson (on the compassionate “Pretty… Read more
Gwen Smith enters her New York City studio, takes a near full body selfie, finds a reference photo of a Black woman she admires, and then gets to painting. The result of this continued studio practice of two and a half years are two, 240-page hardcover books entitled The Black Women Project (Vol. 1 & 2) available for purchase online and in-person for a limited time at Dover Street Market New York and soon, on gwensmithprojects.com. These pages are a documentation of the impact and influence of the Black women that… Read more
We’re excited for the reboot of 90's sitcom Saved by the Bell, and we're especially happy to speak with actress Haskiri Velazquez who plays Daisy, a Latina high school student whose school gets shut down and has to transition to life at Bayside High. Velazquez is an incredible actress who also recently starred in the critically acclaimed 40-Year-Old Version film by Radha Black. She talked to BUST Magazine about her role in Saved by the Bell, acting in comedies and her aspirations as an actress in the future. Did you… Read more
The Flight Attendant, based on a book by the same name written by Chris Bohjalian, follows an alcoholic stewardess Cassie Bowden, played by Kaley Cuoco, as she attempts to piece together the murder of a man she went to sleep with alive but woke up to dead. It has all the right flavors of a quintessential murder mystery with tense music, cliffhangers, and the occasional light bulb moment. But, the series which premieres the first four episodes on Thanksgiving, feels fresh by centering not only on the mystery itself but… Read more
Looking for gifts for everyone on your list, from foodies to crafters to fashionistas to stoners—and more? Want to support small businesses with your holiday shopping dollars? Then look no further than this handy guide to the best buys of the season. RIKRACKrikrack.comRikrack Embroidery’s new Holiday design for 2020 is Mr. and Mrs. Claus. This super fun, beginner-level embroidery kit makes a great gift for your crafty friend or even just for yourself! Each kit makes two 3" hoops. This festive power couple would even… Read more
This doctor mom is making it her mission to educate children on anatomy in a hands-on and fun way. Known as The Breakfasteur, she has over 37 thousand followers on Instagram and almost 5 thousand subscribers on YouTube. In a collection of playdough molds, The Breakfasteur has constructed a series of child-friendly operations, ranging from an ovarian cystectomy, a nail matrix biopsy, a hernia repair, and more. Her most recent mold video, operating a cesarean delivery of a toy spiderman, has sparked controversy, some… Read more

Thank You Flex: An Intuitive Guide To Cultivating Gratitude

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Nov 24, 2020

In 2018, I was in a funk. After a life-changing experience living abroad, I begrudgingly moved back to the States and the disappointment was palpable. Then it occurred to me: by focusing on what I thought I’d lost, I couldn’t appreciate all that I had. I decided to start a gratitude practice, and it’s been transformative. These days, I’m notably happier. I laugh more, complain less, and go with the flow of life instead of swimming against the tide. The good news? You can do it, too! Gratitude exists in abundance.… Read more
The opening credits of She Is The Ocean read, “The ocean was energizing to her. She told it all her secrets, and in return, it gave her the power to manifest her dreams. The ocean filed her with soul until she was one with it.” This movie is an exploration into the lives of nine women who have made the sea a part of their lives, professionally and otherwise. She Is The Ocean refreshingly puts the spotlight on women and their unique connection to the ocean and the nature around it. Profiling surfers Cinta Hansel, Coco… Read more

Helpful And Happy Pieces For Even The Smallest Of Home Offices

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Nov 23, 2020

See the light with a sunny yellow lamp with retro styling, handcrafted in the U.S. STUDIO DESK LAMP IN INDUSTRIAL YELLOW, $249, SCHOOLHOUSE.COM Keep your tech and specs as clean as your hands. BETTER DAYS SCREEN CLEANSING TOWELETTES, $6, STAYWELLKEPT.COM Vegan leather ear pads and a built-in mic for those endless video calls. THE TROUBADOUR WIRELESS OVER EAR HEADPHONES, $179.99, LSTNSOUND.COM Walk tall using practical step-by-step exercises from former nurse Harriet Griffey. SIT STRONG: EVERYDAY EXERCISES TO STRETCH… Read more
iO Tillett Wright is a multitalented artist, author, activist, and storyteller. He created the hit true crime podcast The Ballad of Billy Balls last year and is also the author of the 2017 memoir Darling Days that documented Wright’s wild upbringing in downtown New York in the 1980s and the seeds that eventually blossomed into his awakening as a trans man. His TED Talk 50 Shades of Gay about sexuality and gender has been viewed over three million times and his new photography book, Self Evident Truths, just came out in… Read more
The modern axiom is true: there’s an app for everything. Have a question about pleasure or intimacy? Need some inspo for your next solo session? Before you head to Google, try one of these women-founded sex apps that offer everything from instructional talks to erotic stories to guided meditations. Blending the latest tech with the expertise of psychologists, sexperts, and erotic writers, these picks are feminist, inclusive, and—most importantly—they focus on women’s pleasure. EmjoyFrom sexy audio stories to guided… Read more
If you’re looking for a song that will make you want to snuggle up in a blanket and get into your feels—then you’ve come to the right place. BUST is thrilled to exclusively premiere the new single from singer-songwriter Annika Bennett, “Only Emotion.” The latest single from her forthcoming EP of the same name, “Only Emotion” builds up from what feels like an intimate gig with just Bennett and her guitar into a soulful crescendo incorporating drums and strings that will leave the listener hanging on her every word.… Read more

Dolly Parton Is Here To Save Us From Forever-Quarantine

By Lauren Williams  In Living  On Nov 19, 2020

"And I can easily understand/ Covid could easily take my gran/ But you don't know what she means to me/ Vaccine," tweeted linguist and author Gretchen McColloch a few days ago. She was referencing "Jolene," Dolly Parton's legendary "other woman" song, because it was revealed that Parton's $1 million donation to COVID-19 research at Vanderbilt University helped fund Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine. After seven months of research, the Moderna vaccine is now 94.5 percent effective against the Coronavirus, and vaccinations… Read more

How-To: A Turkey-Day For Two!

By BUST Magazine  In Eat Me  On Nov 19, 2020

All the classics of this holiday meal, scaled down for a socially distanced celebration. My mom’s idea of Thanksgiving dinner was a far cry from the traditional turkey, stuffing, and apple pie suppers my school pals were having. Mom opted for Empire Kosher chicken (roasted with no seasoning whatsoever), canned asparagus, and, if we were lucky, an Entenmann’s cake shaped like a turkey. In my adult years, Thanksgiving became what I call an orphan supper. I’d invite my friends over who either had no family or wished they… Read more

How To Make Your Own Cannabis Tincture

By Melanie LaForce  In DIY  On Nov 19, 2020

In the Survival Skills for Badass Bitches series, writer Melanie LaForce walks you through everything you need to know to survive the outdoors, tough situations, and/or the forthcoming apocalypse. 2020 has taught us that we can expect the unexpected. The universe has spoken, and plainly stated that “All bets are fucking off.” Amidst pandemic, violence, wildfires, hurricanes, and oh yeah, fucking cannibal hornets, you’ll need some strategies to take the chaos in stride with a fat smile. We’re here to give you some… Read more

Deb Haaland Might Become The First-Ever Native Cabinet Member

By Olivia Simonds  In General  On Nov 19, 2020

Democratic Representative of New Mexico, Deb Haaland, is now a leading candidate for President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet position as interior secretary, according to The Hill. If appointed, Haaland would make history as the first-ever Native Cabinet member. Haaland, who was recently reappointed to New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, has made large strides to preserve land and protect Indigenous communities. Her 30-by-30 resolution hopes to conserve 30% of U.S lands and oceans by 2030, and her initiatives… Read more

UPS Finally Lifts Ban On Natural and Protective Black Hairstyles

By Lauren Williams  In Living  On Nov 18, 2020

Just a few months ago, people of all ages and upbringings took to the streets to make a statement about systemic racism in the U.S. True racial reconciliation is yet to come. Still, the Movement for Black Lives did lead to some fundamental changes in businesses and media. This week, UPS announced that they would allow workers to have facial hair, natural, and protective Black hairstyles like afros and dreadlocks. In 2018, UPS settled a case for $4.9 million with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which… Read more
Clea DuVall is trailblazing queer Christmas rom-coms with Happiest Season (out on Hulu November 25), a coming out story that blends traditional home-for-the-holidays romance with the emotional depth of identity and self-acceptance. DuVall proves that both can exist, breaking away from a heteronormative love story while tapping into the season's cliché sappiness. When Harper (Mackenzie Davis) invites her girlfriend Abby (Kristen Stewart) home for the holidays, she fails to mention one thing - that her family thinks… Read more
Tahereh Mafi YA Author Irvine, CA Tell me about this outfit. The vest is Alix of Bohemia. The sweater is actually an Alexander McQueen dress that I bought on super sale years ago. I hated the skirt, so I cut it off. I know, sacrilege! The silk pants are Nili Lotan and the earrings are Jennifer Fisher. The scarf I’ve wrapped as a turban is from Haute Hijab. Has style always been an important aspect of your life?I’m a child of immigrants who came here with nothing. It was always about scrimping, finding a good deal,… Read more
Confidence, comfort, and a rainbow of colors; this is just scratching the surface of what everyone’s favorite online retailer, Snag, brings to the table. You might wonder how, and the answer is simple—tights. That’s right. Tights suck for the most part. There’s the digging, sagging, laddering, and rolling, and that's if you can even get them on. But these are tights that actually fit. Goodbye tights struggles! Snag CEO and founder, Brie Read, decided she'd had just about enough of struggling to find a decent pair of… Read more
As Greta Thunberg sits in front of the Swedish parliament with her now-iconic sign reading “School Strike for the Climate,” an older woman approaches her. The woman isn't coming to encourage the young activist. Instead, she chides Thunberg for striking from school and says, “If you get an education. you can affect the future. That's what you're supposed to do, you young people.” Now, almost two years after her first school strike, Thunberg is tired of hearing these words. The Hulu original documentary I Am Greta,… Read more

Bully's LP, 'SUGAREGG', Beckons Liberation And Emotional Growth

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On Nov 16, 2020

Nashville-based Bully returned to rural Minnesota to record their “happy-go-lucky/fuck-it-all” third studio album. Frontperson Alicia Bognanno teamed up with Grammy Award-winning producer John Congleton to blend her raspy, urgent vocals with dynamic bass-heavy melodies. The playful, cheeky lo-fi elements are a departure from their previous album, which brings unexpected pockets of levity, like playing in rain puddles. “Let You” showcases Bully’s beloved, signature head-banging rhythms, but the stripped-down penultimate… Read more
A week after the election results were called, we are still celebrating Kamala Harris’ victory as the first woman in American history to hold office as Vice President. And we’re definitely not alone in our excitement! Here’s how some of our favorite celebs have been honoring this great win: Chrissy Teigen Chrissy Teigen and John Legend jamming out to YG's hit single, "FDT." View this post on Instagram A post shared by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) Tiffany Haddish Tiffany Haddish dancing in front of her window is an… Read more
Mary Anning made her first discovery in 1811 at 12 years old, when her brother, Joseph, found a fossilized skull on the beaches of their seaside town of Lyme Regis in West Dorset, England. Over several months, Mary unearthed the near-complete skeleton of a marine reptile called an ichthyosaur. The death of Mary’s father, a cabinetmaker and fossil collector, left her family burdened with debt; the ichthyosaur had to be sold. Henry Henley, a local lord, bought it from the Annings for £23 and Mary’s discovery ended up in… Read more
California trio L.A. Witch’s sophomore LP adds lots of grit to the reverberated sound they embody by taking inspiration from grunge, psychedelic, Western, and punk genres, and melding them in a surprising way. The ever-cool vocals of lead singer Sade Sanchez blend seamlessly with the fuzzy and unrelenting guitars, deep bass, and punchy drums of the album. The opening track, “I Wanna Lose,” sets the record’s tone sonically and lyrically: “I control myself/Nobody else/Choose to lose/And free yourself,” Sanchez sings,… Read more

Week Of Women: The Crown, Ammonite, I Am Greta

By Lydia Wang  In Entertainment  On Nov 12, 2020

Week of Women: Ariana Grande, Tierra Whack, Dua Lipa It’s the week you’ve been waiting for: not only is The Crown is back, and queer period drama Ammonite is here, too. Many of us are hunkering down to be safe (and to quarantine, especially as we hit a second wave), but at least there are tons of new books, songs, and movies to stream. Here are just a few. MOVIES/TV The Crown The fourth season of acclaimed royal drama The Crown finally introduces us to Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and Margaret Thatcher (Gillian… Read more

How Women And YA Are Changing The World Of Comics

By Isabel Sophia Dieppa  In Books  On Nov 12, 2020

After many years of requests for better representation in comics, comics are continuing to diversify and open more doors for women, on and off the page — and Young Adult fiction could be a big contributing factor. Just this week, DC Comics announced Marie Javins as the new Editor-in-Chief of the entire company. Javins will be responsible for developing and overseeing the execution of the company’s publishing schedule to grow all DC imprints. One imprint that has been incredibly successful in attracting female… Read more
Lucille Bridges, the mother of one of the most recognizable and influential civil rights leaders, passed away yesterday. Because human life is fleeting, we tend to think of great injustices in this country, especially slavery and state-mandated apartheid, as a long time ago — but to have lost the mother of Ruby Bridges in 2020 says a lot about our collective memory and how the past is closer to us than we think. Lucille was 86 and died at her home in Louisiana. On November 14, 1960, with the escort of federal marshals,… Read more
Clea DuVall’s Happiest Season, starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, is pushing right past the stringent boundaries of the traditional holiday love story. In the trailer, out now, Abby (Stewart) is excited to meet her girlfriend, Harper's (Davis) family — but upon their arrival, Harper reveals that she has yet to come out, asking Abby to play her "orphan roommate." The scheme sends the two of them down a series of hilarious hurdles as they navigate Harper's concealed home life identity, the complexities of… Read more

This Women-Run Company Wants To Diversify Content Creation

By Addison Herron-Wheeler  In Living  On Nov 12, 2020

Women are poised to rule the world in the business space, but as we step up and into femme-powered leadership roles, it’s important to make sure diversity is a key consideration. Amanda Russo, chief strategist and VP of events for Babes Who Create – a rapidly growing network of content creators – knows that to be true, so we picked her brain about how to be more inclusive to folks of all kinds in the business sector. Why was it so important for you, a woman's organization, to put a focus on diversity and inclusion? How… Read more

Jon Hamm Kicks Back In Eels' 'Are We Alright Again' Video

By Olivia Simonds  In Music  On Nov 11, 2020

Jon Hamm is center stage in Eels' latest music video, “Are We Alright Again,” singing along to the song in headphones as a robbery, unbeknownst to him, unfolds in the background. Sipping whiskey and jamming out in this 1970s-style house, Hamm delivers some serious Don Draper energy, or perhaps his indie alternative. Top photo: Youtube / OfficialEels More from BUST El Perro Del Mar's "Dreamers Change The World" Video Is All About Liberation Resistance Revival Chorus’ Debut Album "This Joy" Is The Perfect Antidote To… Read more
This morning, Fox News correspondent Howard Kurtz published an article about what he calls the “politics of perpetual payback.” In it, he directly compares Whoopi Goldberg telling Trump supporters to “suck it up” to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying that it is “ridiculous” to question whether or not Trump will take part in a peaceful transfer of power. Kurtz does bring up some important facts like how the General Services Administration is refusing to sign a routine transition order that would allow Biden’s staff… Read more
What better way to say goodbye to the fascist Trump administration than with a protest anthem? “Dreamers change the world,” the new song from Swedish indie-pop singer El Perro del Mar off of her upcoming EP FREE LAND, is about just that. El Perro del Mar, also known as Sarah Assbring, says the track is “about resisting giving in...about freedom of creativity and freedom of thought.” The EP, out November 20 from The Control Group, was inspired by numerous after hours visits to the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm,… Read more
“Why are girls to be told that they resemble angels; but to sink them below women... Yet they are told, at the same time, that they are only like angels when they are young and beautiful; consequently, it is their persons, not their virtues, that procure them this homage,” Mary Wollstonecraft says in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). Wollstonecraft is regarded as the mother of Western feminist thought, and her texts are widely acknowledged as the major foundational philosophy for the women’s suffrage… Read more
Danielle Evans’ new novella and collection of stories reads like a prescient letter from a brutally honest friend with her finger on the pulse of an ailing culture. Each story bristles with the author’s signature wit and precision. Her narrators engage in a constant struggle to be seen as “real people” despite possessing many trappings of privilege. In “Happily Ever After” a woman dresses with care before a hospital consult so that she may resemble “a person whose mother deserved to live.” In the titular novella, set… Read more

How Black And Indigenous Women Got Trump Out Of Office

By Madeleine Janz  In Feminism  On Nov 09, 2020

Top row left to right: Allie Young, Latosha Brown, and Morgan Dixon. Bottom row left to right: Vanessa Garrison, Kamala Harris, and Taylor Crumpton. You may have already heard about the hard work that Stacey Abrams did in Georgia to get out the vote, and help turn her traditionally red state blue, but she's far from the only woman of color who contributed to Trump's ouster. Many other Black and Indigenous women also put their efforts towards getting Trump out of office, by mobilizing record numbers of new and young… Read more

#BoatLife: How This Couple Turned A Boat Into Their Home

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Nov 09, 2020

Travel writer (and former BUST intern!) Libby Zay took on an adventure closer to home in February when she, her husband Raul, dog Penny, and cat Nessie moved onto a boat in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. “The seed was planted by the idea of downsizing and tiny living,” Zay says. “But once we dug in, there were so many other benefits.” Like being close to nature and saving money. Buying the two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 35-foot boat cost the couple $20K, but monthly, they pay less than half of what they did while living in a… Read more
The earth, the sun and all the surrounding planets exist in the Milky Way Galaxy, an easy thing to say but an almost impossible thing to understand. Proxima is the nearest galaxy to us, more than 20 trillion miles away, an incomprehensible distance. “Proxima is the galaxy closest to us and yet it is still so far away much like the emotional relationship between a mother and daughter.” says Alice Winocour, the director of a new movie named after the galaxy. Her film, distributed by Pathé, is an exploration of the… Read more
You probably know Ann Dowd from her terrifying portrayal of Aunt Lydia on Hulu’s feminist masterpiece The Handmaid’s Tale. But she’s been popping up in multiple roles on all the Law & Order shows for years and she also starred in the incredible 2012 suspense film Compliance. She finally became a household name in 2017 for her riveting performance as Aunt Lydia for which she won a well-deserved Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. And her latest film, a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s classic… Read more

What Louisiana's New Abortion Restrictions Mean For America

By Lauren Williams  In Feminism  On Nov 06, 2020

Earlier this week, abortion rights were on the ballot in Louisiana and Colorado. In Louisiana, voters passed an amendment to the state constitution adding clarifying language that the state does not offer protection for abortion rights or funding. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, abortion policy will be left up to the states. Louisiana already has "trigger laws" in place, meaning that abortion would automatically become illegal in the state if Roe falls. But adding insult to injury, this new amendment would… Read more
Even though she made over 50 films and was widely recognized as the first Chinese-American movie star, many cinephiles knew nothing about Anna May Wong before Ryan Murphy celebrated her accomplishments in his series Hollywood. Wanna learn more about Anna May’s heyday? Then take the quiz! Born on January 3, 1905, in Los Angeles, CA, Anna May’s given name was____. a. Chen Chong b. Wong Liu Tsong c. Ming-Na Wen d. Lisa Lu Yan Anna May got her start in silent films at age __ and quickly became an internationally recognized… Read more

Queens Rapper Dai Burger Models Looks Inspired By Our Times

By BUST Magazine  In Style  On Nov 06, 2020

For the first time, New Mexico has elected all women of color in its House delegation. The House Democrats are Deb Haaland, who won her reelection in the 1st Congressional District, and Teresa Leger Fernandez, who will now represent the 3rd Congressional District. Republican Yvette Herrell, a member of Cherokee Nation, will represent the 2nd. In 1990, Hawaii became the first to elect all women of color to Congress, but the state only has two congressional districts. To be fair, Delaware has technically also reached the… Read more
I first encountered Alfred Hitchcock’s original Rebecca in an undergraduate class that revolved around his films. Much of this class was particularly concerned with the women in Hitchcock’s films: his preoccupation with blondes, his use of homoerotic tension, and his treatment of his leading ladies came up in our discussions and readings often. Hitchcock’s treatment of actress Jean Fontaine, the leading lady of Rebecca, emerged to me as particularly noteworthy. During their time filming, Hitchcock reportedly bullied… Read more