Why You Should Make A Podcast Right Now

By Lindsay Harris Friel  In Living  On Jul 02, 2020

The phrase “we should make a podcast” is as ubiquitous right now as fondue parties were in the ’70s. Though there are thousands available right now, there’s still room for yours. Why should you make a podcast right now? Don’t think of this as a trendy hobby, or a money-making scheme. A good podcast is like a time capsule, except instead of photographs, newspaper clippings and ribbons, you can store your thoughts, feelings, and opinions, bundled up the uniqueness of your own voice. It’s easier than ever, too. New apps… Read more
On July 1, a video flooded Twitter depicting a group of protestors marching down the street chanting “My Body, My Choice.” However, this wasn’t an event for reproductive rights. This video featured a right-wing group protesting the mask orders that recently went into effect in Sanford, Florida. RIGHT NOW: Dozens are marching in Sanford chanting “My body. My choice.” They are protesting after a mask order went into place in Seminole County today. pic.twitter.com/kMT7EebDKN — Stephanie Buffamonte (@StephBuffamonte) July… Read more
Earlier today actress Brie Larson, best known for Captain Marvel, joined the many celebrities who have made YouTube channels in recent years such as Jack Black and Will Smith. She uploaded her first YouTube video called “So, I made a decision…” and announced that she was starting a YouTube channel. She goes on to say that YouTube has been a place that has helped her learn about a myriad of things, and that the website is “the place to talk about things are important and that matter.” Larson states that there will be a… Read more
Happy July fourth weekend! You might not be able to host a barbecue or hit a crowded beach, but you can take the holiday weekend as an excuse to unwind. If you’re looking for something to watch, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what we’re excited about this week. MOVIES/TV The Baby-Sitter’s Club Ann M. Martin’s prolific series about a group of enterprising middle schoolers gets a fresh new look, thanks to Netflix. Catch all episodes of the nostalgic reboot on July 3. Cable Girls This feminist drama, which follows four… Read more
Kellyanne Conway, who’s currently serving as a counselor to President Trump, has a daughter named Claudia who’s gone viral in recent days. Claudia Conway, the 15-year-old has been posting TikToks like many people her age do. Many of the TikToks that Claudia has posted are blatantly against Trump, the person that her mother works for and often defends. So far, she has over 96,000 followers on TikTok. Conway's early videos largely didn’t have political messaging, but her account slowly became more political as time went… Read more
In our Fashion Nation series, we talk to cool people about their personal style. Sam Klein Entrepreneur and Content QueenLos Angeles, California Tell me about this outfit. The dress I’m wearing is by L.A.-based brand Rhode. I have it in, like, three or four prints because it’s so comfortable and flattering. I feel really good after I put it on and I think that’s the telltale sign of a good piece of clothing. The bag is a really fun piece by a brand called Staud. The shoes are vintage. I bought them on ModCloth back… Read more
The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, or FIT, is one of the best-known fashion schools in the country. Timed to the recent reckonings that people have had with institutions and inclusivity, such as the call from black artists in Hollywood to invest in black creators, FIT students have also made calls for more inclusivity in their programs. With a petition made by Bronwyn Goldschneider, an incoming sophomore at the school, students are calling for more inclusivity in FIT fashion illustration classes. This… Read more

Swans' Jarboe Creates A Musical Universe In "Illusory"

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On Jul 02, 2020

JARBOE Illusory(Consouling Sounds) Former Swans member Jarboe continues exploring her unique musical universe with Illusory. She adeptly uses her voice not only to sing actual lyrics, but also to create nontraditional vocal sculptures, forming a new, choral language, like on “Cathedral,” “Flight,” and “Into the Arms of Sleep.” The title track is reminiscent of Nico’s harmonium-based work, and the acoustic number “Man of Hate” comes closest to her work with Swans or the World of Skin side project. This album illustrates… Read more
It would be an understatement to say that this Pride month has been a little different: coinciding with a global pandemic and the surge of activism following the murder of George Floyd, Pride celebrations took on a different character as queers charged, masks on and protest signs in hand, to support the Black Lives Matter movement and the Black members of the community. One important aspect of this year’s Pride month is that it has centered Black and Latinx queer and trans womxn voices. Hundreds of LGBTQ+ activists and… Read more
As the Supreme Court continues to announce decisions, we are seeing major progress being made when it comes to long-argued issues like immigration, discrimination, and abortion. The Court is currently a conservative-majority with Chief Justice John Roberts, newest justice Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and Neil M. Gorsuch on the more conservative side and justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan on the more liberal side. However, the sole purpose of the… Read more
The estate of Arthur Conan Doyle, writer of the iconic mystery series, Sherlock Holmes, is suing the upcoming Netflix Original movie Enola Holmes, for depicting the famous detective as yes, you read that headline right, a feminist. The estate argues that the film’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes as kind, caring, and respectful of women is a direct violation of the deceased author’s copyright. Wait a minute, so the Conan Doyle estate is suing Enola Holmes simply because they don't want to see a world in which Sherlock… Read more
Chrissy Teigen recently posted a photo to Instagram to her over 30 million followers in which she was wearing a protective face mask while waiting for her smear test. In the caption, Teigen told her followers, “Don’t forget to keep up with your paps and have your boobs touched even though the world is ending!” View this post on Instagram don’t forget to keep up with your paps and have your boobs touched even though the world is ending!! A post shared by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on Jun 28, 2020 at 4:04pm PDT The… Read more
In the state of New Jersey, the Department of Health issued an executive directive that exempted doulas from the limits on support persons during a pregnant person’s hospital stay during the COVID-19 pandemic. This executive directive from the DOH recognizes the importance of doulas and affirms that they play an essential role in an expectant mother’s care team. Before this directive, only one person including the doula could be with the mother in the hospital. This directive will allow doulas to resume their duties… Read more
Now, I haven’t been keeping up with all the drama—I refuse to watch another 40-minute Tati video—so I don’t know exactly what’s going on with Tati and Jeffree Star and James Charles and all of that. However, I do know that many of Shane Dawson’s old videos have resurfaced (again) and many are calling for the YouTube veteran’s end on the platform. Dawson has been making videos on the platform since 2008, according to the New York Times. In many videos from Dawson’s earlier years on YouTube, he can be seen perpetuating… Read more
Madame Gandhi has made a name for herself as an artist, lyricist, percussionist, and an outspoken advocate for gender liberation. After the Women’s March in 2017, her song “The Future is Female” shot up in the Spotify Viral US Charts. She has released two short-form albums, Voices in 2016 and Visions in 2019. Her new song “Waiting For Me” which will appear on her upcoming short-form album, Vibrations, opens up with the powerful line, “I'm not every day tryna turn up to the sound of my own oppression, you feel me?” This… Read more

The Supreme Court Just Struck Down A Louisiana Abortion Law

By Grace Weinberg  In Feminism  On Jun 30, 2020

On June 29, the Supreme Court overturned a law that restricts abortion access in Louisiana. The Los Angeles Times reported that the law was expected to close all but one of the abortion providers in the state, since it requires that doctors obtain credentials to admit patients at nearby hospitals, making it harder for patients and clinics in rural areas to receive and perform abortions. Abortion advocates refer to these types of admitting privileges as “TRAP laws,” which impose burdens on clinics under the guise of… Read more
This past Sunday, the Mississippi state legislature voted to replace its state flag: the last in the U.S. to display the Confederate battle emblem. Now, the bill goes to Republican Governor Tate Reeves, who voiced on Saturday that he will sign the legislation in law. The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag. The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it.If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it. pic.twitter.com/bf3vyzuObt… Read more

BUST's 10 Best Bets For Summer 2020

By BUST Magazine  In Entertainment  On Jun 30, 2020

In every issue of BUST, managing editor Emily Rems chooses her ten picks for the best in pop culture. Check out the list from our Summer 2020 issue, featuring Bikini Kill on Tour, Bec Hill, Pot Psychology Podcast, Zola, and more. 1. I May Destroy You HBO Written, co-directed, and starring the amazing Michaela Coel who first earned our adoration with her 2015 series Chewing Gum, I May Destroy You is a brave and innovative HBO show that follows a young writer trying to piece together her fragmented memories of a sexual… Read more
Following many other shows, Hulu pulled an episode of Golden Girls for referencing blackface. In the episode, Dorothy was introduced to her son's fiancée, an older black woman. Blanche and Rose donned mud masks when they met the fiancée for the first time. "This is mud on our faces. We’re not really black." Rose says in the episode. A lot of comedy shows from the early 2000s and 2010s have been reexamining their racist episodes. A few episodes from Scrubs that also featured blackface were taken down from the streaming… Read more
On June 24th, Mary W. Jackson, the first Black womxn engineer at NASA, got the recognition she deserves. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will be renamed after her. You may remember Jackson from Hidden Figures, the exhilarating science flick following the three Black womxn who were the brains behind NASA’s launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit – one of them being Jackson, portrayed by Janelle Monaé. Jackson was a #STEMsetter in a myriad of… Read more
With pride month coming to an end, we must celebrate young adult literature that features LGBTQ+ characters. Unlike usual queer and trans media, these books will not have unnecessary pain, death or sad endings. At times heartbreaking and joyous, these books are both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity. So, here is our list of 13 young adult novels about queer and trans identities: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a coming-of-age… Read more
YouTube sensation Jenny Mourey, better known as Jenna Marbles, announced that she would be stepping back from her channel after being asked to apologize for racially offensive videos. On Thursday, June 26, she uploaded a video titled “A Message” in which she apologizes for performing in blackface and making racist remarks in one of her rap songs. The first video she addresses, which is now private, depicts Mourey impersonating Nicki Minaj in blackface. She states, “It was not my intention to do blackface. But it… Read more

What's Your Summer 2020 Horoscope?

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Jun 29, 2020

From BUST's Spring 2020 issue, our new house astrologer, Emmalea Russo, gives astrological guidance to getting laid. Cancer(June 21 to July 22)Summer begins with a bang when the Sun enters your identity center on June 20, asking you to reevaluate your self-concept and shine bright. You’re up for it. The solar eclipse in your sign on June 21 delivers revelations. Maybe a new, bolder look? Jupiter and Pluto conjoin on June 30, which will help you sort shit out before Venus enters your sign on August 7, making you extra… Read more
Chrystul Kizer, 19, was let out of jail Monday on a $400,000 bond put up by the Chicago Community Bond Fund and other organizations. She currently faces a life sentence in prison on charges of first-degree intentional homicide and use of a dangerous weapon, as well as four other felony charges, after killing her alleged sex trafficker, 34-year-old Randy Volar, according to CNN. Kizer maintains that the move was in self-defense, claiming that Volar had been abusing and trafficking her to other men for over a year, since… Read more
After 30 years, Disney Theme Parks are finally saying goodbye to the notorious Splash Mountain. Known best for its 49 foot drop, making it a must-ride for all thrill-seeking park goers, the log flume ride is based off of the horrifically racist 1946 film Song of The South. Now, the theming of the ride will instead revolve around the 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog, which features the first Black Disney Princess, Tiana, and takes place in New Orleans during Mardi Gras season. This change comes after 20,000… Read more

10 Feminist Horror Flicks To Watch This Summer

By Grace Weinberg  In Movies  On Jun 26, 2020

On the surface, horror and feminism don’t seem to mix well. The film industry itself is dominated by men, but horror is especially chock full of sexist tropes and air-headed female characters. For example, the “final girl” phenomenon, where the last living female character comes face to face with the killer, is misogynistic in its origins. Is it a coincidence that all of the female characters murdered before her were sexually promiscuous and the only woman left to tell the story is a “good girl” (read: virgin)?… Read more

Let's Stop Naming American Schools After Confederates

By Evi Arthur  In Living  On Jun 26, 2020

As the United States comes to grips with its ugly history, more and more people are calling for an end to the ways we honor those with dark pasts. Statues and monuments of former slave owners and confederates are coming down and petitions are circulating to rename cities after better people than Christopher Columbus. There are also schools named after some very terrible people from history that need some new names. According to Education Week, there are 135 schools across 17 states that are named after confederates,… Read more

"Mordechai" Showcases Khruangbin At Their Best

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On Jun 26, 2020

KHRUANGBINMordechai(Dead Oceans) Texas trio Khruangbin explores the power of storytelling on its third studio album. The band’s signature international, multilingual sound journeys through ’60s and ’70s American and Persian funk, East-Asian beach rock, and Caribbean trip-hop. Named after a friend who guided bassist/vocalist Laura Lee Ochoa’s rebirth from a period of disconnection, Mordechai lays bare her most introspective memories. The rosy fondness of nostalgia is enveloping on “Dearest Alfred,” and “Pelota” shows… Read more
As bassist for iconic band The Go-Go’s, Kathy Valentine and her girl gang became the first multi-platinum-selling, all-female band to play their own instruments, write their own songs, and have a number one album. Their 1981 debut Beauty and the Beat, spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard charts and featured the hit songs “We Got the Beat,” and “ Our Lips are Sealed,” and Valentine wrote the band’s subsequent hits “Vacation” and “Head Over Heels.” This past April, she debuted All I Ever Wanted: A Rock and Roll… Read more
Death In Her Hands: A NovelBy Ottessa Moshfegh(Penguin Press) In her latest novel, Ottessa Moshfegh crafts a murder mystery that asks readers to decide what they believe. Protagonist Vesta Gull moves to a cabin after the death of her husband. One day, while walking with her dog in the woods, she finds a note stating that a woman named Magda has been killed. Vesta is unsure if the note is real or not, but as the possible identities of Magda and her killer develop in her mind, Vesta begins noticing clues that confirm her… Read more
This past Wednesday, well-known actress Jenny Slate released a public statement that she would no longer voice the mixed race character Missy on Netflix's sitcom Big Mouth. Slate posted on Instagram that her role on the show was “an example of white privilege and unjust allowances made within a system of societal white supremacy, and that in me playing ‘Missy,’ I was engaging in an act of erasure of Black people.” The creators of Big Mouth released a statement alongside Slate’s post that Missy should be voiced by a… Read more

Week Of Women: HAIM, Megan Thee Stallion, Arca

By Lydia Wang  In Entertainment  On Jun 25, 2020

We’re ringing in July with tons of great new music, some books about complicated relationships between women, and a Netflix show that screams “escapism.” Read on for all our pop culture picks this week. MOVIES/TV Warrior Nun Based on a graphic novel of the same name, Netflix’s new fantasy series tells the story of a young woman who wakes up in a morgue and discovers she’s part of an ancient order tasked with fighting demons on earth. All episodes available stream on July 2. Viena and the Fantomes Dakota Fanning, Zoë… Read more

The Dixie Chicks Drop the "Dixie" (And A New Protest Song)

By Diana Holiner  In Music  On Jun 25, 2020

Amid the call for racial justice, we’ve seen lots of changes being made in various industries: Lady Antebellum changed their name to Lady A, Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell relinquished their roles voicing biracial black cartoon characters, and pancake mix giant Aunt Jemima will be retired due to its racist origins. The Chicks, formerly known as the Dixie Chicks, are the latest to make this kind of change. The country trio has been around since 1989 and has made a name for themselves in the music industry since then. They… Read more
With Pride Month coming to a close, you might be looking for some movies to watch. Too often, even when it comes to LGBT stories, we see white men and women directors overrepresented; women of color are often overlooked when it comes to directing and the LGBT community as a whole. We compiled a list of 16 LGBT movies directed by women of color that you can enjoy this Pride Month — and beyond. 1. Pariah (2011), directed by Dee Rees Dee Rees’s feature-length debut, Pariah, follows the journey of Alike (Adepero Oduye), a… Read more
Tessa Thompson, Kendrick Sampson, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, and Billy Porter are a few among over 300 Black artists and studio executives who have signed an open letter calling on Hollywood to divest from the police and anti-black content and to invest in the Black community and anti-racist content. This letter was developed by Kendrick Sampson and Tessa Thompson alongside Black Lives Matter co-founders, Patrisse Cullors and Melina Abdullah. The letter details the deep-seated legacy of white supremacy in Hollywood,… Read more

Hinds Are Back With A Renewed Energy On "The Prettiest Curse"

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On Jun 25, 2020

HINDSThe Prettiest Curse (Mom + Pop) Coming in hot with their third album, Madrid quartet Hinds double down on their garage-pop sound with bigger production and a renewed energy that ranges from fiercely lovesick to charismatically in-your-face. Bilingual opener “Good Bad Times” floats in on a moony melody and a stomping beat before “Just Like Kids (Miau)” lights into unsolicited advice-givers and nuisances (“Can I tell you something/About you and your band?”) with their signature ramshackle group vocals turned to a… Read more
When Jasmine Guillory wrote her breakout 2018 debut novel, The Wedding Date, she “didn’t envision” what ended up happening over the next few years. As of this summer, Guillory has published five interconnected stand-alone romances (with several more in the works) and has earned legions of fans, including the likes of Reese Witherspoon and Roxane Gay. It’s easy to see why: Guillory, 45, writes stories that are deliciously fun and sexy, with charming, complicated heroines, irresistible love interests, and scorching… Read more

8 Incredible People to Replace Racist Statues With

By Georgia Dodd  In Living  On Jun 25, 2020

With all these statues coming down, many have asked who should replace them? Should we even have statues? What’s the purpose of them? Many say it’s for history, but museums are for history. Statues are not for history, they’re for recognition. Most of the confederate statues were put up during the Jim Crow era and the Civil Rights Movement as a way to strike fear and “put people in their place”. That’s why they’re so easy to take down, they were put up quickly with little to no regard about who they were really putting… Read more

Why Won't Men Wear Masks?

By Riley Mayes  In Living  On Jun 24, 2020

The U.S. is seeing a surge of Coronavirus cases–and deaths–as states begin to ease their restrictions. Despite this reality, there’s a persistent phenomenon: some men are refusing to wear masks. A recent study reveals that men in the U.S. report less intention than women to wear masks, especially in counties that don’t mandate wearing them. Ironic, considering that men appear to be disproportionately impacted by the virus. In New York City, for example, not only are men infected in greater numbers, but they are also… Read more
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 hip-hop… Read more
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, Spencer, is set to take place within the span… Read more

Apparently Americans Were Much Happier 50 Years Ago

By Evi Arthur  In Living  On Jun 23, 2020

The United States has been a little bit of a dumpster fire recently. Between the pandemic, the innocent Black lives being taken, the revolution, and the wit of Gen Z, who pranked the president over the weekend, things are starting to feel more like a dystopian novel than real life. Interestingly enough, it seems that the American public seems to agree, with a new survey finding that we’re the unhappiest we’ve been in five decades. The COVID Response Tracking Study surveyed 2,279 Americans over 18 years old between May… Read more

5 Black Womxn Artists You Should Be Following on Instagram

By Macarena Burbano  In Arts  On Jun 23, 2020

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… Read more
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, but it works somehow. Maybe it’s being able to learn… Read more
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… Read more

Why Getting Rid Of The Aunt Jemima Brand Isn't Enough

By Grace Weinberg  In Eat Me  On Jun 23, 2020

Amidst the protests responding to the murder of George Floyd, a Black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, corporations are reckoning with the racist histories and caricatures rooted in many of their brands and logos. Quaker Oats, the subsidiary company of Pepsico, announced on June 17 that they would be retiring their Aunt Jemima products after 131 years. Other companies soon followed their lead. B & G, the owner of Cream of Wheat, stated that they were “evaluating our packaging” in an email to The… Read more
While most of us have been playing Animal Crossing full-time and binge-watching The Office during quarantine, there are some who have been fighting hard to keep old habits down and continue on the path to recovery. Eating disorders are typically defined as disorders related to “unhealthy, obsessive or disordered” eating and exercise habits—the most commonly known types being anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Thirty million people in the United States suffer from eating disorders at some point in their lives, according to… Read more

Have You Voted Yet? If Not, We Can Help!

By Riley Mayes  In Living  On Jun 22, 2020

Thanks to COVID-19, Lady Gaga’s new album isn’t the only thing to be pushed back this year. The pandemic also affected the 2020 elections, causing many states to delay or change their primaries. To find out when voting is happening in your state, you can click here. Now that you’ve figured out when your state is voting, what’s next? Here are some simple action steps you can take to make sure you get your voice heard in this election cycle. Visit Your State Election Website. You can look up your state election website… Read more
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… Read more
It’s always Tennessee. The southern state’s latest attacks on basic human rights come in the form of an astounding 23-5 majority vote to effectively pass the fetal heartbeat bill, a bill that aims to ban all abortion as soon as a heartbeat can be detected on a fetal monitor. This phenomenon can occur as early as 5 ½ to six weeks into a pregnancy, long before most people even realize they are pregnant. The bill has now passed. The most restrictive anti-abortion bill in the country. Right here in Tennessee. A deeply… Read more