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If you happen to be in Martha’s Vineyard from August 8th-10th, you may be one of the luckiest people on planet earth. According to a recent press release, Martha’s Vineyard Summer Madness concert event is going to be hosting Ladies First - a celebration of women in Black music and entertainment.  The three day long event has everything from panel discussions to beach bashes, but here are some highlights to look forward to:  Friday, August 8, ... Read More
India-born, Southern California raised singer-songwriter Zoya Mohan has already jumped through the hoops that many artists do later in their career. The incredibly self-aware and talented artist has made a mold for herself in the challenging music industry - an industry that holds itself on predisposed ideas of "what will sell" that are often very misogynistic in nature. Zoya taught herself the nooks and crannies of guitar playing at 13 years old, when her father ... Read More
Straight Outta Compton is an upcoming biopic about rap group N.W.A that is being released next year via Universal Pictures. As a MASSIVE N.W.A fan, I was super excited. While biopics aren’t generally so ‘bio,’ it’s still exciting to pretend that you are living with the times that film is featuring. However, while hip-hop is supposed to be about uplifting a culture that gets stepped on by white supremacy, women don’t seem to get a ... Read More
A South Carolina mom was charged with unlawful conduct towards her child, and is currently sitting in prison with who she may not know, are there for similar reasons. Debra Harrell, who didn’t have the money to pay a babysitter, had to make a choice. She could either take her nine year old child to work with her (Harrell was a McDonalds staff member) or she could drop her off at the park to play. The child preferred to play at the park, for obvious ... Read More
Yesterday, TIME published an interesting opinion piece written by Steve Friess, which basically documented his “connection,” as a white gay man, to black women. “Dear Black Women: White Gays Are Your Allies, So Don’t Push Us Away” is riddled with racialized misogyny. But before I start response to the piece, I want to start out by saying that I am not a black woman; but, as a Latina, I have had my fair share of white gay men ... Read More
Former BUST intern Niesha Davis sets off to her next big adventure – a 6 episode webseries. The series entitled Black Girl in the R.O.K. (Republic of Korea) follows recent college graduate Janae on her move from the States to South Korea to teach English. Davis tells us that the series will touch on matters such as race relations, workplace relations, dating as a black girl in the R.O.K, and culture shock. Media representation is absolutely necessary – ... Read More
Almost every twenty year old on television is white, ESPECIALLY in comedies (give or take the occasional token brown friend). Organic stories about the lives of people of color aren’t typically seen as small screen material, because COME ON, people experiencing racism in the work place? What kind of social justice bull is this?! I’m tryin’ to relax. These kinds of racist attitudes are exactly why I am stoked for Twenties, an upcoming project that is ... Read More
Whether it's witchcraft or bitchcraft, when it comes to television and film anything involving wizardry and badass ladies is completely up my alley - however many of these characters come in Sabrina Spellman blonde-hair-blue-eyed packages. Not to hate on the Sabrinas, Madison Montgomerys, or Hermione Grangers of the world, but I think it’s time we make some room for some WOC witches to tear shit up, because I mean, seriously, where would we be without Tituba ... Read More
Pastel locks are a summer staple. Even people living under a rock know this is true. And recently, one of my favorite writers for Refinery29, Gabrielle Korn, recently wrote a piece entitled “What Pastel Hair Means for Women of Color.” As a Latina, my hair has always been subject to approval by family members, friends, and even strangers. And since I often times pass as white, my hair is sometimes the only attribute capable of signaling that I am not ... Read More
Some say that Lizzo is the greatest word-play rapper since the heyday of hip-hop. The Houston-bred, Minneapolis-based emcee is taking the world by storm with her clever raps and impeccable flow. After the release of LIZZOBANGERS (on label Totally Gross National Product) in 2013, she has been releasing music videos and getting ready for some live performances (she’s performing at Glastonbury among other festivals and shows). She just released some more U.S. ... Read More