BY Samantha Albala in Crafty on Sep 03, 2014 |
You are the coolest and best friend you'll ever have, so why not celebrate that and find some sweet stuff to mail yourself? Everyone loves getting packages and these days subscription boxes are the perfect way to show yourself you care. Peruse this list and find the perfect package that will make you do the happy dance! Or, I suppose you can get one of these subscriptions for a good friend, too. 1) FabFitFun: A fitness and beauty subscription for every ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen in Movies on Aug 28, 2014 |
Never would I have thought that I would laugh so much in a film that speaks so deeply on cultural implications about diaspora and religion. Self-categorized as a “dramedy”, the new film May in the Summer reveals deep connection between nationalism and love, while leaving some room for growth of both the characters in the film and the viewers.
The film follows May Brennan (Cherien Dabis), an esteemed author who has been told she “puts a ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen in Music Stuff on Aug 08, 2014 |
Since its beginnings in 2002, the AFROPUNK festival has grown into a a highly anticipated and expertly curated event. This year is no exception.
Last year, we saw acts like Questlove, Danny Brown, Le1f, Death, Trash Talk, and Mykki Blanco take the stage. This year, AFROPUNK will feature “the best assembly of female musical talent since Lilith Fair,” according to a statement from their press release. It’s self-described as “a ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen in General on Aug 05, 2014 |
White people everywhere are tired of hearing about “cultural appropriation.” So what if my favorite pop star Katy Perry is wearing cornrows in her new video?! The only thing that is keeping racism alive is people of color talking about racism!
Well, I’m here to debunk all of the whitesplained myths about cultural appropriation, and to tell you why it is indeed racist for Katy Perry to dress up as a geisha or to have large butt mummies dancing ... Read More
BY Emily Robinson in General on Jul 23, 2014 |
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
BY Gwen Berumen in Music Stuff on Jul 21, 2014 |
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
BY Gwen Berumen in Movies on Jul 18, 2014 |
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
BY Gwen Berumen in General on Jul 18, 2014 |
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
BY Gwen Berumen in Feminizzle on Jul 17, 2014 |
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
BY Gwen Berumen in General on Jul 12, 2014 |
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