House3
CLOSE
MENUCLOSE

BAUM Makes Self-Love Anthems For The Instagram Age

Music
Photo by Shervin Lainez

Listen to “This Body” here

Sabrina Teitelbaum was not even 12 years old when she first experienced catcalling on the street—that's what growing up in New York City will do to you. "I realized what was happening when I was a kid, but it was more of a guttural reaction," she says. "It was more like I knew it wasn't right when somebody would say something to me or just, like, make kissy noises." Since then, she's experienced it "so many times" that the fear has turned to anger. "I understand the undertones and the fact that people who are doing that think that you're an object. It's a power thing."

Now, at 20 years old, Teitelbaum lives in Los Angeles and is making music as BAUM. And today, we're proud to premiere "This Body," BAUM's latest preview of her forthcoming debut EP, Ungodly. It's a song partly inspired by BAUM's experience with catcalling and a self-empowerment anthem. BAUM has shifted her focus on self-love this year, consciously working on improving herself and toward that coveted higher plane of existence and contentment. Her history with an eating disorder kick-started her journey of self-love, inspiring her to speak to herself in the mirror and remind herself that she's worthy, she's enough, and all those "cheesy things that really help [her] and change things for [her]."

With "This Love," a new mantra of sorts is born. "This body, my home," she sings over and over again on the chorus, as if speaking into a mirror. "I have performing anxiety, so when I'm singing it, it literally becomes a reminder for me to be confident in my body and love myself in that moment," she says, hoping that the song will inspire others—especially women—to find the same within themselves. "The silver lining of all that's going on with the #MeToo movement is people are being held accountable," she says. "The severity and scale of assault have been swept under the rug; that I can speak out and inspire others to speak out with my music is not something I take for granted." 

Expect to hear more of her journey when her Ungodly EP drops March 16. Until then, listen to "This Body," below.

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.

It makes the whole uncanny valley thing even more uncanny

Early critiques of The Lion King have already noted the uncanny valley aspect of the computer-generated animals, and they are not wrong. It's hugely distracting—and the addition of an A-list cast voicing those animals makes it even worse.

Keep reading... Show less
True
FROM THE WORLD WIDE WEB

Talking to the author about her newest book

"Something happened and turned on as soon as I gave birth," Kate Zambreno told me, "where the drive and the desire to write was stronger than ever."

Keep reading... Show less
True
Photo Credit: Snap Stills/Shutterstock

We talk to the stars and creator about the show's iconic first season

Veronica Mars is a show that's had more than nine lives over the course of its 15-year run. What began as a teen drama about a young girl-turned-private investigator digging into the mystery of her best friend's murder, has evolved into a universe filled with complex characters, twisting story lines, and a cult following more than happy to go along for the extended ride.

Keep reading... Show less
True
5773c7
f6d9e4
Asset 7
MORE in VIDEO
Photo courtesy of Netflix.

Winchester's Black students got jokes

"If everyone stayed exactly the same, life would be tedious and predictable... like the third season of a Netflix show." That's just one of the not-at-all-subtle winks to its network in the Dear White People Season 3 trailer.

Keep reading... Show less
True
Photo via @thehighwomen on Instagram

I love everything about "Redesigning Women"

The supergroup we've been waiting for is finally here, and it's perfect. Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires are The Highwomen, and today they've released their debut track and music video "Redesigning Women."

Keep reading... Show less
True