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Who's too old for roller derby? Definitely not 53-year-old Beth Hollis of Akron, OH. Hollis is a soft-spoken librarian by day and a kick ass roller derby athlete at night. Not only does she destroy assumptions about size and sex, she also defies stereotypes about age. After many years of working as a librarian, Hollis decided she needed a hobby. After getting kicked out of a knitting class for not catching on quick enough, she decided to try something more physical, and she found it.
Forget calling the handy man or asking your uncle to fix that crack in the ceiling, founded by three women who have a passion for DIY, Tomboy Tools creates tools just for women! They have just about every tool you need to keep your house or your car in perfect condition! If you are a little wary of tackling that blocked drain under the kitchen sink or don't know your hacksaw from your circular saw just call a Tomboy consultant and they will come over and even throw a 'tool party' for you and your friends.
So after reading about our Litpick, Babysitter: An American History, in the Aug/Sept issue of BUST, you're probably itchin' to reminisce on all things childcare. And what better place to start than with the Gossip Girl of babysitting culture, The Baby-Sitters Club. For those of you who've already read all the books (even the Little Sister ones, which, seriously? were kinda lame in comparison), I bring you What Claudia Wore , and ingenious internet addendum to the life and styles of the most fashion forward babysitter, Claudia Kishi.
Madonna's back again! Her new single 'Celebration' has been making the rounds on the Internet for a couple of weeks now, and now there's a video teaser to go with it! Let's face it -- only someone as fabulous as Madonna can get away with producing a teaser for a music video. There's not too much to see in this clip except Madonna's totally fly studded dress, but if the choreography is even half as awesome as the supermarket checkout breakdown in '4 Minutes' then you can bet this vid won't disappoint.
The last new episode of Reading Rainbow aired today, marking the end of the 26-year-old PBS series hosted by everyone's favorite well-read host, LeVar Burton. Like its contemporaries, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow was equal parts educational and fun, addressing its young viewers in the playful, respectful, and encouraging tone PBS is known for. More importantly, Reading Rainbow got kids excited about reading, about telling stories, and making their own as they followed LeVar on his exploratory adventures each episode.
Chris Brown, hip hop darling/violent little puke, finally received his sentence for beating gal pal Rihanna this February. Brown will be paying his dues doing hard labor, attending therapy sessions to address his more vicious tendencies, and staying away from bars or other establishments associated with drugs or alcohol. Seems like a weak punishment: while the prohibition clause lasts for 5 years, the hard labor (which the New York Post describes as 'hauling trash and cleaning up properties' ) is only for a few months. No jail time, no house arrest, no nothin'.
BUST loves America's Next Top Model just as much as the next gal, but if you like your entertainment a little more highbrow, check out Lauren Simkin Berke's new exhibit Excavations and Adaptations at the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn next month! Excavations and Adaptations features over 60 index card-sized works that mix collages of things like photographs, luggage tags, and dress patterns with Berke's own drawings. Here's more from the A.I.R.
The United States, as well as many other countries, was created under a patriarchal foundation that women are constantly struggling with, and Italy is no exception.   In fact, Italian women have to exist under triple threats of sexism: the government, the church, and the media. The current Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has been particularly open with his sexist behavior through comments to and about women as well as being accused of philandering by his wife.
BUST is already excited about the upcoming soundtrack to Where the Wild Things Are featuring former cover lady Karen O, but if you just can't wait till the album's September 29th release date, you can stream the first single here! 'All Is Love' is full of the same happy, childlike goodness that makes me all warm inside whenever I see the trailer (or watch it ten times in a row on my laptop).
 Ella Es El Matador, the first of three super BUST-y POV docs we featured in our Aug/Sept issue's 'Fall Preview' will finally be premiering on PBS on September 1st, and it's required viewing for anyone fascinated with the notion of female bullfighters in Spain. Here's more from PBS: 'For Spaniards - and for the world - nothing has expressed their country's traditionally rigid gender roles more powerfully than the image of the male matador. So sacred was the bullfighter's masculinity to Spanish identity that a 1908 law barred women from the sport.
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