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                   As the afternoon winds down, I'm tuning in to grooveshark.com and if you haven't checked this website out before, you might as well add it to your favorites now. Bookmark that shit. Grooveshark is a website that a friend of mine introduced me to one late-night-turned-early-morning music marathon session. Frustrated with trying to find the right version of songs on YouTube, I complained loudly and she swooped in like a sonic saving grace.

The Brooklyn International Film Festival kick-off party is tonight and the films start screening on Friday! The party tonight is from 6 pm until whenever at The Delancey , which is located at 158 Delancey St in Manhattan (which seems odd for the Brooklyn Int'l Film Fest, no?). There are happy hour events almost every night during the festival, at various bars in the DUMBO neighborhood (my digs!). The films are all being screened at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema on Henry St. There are tons of movies playing, so it should be a really good festival.

GoGoMarj is a cool online clothing store (part of RetroWardrobe.com) that sells recycled and recreated vintage pieces. Designer Meredith Fogg takes vintage fabrics, often from scarves that she finds at estate sales, and re-purposes them into skirts, belts, headbands, and so on. She takes these old things and makes them into versatile pieces. Her skirts have gathered waists that fit a fairly wide range of sizes (most will stretch from 20''-50'' around the waist). Fogg boasts that her items can be worn different ways year round to accommodate all different climates.

A recent study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health found that young Australians, and likely women around the world, are grossly misinformed about the when/what/how of the morning after pill. As a crucial option for emergency contraception, these are facts every female should have down pat.

We have a copy of The Kittens of Boxville at the BUST office and we're all gaga over how adorable it is. I want to crawl into the pages and snuggle with them, or at least cut the pictures out and hang them on the walls for whenever I'm feeling grumpy.

Afghan Hands is an inspiring organization in Afghanistan helping to give women an education and an opportunity. Their centers throughout Kabul pay women to take seminars on human, legal and religious rights in the morning and create beautiful embroidered accessories in the afternoon. They employ 50 master embroiderers and are able to sustain 200 women with the program. Not only do they gain financial independence, but this is their only chance for an education. The shawls and scarves they embroider are cashmere and wool and have gotten press everywhere from Elle to America's Next Top Model.

                           It's been over a decade since 'Roseanne' has graced our tubes and, well, we missed the laughs. Not only was 'Roseanne' good for a chuckle, but she was an important role model for outspoken women juggling a full-time career and family life. Tune in this Friday, June 5th - Friday, June 12th for a marathon of raucous recession-themed episodes airing on TV Land from 8 p.m. - 6 a.m. ET/PT.

Exene Cervenka, singer of the seminal punk band X, sent out a statement via her website today: After some months of not feeling 100% healthy, I recently had some medical tests run and the prognosis is that I am suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Apparently, it has been affecting me for quite some time. Although this is obviously unfortunate news, I am choosing to see the positive in it.

   Through an article from Jezebel, it was found out that Afghanistan is taking a few steps forward concerning gender equality. This was accomplished when the country opened Skateistan, a school for young children, both boys and girls. There they are taught on computers, the arts, and most interestingly of all, how to skateboard. In a country where women are not given the same rights as men, this is progress. However, there are still problems.

  The Summer Reading program at Brooklyn's Central Public Library is starting with a pop this Thursday, June 4th with a free block partyfrom 10-4:30. The main event will be, get this, hip hop star Lil' Mama reading to kids from 1030 to 11am. She'll also be speaking about her connection to Brooklyn, encouraging kids to read and signing autographs. Throughout the day there will also be entertainment on the Plaza including the Ringling Brothers, a Capoiera demonstration, a ballet and local band performances. Not to mention the ongoing balloon animals, face painting and arts and crafts.
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