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I grew up in a very conservative home—so conservative we didn’t have regular playing cards till I was a teenager. No joke. We played Rook, and we used Rook cards.  It wasn’t till college that I owned my own deck of playing cards. I know. Wow. Yeah. I have some catching up to do. Also, there’s a lot I need to learn about awesome women in music (if I didn’t have playing cards, you know I didn’t listen to Joan Jett. Yes, I have corrected...
  I resent the fact that people make assumptions about women based on their tattoos. It’s a part of their body, yet it's still socially acceptable to criticize and judge. Being a woman with tattoos (on the arm, hip, and foot), I find it most frustrating when men find the need to comment on my ink - just as I would find it equally frustrating if they were to make a comment about my legs or something else attached to my body. Apparently a lot of men...
  Why is it so intriguing to peek into the past? Think about how much time you spend flipping through old family albums, vintage pictures in shops or garage sales, or - dare I say - Facebook albums of yesteryear. To me it’s clear: old photos are magic. There's some universal connective tissue between our world and the world before us, and photos are a fast way into the past. In these photographs from Life Magazine, you find hints of places anybody who's visited New York can reference -...
  It's Nelson Mandela's birthday! The anti-apartheid icon is turning 95. What better way to celebrate his message of peace and reconciliation than with a video tribute from BUST's favorite rapper, Jean Grae? Jean's family is from South Africa, and she says Mandela and his message have had a massive influence on her life and work (especially on her long-awaited new project, Cake or Death). "The entire reason that we're here is through this spirit of freedom," she explains. Watch Jean drop her pearls of Mandela wisdom here:     Take...
  Huzzah! It’s an article about breastfeeding that doesn’t include shaming, ridicule, or a nursing mom being kicked off Facebook!Jackie Johnson-Smith had a very encouraging experience whilst dining out with her family: someone paid part of their tab. Because she was breastfeeding.When Johnson-Smith’s husband received the receipt for their meal, this lovely note was written on it:   “I bought one of your pizzas…please thank your wife for breastfeeding!” The good Samaritan? Their waitress, Bodi Kinney. “[Breastfeeding in public] is kind of a taboo and society kind of frowns upon...