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I fell in love with Lauryn Hill after listening to my aunt’s copy of “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” when I was 10. To this day, I get chills when I listen to that album, partly because of her incredible voice and songwriting skills, and partly due to lyrics like these: "You know I only say it 'cause I'm truly genuine/Don't be a hard rock when you really are a gem." Since then Ms. Hill has famously stayed away from the spotlight, popping up periodically to do (packed) live shows.

Full disclosure, BUSTies: I’m a regular Liz Lemon when it comes to chocolate. Which means I LOVE it. So I was super excited when BUST Crafty Lady Callie offered me a bar of Lake Champlain’s Grace Under Fire chocolate to taste and review. I was initially a little skeptical–I’d like to think that I’m fairly adventurous when trying new foods, but the description “Pistachio & Red Pepper Dark Chocolate” did throw me off a bit.

I don’t know about you, fellow Game of Thrones fans, but I’m going crazy waiting for Season 2 to kick off. Lucky for me, HBO released this fantastically chilling promo a few days ago, set to “Seven Devils” by (BUST’s “Women Who Rock” cover girl) Florence + The Machine. Enjoy! [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV3RflsNxak 425x344] Season 2 of Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 1 on HBO.

Here in America (and if you’re an international reader, I imagine this is probably true where you live too), we have a basic expectation that our spouse or romantic partner will treat us with respect. That means that we have a right to expect both our physical bodies and our emotional and mental attributes to be given the consideration they deserve. More than that, we believe that everyone in the world—male or female, regardless of their outward and inward qualities—has the same value.

Reality shows, like war, can turn heroes into villains and villains into heroes. One day you’re a model soldier being considered for general, the next you’re going rogue and hiding out in the jungle. One day everybody hates you for being a loud alcoholic, then you get punched in the face and you're queen of the shore house. This week on RuPaul's Drag Race, Willam, heretofore the great villain of Season Four, dropped so many one-liners and rocked the challenges so hard that we couldn’t help but think she might be ready for a Purple Heart.

In repulsive news of the day, The Game, formerly of 50 Cent’s G-Unit, spat on female fans in Australia: [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX9_6_xku3Q&feature=player_embedded 425x344] The allegedly grown-ass man leaned over a railing and spat on a couple of curious fans, bringing to mind the question, "Who the hell does this idiot think he is?" Of course, this isn't his first offense; gossip site Necole Bitchie (sigh) confirms that he and his crew are notoriously disrespectful to their female fans, as shown in this video of them groping a woman on stage: [video:http://www.

Here at BUST, we’ve been following the story of Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke and the fight for affordable contraception pretty well. We’ve also followed the aftermath, which notably involved radio host and creep extraordinaire Rush Limbaugh verbally abusing Fluke, calling her a “prostitute,” and demonstrating his general lack of understanding of the way birth control and contraception work (explained brilliantly by the fabulous Rachel Maddow).

This Thursday is International Women’s Day, a day observed across the world to celebrate the accomplishments women have made over the last century. To celebrate the day, Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC) & Compass Box Whisky Co. are hosting an evening of cocktails in New York. Their 3rd Annual Whisky and Women Unite Toast to Women is hosted by Julie Reiner (she was featured in our Dec/Jan issue on women mixologists!).

Finally, FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, has lifted its infamous ban on headscarves. The ban, created due to “safety concerns,” was instituted in 2007. FIFA has now proposed a  headscarf that is fastened with Velcro instead of pins, and is permitting female soccer players to test them out over a trial period of four months.

My nails were lookin’ mad depressed 'til Callie--BUST's Crafty Lady and nail-art enthusiast-- asked me if I wanted to test out these new NCLA nail wraps (for those not in the nail know, wraps are enamel stickers that can be applied to the nails). Egyptian symbols in pink designed by Melody Ehsani?  Gimme NOW.  The thing is, I am really lazy, and in true South Florida girl manner, I never do my own nails. I cannot perform the left handed acrobatics I have seen some girls on YouTube do to get perfect designs on both hands. I have always had a nail person.
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