When I was a kid, you were either a Star Wars fan or a Star Trek fan. For some reason, there was no overlap; the idea of liking both was inconceivable. Doctor Who hadn’t yet launched its overseas takeover, so young sci-fi fans were left with one of two options. You chose a phaser or a light saber, and you hung onto it for dear life.   I was decidedly in the Trekkie camp. My father had every single episode of The Original Series, and we would bond over the adventures of Captain Kirk and the Enterprise. Even from a young age, fandom hit me hard.
Last week, Donald Trump announced that his running mate would be Mike Pence, governor of Indiana. Pence has a history of taking legislative measures that are are terrible for women, the LGBT community, low income families, etc.. As if associating himself so closely with Trump wasn't already the perfect way to kill a political career and reputation (that, let's face it, wasn't stellar to begin with), here are five reasons why Pence is bad for women/ a terrible human. 1.
That's right, you heard me correctly. Lisa Frank, beloved provider of elementary school coolness, is now wearable. I can sport my love of unicorns and rainbows right on my chest, reflecting technicolor nostalgia and the mild odor of a felt tip marker. The brand announced the clothes on Instagram last week: For '90s kids, '00s kids, and the adults who raised them, this is very, very exciting.
Stephanie Beatriz, star of the hit sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, has used BUST's post about Aubrey Plaza coming out as bisexual to reveal to the world that she's bisexual, too. It's hard to believe I'm actually awake right now—that this isn't just a beautiful dream I'm living in. Though Plaza's inspiring words were the platform for Beatriz to build upon, we're so, so thrilled that it was our outlet that was a channel of acceptance and love.
Qandeel Baloch—controversial Pakistani social media star—was strangled by her own brother the night of July 15. The reason for the horrific killing? Honor; that of her family, which her brother believed was being tarnished by Qandeel’s work. Qandeel described herself as a “modern feminist,” intentionally being provocative, sexual, and very much in the public eye through her videos on social media. The videos, mostly in Urdu and thus not very accessible to English speakers, covered controversial topics regarding women’s place in society.
Music festival lovers, mark your calendars! Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st are the official dates of the 6th annual Full Moon Festival. Located on Governor’s Island, the 2-day beachside fest is self-described as “a boutique approach to a New York City music festival.” It takes place beneath August’s blue moon and is framed by the glittering Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty; AKA this will be the perfect opportunity to up your Instagram game.
  I think I'm about to say what everyone's thinking—Donny sort of dropped the ball yesterday when choosing Mike Pence for a running mate. To be fair, Trump could have chosen Ruth Bader Ginsburg and we still wouldn't be voting for him, but I don’t think I am alone in saying we were expecting someone a little flashier. Trump deviated from the Kardashian-style campaign trail he's been running by not choosing someone that would light the headlines on fire. Don't get me wrong, Pence is cut from the same straightjacket as Trump. Pence and his policies are as awful as he is unheard of.
In Love Between the Covers, viewers are thrown into the world of the most popular fiction on the market—romance novels. Surprised? Maybe not, considering we’re now living in a post-Fifty Shades of Gray society, which, despite the thundering criticisms, is one of the best-selling book series of all time. I thought I knew the whole story of these romantic fictions, often condescended to by fans of “high literature” like myself; however, I was totally, totally wrong.
"The New World." This romanticized term inspired legions of Europeans to race to the place we live in search of freedom from oppressive regimes or treasures that would be claimed in the name of some European nation. Those who arrived in the Native American Garden of Eden had never seen a land so uncorrupted. The Europeans saw new geography, new plants, new animals, but the most perplexing curiosity to these people were the Original Peoples and our ways of life.
As an art form, public art is all about scale: the larger the wall, the better. In transforming huge walls into canvases, street artists have found a way to transform the visual aesthetic, but also function, of a given space. Walls become not just surfaces for painting but areas for social commentary. Since starting this blog, I’ve been interested in the ways that street art can create an experience — not only aesthetically, but through its ability to spark dialogue.