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Today, BUST celebrates the legendary and sensational Yma Sumac, a Peruvian Singer who is best known for her "exotic" persona and a voice that impressively reached across four octaves. The “Peruvian songbird” entered the world on this day back in 1922. She was born Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo in Peru, a proclaimed descendant of the Inca Tribe. She burst onto the scene in the 1950's, dressed in tons of gold and silver jewelry. Her style was heavily influenced by traditional Incan style combined with...
Ahhhh Texas... my lovely home state. They’re at it again down there with a new campus carry law that went into effect on August 1st. But luckily we have Austin, the progressive oasis in the middle of Texas, to keep us in check. University of Texas students in Austin dipped into their sex toy collections on Wednesday to turn the concept of “open carry” on its head. Thousands of students attended their first day of classes carrying dick shaped objects meant for sexual pleasure. The...
We all know JK Rowling is boss. The legendary author whose characters captured the hearts of many has stood up for LGBT rights, diverse representation in her movies, and the welfare system. To add to her impressive progressive resume, this bad-ass British icon has once again reminded us how awesome she is by revealing the dark truth behind an issue that plagues the idealist mindset: Voluntourism. Voluntourism, or international volunteering, is the term that includes work for organizations or causes in foreign countries. Westerners often embark...
Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced its plans to stop outsourcing federal prisons to private prison companies such as Corrections Corporation of America after their current contracts expire. This announcement came on the heels of a damning report by the Department of Justice that confirmed what had already been suspected about the inhumane conditions of private prisons in the U.S. According to a Mother Jones article: “Compared to federal prisons of similar sizes, locations, and security levels, the private facilities had a 28 percent higher rate...
The legendary Soviet-born ballet dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov stars in a new video created by Humanity For Hillary in which he announces his support for Hillary Clinton. Baryshnikov, who is one of the most famous defectors from the Soviet Union, is also known as one of the greatest ballet dancers of all time. In the video Baryshnikov rips into Donald Trump, stating “I’m hearing rhetoric that reminds me of the Soviet Union of my youth, where it was a crime, and continues to be, a crime to...
Certified badass Katie Ledecky has won five medals in the Rio Olympics and has broken multiple world records. But there is one event in particular that she didn’t have a chance to compete in. The men’s 1500 meter freestyle race was held on Saturday, but there will be no women’s 1500 meter freestyle race in the Rio Olympics. Meaning that Katie Ledecky will not be able to compete in her own best event. We all know that Ledecky is more than just a good swimmer. She...
In case you haven’t seen the news, there has been a lot happening in Milwaukee, WI over the past few days. On Saturday, in Wisconsin’s largest city, another black man was shot to death by a police officer. Since then, the city has been in furious turmoil. Protests quickly became violent – multiple businesses were set ablaze, dangerous objects were being thrown, and gunfire rang out in three different locations – and it was, overall, a treacherous and tragic mess of a weekend for various...
Many of you have probably heard about the incredibly badass swimmer from Syria Yusra Mardini. She has been making headlines for several days now because of her inspiring story, her immense talent, and her willingness to use her own experiences to raise awareness. Here are a few reasons we love her: She is a swimming beast  Mardini has been swimming since she was just three years old. She represented Syria at the Short Course World Championships in Turkey in 2012. Despite losing two years of training due to...
With a huge proportion of the world’s population living as refugees, the Olympic Committee decided in March to choose five to 10 refugees to compete at the Rio Olympics. It goes without saying that being displaced doesn't negate the incredible athletic abilities of so many and that refugees deserve a chance to compete alongside everyone else. I have so much respect for these athletes, and apparently so does the rest of world, since they were given a standing ovation during the opening ceremonies. However, we...
Beyoncé continues to use her platform to be outspoken about racism and police brutality. On Thursday, she posted a powerful statement to her website denouncing the violence that black people have faced at the hands of police in the United States. Beyoncé speaks, we listen. “This is not a plea to all police officers but toward any human being who fails to value life. The war on people of color and all minorities needs to be over.” The statement ended with a call to action, urging...
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