Damn. Bethann Hardison is fierce. She was the first black cheerleader at her Brooklyn highschool, the first African-American person working an upscale New York City showroom, and one of only a handful of black runway and fashion models in the early 1970's. But Hardison knew she could be more effective behind the camera than in front, and in 1980 joined one of the top modeling agencies as a booker. It was her wheeling and dealing that persuaded top designers to ... Read More
In Liberia, rape has become a standard procedure, used as a tool of oppression and to instill fear. From 1989 to 2003, the Liberian civil war used mass rape as an element of warfare, affecting 3 out of 4 young girls and women.  Although the war ended, the rape epidemic still continues in Liberia and has shattered the social norms of the community.  Even after almost 8 years, women continue to live in fear and continue to be victims of ... Read More
Meet Kayla: an Internet hacker from Anonymous. Is her name really Kayla? Is she even a teen girl?  I don’t know and probably never will. Either way, I think it's pretty bad ass seeing what she has done in defense of Wikileaks, an organization that publishes private, top-secret, classified media from unknown sources.  Anonymous has brought down the websites of MasterCard and Paypal, fighting against censorship and “copywrong.”  ... Read More
CNN uncovered a truly amazing story today about a young girl in California who received notice that her family is alive in Minami Sanriku, Japan via YouTube.  Akiko Kosaka studies at the University of California at Riverside where she began a yearlong study of English last September. She is originally from Minami Sanriku, a small fishing village on the coast of Japan where an estimated 17,000 residents were feared to be dead or missing after last week’s ... Read More
For those of you at SXSW this week, don't forget to stop by two free, open to all-ages, overflowing with fun events sponsored by BUST Magazine! The Equal Vision Records Showcase on Thursday, March 17th from 12-5pm features performances by Eisley, Gatsbys American Dream (their first show since reuniting!), ORBS, Wild Orchid Children, This Time Next Year, and Harvard -- all this, plus an open bar and goodie bags with a free copy of BUST Magazine. $5 if you're under ... Read More
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