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Recently, Meryl Streep made us all cry when she said that she is not a feminist….no, no, no, not a feminist, but a humanist. Now, we're cringing over photos of Streep and her Suffragette co-stars posing in white t-shirts that read, “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave.” While there’s nuance in the sentiment, there’s also something decidedly eerie about seeing an image of a white woman wearing a T-shirt printed with the word “slave. Read More
“Went to the bar, ordered a Shirley Temple, pretended to be African” – I read over the caption beside the two images depicting a woman in brightly patterned clothing, and my eyes scanned wildly as I tried to comprehend why the black, smiling face in the photographs was connected to pale, white shoulders.  The original set of Facebook photos, which depict a white woman in blackface, were shared on yoga instructor Freidel Kushman’s personal Facebook page on September 28th. The photos have since been shared over a thousand times and have over seven hundred comments. Read More
Dear Matt Damon, Contrary to what your apology would imply, you didn’t start a conversation about diversity. You tried to shut down a conversation about diversity that Effie Brown started. <3 BUST Ok, a little context. Damon received criticism for comments he made about diversity to Producer Effie Brown on his returning HBO documentary series 'Project Greenlight' in which aspiring directors compete to direct a feature film for HBO. Read More
Apparently, laughing while black can be dangerous. A group eleven women — ten of them black — were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train for laughing too loudly during a book club outing. The Napa Valley Register writes that the women boarded the Wine Train at 11 a.m. on Saturday and were told to leave the train in St. Helena, reportedly because of noise complaints. The women, including an 83-year-old grandmother, were escorted through six cars and off the train, where police were waiting for them. A van then took them back to Napa. Read More
This past Friday, a major uproar was caused by an opinion piece posted on AL.com about a sorority recruitment video made by the University of Alabama’s Alpha Phi. Spoiler alert: the opinion in this opinion piece was not a positive one. The writer of the piece, A.L. Bailey called the video, “all so racially and aesthetically homogeneous and forced, so hyper-feminine, so reductive and objectifying, so Stepford Wives: College Edition. Read More
It seems like painfully uncomfortable celebrity interviews are becoming a major trend. This time, the interviewers out did themselves by managing to be both sexist and racist. Quite an accomplishment. The victims: Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara.   In a recent interview about the upcoming Fantastic Four film with the Rock 100.5 Morning show in Atlanta, the interviewers had a lot of trouble with the concept of Mara and Jordan playing siblings. One interviewer asked, “You’re white and you’re black. Read More
A study conducted by The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics has found that black borrowers on average pay 29 basis points more - that’s about .3% more - than comparable white borrowers. Black women suffer the most from this disparity, receiving this different treatment more than black men do. The study was conducted using data from three waves of the U.S. Survey of Consumer Finance. This wasn’t just a fluke. If you were wondering what a small .3% difference is in dollar terms, Quartz spelled it out for us. Read More
We hear most often about how the school-to-prison pipeline fills our prisons with poor youth of color, but there’s another harmful system that, until recently, has been overlooked: the sexual abuse-to-prison pipeline. In a recent report by the Human Rights Project for Girls, The Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, and the Ms. Foundation for Women called “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story,” four researchers explain that the majority of girls detained in the juvenile justice system have previously experienced sexual abuse. Read More
  Writer, musician, actress, and former BUST covergirl Carrie Brownstein is perhaps our favorite sentient being. And, as a sentient being, she understands you perfectly. Read More
The Human Rights Campaign is a civil rights organization whose entire purpose is to achieve equality for LGBTQ individuals. Reportedly, its office is home to the same exclusionary employment practices against which they fight. As one employee put it, “We are supposed to be fighting for people who are being discriminated against and marginalized, however we at HRC are discriminating against people and marginalizing people in the workplace.” The Pipeline Project did an extensive review of HRC’s workplace culture last fall. Read More