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India-born, Southern California raised singer-songwriter Zoya Mohan has already jumped through the hoops that many artists do later in their career. The incredibly self-aware and talented artist has made a mold for herself in the challenging music industry - an industry that holds itself on predisposed ideas of "what will sell" that are often very misogynistic in nature. Zoya taught herself the nooks and crannies of guitar playing at 13 years old, when her father first purchased a guitar for her. She recorded her first two albums in India at ages 13 and 15, and released them over there. Read More
It’s no secret that over here at BUST we consider ourselves huge fans of all things knitting (Stitch ’N Bitch, anyone?). But knitting as activism? Way cool.  Last week in South Burlington, Vermont, five women took to the lobby of a Vermont Gas Systems office, staging a “knit-in” to protest a pipeline expansion. According to the research of one protestor, Jane Palmer, they had reason to believe that a pipeline permitting process was being mishandled (which requires a series of applications and regulations for the company to fulfill). Read More
Two years ago, an idiopathic neuropathy entered Liz Jackson’s life, transforming a hustle and bustle metropolitan lifestyle into one of unexpected instability. Yet, while she has faced many moments of debility, weakness and despair have never been in the cards for Liz. With this new fate, Liz has taken her challenges and transformed them into focus, patience, strength, and most importantly, activism.  Since then, Liz has come a long way, and she couldn’t have done it without her purple Sabi Cane. Read More
Earlier this year, the My Brother’s Keeper program, a national initiative with the goal of improving the lives of boys and young men of color (specifically Black and Latino youth) was established. The initiative itself is somewhat flawed in that it is perpetuated by a rhetoric that supports white supremacy. While, yes, the fact that the first Black president is coming out with this type of program is eons beyond what we would expect a white president to do for Black and Latino youth, Obama has a peculiar way of going about it. Read More
Like the rest of you, I was incredibly excited to binge watch (and complete) the second season of Orange Is the New Black on Netflix this past weekend. There has been a significant shift from character-based story lines to episodes revolving around daily prison operations and how they inflict hardships on the female prisoners. The changed not only made sense, but worked very well. Read More