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We've been fans of duo songstresses Smoke Fairies since their debut release Through Low Light and Trees back in 2011. The British gals, Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies, have fine-tuned their haunting harmonized vocals and powerful dual guitarwork over the past six years. Smoke Fairies put an eerily brilliant spin on blues rock by incorporating classic folk elements into their sound, especially on tracks like "Let Me Know" and "Awake." The psych-folk ladies ... Read More
C-SPAN has a pretty cool Presidents Day gift for us all. The network, along with the White House Historical Association, is producing a year-long series of documentaries about the first ladies of America. Each woman will have an episode devoted to her life, beginning with Martha Washington on February 25th and finishing up with Michelle Obama in February 2014, with a special preview episode airing tonight at 9 p.m. Mark Farkas, an Executive Producer at ... Read More
When most people are asked, “What is your favorite superhero?” most all people choose a male superhero such as Spiderman or Batman.  Rarely is the answer a female superhero, although there are many.  Wonder Woman is first female superhero to come to people’s minds and is considered by many to be a feminist icon.  We know that TV’s talk show host Wendy Williams feels inspired by Wonder Woman when she sips on her Wonder Woman ... Read More
In rural India, over 80 percent of women use rags, often ripped from old clothing, to manage their monthly visit from good ol’ Aunt Flo. Though we’re all about environmentally friendly period solutions here at BUST, the statistics tell a different story: the often unsanitary rag cloths that women use during their periods can cause infections and even infertility, cancer, and death.   When inventor Muruganantham found out that his wife used rag ... Read More
Skateboarding is pretty cool.  A girl skateboarding is awesome.  But a girl skateboarding in Afghanistan?  Probably couldn’t get better than that. Skateistan began as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Now, they’re an international nonprofit charity providing skateboarding and educational programming in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Pakistan.  Their main goal is to use skateboarding as a tool for ... Read More
This might be the creepiest documentary ever.  An Australian documentary team has auctioned off the virginities of a man and a woman known as Alexander and Catarina. The bidding, which took place on a website called Virgins Wanted, began on September 17 and closed on October 24. Catarina had 15 bids ranging from $1 to the winning $780,000, from a Japanese man called “Natsu.” Alexander had 8 bids ranging from $1,000 to the winning $3,000, from a ... Read More
It's no secret that awful things are happening to women around the globe simply because they're female: child marriage and sex slavery are just a few that come to mind. Thankfully, some people are working to put an end to these atrocities. Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn highlight this excellent work in their powerful two-part documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The Half the Sky project began with a ... Read More
  Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith have joined forces to produce Free Angela & All Political Prisoners, a documentary premiering at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. The film marks the 40th anniversary of the acquittal of Angela Davis, the revered African American activist, writer and educator who faced criminal charges in the 1970s, at a heated moment in civil-rights history.      Will and Jada Smith’s production ... Read More
Recently, the media created a conversation about whether or not rape jokes are funny, or even acceptable. It was a discussion in our office, and I'm sure in many others. What we all can agree on, despite our sense of humor, is that rape is one of the most traumatizing crimes. Those closest to the victim are often the perpetrators of rape, just as complete strangers can forever darken the lives of others with rape as well. Why is it so common?  The new ... Read More
If you follow world news at all, you probably know that things look pretty bleak in Syria these days. The violence there is bloody and ongoing, and the international community seems unsure of the best way to restore a sense of stability. But a new documentary shows that there is another, more positive, revolution taking place in Syria, at least in regards to one woman’s efforts to educate young girls and to change attitudes about women’s relationship ... Read More
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