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Black Girls Rock-ing on BET

BY Mary S in TV

Black women have long been part of rock music’s cultural landscape, from Lauryn Hill to Betty Davis to Tina Turner to Missy Elliot. But mention people who rock, and black girls will rarely show up at the top of a list most likely populated by aging white dudes with expensive guitars. Black Girls Rock Inc., a New York based non-profit whose mission it is to empower young women of color through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service ... Read More

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BY emily dirienzo in Feminism

   To break up the monotony of life inside my own brain, I’ve enlisted a group of  close friends to update me on the world outside of kittens, cupcakes and 18th Century British literature. This morning my friend Cristina hipped me to the epistolary diamond in the rough, Letters of Note, a blog-style archive of funny, famous or otherwise entertaining letters “deserving of a wider audience”. Such letters of correspondence include ... Read More
Mozhdah Jamalzadah is more than just a beautiful voice. She’s been using her talent lately as an inspiration for change in the rigid social structures of traditional Afghan culture through her new television talk show called Mozhdah. Born in Kabul, Mozhdah’s family fled to Canada when she was very young. She was raised in Canada, but when she returned to Afghanistan she realized her calling was to be part of what she calls “a much needed ... Read More
Lady blog Jezebel has really gone off the rails on this one. After writing a piece about the supposed female oppression in the workplace at The Daily Show, bloggers and finally the women of the Daily Show themselves disagreed. But it was an article in Slate that set off this headline: Jealous Bitches Start Face-Clawing Catfight! This could've been funny if the rest of the article was, but it wasn't. Instead it was a litany of whiny complaints written by a writer ... Read More
If you haven't read Hanna Rosin's Atlantic piece, "The End Of Men," here's the short version–modern society has created a world better suited to stereotypically defined female skills. The sad facts she trots out include statistics on dropping levels of male enrollment at colleges and in the post-recession workforce. If you, like me, love men, it is a truly tragic read. That said, besides the title I didn't find it particularly incendiary. The same cannot be ... Read More
I found myself in the art/ photography publication section of a Borders this morning; where on the cover of Color Magazine the face of Kimiko Yoshida was discovered gazing back at me. The art nerd in me lost it to her technique: the neon green and highlighter yellow layered over a matte grey, the choice of tonal variations within a monochromatic field, the fact that somewhere in this latticed color landscape is a distinct, yet sinking, shape of a woman peering ... Read More
In a print edition of the New York Times I oddly came across last weekend, I read an article by Katherine Zoepf about a woman in Saudi Arabia who is leading a campaign called, "My Guardian Knows What's Best for Me." Simply put, all women in Saudi Arabia are accorded legal and human rights by their closest, eldest male relative. This typically goes from father to husband. And eventually to son, but that's getting ahead of the story. The point being, one ... Read More
As far as social networking sites are concerned, I often find myself somewhat of a late-in-the-game participant. I swore I'd never join Twitter, but after some coaxing from friends and a few laughs at celebrity posts, I took the plunge. One of the first people I decided to follow was Yoko Ono, because well, I think she's fascinating. Yoko's daily posts are an injection of positivity and wisdom, stemming from her many years involved in art, the peace movement, and ... Read More
Here at BUST, we are well aware that there is no feminist dress code. But others aren't so savvy on the idea that following fashion doesn't mean you are disloyal to feminist ideals. Just yesterday a headline from the UK's Independent read 'You can be beautiful and still be a feminist.' As if that is a profound statement! We figured that one out long ago. The article was spurred after Cambridge undergrads stripped down to their skivvies for a student magazine, ... Read More
Yum, yum, you know you wanna lick those candy-coated raindrops: Candy Rain, BUST crafty lady Callie Watts’ feminist porn mag (formerly known as Ligerbeat) is having a benefit party this Friday, and y’all should be there.  Come check out a performance by Ladies Circus and jam to a bevy of bands and deejays, including that BUST hottie Free Danger and Dirty Finger. Plus, there will be a Coverdude contest at 2 am, free condoms galore from No Condom No ... Read More
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