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In August of 1987 the International Conference on Latin American Women’s Literature was held in Santiago de Chile providing a generation of women writers and academics with a common language, capable of reading literary production across borders and censors, particularly those of the Chilean military dictatorship. Now, 30 years after, AFEST, a gathering of Latin American Authors in New York, arrives as an homage and reinterpretation of the Chilean’s conference and also as a cognition of a long tradition of feminist literary and critical practice. The reopening...
It's been 63 days since Trump took office, the apocolypse began, and "the [American] people became the rulers of this nation again." For Trump's administration, yesterday was supposed to be a defining moment of progress. On the seventh anniversary of Obamacare's passage into law, Republicans prepared to take their first solid step towards its repeal and replacement with the AHCA. Instead, yesterday was an embarrassing demonstration of Republican legislators' failure to get their shit together, and Trump closed the day by telling House representatives to either...

*Tear this page out and give it to an Aunt who doesn’t “get it,” or a friend whose boyfriend “doesn’t really know any lesbians.” Great news! Same-sex wedding etiquette differs very little from wedding etiquette in general.I’m not someone who is easily offended, especially by people who are enthusiastic and supportive.Example: “I am so excited to go to a lesbian wedding!”This phrase was something I heard many times while wedding planning. Rather than try to correct every offender, I focused instead on the positive side of...
As of today, over a dozen D.C. teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 are missing. According to Crime Online, reports on the exact number of missing persons vary. The Huffington Post reports that since January 37 missing persons cases remain unsolved in the District; these cases involve both boys and girls, all of whom are black or Latinx. On March 14, the Washington Post reported that 10 teen girls, all black and Latinx, remain missing in the D.C. area.  This week, NBC Washington published...
Today is one of the greatest days of the year — National Puppy Day. Far superior to National Boyfriend Day, National Puppy Day celebrates the small, furry companions that would never betray, cheat on or leave us. In fact, I don't think it's a far stretch to argue that puppies are better than people. Puppies, pure and precious, are the universe's way to apologize for all the bad in the world. In our hearts, every day is National Puppy Day, but today is extra special. So, without...
Jenny Slate is a force to be reckoned with. With two new films, a new home and a new life chapter as a single woman, she is truly living in the eye of the hurricane. Never one to shy away from emotional honesty, Slate talked to New York Magazine about being newly single and what that means after years of being part of a duo, most recently a highly publicized relationship with Captain America (Chris Evans). “The way I feel now is I’ve stepped out of...
From luxurious colors to complex patterns, boho style is always unique and the perfect gift for that hippie love child in your life. Get all your shopping done at the BUST Craftacular PRIMPED edition in Brooklyn on April 1st. Everything from bags to jewels to skirts will be available for that boho babe in your life (especially if it's yourself). Here’s a little sneak peak at some of the hippy inspired shops that will be featured: 1. Elegant African High-low Skirt from Kwabs Couture, $79.99 2. Real...

As a black woman married to a white woman, privilege is a subject that comes up often in my household. Usually, white privilege is what we’re discussing and in that context, I'm the person who's marginalized. What we rarely discuss are the ways in which I'm privileged. Yes, even as a black gay woman, who comes from a lower-income family, there are times when I walk in privilege. Sometimes those who are marginalized are so concerned with how society is treating them — with valid reason...
Austin SkylinePhotographed by Stuart Seeger This Southwest capital is weird and wonderful Not only is Austin a progressive haven in the red-state of Texas, but it’s also an eclectic and vibrant enclave for music, art, and eats, with mouth-watering barbecue and Tex-Mex joints around every corner. “Keep Austin Weird” is the local mantra, and this offbeat city’s managed to do just that while also preserving its Southern warmth. SHOPPING, ARTS, & 
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BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar Blvd.) is a local feminist bookstore that has been around for 39 years....
After going to police expressing worry about her obsessive ex-boyfriend, UK teen Shana Grice was told she was “wasting police time” and made to pay a fine. Months later, Shana was found dead in her apartment with her throat slit- her ex-boyfriend was later cuffed and in police custody. After breaking things off with her on again off again ex-boyfriend, 27-year-old Michael Lane, 19-year-old Shana Grice noticed his behavior turn obsessive and violent. He began stalking Shana after he heard she got back together with a...
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