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  In a corner, in the North Side Chicago neighborhood of Roger’s Park is a small, unassuming, but mighty cultural icon known as the Heartland Cafe. Opening its doors in 1976 as a celebration of the bicentennial, the Heartland Cafe’s mission was to serve wholesome food for the mind and body. Forty years later, the Heartland Cafe has not lost its activist and political roots. Many political candidates have held rallies and speeches there, including one young man who held rallies in 2004 when he ran...
Lukas Garber* was a redheaded boy in my grade I’d known since pre-kindergarten. We’d both attended the same Catholic school from the age of 4 up until the 8th grade. Every year, I had nearly zero space for reflections on Jesus because it had all been packed with endless thoughts and daydreams of him. During our first communion, while everyone was supposed to be thinking about formally accepting Christ into their lives, I was wondering if my white dress meant that our priest would join...
The controversial Azealia Banks is once again in the social media spotlight for a video she posted on Instagram. The video shows Banks getting ready to clean out her closet in which she has practiced Brujeria for the past three years. After seeing the closet caked in chicken blood, feathers, and some black stuff we can’t figure out, theVinternet of course went wild. But why was everyone so shocked to learn that Banks had been sacrificing chickens? The artist, as problematic as she may be,...

2016 supposedly saw the hope of the first female President of the United States. Feminists all across the world had hope in their eyes for a symbol of changing times and a new era for women within the political sphere. But the 1st of January marks the sunset of a queen that embodied such hope over 40 years before Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Born in the cold winter of 1924 in Brooklyn, New York to immigrant domestic and factory service workers from the Caribbean, Shirley Anita...

  Having people over for New Years and want to show off your best #adulting skills? We’ve compiled some of our favorite party food ideas to help you say good riddance to 2016 and ring in a delicious 2017. Auld lang YUM.   Homemade Smoke And Spice Almond Hummus - because hummus will always be there for you.   Barbecue Popcorn, Toasted Ravioli and Chocolate Krispie Nut Bites? That's some finger-lickin'-good finger food.    Why not follow that up with Sweet Potato Apples With Candied Pecans?   If you’ve got the time: tamales. Yes please.    Really impress the crew...
  “In half a minute Mrs. Cratchit entered—flushed, but smiling proudly—with the pudding, like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top.” — A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 1843. A 19th century Christmas feast would not be complete without a Christmas pudding. Comprised of dried fruit, suet, egg, flour, and other basic ingredients, it was a popular holiday dish in both the Regency and Victorian eras. Naturally, there are many historical...
Sometimes you've just got to think outside the holiday box — whether that means a house for a cat or a luxe troll doll. Here are 7 gifts for the weirdos on your holiday list (and we won't blame you if you snag a few for yourself, too). A blunt and bitchin’ bag for babes who like to keep it 100.BE A SLUT TOTE, $29, CAROLINEGOLDFARB.COM “Crystrolls” come with accessories to match their personalities. This “Triple Goddess” has a broom, spell book, potion bottle, magic stone, handmade...
The holidays are almost here, and if you've left your present-buying expedition to the last minute, don't panic! Luckily, BUST has got some awesome DIY gifts ideas you can make in the nick of time and that will be so much more meaningful than anything you could buy in a store! 1. DIY Wall Hanging Photo by Megan Senior 2. Holiday Cookies Photographed by Julia Stotz 3. DIY Book Purse Photographed by Megan Senior 4. Feminist Em-Broadry Hoop ArtExcerpted from Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy by Bonnie...

There’s a 39-year-old grandmother in Iraq who is waging her own war against ISIS. Her and her small militia capture ISIS soldiers. Her name is Wahida Mohamed Al-Jumaily. Yes, she scares me a little. But when I read her story, I was most impressed with her courage to buck cultural norms to preserve justice and protect those around her.There are women around the world who are working together to change it for the better. I’d like to count myself among them. Here are a few...
  2012 meeting of the electoral college by Tom Nappi at State House, Annapolis, Maryland   Which of the Kübler-Ross Five Stages of Grief are you up to? If you’re still hoping that the Electoral College might elect Hillary Clinton the 45th President of the United States of America this coming Monday, you are probably still in the first: Denial.  Since the dark morning of November 9, many have been looking to the Electoral College vote — which actually determines the presidency — as the last remaining hurdle standing between...