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This morning, the Supreme Court announced that they will allow the Trump administration’s transgender military ban to go into effect. The decision was 5-4 and was decided on ideological lines, reports CNN. The Court’s liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer, dissented. Brett Kavanaugh was one of the five justices in favor of the ban. The Justice Department asked for the Court to allow the ban while pending appeals from the lower courts in December, and the Court has now… Read more

Chris Brown Arrested on Rape Charges in Paris

By Allie Lawrence  In Feminism  On Jan 22, 2019

According to The Associated Press, French police have detained Chris Brown and two other people in his entourage on aggravated rape and drug infraction charges. TMZ reported that a 24-year-old woman made claims that Brown, with the help of two others, assaulted her on the night of January 15th in a suite at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris. Investigators have two days to decide whether they will free him or file preliminary charges. Variety reported on January 7 that RCA Records signed a new record deal with Chris… Read more

A Goodbye To Debi Martini of the Red Aunts

By Ray Rivas  In Music  On Jan 22, 2019

Picture this: A clear summer evening in NYC, 2001. While the city was already dying, it wasn’t yet the bloated corpse it is today. The Odessa, then, was still in full form—half dive bar, half cheap diner. It was the perfect place to "catch up" and "act out" with friends over inexpensive food and drinks. This is exactly what I am doing there with none other than Debi Martini, aka "Connie Champagne," aka the baddest bitch in the land. Anyone who has had the pleasure of rockin' out to her music, or the privilege of… Read more
The recent internet frenzy of ’90s nostalgia have brought Fran Drescher’s titular character from The Nanny to our current pop-culture lexicon. One could argue that Fran’s sartorial choices were their own character in the show, thanks to the talent of costume designer Brenda Cooper. Visually centric social media apps such as Instagram and Pinterest provide the perfect home for Fran Fine’s show-stopping ensembles thus making her a viral sensation. One particular Instagram @thenannyart is exemplifying notions of fashion… Read more

Designer Akina Sato Is "Having The Most Fun With Fashion"

By Francesca Volpe  In Style  On Jan 22, 2019

In our Fashion Nation series, we talk to people about personal style. Akina SatoDesignerLos Angeles, CA Tell us about this outfit. The ’40s sailor hat is from an L.A. vintage store, Please and Thank You. I bought the ’50s sunglasses online. I got the Woodstock-print poncho and pants from a Japanese vintage collector, and the pink mirror Tabi boots are from the Maison Margiela store in Paris. How would you describe your personal style? Vintage mixed with designers, mixed with anything else I like. I go through phases… Read more

Sony Music Finally Drops R. Kelly

By Casey Seline  In Feminism  On Jan 22, 2019

As of Friday, RCA Records and its parent company, Sony Music, have removed R. Kelly from their website’s roster of signed musicians. This signals the label has parted ways with the musician without making any external announcements about it (thus far). For many, this has been a long time coming. Kelly has been the focus of much controversy for over 20 years. In 1995, Kelly (age 27) married the late musician Aaliyah, who was only 15 at the time. In 2000, he was charged with child pornography when a video surfaced of him… Read more

Sharon Van Etten Featured In Our Jan/Feb Fashion Editorial

By BUST Magazine  In Style  On Jan 21, 2019

Indie-rock siren Sharon Van Etten models cool-weather looks inspired by her latest album, Remind Me Tomorrow, in this fashion editorial from our January/February 2019 print issue. Read our review of Remind Me Tomorrow here. Collina Strada Dress; Tanya Taylor Jacket; Hue Socks; Robert Clergerie Shoes Tibi tracksuit; Ring: Model's own. Joostricot Top; Cinq A Sept Skirt; Sandro Sneakers; Ring: Model's own Joostricot Top Suzanne Rae Vest and Pants; Darner Socks; Robert Clergerie Socks; Ring: Model's own Dauphinette Coat;… Read more
Let’s talk about Netflix’s new UK teen dramedy series, Sex Education. Still in the post-binge glow, I’ve been describing it to all my friends as the child of The End of the Fucking World and Please Like Me. Could I give a show higher praise? No, I could not. The show is centered on Otis (Asa Butterfield), a 16-year-old living with his divorced mother Jean (Gillian Anderson), who runs her sex therapy practice out of their home. Growing up in such an environment has made Otis oddly knowledgeable about sex and… Read more
California Senator Kamala Harris announced this morning on Good Morning America that she is officially running for president. Harris, who said she was honored to be making the announcement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is one of now four women who have announced that they’re considering a bid for the presidency. Representative Tulsi Gabbard is now officially running, and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand have formed exploratory committees. If she were to win the nomination, Harris would be the first… Read more

Mary Ellis, The Fierce Female Flyer Of WWII

By F Yeah History  In Feminism  On Jan 21, 2019

Mary Ellis lived an extraordinary life. She was an active flyer and British ferry pilot during the second World War. Later, she flew jet engines for the Royal Air Force, a claim only a handful of women would ever proudly hold. Mary would put her life on the line to do what she loved. Completely fearless, she knocked down whatever barriers faced her. Refusing to let anything, be that sexism or enemy fire, stop her from getting in her plane cockpit: “I am passionate for anything fast and furious. I always have been since… Read more
It was early summer, and I’d been sitting on the sofa, sort of reading a novel, when the text came. “Do you fancy going out sometime?” it asked. I was thrilled; it was from a guy I’d recently met who I was hoping would ask me out. But before I could answer, another text came through. “Maybe grabbing some lunch?” he asked. That’s when I freaked out. Severe anorexia had taken over my life for a long while, and although I wasn’t better yet, not by a long shot, I was firmly in the recovery phase. I was just starting to… Read more
On Wednesday, City Girls—with some assistance from Cardi B—released the visual for “Twerk,” and it did not disappoint. The video had been anticipated since November, when Yung Miami, one half of City Girls, issued the “City Girls 25K Twerk Challenge” in search of the world’s best twerker. The top 20 hopefuls would be “flewed out” to her hometown of Miami to be featured in the video, and the winner would be awarded $25,000. For those who are less familiar with City Girls and more familiar with Cardi B, the video for a… Read more
SHARON VAN ETTENRemind Me Tomorrow(Jagjaguwar) Sharon Van Etten hasn’t released an album since 2014, but you’ve probably seen her around—perhaps on Netflix’s sci-fi drama The OA, or in the much-praised Twin Peaks reboot. Thankfully, her foray into Hollywood hasn’t dampened Van Etten’s ability to make a killer album. Like Are We There (2014) and Tramp (2012) before it, Remind Me Tomorrow is packed with emotional shredders anchored by Van Etten’s deep, swooping voice. On “Comeback Kid” and “Seventeen,” Van Etten abandons… Read more

"Derry Girls" Is The New-To-Netflix TV Show You Should Be Watching

By Verena Hutter  In TV  On Jan 18, 2019

In December 2018, US Netflix released the UK-hit series Derry Girls, and it has since attracted a worldwide viewership. Set in Derry, or Londonderry, “depending on your persuasion," in Northern Ireland in the early 1990s, the show follows teenagers Erin, Clare, Michelle, and James (Michelle’s British cousin) on their adventures. While teenagers getting into trouble is a well-worn TV trope, Derry Girls convinces because it tells a local story with universal appeal, and puts teenage girls front and center. The show taps… Read more
Bisexual. Sometimes it can feel like a “bad” word, both in queer culture and in heteronormative society. You might think that bisexuals would feel at home both worlds, however, many bisexual folks feel excluded or erased from both straight and queer communities. Writer/director/actor Desiree Akhavan's own experiences led her to feel the need to tackle “the bisexual” dilemma in her new Hulu series, released in October 2018. In a Q&A during the New York LGBTQ Film Fest, Akhavan explained that when promoting her first… Read more
“I always have trouble pronouncing you people’s names.” Homeroom, first day of school, senior year. He said “Die-azz” when it’s actually “Dee-ess.” I corrected him, and that was his response. I don’t even think he said he was sorry. I always knew I was different. It was obvious, in my elementary school class pictures. I always stood out because I was too dark to really be white, but not dark enough to be black. But for years, I didn't think much about it. Looking back, I sometimes wonder if certain situations were… Read more
For the 46th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, Refinery29 has launched a new, interactive map that categorizes abortion access in each state. The Abortion Map allows users to see what rights are available to them in each state, and how many legal clinics there are. Another great feature of the map is that it shows the number of "crisis pregnancy centers," which NARAL describes as “fake health-care clinics that lie to, shame and intentionally mislead women about their reproductive-health-care… Read more
June Diane Raphael has a lot going on right now. In 2018, the actress, writer, and producer co-founded a co-working space for women; she has a film coming out this June with Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen; and she's currently working on a book for women looking to run for office, out this September. And—of course—there’s Season 5 of Grace and Frankie, the show starring Raphael as Brianna, the snarky, CEO daughter of the titular Grace (Jane Fonda), returning to Netflix this weekend. “There’s a tension between Brianna… Read more
The government shutdown has been going on for 26 days and counting—the longest stretch in U.S. history, CNN reports. Cardi B, who has spoken up about political issues and current events before, took to Instagram to express her thoughts. “Our country is in a hellhole right now, all for a fucking wall,” the “I Like It” rapper said. “We really need to take this seriously. I feel like we need to take some action.” I know a lot of ya do r watch the news so I’m letting ya know shit getting real .....I ain’t going to say… Read more
Jennifer Siebel Newsom is an award-winning filmmaker, an activist for gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights, the mother of four young children, the creator of the non-profit organization The Representation Project, and the wife of new California Governor, Gavin Newsom. Siebel Newsom is referred to as California’s First Partner on the California Government’s website and on her Twitter account. Siebel Newsom wrote in a tweet that she prefers "First Partner" to "First Lady" because “being First Partner is about inclusion,… Read more

Week Of Women: January 18-24, 2018

By Erika W. Smith  In Entertainment  On Jan 17, 2019

This week brings us the premiere of Broad City's fifth and final season (catch stars Abbi and Ilana on our current print cover!); Sharon Van Etten's new album; and BUST's own viral podcast episode. PODCAST Poptarts: Janeane Garofalo BUST's Poptarts podcast went viral: after hosts Emily and Callie asked her how the #MeToo movement has changed the comedy world, guest Janeane Garofalo defended Louis C.K.—and the interview was covered by everyone from the Hollywood Reporter to USA Today to Jezebel. Listen here. MOVIES Egg… Read more
Jason Mantzoukas is a real human. This may seem like an odd thing to say about a hilarious actor, but it’s necessary. The son of a Greek immigrant father and Greek-American mom, Mantzoukas, 46, has built an incredible résumé by playing a variety of funny dirtbags and sexy weirdos. He’s so good at disappearing into his characters, in fact, that fans sometimes forget that he’s pretending. This is particularly true when it comes to his stint as Rafi on FX’s The League, where the Massachusetts native was tasked with… Read more
Trump made it pretty clear when campaigning for his presidency that he was going to punish nasty women if he won. So if the steak-salesman-turned-president can give up his wall obsession for ten minutes, Trump and his Mother-loving VP will surely pool equal parts woman-hating and super-religious worldviews to try and Make Abortion Illegal Again. Writer and reporter Robin Marty has been covering the topic of abortion alongside the pro-life and pro-choice movements throughout her career, and authored Handbook for a… Read more
On January 9th, comedian and SNL alum Sasheer Zamata performed a set at the L.A. club Dynasty Typewriter and not only called out Louis C.K. in regard to his being sexual harasser, but also called out the “lazy-ass” writing in his return to stand-up. Zamata was responding in particular to a set of Louis C.K.’s that leaked in January after an audience member recorded the entire hour of standup in mid-December, Vulture reported. Some of the subjects of Louis C.K.'s roasting were the surviving teens of the 2018 Parkland… Read more

This Artist's "Plastic Bag Store" Is A Trashy Treasure

By BUST Magazine  In Arts  On Jan 16, 2019

In a world that suggests nothing lasts, plastic is forever. That’s why Brooklyn-based artist Robin Frohardt, 37, is exploring the discrepancy between how briefly we interact with plastic versus how long it stays around in her installation and performance piece, “The Plastic Bag Store.” Originally staged in a storefront in Chapel Hill, NC, the piece resembles a grocery store, but the aisles are all lined with plastic bottles, boxes, and containers filled with products made by Frohardt out of plastic bags. “I was at the… Read more

6 Things You Need to Know About Human Trafficking

By Emma Davey  In Feminism  On Jan 16, 2019

Since 2010, January has been declared National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Because of the insidious nature of the crime, human trafficking is often hard to track, but International Labor Organization estimates put the number of trafficking victims at 40.3 million worldwide. About a fourth of these victims are children. Human trafficking is a widespread and horrendous crime, yet is also misunderstood. Here are some things you should keep in mind when you talk about human trafficking: Human… Read more
The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, GENDA, has finally the New York State Legislature after 16 years of trying, reports the Daily Beast. GENDA names gender identity and gender expression as a protected class for human rights and hate crime laws, including housing, employment, and public accommodations. Them reported last year that GENDA has been brought to the New York State Legislature every year since 2003. Activists put in a lot of work over the past 16 years, and it is finally happening! On Monday, the… Read more

A Look At Ladies' Shawls In Classic 19th Century Literature

By Mimi Matthews  In Style  On Jan 16, 2019

From the Regency era to the end of the 1860s, there was no fashion accessory as versatile and ubiquitous as the shawl. Available in all weights of fabrics, including silk, lace, muslin, and cashmere wool, and priced for all budgets, shawls graced the shoulders of women in every strata of society. They were no less well-represented in art and literature of the day. Shawls were referenced in the novels of such literary luminaries as Elizabeth Gaskell and William Makepeace Thackeray. They were also featured in countless… Read more
I started the pill in my late teens, mostly because my gynecologist told me it would help me overcome the horrendous cramping I experienced once a month. I was tired of cursing my uterus every time the intense hollow aching rocked my core and left me immobile. I was also concerned about how much Advil and Midol I was taking in order to dull the pain. After being on the pill for about three years, there was no improvement in my cramping and my body had been ravaged, so I decided to stop the pill all together. During my… Read more

The Girls' Guide To Budapest, Hungary

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Jan 15, 2019

An imperial city with a seedy communist past, Budapest sits directly at the intersection of glamour and grit. By night, the “Capital of Freedom” is an illuminated fairytale split in half by the black waters of the Danube river, animated by partiers both foreign and domestic. By day, it’s a bustling capital boasting Turkish influences, Habsburg history, and the many scars of war. Like any good love affair, this affordable Central European gem is a heady combination of pleasure and history, destined to seduce even the… Read more

Bikini Kill Is Going On Tour For The First Time Since 1997

By Allie Lawrence  In Music  On Jan 15, 2019

Bikini Kill is back, baby! Pitchfork reported that the riot grrrl band from Olympia, Washington has announced a reunion tour for 2019. Singer/songwriter Kathleen Hanna, bassist Kathi Wilcox, and drummer Tobi Vail will be joined by a new guitarist, Erica Dawn Lyle, for three shows: one show in L.A. and two shows in New York. Bikini Kill disbanded in 1997, reuniting briefly in 2017 to play one song at an event celebrating the Raincoats, a '70s British punk band. Bikini Kill’s discography wasn’t added to streaming… Read more
A Gillette ad—or, as the brand calls it, a "short film"—is going viral, drawing almost five million views on YouTube since it was released on Sunday. The ad appears to support the #MeToo movement and confront toxic masculinity: it begins with scenes of men and boys of various ages gazing moodily into their mirrors as we hear snippets of audio news reports: "Bullying," "the #MeToo movement," "masculinity." The ad then cuts to an old Gillette advertisement with the slogan "the best a man can get," and the voice-over… Read more

Carol Channing Passes Away At 97

By Allie Lawrence  In Entertainment  On Jan 15, 2019

Larger than life star Carol Channing passed away this morning from natural causes at 97, her publicist told CNN. Channing was born in Seattle in 1921 and grew up in San Francisco, where her parents were devout Christian Scientists. According to NPR, Channing was rocketed into the spotlight in 1949 when she portrayed Lorelei Lee in Broadway’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Later, in 1964, Channing won a Tony Award for her career-defining role as diamond-loving gal, Dolly Gallagher Levi, in Hello, Dolly! Channing's role as… Read more

"Last Woman Standing" Is A Speedy, Bloody, Feminist Thriller

By Katharine Coldiron  In Books  On Jan 15, 2019

Curious that Last Woman Standing (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a speedy, feminist thriller, is being released in January instead of June. If a beach read is a book that wins your attention easily and tends toward women’s interests, this book is a perfect addition to the category, and would sell well if positioned thus. The plot is memorable and easy to track through multiple reading sessions, while the characters twist and turn under author Amy Gentry’s skillful direction. Perhaps the people who calendar book releases… Read more
If anybody was born to be a star, it’s Carol Channing. The 95-year-old, sandpaper-voiced, musical-theater superstar is “razzle dazzle” personified. A snazzy throwback to Old Hollywood, Channing is a first-class dame in the true sense of the word, and a no-holds-barred performer who’s more fun than a Ferris wheel, and fizzier than a soda machine. Channing’s been acting and singing professionally for—count ’em—75 years. She first hit the big-time in 1964, when she originated the title role in Hello Dollyon Broadway, for… Read more

Rashida Tlaib And Uncivil Disobedience

By Rebecca Long  In Feminism  On Jan 14, 2019

“We’re going to impeach the motherfucker!” In gleeful disbelief, I read these words aloud to my roommate on January 3, just hours after the members of the 116th Congress, the most diverse in America’s history, were sworn in. I couldn’t believe the news I was reading; at an event for MoveOn.org after the swearing-in ceremony, new representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) not only asserted her intention to impeach Donald Trump, but also used the queen of all expletives to describe him. “People love you. And you win,” she… Read more
The Consumer Electronic Show, a four-day technology event in Las Vegas which featured 4,500 exhibitors, came under fire recently for rescinding an innovation award that had been given to the company Lora DiCarlo. Their award-winning product? A sex toy. Lora DiCarlo, a company headed by founder and CEO Lora Haddock, developed a robotic massager called the Osé, which claims to be “the only product designed for hands-free blended orgasms” utilizing “micro-robotics” to mimic human touch. The organizer of the event, the… Read more
In arguably their most aggressive attack on Roe vs. Wade yet, Kentucky lawmakers introduced a bill that would make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is around six weeks of pregnancy. Considering most people are not even aware they are pregnant at six weeks, Senate Bill 9 would make it almost impossible for people to have abortions. Now that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy has retired, abortion opponents are hoping the Supreme Court will be more receptive to limiting… Read more

Lucilla: The Ex-Empress Who Tried To Murder Her Brother

By F Yeah History  In Living  On Jan 14, 2019

The life of Empress Lucilla is one that can be read a myriad of ways, and history has had a crack at all of them. She’s been a scheming bitch, a jealous scheming bitch, and also an innocent (and occasionally scheming) maternal type. But, as with anything, life isn’t that black and white. In fact, the life of Lucilla is more shades of grey. Was she an innocent? No. Was she a stone cold bitch? No. Was she a schemer extrodinare? Hell yes! The daughter of acclaimed Emperor Marcus Aerilius, Lucilla was just one in a line of… Read more
For weekly helpings of smart, witchy goodness, look no further than The Serpent Cast, a podcast hosted by astrologer Annabel Gat and sex writer Sophie Saint Thomas. Gat (who writes horoscopes for VICE and Broadly) and Saint Thomas (who writes for GQ, Playboy, Allure, and more) are best friends whose casual conversations draw listeners in as they chat about everything from magick and mental health to Harry Potter and butt stuff. They also feature insightful interviews with fellow practitioners of all stripes, including… Read more

11 Books By Women To Read Right Now

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Jan 11, 2019

Our January/February 2019 book reviews are now online! Check out all the books that have been keeping us warm this winter, and don't forget to subscribe to BUST's print magazine. Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black FeminismBy Omise’eke Tinsley(University of Texas Press) A companion piece to her undergraduate course, “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism,” at the University of Texas, Professor Omise’eke Tinsley’s third book, Beyoncé in Formation, is the textbook the Beyhive has been waiting for. A literary mixtape, the… Read more

A Call-In To White Feminists About "Surviving R. Kelly"

By Dr. Sami Schalk  In Feminism  On Jan 11, 2019

There is a racial divide on social media regarding Surviving R. Kelly. Most black folks I know have posted about the docuseries (thankfully, black people in my networks are expressing support of the victims of sexual abuse and coercion, though their posts suggest to me that is not the case with their entire friends network). In contrast, nearly all white folks I know are not even acknowledging the docuseries, the R. Kelly conversation, nothing. This divide/contrast reminds me that white people are not required to know… Read more
A master of fierce, feminist wit, Janeane Garofalo has been a comedy mainstay since the 1990s and is still making waves today. You may know her from her 25 years doing politically savvy stand-up comedy. You may recognize her from her roles on iconic TV shows including The Ben Stiller Show, The Larry Sanders Show, and Saturday Night Live. Or you may be a fan of her performances in such films as The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Wet Hot American Summer, The Matchmaker, Reality Bites, andSweethearts. Through every role… Read more
Laura Jackson, a drama student at the University of Exeter in the U.K., grew out her body hair in May 2018 for a performance, and her choice resulted in mixed reactions. In an Instagram post, Laura explained how she felt liberated and confident in herself and her body hair, but a few people did not understand or agree with her decision to not shave. As a result, Laura has started the #Januhairy movement, encouraging women to embrace their body hair and challenge the taboo of body hair on women. In addition to starting… Read more

Week Of Women: January 11-17, 2019

By Erika W. Smith  In Entertainment  On Jan 10, 2019

As we get further into January, more and more TV shows are returning and premiering! This week brings us the return of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the premiere of Sex Education and A Discovery of Witches; new music from Lizzo and Lana Del Rey (separately, though I'd be on board for that collab); and the debut book by Kristen Roupenian, the author of the viral short story "Cat Person." MOVIES Anthem of A Teenage Prophet This dramedy directed by Robin Hays tells the story of a teenage boy (Cameron Monaghan) who foresees his… Read more
At this point, it’s public knowledge that Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer is facing allegations of sexual assault—and his film still won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture. Another Best Picture-winning director also has a history of misconduct: Peter Farrelly, who directed, produced, and co-wrote the dramatic comedy Green Book. (Which has drawn criticism for its "tone-deaf" approach to race, including from the family of Dr. Don Shirley, the black concert pianist portrayed by Mahershala Ali in the film).… Read more

Arrested For Wearing Pants: The Story Of Emma Snodgrass

By Dan and Leslie Landrigan  In Feminism  On Jan 10, 2019

Emma Snodgrass created a sensation in 1852 by showing up in Boston wearing pants. She was mocked, arrested and sent home to her father in New York City, only to return again and again. Each time the police found her out, arrested her, and sent her home. She became national news. She was "the wanderer in man’s apparel," the "foolish girl who goes around in virile toggery," and "an eccentric female who roams about town." Emma Snodgrass was the pretty, petite, 17-year-old daughter of a New York City police officer.… Read more
“Males, signaling their social dominance, do handstands on their front paws so they can spray urine as high as possible into trees.” This is how photographer Ami Vitale explains the messy practice that inspired the pee-splashed bear suit she wore while taking pictures for her 2018 book Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas. “Pandas comprehend their home by smell as much as by sight,” she continues. “Bears rub scent on their dish-like ears to pick up faint breezes off the forest floor and send their smells to other… Read more
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been sweeping the news cycle, and continues to show that she is not backing down to her opponents. In her debut appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show last night, she debunked many xenophobic and anti-immigrant comments Trump made in his national address. I did not watch Trump’s address because part of my self-care is never listening to that man’s voice. But according to the Huffington Post, in his speech, he demanded that Democrats agree to put more than $5 billion into his infamous border… Read more
When the Trump administration instituted its cruel “zero tolerance” immigration policy in April, over 2,500 migrant children were separated from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border and placed in detention centers. Despite a June 26 court mandate to reunify these families, over 200 kids still have not been returned, and many more are now in detention with their families. That’s why writers Elizabeth Ballou, 25, and Kristin Stadum, 43, launched the D.C.-based book donation organization 2000 Libros this past July,… Read more