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Here at BUST, we love a lady-led comedy, and the latest to fall on our radar is the Netflix movie Ibiza, starring Gillian Jacobs, Phoebe Robinson and Vanessa Bayer and directed by Alex Richanbach. The trio stars as BFFs who go on an impromptu vacation to Barcelona when neurotic publicist Harper (Jacobs) gets her first international work assignment and her best friends, delightfully weird dentist Nikki (Bayer) and pothead “freelancer” Leah (Robinson), decide to tag along. Hey, you’re probably thinking, this movie is… Read more
Last Thursday, Irving Plaza was taken over by Visit Brussels in celebration of their 13th annual Brussels Days. With attendees including the Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region Rudi Vervoort, the showcase set out to foster commercial, political, and cultural ties between NYC and Brussels through music. The free event featured headlining act Young M.A alongside hip-hop artists from Belgium Veence Hanao and Stikstof. photo provided by Finn Partners The night was hosted by NYC-based multimedia personality… Read more

Abortion Is...

By Hannah Matthews  In Feminism  On May 25, 2018

As you have probably seen or heard, our fearless, trash-bag-shaped approximation of a president—in a move that endangers the lives and the healthcare of American women, trans men, and nonbinary folks—dropped a metaphorical bomb earlier this week. In a speech before an anti-choice organization hilariously named after Susan B. Anthony, Trump announced a "gag rule" prohibiting health care providers that offer abortion services, abortion-related counseling, or referrals to abortion providers from receiving federal Title X… Read more

Today, Ireland Decides If Abortion Will Be Legal: Link Roundup

By Byshera Williams  In Feminism  On May 25, 2018

Ireland Votes On Abortion Referendum The Guardian reports that today Ireland will vote on whether to repeal or keep the constitutional amendment that makes abortion illegal. Since 1983, and the clause has put the “right to life of the unborn” on an equal level with the life of the pregnant person, making it illegal to get an abortion in Ireland, even in cases of rape, incest or fetal abnormality. Hopefully, that will change today. #RepealThe8th Betsy DeVos Tells Schools To Call ICE on Children The Root reports that… Read more

Week Of Women: May 25-31, 2018

By Erika W. Smith  In Entertainment  On May 24, 2018

This week in feminist-friendly entertainment brings us the return of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Queen Sugar; music from CHVCHES and Shannon Shaw; and a new book by Retta. MOVIES Ibiza Gillian Jacobs, Phoebe Robinson and Vanessa Breyer star as three best friends who go on an impulsive vacation to Barcelona and Ibiza and have some raunchy, hilarious adventures along the way. Out on Friday, May 25 on Netflix. Stay tuned for review on BUST.com. Mary Shelley Elle Fanning stars as the teenage inventor of the sci-fi genre… Read more

Natasha Lyonne On Fame, Love And Monogamy: From The BUST Archives

By BUST Magazine  In TV  On May 24, 2018

As we prepare for BUST's 25th anniversary, we're bringing some of our favorite cover stories online for the first time. Here's our cover story with Natasha Lyonne from our Summer 2001 "Living Single" issue. Natasha Lyonne personifies the modern single gal. She is a woman with a vision. She knows who she is. She has romantic notions and she has realistic expectations. She knows what she wants, and she is determined to be as exacting as she can about it all. Plus she has a fabulous sense of humor. She’s also a friend of… Read more

6 Podcasts Hosted By Black People You Should Be Listening To

By Byshera Williams  In Entertainment  On May 24, 2018

The podcasting world has exploded over the last few years, giving you everything from true crime shows like Serial to elaborate fictional worlds like Welcome to Nightvale. However, sorting through the huge variety of options can be time-consuming, especially if you are looking for something specific. So, here is a list of six podcasts hosted by black people for black people that encompass varying topics. The Read The podcast that started it all, for me at least, is The Read. Hosted by Kid Fury and Crissle West, a gay… Read more

Ireland Prepares For Historic Vote On Abortion

By Aoife Riach  In Feminism  On May 24, 2018

This Friday, after 35 years, Ireland will vote to remove its constitutional ban on abortion. In 1983, the 8th Amendment was added to the Irish constitution, equating the life of a fetus to the life of the pregnant person and preventing the possibility of a judicial ruling legalizing abortion. There is no exception for rape, incest, or cases of fatal fetal abnormalities in this law, and no person of childbearing age has had a say on it. Every day in Ireland, at least two women take an illegal abortion pill at home… Read more
Morgan Freeman Accused of Sexual Harassment Eight women have come forward to accuse Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment and assault, backed up by eight more people who said they witnessed Freeman’s behavior. One production assistant who worked with Freeman on the movie Going In Style in 2015 said that Freeman sexually harassed her for months, subjected her to unwanted touching, and "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear." A female member of the production staff of the movie Now You See… Read more
We’re excited to be premiering the music video for “Cryin' My Eyes Out” from Shannon Shaw’s new solo album. Shaw’s solo project, Shannon in Nashville, is a departure from her band Shannon and the Clams’ golden, garage-y surf rock. Her new music underscores her rich vocals with vintage vibes. still from "Cryin' My Eyes Out" Shaw relocated to Nashville to write her aptly-named solo album with a few of her buddies, including Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who produced and played guitar, and a handful of pro musicians who… Read more
This weekend, I will be attending Elements Lakewood Camping Festival, which will take place on the gorgeous 60-acre lakefront & wooded property in Lakewood, PA. The three-day festival (May 25-27, 2018) will feature an incredible lineup with headlining acts including Claude VonStroke, City of the Sun, Desert Hearts and Sphongle. The stacked lineup will be held acorss over 8 stages, several including of which built through a collaboration of Rhizome NYC and The Reliquarium. Although I am stoked about the lineup, it is… Read more
We've been waiting our whole lives to dress up in cloaks, light candles, and share stories about our experiences of womanhood in a cemetery—and finally, the day has come. LA-based producer Trish Nelson is bringing her storytelling event, The Secret Society of the Sisterhood, to the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn on May 29th, where special guests Amber Tamblyn, Lorri Davis, Yamanieka Saunders and Dhonielle Clayton will take the stage. We spoke to Nelson about how The Secret Society of the Sisterhood came to be. How did… Read more
Beauty retailer Sephora is launching a series of in-store programming around the country for the trans and nonbinary community, hosted and developed by transgender Sephora staff in 150 locations. This Tuesday, the first preview class was held in New York City. This is Sephora’s third curriculum in their Classes for Confidence series, which offers complementary in-store classes for those experiencing major life transitions. In 2016, the Classes for Confidence focused on workforce re-entry and beauty in the face of… Read more

Sorry, Dirt-Infused Pads Won't Help Your Period Cramps

By Erika W. Smith  In Living  On May 23, 2018

The latest weird reproductive health product on the marketplace is something called the “NannoPad.” Released last month, it’s basically a pad with dirt in it—or, as parent company NannoCare calls it, “organically occurring earth elements broken into nanno particles.” And it's supposed to help with period cramps. In a press release, NannoCare describes how the pad supposedly works: These nanno particles naturally and safely work with your body to emit a needed amount of molecular vibrational energy into the body which… Read more
Cate Blanchett Jokes About Ocean’s 8’s Pro-Crime Message The Ocean’s 8 press tour kicked off yesterday with a press conference at the Met. When asked what effect the “strong female roles” in the movie would have, Cate Blanchett joked, “Encouraging children to crime.” Read more at Vulture. Progressive Women Make History In Southern PrimariesLast night, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas and Arkansas held their primaries, with exciting results for progressive women. In Georgia, Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first black… Read more

Here's How Fashionable Women Dressed In The 1820s

By Mimi Matthews  In Style  On May 23, 2018

There were many important, transitional years for women’s fashion during the 19th century. For example, in a single decade, sleeves might transform from slender and straight to enormous gigot or leg o’mutton style sleeves, while skirts which began a decade flowing loose around the legs might end the decade standing several feet wide atop a crinoline. I previously shared a brief, decade-by-decade visual overview of the ever-changing silhouettes of women’s silk dresses in the 1800s. For the transitional years, however, a… Read more
Marble Painting with BreadxButta Thank you to everyone who came out to Industry City for the BUST Craftacular featuring the BUST School for Creative Living. With over 100 vendors, and 50 DIY classes and demos, the day was full of creativity, learning, and shopping. November Sage Palm Reading Workshop with L'enchanteur Essential Oils with Chop Wood Carry Baby The event featured the second-ever edition of the BUST School for Creative Living. We partnered up with dozens of professional teachers who taught an electric… Read more

NYC: Party While You Bleed This Thursday With #HappyPeriod

By Janeth Gonda  In Music  On May 22, 2018

Bad ass Brooklyn band, A Deer A Horse, has teamed up with #HappyPeriod for a benefit concert this Thursday, May 24th, at Brooklyn Bazaar. The concert's mission is to end the stigma around menstruation and to raise funds to benefit #HappyPeriod. #HappyPeriod's goal is to ensure that no one who menstruates has to go without menstrual products. The organization works with different outlets to collect, assemble and distribute menstrual products for people who otherwise cannot afford them. 100% of the proceeds go to Happy… Read more
Ah, the internet. I can barely remember a time without it. One of my fondest memories from childhood is when I won ten thousand Neopoints from a magical cyber-fountain when I was in fourth or fifth grade. I was wearing a green Abercrombie T-shirt and my username was—and still is, I hope my Neopets aren’t dead—lizzieflower2003. I scrambled up my basement stairs and, gasping, told my mom what had just happened. She rolled her eyes. New York-based playwright Joeley Pulver’s newest production, A.I.M. To Please, doesn’t… Read more
The Obamas Are Coming To Netflix Yesterday, Netflix confirmed on Twitter that Barack and Michelle Obama signed a “multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.” In a statement, the former president said he hopes to share more American experiences with a wider audience. Read more at Entertainment Weekly. Ruth Bader Ginsburg Stands Up Against Harmful Supreme Court Ruling The U.S. Supreme Court recently… Read more
We're excited to premiere the music video for Portland-based dream rock band Ezza Rose's new song "No Means No," a song that connects with the #MeToo movement. The song shares a name with Ezza Rose's new album. "Don't wanna tell you that 'No means no,'" singer Ezza Rose (who shares a name with her band) proclaims as we see men with blurred-out faces harass women on the sidewalks, in the office, on public transportation, and in the park. In a statement, Rose explains the line: “Words have meaning, and when meaning is… Read more

How House Of Yes Became Brooklyn's Must-See Venue

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On May 22, 2018

House of Yes is a dazzling New York event space synonymous with outrageous and indulgent parties. On any given night, the renovated former laundromat in Bushwick, Brooklyn, plays host to themed bangers featuring thumping DJ beats, roller disco, and/or aerialist acts suspended from the raised ceiling. Since 2007, co-founders Anya Sapozhnikova and Kae Burke have been unrelenting in bringing the vision of their venue to life. Off The Beaten PathThe journey to opening House of Yes, which started as a live-in work space for… Read more

Erykah Badu Is BUST's Cover Star For Our 25th Anniversary Issue

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On May 21, 2018

We’re excited to share that Erykah Badu is BUST’s cover star for our June/July 2018 issue, aka our 25th anniversary issue! For our 25th anniversary, we wanted to choose an icon who began her career around the same time BUST was born—and Badu is the perfect choice. She is as relevant, interesting and groundbreaking today as she was when she first burst onto the scene in the early ‘90s. We’ve included a few quotes below from our ten-page cover story, written by Jamia Wilson and photographed by Nadya Wasylko. Find our… Read more

Meghan Markle: A Feminist In The British Royal Family

By Katrina Majkut  In Feminism  On May 21, 2018

There has never been an English royal wedding that hasn’t caught the public’s attention. From King Henry VIII’s six wives to the ill-fated marriage of Prince Charles and Diana, the marital escapades of the English monarchy have captivated people around the world throughout history. In recent years, each royal wedding has become a war between traditional pomp and circumstance and the creeping influence of the outside world. Prince Harry’s marriage to American actress Meghan Markle embodies just that—especially because… Read more
Ida Lupino was just 14 when she became a Hollywood starlet. If you’re thinking that’s kind of a lot for a teen, you’d be surprised. Part of a British acting dynasty, Ida wasn’t raised like other girls her age. She’d been prepped for a life in the limelight; her family had her learning lines as soon as she was old enough to read. By the time Ida entered her teens, she was headstrong and self-assured; unsurprising, given that her acting had been helping pay her family’s bills! So, when Ida landed her big break with the… Read more
At the 2018 Billboard Awards, Janet Jackson made history as the first black women to ever receive the Icon Award. After having the award presented to her, Jackson gave a brief but impactful acceptance speech where she discussed sexism, abuse, racism, and God. Expressing her thankfulness for the award, while the audience cheered her name, the icon said the following: “For all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history,” Jackson said. “Women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled,… Read more

What It's Like To Take An At-Home STD Test

By BUST Magazine  In Sex  On May 21, 2018

2017 was an exceptionally busy year for me, both in and out of bed, and somehow I managed to miss my yearly gynecologist checkup. So when myLAB’s Uber Box home STD testing kit arrived at BUST HQ, I snatched it up like Gollum and ran off to make sure everything was kosher in my undercarriage. The Uber, which retails for $269, tests for herpes simplex type II, HIV I and II, hepatitis C, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. As advertised, it was shipped in a discreet box, and all I had to do was swab my… Read more
Tig Notaro On #MeToo Redemption Narratives In an interview with the New York Times, Tig Notaro held firm when asked about the future career of Louis C.K. and other men accused of sexual harassment or assault. “The attention and support for the victims needs to be continued, more than people worried about these abusers and what’s next for them, how are they going to move on—shut up,” she said. She also announced that she’ll be starring as First Lady to Jennifer Aniston’s President in a new Netflix movie that Notaro… Read more
Karrueche Tran's path to stardom has been a wild ride. The model and actress first gained notoriety when her 2015 breakup with R&B singer Chris Brown dominated the tabloid press. But in the years since, she's silenced detractors and gained a fanbase all her own through her stellar work on Claws and on the new film The Honor List (now available on DVD, Digital, and On Demand). In this candid chat with Emily and Callie on BUST's Poptarts podcast, Tran opens up about finding her voice, being embraced by female ensemble… Read more

How I'm Reclaiming The Word "Fat"

By Fatventure Mag  In Feminism  On May 18, 2018

I remember seeing ads for Weight Watchers on television when I was three, maybe four years old. One night, I told my grandmother that I was going to call the number on the screen, and if I recall correctly, she laughed. Then I picked up the phone, and she stopped laughing. She told me I was silly to want to call Weight Watchers, but I looked at the women in those ads and I looked at my slightly pudgy belly—at three, maybe four years old—and I thought, "I want to be pretty like them." Fast forward. I remember wanting… Read more

Samira Wiley On Gay Weddings, Gilead And God

By BUST Magazine  In TV  On May 18, 2018

"Is this ladder safe?” Samira Wiley asks before gamely climbing up the rickety rungs leaning against a lemon tree on location at our L.A. cover shoot. The 30-year-old actor is almost unrecognizable in a pair of soaring geometric heels and a strapless green mini dress that makes her ladder climbing even more impressive. But then she flashes her unmistakable smile, the one that makes her eyes crinkle and twinkle and is familiar to anyone who watched the first four seasons of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black,… Read more
Trump To Pull Federal Funding From Planned Parenthood And Any Health Service That Talks About AbortionMultiple news organizations are reporting that the Trump administration will soon announce a new rule that will remove federal funding from Planned Parenthood and other health clinics that provide abortions—or even give patients referrals to abortion providers. The policy would be a return to a Reagan-era policy that, as the New York Times puts it, “is often described as a domestic gag rule because it barred caregivers… Read more

Week Of Women: May 18-24, 2018

By Erika W. Smith  In Entertainment  On May 17, 2018

This week in feminist-friendly entertainment brings us a movie starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen; new music from Courtney Barnett; Franchesca Ramsey’s first book; and more. MOVIES Book Club Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen star as four women who decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey in their book club. Out Friday, May 18. Read our review here. On Chesil Beach Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle star in this historical drama about a young couple who gets… Read more
If there is one person responsible for bridging the gap between younger audiences and successful stories about older women, it is Jane Fonda. In her latest film, Book Club—directed by Bill Holderman—Fonda plays a woman who is worried about her friend's sex lives coming to a dead end, so she decides to do something about it: introduce 50 Shades of Grey to her book club. That book club is made up of a group of lifelong friends, played by powerhouses Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen. If Vivian (Fonda)… Read more
My mother loved Guyana for many reasons, but mainly because there was no television. She distrusted television. While we were growing up in Brooklyn, she felt it was a distraction and used every excuse she could find to deter us from sitting, immobilized, in front of the TV. I think it broke her heart to see her curious, creative kids staring like numbnuts at a screen, no matter how hilarious Carol Burnett was. If we did something wrong—talked back, neglected our chores, fought with each other—surely some treat or… Read more

Cynthia Nixon, Before She Ran For Governor: From The BUST Archives

By BUST Magazine  In TV  On May 17, 2018

Cynthia Nixon is currently running for governor of New York, but way back in 2002 she graced the cover of our Summer 2002 issue. In it, she talks about motherhood, her love for New York, and how Sex and the City fought the virgin/whore dichotomy. We're bringing this piece online as part of the lead-up to our 25th anniversary this July. In real life, Cynthia Nixon isn’t very much like her Sex and the City character, Miranda Hobbes—the career-driven, independent-to-a-fault, smart, sarcastic girl most of us are afraid to… Read more
Trump Calls Immigrants “Not People" And "Animals”Donald Trump continued his racist rhetoric against undocumented Latinx immigrants during an immigration roundtable yesterday, saying, “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in— and we’re stopping a lot of them—but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.” Trump has a history of racist language against Latinx immigrants—he’s called them “animals” going back to 2015,… Read more

Taleen Kali's "Lost & Bound" Is Dark And Danceable: BUST Premiere

By Byshera Williams  In Music  On May 17, 2018

Taleen Kali, a cosmic punk in the L.A. noise rock scene who has opened for Madame Gandhi and Kimya Dawson, is releasing her debut solo album, Soul Songs, on Lolipop Records this summer. We're excited to premiere her first single "Lost & Bound" here. Kali tells BUST via email, “‘Lost & Bound’ is about finding yourself again after being lost. I wanted to write a song that was really dark but also danceable, so I wrote a dirge dedicated to a 'lost self,' and I added a disco beat to add this sense of movement, of… Read more
Cornell senior Letitia Chai took a stand by stripping down and presenting her senior thesis in her underwear—twice. The two protests—one spontaneous, one planned—were in reaction to Chai’s professor’s criticism of her denim shorts. In a series of Facebook posts she later documented and shared via Google Drive, Chai wrote that it began when she went to her Acting In Public class to perform a draft of her thesis presentation on refugee rehabilitation. Chai wrote that she was wearing a button-down shirt and denim cut-off… Read more

Fine, Fine: Do You Hear Yanny Or Laurel? Link Roundup

By Byshera Williams  In Feminism  On May 16, 2018

Yanny vs Laurel: An Audio Debate Let's get it over with: the internet is obsessing over an audio clip posted by social media influencer and blogger, Cloe Feldman, who asked: “What do you hear Yanny or Laurel?” People are split on what they hear making this the new "the dress." You can go to Vox and decided for yourself which name is being said. and now for more important news... Can Paulette Jordan Swing Idaho Blue? Paulette Jordan won the Democratic nomination in the Idaho governor’s race this Tuesday, Vox reports. As… Read more
This piece discusses depression and suicide. The power to never die sounds like dream—unless you are a person dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts. The character Chrysalis in the comic series Eternity Girl is living just that scenario, and it's a nightmare for her. With pastel-bright colors and dark humor, comic creator Mags Visaggio brings to light two important issues that comics don’t always talk about: depression and suicide. These themes have been explored in just a few other comics, such as Tom King’s… Read more

Victorian Advice On Breaking A Betrothal The Polite Way

By Mimi Matthews  In Living  On May 16, 2018

In the Victorian era, a broken engagement was no small matter. If a gentleman jilted his fiancée, he risked doing untold damage to both her reputation and his own. Even so, if an engaged couple discovered that they were incompatible, Victorian-era marriage manuals and books on etiquette strongly advised breaking the engagement rather than embarking on what would surely be a miserable marriage. As The New York Fashion Bazar Book of Etiquette (1887) explains: “Although a broken engagement is something to deplore, and one… Read more

Dye A Scarf Using Real Flowers With This Bundle Dyeing DIY

By BUST Magazine  In DIY  On May 16, 2018

Turn food scraps, flowers, and plants into wearable art with bundle dyeing, an easy, non-toxic, and sustainable technique that extracts beautiful colors from everyday natural materials. The process, good for any natural fabric (silk, wool, cotton, or linen), uses dyestuffs (whole dye plants and extracts) that are playfully spread onto fabric, bound into a bundle, and steamed to release organic color. Upcycle an old garment or bundle dye a piece of silk to make this go-to spring accessory. What You’ll Need35" x 35"… Read more
Even pessimists like a little positivity, so comedian Suzi Barrett created these inspirational-but-not-cheesy affirmation cards. Providing the fun of a horoscope with a little less woo-woo, and full of positive affirmations, this whimsical box of cards will help you help yourself, no shamanistic consult required! They're perfect for anyone who loves a little self-help picker-upper (or just really, really loves rainbows and narwhals), these adorable cards are self-help made easy. Oh wait, you're totally cool? Then use… Read more
Kristen Stewart Goes Barefoot At Cannes The Daily Telegraph reports that Kristen Stewart, who is a judge at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, kicked off her heels yesterday in the middle of a red carpet moment. The festival has caused outrage for its a strict heels-only policy (only for women, of course) and in 2015, festival organizers have turned women away for wearing flats. Pauley Perette Speaks Up About Assault On The Set Of NCIS Pauley Perrette has spoken up about her departure from NCIS, claiming that she was… Read more

“Brazen” Brings Little-Known Stories Of Rebel Ladies To Life

By Erika W. Smith  In Books  On May 15, 2018

Here at BUST, we receive many copies of children’s and young adult books that contain dozens of mini-profiles of incredible women. These books are important—as a baby feminist, I read and re-read the 1998 book Girls Who Rocked The World. But there are so many books like these that sometimes it’s hard for individual titles to stand out from the crowd. Illustrator and comic designer Pénélope Bagieu's book Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World does just that. Told in colorful comic strips, Brazen succeeds because it… Read more

Meet The Woman Behind Your Favorite Music Photographs

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On May 15, 2018

Capturing everyone from punk pioneers to rap revolutionaries, iconic music photographer Janette Beckman is always pointing her lens toward the future For over 40 years, British photographer Janette Beckman has been a fixture on the underground scene, creating a body of work that is stored deep in the memory banks of music fans everywhere. You may have seen her shots on the covers of seminal albums like the Police’s Outlandos D’Amour, New Edition’s Candy Girl, and EPMD’s Unfinished Business, or on singles like the… Read more

Uranus Is Entering Taurus. Here's What To Expect

By Lisa Stardust  In Living  On May 15, 2018

"Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." — Frank Zappa For the past seven years, Uranus, "the Great Awakener," has been blazing through Aries, creating shifts within the self by revolutionizing the ways that we assert our individual preferences and perspectives. May 15th starts the seven-year switch as Uranus glides into Taurus, causing uprisings in all Venusian areas, such as love, money, self-esteem, culinary and visual arts, and music. The seventh planet from the Sun in the Solar System, Uranus… Read more
Karin Dreijer, aka Fever Ray, took to the stage at the Brooklyn Hangar this past weekend as part of the Red Bull Music Festival. The concert kicked off her 2018 world tour. Dreijer appeared wearing a padded body suit, with a bald head and fabulous, garish, glam makeup. She was accompanied by synthesizers and percussion. Two dancers shared backup vocal duties while interacting with Dreijer, combining movement and dance. The light show was stunning, with enough lasers and special effects to rival Genesis or Pink Floyd in… Read more

My First Ramadan: A Mighty Writers Essay

By Mighty Writers  In Living  On May 15, 2018

This essay was written by a student at Mighty Writers, an education nonprofit that offers free writing classes to over 2,500 inner-city Philadelphia students a year. "Aminah, are you sure you're ready for this?" said my brother. I started to worry, but I ignored him. "No! I want to start fasting!" I said cheerfully. But, let me say this: the last meal will be your last. I wish I knew this before I started fasting for the first time. I'm going to share my experience with fasting during Ramadan as my vivid memory. It was… Read more