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In March, Virginia passed The CROWN Act and became the fourth state to do so. Other states that have passed the CROWN Act are California, New York, Colorado, New Jersey, and Washington. The CROWN Act stands for “The Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair” and was first introduced in California in January 2019. The CROWN Act is a law that prohibits discrimination based on hairstyle, specifically race-based hair discrimination. One of the reasons this is so important is because hair discrimination can...
Summer Taylor was marching in a peaceful protest against police brutality in Seattle this Saturday when they were killed by a man who drove his car into the crowd. They were 24 years old. They lived in Portland, Oregon, where they worked at Urban Animal veterinarian clinic. The clinic posted on Instagram this weekend that in their past six weeks, Summer was “tirelessly standing up for others while working full time and supporting everyone around them.”           View this post on Instagram                   It is with great sorrow that...
TEPACHE IS A fermented drink/zero-waste superstar made from the skins and core of a pineapple. Today it’s sold by street vendors in Mexico, but it dates back to pre-Columbian times when it was popular among the Nahua people. I got into fermentation much more recently while hanging in queer communities in the woods of Tennessee. Not only is tepache sweet, refreshing, and slightly fizzy, it’s also packed with probiotics, vitamin C, and anti-inflammatory bromelain. Add mint and jalapeño for a killer (and cheap!) summer bev. DIRECTIONS Put...
The phrase “we should make a podcast” is as ubiquitous right now as fondue parties were in the ’70s. Though there are thousands available right now, there’s still room for yours.  Why should you make a podcast right now? Don’t think of this as a trendy hobby, or a money-making scheme. A good podcast is like a time capsule, except instead of photographs, newspaper clippings and ribbons, you can store your thoughts, feelings, and opinions, bundled up the uniqueness of your own voice.   It’s easier than ever,...
On July 1, a video flooded Twitter depicting a group of protestors marching down the street chanting “My Body, My Choice.” However, this wasn’t an event for reproductive rights. This video featured a right-wing group protesting the mask orders that recently went into effect in Sanford, Florida.  RIGHT NOW: Dozens are marching in Sanford chanting “My body. My choice.” They are protesting after a mask order went into place in Seminole County today. pic.twitter.com/kMT7EebDKN — Stephanie Buffamonte (@StephBuffamonte) July 1, 2020 The mask mandate was announced on Monday afternoon,...
As the Supreme Court continues to announce decisions, we are seeing major progress being made when it comes to long-argued issues like immigration, discrimination, and abortion.  The Court is currently a conservative-majority with Chief Justice John Roberts, newest justice Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and Neil M. Gorsuch on the more conservative side and justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan on the more liberal side. However, the sole purpose of the supreme court justices is to decide whether or not...
This past Sunday, the Mississippi state legislature voted to replace its state flag: the last in the U.S. to display the Confederate battle emblem. Now, the bill goes to Republican Governor Tate Reeves, who voiced on Saturday that he will sign the legislation in law. The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag. The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it.If they send me a bill this weekend,...

  From BUST's Spring 2020 issue, our new house astrologer, Emmalea Russo, gives astrological guidance to getting laid.   Cancer(June 21 to July 22)Summer begins with a bang when the Sun enters your identity center on June 20, asking you to reevaluate your self-concept and shine bright. You’re up for it. The solar eclipse in your sign on June 21 delivers revelations. Maybe a new, bolder look? Jupiter and Pluto conjoin on June 30, which will help you sort shit out before Venus enters your sign on August...
As the United States comes to grips with its ugly history, more and more people are calling for an end to the ways we honor those with dark pasts. Statues and monuments of former slave owners and confederates are coming down and petitions are circulating to rename cities after better people than Christopher Columbus. There are also schools named after some very terrible people from history that need some new names. According to Education Week, there are 135 schools across 17 states that are named after...
With all these statues coming down, many have asked who should replace them? Should we even have statues? What’s the purpose of them? Many say it’s for history, but museums are for history. Statues are not for history, they’re for recognition. Most of the confederate statues were put up during the Jim Crow era and the Civil Rights Movement as a way to strike fear and “put people in their place”. That’s why they’re so easy to take down, they were put up quickly with...