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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.I can't remember the day or the year, but that moment will forever stay in my mind, sticking out like a sore thumb. It was a cool night. Perhaps it was cool because it was winter, or perhaps it was the kiss of a midnight’s breeze. I've replayed it in my mind over and over again. Maybe one day it will stop. But I'm...
Winnie Mandela Dies At Age 81 The famous anti-apartheid activist recently passed away after a lifetime of campaigning against racial division in South Africa. After her former husband, Nelson Mandela, was incarcerated in 1964, Winnie became a worldwide symbol of the fight for racial and economic equality. In recent years, Mandela has become a more controversial political figure — but her struggle against apartheid will never be forgotten. Read more about her life and legacy at CNN. New York Bans Domestic Abusers From Owning Guns While the nation...
   I have the religious zest of a lemon, but still, sometimes I pray. One of the few times I prayed in a church was in Buhl, Idaho, a small farm town with more people planted in its cemetery than roaming its streets. The church was white clapboard, a picturesque Little House on the Prairie-type building surrounded by snowy fields and straight empty roads built for DUIs. Inside, the church was gussied up for Christmas. Tinsel hung in clumps from the rafters, plastic manger scenes vied...
On Saturday, March 24, over a million people around the world marched for gun control in the March For Our Lives, according to Vox. Spearheaded by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, the main March For Our Lives took place in Washington, DC, and was joined by 800 sister marches around the world — including a march in New York that drew 175,000 people, according to Mayor Bill DeBlasio. Photographer Jena Cumbo was there to capture the signs and...
Hundreds Of Thousands March For Our Lives This Saturday, calls for gun reform echoed around the nation as students and adults alike protested government inaction. The D.C. rally, organized by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, drew hundreds of thousands of protestors; related rallies took place in hundreds of "sibling cities" across the globe. Their message was clear: It’s time for gun reform. Now. Read more at The Washington Post. Conservatives Are Sharing A Fake Photo of Emma Gonzalez In lieu of genuinely engaging with marchers and...
  At the turn of the 20th century, the most popular piece in a woman’s wardrobe was the shirtwaist. A gauzy blouse made of cotton or linen, it mimicked a man’s shirt, albeit one decorated with lace or embroidery, and often featured bell sleeves. It was, in the words of a 1902 Good Housekeeping article, “simple, inexpensive, useful, practical, [and] universally becoming.” Wearing one brought “freedom of body and elasticity of spirit,” and as such, “profoundly affected the lives and customs of women.”This wasn’t mere magazine...
  We’ve got some exciting news: this year, BUST turns 25! For our upcoming birthday issue this summer, we’re collecting all sorts of stories about what BUST has meant to you over the years. Whether you’ve read every issue front to back or just found us recently, we want to celebrate our magazine and the people who love it. How did you first hear about us? Was there a cover story you absolutely loved? Which article totally changed you? Send your submissions, thoughts, and confessions of any...
In the Victorian era, perfumed products abounded. In addition to perfume, cologne, and toilet water, there were scented soaps, scented pomades, and even scented mouth waters and dentifrices for the teeth. But how much scent could a lady or a gentleman wear without being offensive? It’s a question many of us puzzle over even today. Fortunately for the Victorians, books and articles on proper etiquette offered plenty of advice to guide the unwary. An article in the 1894 edition of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine quotes a passage...
  Once a week, at the University of Pittsburgh, a group of students pore over the grisly details of homicide cases that are older than the students themselves. These amateur detectives—22 women and 3 men—call themselves Students Conquering Cold Cases. They gather in a classroom at night, plotting out theories on whiteboards while projecting the victims’ neighborhoods via Google Maps onto giant television screens, hoping to help families find closure after the violent deaths of their loved ones. Before joining the club, members must go through...
Hey Snapchat, Domestic Violence Isn’t Funny In one of the most tone-deaf moves of 2018, Snapchat recently featured a “Would You Rather?” advertisement that asked a disturbing question: Would you rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown? The question was a barely-veiled allusion to the 2009 domestic violence incident in which Brown bit, punched, and choked the famous singer, eventually sending her to the hospital. After their stock fell 5% (and the company faced internet-wide backlash), Snapchat issued an apology for the thoughtless gesture. But as...