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The documentary 'Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech' by father-daughter pair Martin and Liz Garbus will air on HBO starting June 29th. In it, Emmy-winning documentarian Liz Garbus, with the help of her First Amendment attorney father, explores the limits put on free speech in a post-9/11 world.  Among the people interviewed are Debbie Almontaser, who was forced to resign as principal of Khalil Gibran International Academy, an Arabic-English ... Read More
There are many things to admire about Obama's speech in Cairo today. The man managed to tackle every issue plaguing our relations with the Middle East in a respectful manner, after all. But what we find most impressive here at BUST is Obama's inclusion of the importance of women's rights as one of the seven major sources of tension between the U.S and the Muslim world. (This is particularly exciting in comparison to The Administration Who Must Not Be Named.) Here ... Read More
                   As the afternoon winds down, I'm tuning in to grooveshark.com and if you haven't checked this website out before, you might as well add it to your favorites now. Bookmark that shit.Grooveshark is a website that a friend of mine introduced me to one late-night-turned-early-morning music marathon session. Frustrated with trying to find the right version of ... Read More
The Brooklyn International Film Festival kick-off party is tonight and the films start screening on Friday! The party tonight is from 6 pm until whenever at The Delancey , which is located at 158 Delancey St in Manhattan (which seems odd for the Brooklyn Int'l Film Fest, no?).There are happy hour events almost every night during the festival, at various bars in the DUMBO neighborhood (my digs!). The films are all being screened at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema ... Read More
A recent study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health found that young Australians, and likely women around the world, are grossly misinformed about the when/what/how of the morning after pill. As a crucial option for emergency contraception, these are facts every female should have down ... Read More

Happy Wednesday! (Meow)

BY Web Intern in General |

We have a copy of The Kittens of Boxville at the BUST office and we're all gaga over how adorable it is. I want to crawl into the pages and snuggle with them, or at least cut the pictures out and hang them on the walls for whenever I'm feeling grumpy. Happy Hump Day! ... Read More

Helping Hands

BY Web Intern in General |

Afghan Hands is an inspiring organization in Afghanistan helping to give women an education and an opportunity. Their centers throughout Kabul pay women to take seminars on human, legal and religious rights in the morning and create beautiful embroidered accessories in the afternoon. They employ 50 master embroiderers and are able to sustain 200 women with the program. Not only do they gain financial independence, but this is their only chance for an education. The ... Read More
                           It's been over a decade since 'Roseanne' has graced our tubes and, well, we missed the laughs. Not only was 'Roseanne' good for a chuckle, but she was an important role model for outspoken women juggling a full-time career and family life. Tune in this Friday, June 5th - Friday, June 12th for a marathon of raucous ... Read More

Exene Cervenka Statement

BY Laurie in General |

Exene Cervenka, singer of the seminal punk band X, sent out a statement via her website today:After some months of not feeling 100% healthy, I recently had some medical tests run and the prognosis is that I am suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Apparently, it has been affecting me for quite some time. Although this is obviously unfortunate news, I am choosing to see the positive in it. I, and X ... Read More

My Booklist is Poppin'

BY Web Intern in General |

  The Summer Reading program at Brooklyn's Central Public Library is starting with a pop this Thursday, June 4th with a free block partyfrom 10-4:30. The main event will be, get this, hip hop star Lil' Mama reading to kids from 1030 to 11am. She'll also be speaking about her connection to Brooklyn, encouraging kids to read and signing autographs. Throughout the day there will also be entertainment on the Plaza including the Ringling Brothers, a Capoiera ... Read More