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Sophia Bush @sophiabush

Storyteller. Activist. Technerd. Obsessed: 🐕 @treehousepups 🏡 @sbxdesign 💇‍♀️ @detroitblows 📺 #Surveillance is up next @cbstv!

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Wow call me out @bitchesgottaeat 🤣 This is me me me ME MEEEEEE!!
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Anyone else feel like they need to take four weeks off of life itself just to dent their reading pile!? #HolidayWeekendPlans 🤓📚♥️
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Wow call me out @bitchesgottaeat 🤣 This is me me me ME MEEEEEE!! • Anyone else feel like they need to take four weeks off of life itself just to dent their reading pile!? #holidayweekendplans 🤓📚♥️

This. A moment. #Repost @nialauryn
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Long before I knew Peter, I always admired his work on the walls of my friends and loved seeing his outdoor installations. His painted collages bore images and sayings that always uplifted me; “Grattitude” (yes with two t’s), “Don’t Panic” (a welcome reminder) and my personal favorite that covered a massive billboard on the freeway riding into New York City, “Nothing Happens Unless First A Dream.”
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One morning while Peter & I were meeting for breakfast, he asked me if I had seen the paper, and when he slid it across the table I saw that the headline read: “City of Detroit Files for Bankruptcy” — and for a moment, my heart stopped.
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I was born & raised in the city of Detroit and left to attend school in New York when I was 18. And the years that passed during my time away turned out to be some of the city’s most economically devastating. But true to the spirit of my hometown and the people who inhabit it, those years also became some of the most hopeful. Detroit is the “renaissance city”; the very essence of rebirth & perseverance is in our bones & blood, in our music & art.
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While I was away I actively found ways to bring the work I was doing in New York back home to Detroit, but it would still be 5 years after reading that headline that my co-founders & I would bring Blows to life on Library Street. Dreams can be hard, and they can also take a really long time.
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In December of 2018 I received a call from Peter, congratulating us on our 1 year anniversary. He was calling from his Miami studio in the Wynwood Walls, and in the midst of Art Basel no less. He said he was working on something for us. Peter had been hunting & archiving images of Detroit, its people, its spirit, its gifts to the world, and he wanted everyone in the salon to have the opportunity to see it before it was done. We were overwhelmed with emotion when it showed up in person the day before Christmas.
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Dreams can be hard, and they can also take a really long time. And along the way, people will disappoint you, and others will surprise you in very unexpected ways, they’re all reminders to keep going, that the contributions we make to the world matter.
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This. A moment. #repost @nialauryn ・・・ Long before I knew Peter, I always admired his work on the walls of my friends and loved seeing his outdoor installations. His painted collages bore images and sayings that always uplifted me; “Grattitude” (yes with two t’s), “Don’t Panic” (a welcome reminder) and my personal favorite that covered a massive billboard on the freeway riding into New York City, “Nothing Happens Unless First A Dream.” • One morning while Peter & I were meeting for breakfast, he asked me if I had seen the paper, and when he slid it across the table I saw that the headline read: “City of Detroit Files for Bankruptcy” — and for a moment, my heart stopped. • I was born & raised in the city of Detroit and left to attend school in New York when I was 18. And the years that passed during my time away turned out to be some of the city’s most economically devastating. But true to the spirit of my hometown and the people who inhabit it, those

I love you sister, and our business baby, and all the things we’re building. Thank you to @refinery29 for the feature #linkinbio Here we go! 💓 #Repost @nialauryn
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Happy Galentine’s Day to my bestie! @sophiabush I’m so happy I get to do life with you. Thanks also to the team @refinery29 for taking the time to talk to us about our friendship, @detroitblows and some of our other projects in development via our agency and production company. Our heads are down building and growing this year, wouldn’t have it any other way! 😘
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📷: @photobyhudson @serenahawaii
👗: @catapper
💇‍♀️: @thejoshliu @rickyfraserhair
💄: @debchungbeauty
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I love you sister, and our business baby, and all the things we’re building. Thank you to @refinery29 for the feature #linkinbio Here we go! 💓 #repost @nialauryn ・・・ Happy Galentine’s Day to my bestie! @sophiabush I’m so happy I get to do life with you. Thanks also to the team @refinery29 for taking the time to talk to us about our friendship, @detroitblows and some of our other projects in development via our agency and production company. Our heads are down building and growing this year, wouldn’t have it any other way! 😘 • 📷: @photobyhudson @serenahawaii 👗: @catapper 💇‍♀️: @thejoshliu @rickyfraserhair 💄: @debchungbeauty

Lori Alhadeff wrote a letter to her daughter Alyssa, who died one year ago, on 2/14/18, at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School.
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Alyssa was 14. She was sad that she didn’t have a Valentine. She wore a black and white dress to school. Lori said “I love you,” & could not have known that it would be the last time she’d hear Alyssa say it back.
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This should be required reading for everyone, including all members of Congress, in advance of tomorrow’s tragic anniversary.
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We have a gun violence problem in America. A problem that robs families of their loved ones, robs children of their future chances to fall in first love, robs us of schools, movie theaters, churches, mosques, synagogues. Of barbershops and holiday parties. Offices. Home improvement stores. Town halls. Even our own homes.
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I say all of this as a weapons-trained hobbyist and a gun owner. Know that before you accuse me of not understanding. I do. And because I do, I will continue to firmly state that we have a problem. We need a solution. And better regulations, a national database, universal background checks + universal waiting periods, and the removal of guns from those who commit domestic violence are ALL a start. If you are on a no-fly list, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun. Gun laws shouldn’t be more lax than the laws that surround motor vehicles. These are facts. We all need to take a breath and figure out where our mythology around these issues comes from. Why we cling to outdated ideals. How we can do better, innovate, maintain versions of hobbies & lifestyles AND better protect our kids. Because let me tell you something, I’d miss my range days if I could never have them again. But if it meant the MSD 17, and the 1,100+ kids who’ve been killed by guns in this country SINCE the MDS shooting would still be alive? Whelp. I’d give them up. The REALITY is that no one is asking anyone to give up their hobby. Just to regulate it better. In the face of all these dead kids, we FIGHT that??
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It’s time to take a long hard look in the mirror, y’all. Each & every one of us. We are better than this. And in the name of their legacies, we must live up to a better standard. #MSDstrong
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Lori Alhadeff wrote a letter to her daughter Alyssa, who died one year ago, on 2/14/18, at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School. • Alyssa was 14. She was sad that she didn’t have a Valentine. She wore a black and white dress to school. Lori said “I love you,” & could not have known that it would be the last time she’d hear Alyssa say it back. • This should be required reading for everyone, including all members of Congress, in advance of tomorrow’s tragic anniversary. • We have a gun violence problem in America. A problem that robs families of their loved ones, robs children of their future chances to fall in first love, robs us of schools, movie theaters, churches, mosques, synagogues. Of barbershops and holiday parties. Offices. Home improvement stores. Town halls. Even our own homes. • I say all of this as a weapons-trained hobbyist and a gun owner. Know that before you accuse me of not understanding. I do. And because I do, I will continue to firmly state that

I’m super excited that tomorrow I get to interview my pal and travel/food/adventure LEGEND @chefaz. We’re going to talk about his new book “AZ and the lost city of Ophir,” and probably wind up reminiscing about our favorite street tacos too. Come join us! @barnesandnoble at @thegrovela from 7-9! ♥️🕺🏼🌮🎉🌎
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I’m super excited that tomorrow I get to interview my pal and travel/food/adventure LEGEND @chefaz. We’re going to talk about his new book “AZ and the lost city of Ophir,” and probably wind up reminiscing about our favorite street tacos too. Come join us! @barnesandnoble at @thegrovela from 7-9! ♥️🕺🏼🌮🎉🌎

Cue #TheBeatles “I wanna hold your haaaaaaaand.” Adventures and snuggles with my sister in coat obsession / favorite Isrishwoman @sambarry 🖤🍀🖤
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*Dont worry @therealleech, you’re still my favorite IrishMAN. Sam is V excited that my #Surveillance #dubhub is a Dublinite!
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@glamourmag #TheGirlProject
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Cue #thebeatles “I wanna hold your haaaaaaaand.” Adventures and snuggles with my sister in coat obsession / favorite Isrishwoman @sambarry 🖤🍀🖤 • *Dont worry @therealleech, you’re still my favorite IrishMAN. Sam is V excited that my #surveillance #dubhub is a Dublinite! • @glamourmag #thegirlproject

I’ve still not caught my breath. This SHOW. The writing. The performances. The way it’s shot. And what it has to say. On mental health. Death and dying. The metaphysical. The deeply emotional, and vulnerable, and scary. Fear. Love. Communication. The infinite potential of outcomes. Who we want to be. And how much we really, really need to look in the mirror and figure out what’s happening underneath what we see, how we behave, and where we run to. And finally, where we might go instead if only we had the chance or awareness to take a different path. This is a gift. Thank you @nlyonne and @_charliebarnett — sweet brother you are a revelation — and all involved in this stunning piece of work. It’s just brilliant. Wow. 
#RussianDoll #RussianDollNetfix
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I’ve still not caught my breath. This SHOW. The writing. The performances. The way it’s shot. And what it has to say. On mental health. Death and dying. The metaphysical. The deeply emotional, and vulnerable, and scary. Fear. Love. Communication. The infinite potential of outcomes. Who we want to be. And how much we really, really need to look in the mirror and figure out what’s happening underneath what we see, how we behave, and where we run to. And finally, where we might go instead if only we had the chance or awareness to take a different path. This is a gift. Thank you @nlyonne and @ charliebarnett — sweet brother you are a revelation — and all involved in this stunning piece of work. It’s just brilliant. Wow. #russiandoll #russiandollnetfix

And while I’m on the subject of bestie love (SWIPE!) and the work we do together that centers diverse and incredible women, CHECK THIS OUT!! 😍 There’s @nialauryn, featured at number 45 on @popsugar’s list of 49 amazing women who personify #BlackGirlMagic in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth by @brittsteps (#linkinbio)
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Nini is featured alongside our pals Patrice Cullors @osopepatrisse and Tarana Burke @taranajaneen. And women we #girlboss crush on from afar like Candice Patton @candicepatton, Courtney Kemp @courtneyakemp, Devin Ki’Elle @devinkielle , and Kamala Harris @kamalaharris! Also @kellyrowland hiiiii we love you! (We almost said the other day at @soulcycle but no one wants to be fangirled after a sweat session! 😜) Each woman shared a piece of what she loves about her culture, and how she moves in the world.
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Nia’s words:
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And while I’m on the subject of bestie love (SWIPE!) and the work we do together that centers diverse and incredible women, CHECK THIS OUT!! 😍 There’s @nialauryn, featured at number 45 on @popsugar’s list of 49 amazing women who personify #blackgirlmagic in honor of #blackhistorymonth by @brittsteps ( #linkinbio) • Nini is featured alongside our pals Patrice Cullors @osopepatrisse and Tarana Burke @taranajaneen. And women we #girlboss crush on from afar like Candice Patton @candicepatton, Courtney Kemp @courtneyakemp, Devin Ki’Elle @devinkielle , and Kamala Harris @kamalaharris! Also @kellyrowland hiiiii we love you! (We almost said the other day at @soulcycle but no one wants to be fangirled after a sweat session! 😜) Each woman shared a piece of what she loves about her culture, and how she moves in the world. • Nia’s words: "My name, Nia, is the fifth principle of Kwanzaa, meaning purpose. And from a very early age, my parents instilled a sense of pride and

I got to chat with the folks at @hourdetroitmagazine about me and @nialauryn’s business baby, @detroitblows. We talked the salon, building an inclusive, inspiring space for all women (and the men who visit us too!) and community engagement and organizing. And I got to give a little love to our #Detroit favorites like the @librarystreetcollective, @detroitfoundationhotel and @shinolahotel, the @empowermentplan, the @detroitpistons, and more. #HomeAwayFromHome #GirlBosses
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Check it out at the link in their bio. #SisterSister 📷 @photobyhudson
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I got to chat with the folks at @hourdetroitmagazine about me and @nialauryn’s business baby, @detroitblows. We talked the salon, building an inclusive, inspiring space for all women (and the men who visit us too!) and community engagement and organizing. And I got to give a little love to our #detroit favorites like the @librarystreetcollective, @detroitfoundationhotel and @shinolahotel, the @empowermentplan, the @detroitpistons, and more. #homeawayfromhome #girlbosses . Check it out at the link in their bio. #sistersister 📷 @photobyhudson

I’m a story-teller. An activist. And a theater lover. Education is my passion. I fundamentally believe we need to transform our high schools so they work for ALL young people – no matter their race, gender or zip code. I’m excited to be on the host committee of XQ Super School Live with @ava & @rafaelcasal. It’s a new one-of-a-kind, immersive storytelling tour to inspire people to reimagine high schools in their community from @XQAmerica and @Pop-Up Magazine. It’s going to be a night of high school drama full of stories, selfie confessionals, viral gratitude, and multimedia adventures that celebrate the everyday heroes transforming America's high schools! To learn more & get tickets go to the link in bio @XQAmerica! Proceeds from ticket sales benefit local non-profit organizations.
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And here’s some data (my favorite thing) to illustrate what our education issue looks like. We can do better. We can offer better to our students!
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While two-thirds of high school graduates go on to college, 52% of those in 2-year colleges and 20% of those in 4-year colleges must take remedial courses for knowledge and skills they should have gotten in high school. The bottom line, as a nation $1 BILLION every year on remedial courses.
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One in six 9th graders drops out before graduating
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47% of seniors don’t complete the courses they need to be college- and/or career ready.
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At graduation, only 46% of seniors are ready for college-level reading, just 40% are ready in math.
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I’m a story-teller. An activist. And a theater lover. Education is my passion. I fundamentally believe we need to transform our high schools so they work for ALL young people – no matter their race, gender or zip code. I’m excited to be on the host committee of XQ Super School Live with @ava & @rafaelcasal. It’s a new one-of-a-kind, immersive storytelling tour to inspire people to reimagine high schools in their community from @XQAmerica and @Pop-Up Magazine. It’s going to be a night of high school drama full of stories, selfie confessionals, viral gratitude, and multimedia adventures that celebrate the everyday heroes transforming America's high schools! To learn more & get tickets go to the link in bio @XQAmerica! Proceeds from ticket sales benefit local non-profit organizations. • And here’s some data (my favorite thing) to illustrate what our education issue looks like. We can do better. We can offer better to our students! . While two-thirds of high school

About last night ... Honoring the incredible production designers who make the worlds we strive to create in film & television come to life 🎥 #ADGawards
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Thank you to my sisterwife BFF @nialauryn for being the best date in the game, and to the team @ecduzit @amberdmakeup @carlyxhair @prabalgurung @ireneneuwirth @tylerellisofficial @giuseppezanotti for this incredible glam 🖤
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Also, @davidalangrier you are a GEM of a host. And holy crap I got to meet @comiclonilove!! Two comedic GENIUSES!!
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About last night ... Honoring the incredible production designers who make the worlds we strive to create in film & television come to life 🎥 #adgawards • Thank you to my sisterwife BFF @nialauryn for being the best date in the game, and to the team @ecduzit @amberdmakeup @carlyxhair @prabalgurung @ireneneuwirth @tylerellisofficial @giuseppezanotti for this incredible glam 🖤 • Also, @davidalangrier you are a GEM of a host. And holy crap I got to meet @comiclonilove!! Two comedic GENIUSES!!

Last night I was lucky enough to see @thewoostergroup’s “The B-Side: Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons.” @eric_berryman leads the cast, taking the audience through what the @nytimes called “a masterclass in listening.”
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And indeed it is. This play draws you in, as the men sing songs recorded in the 1960s, and Berryman reads passages from “Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues.” The audience is transported back to the prison systems of the south during the Civil Rights movement. Some of the music harkens back farther, to the era of slave songs. And all of it, in this modern moment where we are witnessing a rise in racially motivated hate crimes. In the rise of privatized prisons that put profit over people, and are incentivized to keep people in a broken system. And even this week, prisoners trapped in New York without heat or warm food, is a knife through the heart. Because no matter how far we’ve come, we haven’t come far enough. Because the men working on these 1960s next-stage versions of chain gangs were subjugated by a prison system that was born to continue the legacy of slavery, and that benefited from back breaking manual labor carried out by black bodies. We must confront where we come from, as a nation, if we will ever change.
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I couldn’t help but cry as I listened to men sing about being forced to run to the fields where they worked, chased by wardens and their “n***er dogs.” That a dog trained to hunt & tear apart the flesh of prisoners was so common it had a nickname and a song should tell us something. I had the chills as I watched footage of these prisoners, chopping trees in eerie synchronized motions. And, thanks to the hearts & minds of the men recorded, and the way their singing and storytelling was performed by the actors on that stage, I also experienced welcome moments of humor & laughter & joy, too. This show runs the full gamut. It’s truly an important thing to witness, in its stillness and thoughtfulness and spirit.
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I’m grateful to have had this marker on the first day of #BlackHistoryMonth, and the reminder that there is more to do. Allies. Friends. And all affected by injustice. Show up, stand up, speak up. Always.
@sophiabush

Last night I was lucky enough to see @thewoostergroup’s “The B-Side: Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons.” @eric berryman leads the cast, taking the audience through what the @nytimes called “a masterclass in listening.” • And indeed it is. This play draws you in, as the men sing songs recorded in the 1960s, and Berryman reads passages from “Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues.” The audience is transported back to the prison systems of the south during the Civil Rights movement. Some of the music harkens back farther, to the era of slave songs. And all of it, in this modern moment where we are witnessing a rise in racially motivated hate crimes. In the rise of privatized prisons that put profit over people, and are incentivized to keep people in a broken system. And even this week, prisoners trapped in New York without heat or warm food, is a knife through the heart. Because no matter how far we’ve come, we haven’t come far enough. Because the men

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