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    Bob the Drag Queen first rose to prominence as the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 and since that time, he has been using his huge platform to not only become a major name in standup comedy but also to become a powerful voice for LGBTQ rights and the Black Lives Matter movement. His HBO series We’re Here features Bob alongside fellow Drag Race alums Shangela and Eureka traveling to small towns across America to help create support systems and communities for isolated queer folks by putting on drag shows. And during pride month, Bob organized a massive online event called the Black Queer Town Hall and made headlines by encouraging other members of the drag community to stand up as allies for the protest movement that emerged in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Bob’s HBO show and new comedy special Bob the Drag Queen: Live at Caroline’s, have been so uplifting to so many during quarantine and in this inspiring episode of BUST’s Poptarts Podcast, he talks about his rise to fame, fills us in on his activism, and advises us on how to relate to our Republican elders.

    Listen to Bob the Drag Queen's episode of BUST's Poptarts Podcast Here:


    More About BUST's Poptarts Podcast:

    BUST's Poptarts is a twice-monthly podcast hosted by magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each episode is devoted to a hot topic in entertainment, and in the second half, a segment called "Whatcha Watchin'?," Callie and Emily dig into all the shows, movies, books, music, videos, and podcasts they've enjoyed since the last episode, and either praise or pan each experience

    This podcast was produced for BUST by Logan del Fuego.

    Photo by Jacob Ritts

    Hey! Did you know that the Poptarts podcast has a swell new Patreon program with fab thank-you gifts for members? Well it does! Give it a look-see at patreon.com/poptartspodcast !

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    Happy almost-March! Is it just me, or did February pass super quickly? We’ve got some feminist pop culture picks to bring you into the new week, featuring the return of FX’s Better Things and Julia Jacklin’s newest album. Check ’em out!

    MOVIES/TV

    91stAnnual Academy Awards

    There will be no host this year, but presenters will include Amandla Stenberg, Brie Larson, Elsie Fisher, Constance Wu, and so many other ladies we love. Celebrate Roma, The Favourite, and all the other awesome films and performances of this past year on ABC this Sunday, February 24.

    Better Things

    Pamela Adlon’s FX comedy centered around the antics of a single mother juggling three kids and an acting career is back for a third season sans Louis C.K. Catch the first episode Thursday, February 28 on FX.

    RuPaul’s Drag Race

    Drag Race is back for an eleventh season! Guest judges this season will include Lena Waithe, Natasha Lyonne, and Gina Rodriguez. Check it out Thursday, February 28 on VH1.

    MUSIC

    Crushing by Julia Jacklin

    Julia Jacklin’s second melancholic LP offers moody goodness and “almost-folk melodies,” writes BUST. Out Friday, February 22, and you can find our review here.

    Post Earth by FEELS

    Also out Friday, February 22 is this album by FEELS, which is full of all the angst and frustration many of us have been feeling lately. Stay tuned for coverage on BUST.com.

    Mazy Fly by SPELLLING

    SPELLLING’s sound is overwhelmingly ’80s and delightfully goth – you’ll want to check this one out ASAP. Out Friday, February 22. Review to come on BUST.com.

    BOOKS

    Vacuum in the Dark: A Novel by Jen Beagin

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     Beagin’s second zany, hilarious novel follows Mona, a young cleaning lady struggling to move beyond her past heartaches and discover herself. Out Tuesday, February 26.

    Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

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    In Lisa Gardner’s latest crime thriller, three very different women come together to solve a murder. Check out our review—and a link to an excerpt—here.

    Top photo via VH1 / RuPaul's Drag Race

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