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Jessamyn Stanley is an award-winning yoga instructor, intersectional activist, and founder of The Underbelly virtual yoga studio app who first rose to fame in 2012 through her Instagram posts showing her doing high-level yoga as a plus-size woman of color. Self-identifiying online as a "queer fat femme," she’s helped coax legions of women who previously felt alienated by the privileged, skinny, white world of yoga into the practice along with her. We featured Jessamyn in BUST in 2017 when her book Every Body Yoga: Let...
Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the FutureBy Alice Gorman(The MIT Press)     Popularly known as Dr. Space Junk, Australian scientist Alice Gorman has made an unlikely career out of space archaeology. And in this wide-ranging book, she offers a detailed history of space exploration alongside informed reflections on the way humans have made space meaningful. While technical passages sometimes cause the book to drag, scattered among these more academic sections are unexpected moments of whimsy and wit, including a feminist interpretation of Elon...

Another month of quarantine – but, on the bright side, that also means another month of new shows to stream, books to read, and music to add to your self-isolation soundtrack. Read on for what we’re most excited about this week.  MOVIES/TV Betty   Skate Kitchen director Crystal Moselle brings her talents to the small screen with Betty, a new comedy-drama about young women navigating the world of skateboarding. Premiering May 1 on HBO, and stay tuned for further coverage on BUST.com. The Half of It   Introverted, smart teen Ellie helps a jock...
Perhaps when we need her bubbly genius most, Mindy Kaling, along with co-creator Lang Fisher, is gracing our (computer) screens with her new show Never Have I Ever. The show follows 15-year-old Devi, an Indian-American who is navigating high school and relationships with her two best friends following a traumatic time in her life.  BUST spoke with Richa Moorjani, who plays Devi’s seemingly perfect older cousin Kamala who is pursuing her Ph.D. while living in Devi’s home. Coming from a family of performing artists, this is Richa's...
FRANCES QUINLANLikewise(Saddle Creek)   Frances Quinlan just wants to be heard. So it’s fitting that the Hop Along frontwoman’s solo debut is a sincere meditation on our struggle to communicate. On the empathetic “Your Reply,” she tries to understand an unresponsive partner, while the guitar-driven “A Secret” has her trying not to make a fuss over a detached lover. With its cacophony of synths, digital beats, and harp, “Rare Thing” sounds like a lost Carly Rae Jepsen demo that yearns for a love that gives instead of...
Inside the kaleidoscope of Josie Cotton's psychedelic songbook, every pop culture reference holds an unexpected meaning, every late night B-movie a deeper story to tell. Today, BUST is thrilled to premiere Cotton's grooviest track to date, “Girl in Gold Boots,” inspired by the 1968 film of the same name, and what Cotton has herself has described as “one of the worst movies I have ever seen, in which insanely bad dancing hits an all-new low.” That's right. Grab the popcorn and don't you dare skimp on the...
While one of the single-most iconic pieces of science fiction of all time, Star Wars has not necessarily always been the most gender-balanced series. True, some of the very best and most beloved figures in the saga have been power-house women. Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano, Rey, Jyn Erso, Rose Tico, the list goes on. But a majority of the storylines in the Star Wars universe have been focused on male characters. One of the latest installments in the Star Wars universe, The Mandalorian (which...
It's a Houston Hot Girl musical link up! There are very few joys left during this quarantine. But this is a win, I will gladly take. Megan Thee Stallion, creator of the Hot Girl Summer, leader of the Hotties, just announced the release of the remix to her hit "Savage" with a surprise feature from fellow Houston, Texas native, Beyoncé.  If you're not a fan of rap, or less familiar with Megan thee Stallion as you are with Queen Bey, you have definitely come across her hit "Savage"...
We, like much of the world, were today years old when we found out that Dolly Parton produced Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The '90s feminist drama series was perfect to begin with, but if there was one thing that could make it any better, it’s knowing that Queen Dolly had a hand in bringing it to the little screen. via GIPHY The show, which ran from 1997 to 2003, was produced by Sand Dollar Entertainment, a production company Parton created in 1986 with her friend and business...
POLIÇAWhen We Stay Alive(Memphis Industries) “Don’t you hold on to that hurt so long/Or do,” Poliça’s Channy Leaneagh sings on “TATA,” the second track on her band’s fourth full-length, When We Stay Alive. The self-proclaimed “busybody” suffered a tough fall last winter while clearing the ice dams on her Minneapolis home’s roof, damaging her vertebrae. Constricted to a brace to heal, Leaneagh grappled with reclaiming her emotions via deep reflections and realizing “the power in resurrecting her inner self.” When We Stay Alive stands its ground sonically, never straying...