Month: May 2017

TueNight 10: Deesha Philyaw

Deesha Philyaw, a Pittsburgh-based writer, is the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce. In addition to her wisdom on parenting, Deesha covers topics on race, gender, and pop culture for places like The New York Times, The Washington Post, EBONY, Essence. She even tackled the dangers of the douche for us. (short answer: don’t do it.) These days, Deesha’s working on a novel about “a restless megachurch pastor’s wife”, as well as a short story collection titled, The Secrets of Church Ladies. In between all that, a day gig in corporate communications and co-parenting teenagers she somehow found time to share her TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by my girl Samantha Irby (I just keep re-reading it because it’s so good.). Girls Like Me by Lola StVil. The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Eating at this Caribbean spot for lunch. Ugh. They are taking all my money. 3. Jam of the minute: “Here We Go” by Trina ft. Kelly Rowland. Now you know that she’s the Queen of Miami, and I’m from …

TueNight 10: Kelly Hurst

Kelly Hurst is having a midlife crisis so she quit her long career in education as an administrator and started a non-profit to advocate for the Black students she saw marginalized in the system. She’s spent the better part of the last six months creating content for Being Black at School and writing her first memoir about her time working in the school system. (To share your own with us – sign up here). On the nightstand: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Inquisitor’s Tale Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz (illuminated by Hatem Aly) Can’t stop/won’t stop: This grind, yo. I’ve been writing for up to 5 hours a day lately. Jam of the minute: A fun little samba that I heard on NPR by Elizeth Cardoso titled “Eu Bebo Sim.” Thing I miss: A steady paycheck 80’s crush: LL Cool J Current crush: Cillian Murphy, especially in Peaky Blinders. My GOODness. Will whine about: Institutional racism. All day every day until we eradicate it. Will wine about: I’m not much of a …

TueNight 10: Jenny Lumet

Jenny Lumet is known for authoring the award-winning screenplay (and TueNight fave flick) Rachel Getting Married. She’s also the daughter of famed director Sidney Lumet and granddaughter of the incomparable singer/ actress Lena Horne. When we contacted her she told us she’s “literally waiting to hear if my pilot is picked up” — a procedural based around a hate crimes unit.  Nevertheless, she was happy to answer our TueNight 10 writing back, “Thanks! This was fun!” (To share your own with us – sign up here). 1.On the nightstand: My dad’s watch 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: The next pilot. I really love work 3. Jam of the minute: “Naive Melody” — Talking Heads 4. Thing I miss: Free time 5. 80’s crush: Billy Idol 6. Current crush: Dwayne Johnson. Hardcore. 100% All Dwayne, all the time. 7. Will whine about: Why Dwayne is not my boyfriend 8. Will wine about: Teetotaler. Always have been. I drink a lot of Diet Coke 9. Best thing that happened yesterday: I was in a taxi with both of my kids, coming …

TueNight 10: Nancy Davis Kho

We were so excited when we heard that Nancy Davis Kho started a new podcast, Midlife Mixtape, and even more excited when she credited feedback on an essay she wrote for TueNight as her inspiration. Nancy describes the podcast as celebrating “Gen X at midlife with humor, heart, and a really good beat.” We’ve listened to the first few episodes and couldn’t agree more. Nancy kindly answered the same 10 questions we’ve been asking in our TueNighters Facebook group (sign up here). 1. On the nightstand: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, Life Among The Savagesby Shirley Jackson 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Spending too much money on concert tickets 3. Jam of the minute: “Green Light” by Lorde 4. Thing I miss: Sleeping in. Up at 5:30 or 6 am every g-d day, regardless of bedtime 5. 80’s crush: Neil Finn 6. Current crush: Neil Finn 7. Will whine about: Where to start, with this administration? Climate change deniers, since they literally undermine the ground on which we’re able to protest every other injustice. 8. Will wine about: A nice frosty beer, since …

TueNight Live: Photos From “SWAP”

We came, we listened, we drank, we noshed and of course we swapped! Last Tuesday, we huddled at the lovely Collab fabrication, lab and innovation studio, in downtown Manhattan to hear a host of hilarious and moving TueNight tales about life swaps — from changing our age, to career pivots to spiritual transformations. And people brought personal items to swap. More on that below. (All photos by Kacy Jahanbini unless otherwise noted.) Margit introduced the night of readers, thanked the wonderful Adina Levin for hosting at her space, and gave props to Tattly for providing the evening’s body art. Lynn Harris kicked off the evening with some feminist mojo, reading “Why I Changed My Son’s Last Name to My Own.” Wendy Marston described, in bitchy detail, “The Magic of the Bitch and Swap.” Wendy Sachs gave us her expertise on career swaps after a few of her own, which she charts in her new book Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch their Careers. (Highly recommended!) We always love to see a few regulars and meet a few newbies. …

Hold Up, Wait a Minute

Hi folks, Just a note to say that we’ll be taking a website hiatus for the next few months to work on a revamp of the site, but don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. We’ll still be sending out our weekly TueDo List newsletter, now on Tuesdays. Our next event and issue will be a HOT one. TueNight Live will be outside on a fabulous roof deck, June 27, and the theme is GLOW – get tickets now. And check out photos from our last event. We also have our fast-growing TueNighter Facebook community! Join in the conversation (this week we’ve been gabbing about The Handmaid’s Tale) Stay in touch while we cook up some special goodies. And we have so many past issues you can peruse: Swap, Adventure, Comfort, Wild Card, Fail, Money, Immigrant, Sleep, Sisters and more! We will likely poke our heads back in here from time to time, but stay tuned for a more badass update of TueNight.com. Taking a pause that refreshes, Margit