Author: TueNight Crew

TueNight 10: Issa Mas

Issa Mas is a freelance writer whose work has been featured on local news sites PIX11 and CBS Local, in the humor anthology See Mom Run: Side-Splitting Essays from the World’s Most Harried Moms, and on the now-defunct award-winning blog Single Mama NYC, which was recognized as a Voice of the Year by BlogHer in 2012. You can usually find Issa talking about race (loudly), mental health (passionately), and single parenting (exhaustedly) at @IssaMas. We are thrilled that she will be one of our readers at TueNIght Live: TRUST on 10/17!  1. On the nightstand: How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, because solo parenting a 10-year-old boy requires reinforcements. Stephen King’s short story collection, Bazaar of Bad Dreams, is underneath it for when I want a quick, satisfying read by one of my favorite authors. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Speaking out against injustice; in any of its forms. 3. Jam of the minute: The Budos Band III album by The Budos Band. 5. 80’s crush: Prince. 6. Current crush: My husband (in my head), Idris Elba. 7. Will whine about: My …

TueNight 10: Carolyn Gerin

Carolyn Gerin (on the right) with friends in her happy place(Photo courtesy of Carolyn Gerin) Carolyn Gerin is a career creative, activist, and optimist with a punk rock soul. “I love to flip the script on institutions and time-honored belief systems,” she says. First she tackled the Wedding Industrial Complex, as author of the bestselling Anti-Bride series. And now she’s tackling the burgeoning cannabis industry. She co-founded Cannawise.co, a creative agency dedicated to the B2B + B2C cannabis industry as well as awareness and advocacy.  Most recently though she’s embarking on a book tour as the co-author (along with last week’s TueNight 10 Jamia Wilson and Elisa Camahort Page) of Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism and Advocacy For All. (Ten Speed Press). Busy activist that Carolyn! Her evening ritual? “I turn off the computer and phone, light a candle, put on some good music, cook, and switch out from the relentless work grind — this transition is akin to Mr. Rogers putting on his cardigan when he crosses the threshold to his home. I don’t check my phone every 5 minutes because it …

TueNight 10: Jamia Wilson

Jamia Wilson is quite fond of the Florynce Kennedy quote, “Don’t agonize! Organize!” — a sentiment which prompted her to co-create the kick-ass guide, Road Map for Revolutionaries: Advocacy for All, just out today (Happy Pub Day!). “In the post-Trump frenzy, I turned to books written by strong women disruptors as a roadmap for what to do, says Jamia who co-authored the book with Elisa Camahort Page and Carolyn Gerin. “I was compelled to collaborate on a direct, snappy guidebook that showcases tools you need to ignite the change you want to see in the world.” Jamia is also the director of Feminist Press, the author of Young, Gifted, and Black, and she wrote the oral history in Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World.  Carolina-born and Saudi Arabia raised, she currently lives in New York City, where she’s an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “I love teaching undergraduate classes about gender studies and revolutions,” she says. “We can learn so much from the past to help inform a better future.” 1. On the nightstand: Training School …

TueNight 10: Theo Kogan

Theo Kogan is a makeup artist, musician, native Brooklynite, activist and mom. She is well known for being the singer of the Lunachicks, a band of best friends who happened to be girls. Theo and her pals started the band in high school just for fun; they ended up touring the world through the ’90s, becoming one of the Riot Grrrl bands of the era, and opening up for many of the legendary pop-punk bands of the day. She was a NY nightlife muse, and one of the first heavily tattooed fashion models/actors. We were thrilled when Theo made her live reading debut at TueNight Live: 90s Bitchin July. She has two essays in the forthcoming book Women Who Rock, which is being released next month. You can pre-order a copy now, so do it! She is currently painting faces in New York Fashion Week. Literally. Right now. 1. On the nightstand: There’s a stack of books (seriously) but what I am reading is The Power by Naomi Alderman… for the past 6 months. Clearly I don’t get much time to read. Also tissues, my Hurraw! …

TueNight 10: Adaora Udoji

“I am utterly obsessed with all things emerging tech; that means a lot of artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual reality, and augmented reality, among others.” Adaora Udoji proves that it’s never too late for career reinvention. She started in the law, transitioned to broadcast news, corporate strategy to digital startups, to venture capital and “well, now I’m looking forward to working from a bigger platform in the near future, stay tuned.”   She is loving her recent appointment as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at WeWorks Lab in NYC.  “I consider myself truly fortunate to be working and consulting with extraordinary entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, and corporations who are at the cutting edge or trying to be.” What is her greatest lesson so far? “I can’t be different from who I am and that’s all good. I’m perfectly imperfect just like the next person. I do myself a favor every time I remember that and allow myself to follow my gut even if it’s taking me down an unconventional path. I gain something truly with each experience, whether I enjoyed it or not.” …

TueNight 10: Jo Piazza

Jo Piazza with her son at a UFO viewing center in Southern Colorado(photo courtesy of Jo Piazza) “I’m finally at a point in my life where I can say my job is to make cool shit,” says Jo Piazza, TueNight contributor, author of seven books and former editor at Yahoo, Current TV and New York Daily News. Jo’s latest novel is Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win (Simon and Schuster), about a woman running for Senate in the most important race in the country during a midterm election. “I feel like writing Charlotte, this fearless and ambitious woman, has given me more confidence. I’m finally advocating for myself in a way I was afraid to in my 20s and early 30s. It’s funny because when I was younger I really had nothing to lose. I had no family, no mortgage, no health concerns. Now I have all of those things, but for some reason I feel less afraid.” Jo has been driving from coast to coast, promoting her new book.”My goal is to start a big ass conversation about women, ambition, power and leadership.” Amidst it all, Jo …

TueNight 10: Tamara Winfrey Harris

Tamara Winfrey Harris is a stealth radical. She writes about race, gender and their intersection with politics, pop culture and current events. She graciously joined us in The Hotbed last month for a lively discussion of her book, The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America. Midwestern affability is her superpower; you’d never know The Washington Post once called her “…half myth-buster, half crusader and all the way fed up.” She likes Converse sneakers, margaritas and “cozy” mystery TV shows. She is ride or die for black women and girls. Housework is not her ministry. 1. On the nightstand: Apple TV remote; my reading queue: When They Call You A Terrorist by Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors, and New Power by Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans; aromatherapy spray; dust…an embarrassing amount of dust. Shit. I really should dust more often. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Sleeping with the TV on. It has to be on, but not too loud. I need to hear the voices on the TV, but not be able to discern what they are saying. I’ve been doing this …

TueNight 10: Nancy Nowacek

The silence around menopause is deafening. “It is easier to get people to talk about death and cancer than Menopause,” says Nancy Nowacek, artist, organizer and collaborator on Menopause: An Imperfect Guide. “Because it’s an incontrovertible milestone of age — [the secrecy] perpetuates and amplifies negative feelings women have about their age, their bodies, their very selves.” To that end, she’s created M_________, The Menopause Project, a pilot pop-up shop in Brooklyn, August 17-19, featuring experts in psychology, health, nutrition, pilates and powerlifting. The goal is to bring publicity, education and community to an experience common to, ahem, half the world’s population. “If we start joining together, in public, and learn about how our bodies are actually running incredible defensive plays, we can dedicate our hard-won experience, love and care to the rest of the world and start to lift the curtain on the mystery, shame, and confusion of what it means to enter the middle of our lives.” An artist by trade, Nancy has been working in design, play and the built environment for the past several …

TueNight 10: Crystal Durant

She’s an artist, an educator, a model, a DJ, a singer, a writer and for many a muse — Crystal is undoubtedly a modern renaissance woman.  These days she writes for The Z Review, sings in a monthly tribute show with F*BOMB at Arlene’s Grocery, and has her own Prince Purple Rain tribute band. In her own words, she’s a “magnet for all kinds of crazy, always smells like fresh flowers, and is waiting for the right guy to show up, man up, and make a semi-honest woman outta me”. Crystal had us all in stitches with her love of Seinfeld quotes at last month’s TueNight Live: 90s Bitch. Here’s her TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: A bottle of water, the TV remote, my signature necklaces, and my limited edition, highly sought after, collectible, Flava Flav alarm clock, SIGNED BY FLAV HIMSELF. It wakes me up by yelling, “YEAAAAAAAAHHHH BOYYYYEEEE!” No joke.  2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Cutting the neck out and the sleeves off of my t-shirts because they’re too constricting.  I think this is why people always ask if I’m a Rock Star, because …

TueNight 10: Glynnis MacNicol

In her just published memoir, No One Tells You This, Glynnis MacNicol chronicles her 40th year as a single woman without children, and what it means to live without a blueprint. “The narratives we have around women’s live are very narrow — nearly every story ends with a marriage or a baby. I wanted to tell a story that ended with neither, and yet was (hopefully) still compelling and reflected some truths about my own life and the lives so many women I know are living. And living well!” Amen! Glynnis is the co-founder of a women’s networking group called TheLi.st, and has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Cut, and many others. Here is her TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. I’ve only read the first few pages but already find myself eager to get back to it. I love the premise of a woman alone in a room; it feels like a strange, appealing subversion of A Room of One’s Own;  Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke …

TueNight 10: Allison Yarrow

Over the last few years author Allison Yarrow has been reinvestigating the stories that were told (and sold) about women in the 90s, culminating in her new book 90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality. (She shared some of her wisdom last week at TueNight Live!) On tour for her book, Allison says, “I love meeting people and discussing how narratives about women shaped a generation and the current moment. Writing a book about history has encouraged me to reflect on my own history and how what I watched, read, and heard shaped my own upbringing and the person I am today.” An award-winning journalist, Allison has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vox, and many others. She was a TED resident and produced the (amazing) VICE documentary Misconception. Raised in Macon, Georgia, Allison now lives in Brooklyn, New York. 1. On my nightstand: Like A Mother by Angela Garbes, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol, Brave Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani, and How Not to Get Shot: And Other …

TueNight Live: Photos from “90’s Bitch” at The Invisible Dog

Last week, on July 17, TueNight Live rolled back a few decades to celebrate our latest issue —  90’s BITCH. Over 80 people gathered in the beautiful Brooklyn art space The Invisible Dog Art Center to listen to stories from Lunachick Theo Kogan, DJ and modern muse Crystal Durant, artist and author Jenny Laden and TueNight founder Margit Detweiler and a discussion with author Allison Yarrow and her newly released book 90s Bitch: Media, Culture and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality.  On the walls of the space we featured beautiful art by Anne Mourier, Erika Hokanson, Maya Sariahmed, Vanessa Belli, Jenny Laden and Vadis Turner. We sang along to our 90s Spotify playlist. It was a blast (from the past) to nosh, drink and gab with so many friends and fans of TueNight. All photos by the talented Erika Hokanson. A beautiful — albeit muggy — July night at The Invisible Dog. Friends gathered, including artists from the building like Claudia Paneca and featured artist Anne Mourier.       We also picked up a little fresh produce from …

TueNight 10: Amy Sohn

Amy Sohn kicked off her writing career in the mid 90s with an autobiographical column in the New York Press called “Female Trouble,” where she chronicled frustrating dates with comedians, drummers, actors, and playwrights, some of whom wrote in to the newspaper to rebut her accounts, even using the monikers she gave them in the column. She got a lot of hate mail. She closed out the decade in 1999 with her first novel, Run, Catch, Kiss, which launched with a reading at the B&N on Astor Place and party at Joe’s Pub, which had recently opened. Those were the days! She still had her finger on the pulse a decade later, with her controversial novel, Prospect Park West, which skewered the Brooklyn neighborhood for all of its precious eccentricities. She even got the Park Slope Food Coop (where she is still a member) to sell copies of the book. “I’m currently working on a narrative nonfiction project for FSG about feminists in the 19th century, a group of women who lived when you couldn’t send information about contraception through …

TueNight 10: Sara Berliner

In no way a career minimalist, Sara Berliner has been a puppeteer, documentary filmmaker, ethnographer, festival producer, children’s book writer, content curator, digital strategist, and always an activist. This spring she launched Vote Like a Motherto make parenthood and empathy a lens for political engagement. With t-shirts and totes inspired by a sign she made for the March for Our Lives, Vote Like a Mother funnels time/money/voices to essential nonprofits doing the hard daily work on social justice crises of all kinds. “When I graduated college with a degree in Folklore & Mythology (yup, that’s a thing) I knew I wanted to tell stories and help other people tell theirs. Making and expressing meaning was important to me. I figured ‘my thing’ would emerge, but it turns out I’m not directed like a person who always knew they’d be a doctor. This year, I felt called to ramp up my social activism. Vote Like a Mother was the lightning striking.” Here’s her TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: Muji eye mask. Sunday Morning lip balm from Love + Sage. …

TueNight 10: Kathryn Finney

Kathryn Finney is a major game-changer in the world of entrepreneurship and tech for Black and LatinX women, as the founder of digitalundivided. In 2016, they released an internal research study called ProjectDiane that literally changed the startup world overnight. The latest update of the report is getting a ton of press for its revelations that more black women than ever are starting businesses, and yet the funding for them lags behind. “We all want to live a creative life that we control. We want to know that our time on this earth mattered, even if it’s to just one person. It’s an honor to know that the work you’ve done has changed people’s lives for the better, but there’s also a great deal of responsibility that comes with this honor. I spend 99% of my day trying to balance this responsibility while also working hard at being a great mom, a boss, a wife, a thought leader, a daughter, and a friend.” Here is Kathryn’s TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: How to Slay by Constance White, 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia …

TueNight 10: Ashley Milne-Tyte

Ashley Milne-Tyte is a radio journalist and podcaster. She was born and raised in London and moved to New York 21 years ago. She’s been hosting her podcast The Broad Experience, about women and the workplace, since 2012. Back then there was a real lack of helpful information and storytelling about women’s lives at work. She also reports for “Marketplace,” the public radio business show, hosts a podcast for Morgan Stanley, and teaches part-time at Columbia Journalism School. “Maybe I’m doing things the other way round from a lot of people. I was single for a long time and was good at it, but I always hoped I’d meet someone to share my life with. The NYC dating scene is pretty brutal but online dating finally came through for me (I truly was an early adopter, like 1999, when no one had photos in their profiles). I got married a year and a half ago at 45 to a wonderful man and am really enjoying it. I’ve always been a late bloomer. You learn a lot …

TueNight 10: Ginger McKnight-Chavers

Ginger McKnight-Chavers is a writer and attorney whose first novel, In the Heart of Texas, won the 2016 USA Best Book Award for African-American fiction. Though she has lived in New York for decades, Ginger is a native of Dallas, with deep, multigenerational Texas roots. As a result, she can’t stop talking or writing about Texas as a metaphor for everything good, bad and in between. “I want to tell stories from the perspective of different types of Texans than the characters you see in the media. Smart, nuanced stories about the amazing African-American women that surrounded and influenced me.” Ginger’s transition from a demanding corporate/arts/entertainment legal practice to full-time writing was long and often frustrating. “It’s hard for a seasoned professional to be treated like an idiot,” she says. “Luckily, I believed in my work and had others who believed in me as well, and I’m now able to do what I love full-time.” She is currently working on her second novel, Oak Cliff as well as a book about her mother’s life and activism to accompany …

TueNight 10: Victoria Selbach

In 2008, after spending 20 years in corporate fashion design, Victoria decided to paint full-time — now she can’t be stopped. One of her most compelling series of works: “Godesses“, gorgeous, larger-than-life-size nudes. “I strive to make a deep empathic connection to the contemporary women I paint, capturing their immense goddess power.”   You can find Victoria’s work in private collections and exhibits across the country and she curated the PoetsArtists exhibition The Artists Gaze; Seeing Women in the 21st Century where she brought together the perspectives of over 40 artists.  Right now, Victoria is researching her next big series: listening to the stories of women and collecting related material and images. “The new paintings will be driven by the truths individual women have grown to know about their own sexuality. These are the stories they rarely share, the complex realities they know to be true about themselves but rarely wear on their sleeve.” 1. On my nightstand: Next to fancy eye shades and YogaToes, I accumulate bits and pieces of items I’ve recently read. Near the top of the heap, torn from the New York …

TueNight Live: Photos from “First Jobs” at The Wing

All photos by Erika Hokanson. We worked Fashion Week, drove a Weinermobile, toured with RuPaul, sold chocolate chip cookies — and got more than we bargained for. These were just a few of the “first jobs” our storytellers shared during our April 24 event, TueNight Live. The evening was a benefit for Higher Heights, a phenomenal organization that works to get more Black women into political life — as candidates and participants. Thanks to generous donations from ticket buyers, those who donated at the event and a matching gift from philanthropist Ruth Ann Harnisch, we raised over $6000! Thank you for that. Now, some snaps: We cozied up in the drop-dead gorgeous Wing Dumbo location. Chatting up new and old friends.       Margit took the mic, introducing the night. Kimberly Allen-Peeler, co-founder of Higher Heights, talked about the HH mission and about her job as a 15-year-old Girl Scout spending a week in a congressional office… during Tailhook. Watch her story here. Mallory Kasdan reads her first job essay about touring the country with RuPaul …

TueNight 10: Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson is a business coach, bestselling author, and twice honored as one of the world’s top 50 most influential management thinkers. She’s also a co-founder of Forty Women Over 40 to Watch. (We love that, natch). Right now she’s busily prepping to launch a new book, Build An A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve. It’s amazing she has any downtime — but she makes a point to find it, whether hiking up Camelback mountain during a recent conference in Phoenix, or spending time with her family before hitting Florida, Boston, and Las Vegas for more speaking engagements. “Things are a whirlwind right now, but that’s what happens when you launch a book,” she tells TueNight. “It’s quite thrilling!” During our last event, she shared a touching story about her own insights after her brother’s passing which you can read below. But first, here’s Whitney‘s TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson and a bottle of water. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Mexican food, especially Red Iguana in Salt Lake City. 3. Jam of the minute: Headspace app. 4. Thing I …

TueNight 10: Abby West

Abby West has always loved telling stories, typically chronicling other people’s stories as a beat newspaper reporter, or later as a magazine and digital editor at People, Entertainment Weekly, Essence, and Yahoo or currently in her role as an editor for Audible. However, Abby has started to embrace telling her own story and finding she has a lot to say — we were thrilled to have her as a reader at TueNight Live: RISE. In 2014, After Abby donated her bone marrow in 2014, she joined the board of directors for Be The Match (a.k.a the National Marrow Donor Program). Abby recently moved to New Jersey with her kids, something she says her New Yorker brain can’t quite process. 1. On the nightstand: An early copy of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (It has the most beautiful cover and is a phenomenal story), a vanilla-scented candle, and usually a cup of something that should have gone back out to the kitchen yesterday. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Watching General Hospital. I’ve been watching this soap (on and off) since my babysitter had it on …

TueNight 10: Yng-Ru Chen

Yng recently left her job as Director of Marketing and Partnerships at Tattly to pursue independent work as a communications consultant and art advisor. “My background is in the arts, and now that I don’t have a 9-5 in an office, I’ve been able to find time to see more exhibitions and visit artist studios, including spending our kids’ February break in Nola to check out Prospect New Orleans, the city’s triennial.” She is currently working with the artist James Clar, whose solo exhibition will open at Jane Lombard Gallery in May. 1. On the nightstand: My girl Anya Yurchyshyn’s review copy of My Dead Parents, and I just finished Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere. And a million copies of The New Yorker. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Listening to Cardi B. 3. Jam of the minute: Bodak Yellow. 4. Thing I miss: Solid abs. 5. 80’s crush: Eddie Furlong, Terminator days. My ultimate girl crush was Paula Abdul from her Forever Your Girl era. 6. Current crush: My husbands (see photo). 7. Will whine about: New York City real estate. 8. Will wine about: Any of the Italian reds served …

TueNight Live: Photos from “RISE”

Last week, on March 6, we returned to the cozy Wren Downstairs (last time we were there was for “Sisters”), to bring our RISE issue to life. We had six phenomenal storytellers — Melanie Dione, Kerika Nalty Fields, Whitney Johnson, Elana Rabinowitz, Abby West and Yng-Ru Chen. We drank delicious Rise-themed cocktails, noshed on empanadas, and — of course — shared our stories. All photos by Kacy Jahanbini. Margit kicked off the evening talking about the meaning of this issue (more on that here), thanking The Wren for hosting, our writers for reading, and our bartender, Dale, for bartending. Kerika pulled us in with her hushed and intimate story of rising in the wee hours of the morning to write. TueNighter Adrianna introduced her friend of more than a decade, Yng. (Has it really been that long?) Yng’s shared a harrowing story of a rising fever during the birth of her first child. And Melanie straight up brought the house down with her frank description of her quest to have an orgasm. After catching our collective …

My TueNight 10: Stacy Pratt

Stacy Pratt always meant to be a writer but ended up teaching freshman composition and Native American literature for almost 18 years instead. Then last year, just before her father died the day before her 42nd birthday, he told her to stop teaching and write. She always obeys him, so that’s what she did. Now she is the web editor and a contributing writer for First American Art Magazine, a magazine about Indigenous arts, written primarily by Indigenous writers. She is also a contributing writer at Hello Giggles, and has written for several other places, including Indian Country Media Network. 1. On the nightstand: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline for an essay I’m writing, art magazines, and Before I Grow Too Old by Pat Jilks on Kindle. It’s a self-published book about a woman who walked all the way across England, and when I finish reading it, I just start over. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Defending Taylor Swift on Facebook. I can scroll past all kinds of serious injustice, but when someone unfairly criticizes her, I spend …

My TueNight 10: Elana Rabinovitz

Elana Rabinowitz is a self-described late bloomer. She was 24 when she learned to ride a bike; 45 when she published her first article. “After a failed attempt at fertility in my early 40’s,” says Elana, “I needed to ‘give birth’ to something, to change my life somehow, and writing did that.” She located a former professor, Susan Shapiro, and took her “Instant Gratification Takes Too Long” writing seminar. “She focused on humiliation essays, and when I read mine to the class, I was overcome with positive feedback — that became my first published piece. From there, I just kept going.” Elana has since had essays published in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and one story was just chosen to be in Chicken Soup for The Soul: The Power of Yes. By day, Elana teaches ESL at a middle school in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. 1. On the nightstand: Zadie Smith’s Feel Free, an assortment of Malcolm Gladwell Books and my travel alarm clock. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Searching for the perfect felt …

TueNight 10: Elisa Camahort Page

As the co-founder and COO of scrappy-start-up-turned-global-women’s-media-company BlogHer, Inc., Elisa Camahort Page has interviewed a diverse group of women throughout the years, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Tig Notaro, from Luvvie to Martha Stewart (who, when asked if there was anything she wasn’t good at, memorably responded, “Anything I haven’t tried yet.”). Elisa now consults with entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and organizations to take their big ideas to the next level. She’s also preparing for the September 18 release of her debut book, Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All, available for pre-order now. At the dawn of 2018, Elisa looked at her heaving cookbook shelves and threw down the gauntlet, “I decided to issue myself a little cooking challenge in 2018. Every day (that I’m at home and not traveling) I’m going to take out a cookbook…and make one recipe from it.” She is currently on day 45 of her #vegancookbookchallenge.” Go, Elisa! Here’s her TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: iPad, Apple Watch charger, glasses, pile of magazines I will never read, Sunset’s Western Garden Book (which makes me sound way more …

TueNight 10: Tausha Robertson

After working for 10+ years in private equity, Tausha Robertson is wrapping up a delicious “gap year” of self-discovery and enrichment. But she’s not exactly sitting still. For starters, she launchedMsXFactor, a site for Gen-X, multicultural women. “And guess what, it’s growing!”  Tausha has also spent time as a board member for non-profits like Global Women 4 Well-Being and Saint Louise House.  “Most importantly, I have spent time with people I love, and doing things I love, without the stress of my previous 24/7 work calling. That life afforded me the luxury of choice, but it’s time for my next chapter which will focus on my passions, authentic connections, and being fully present.”We love a good second-act story. Here’s Tausha’s TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: A bottle of sparkling water, the book Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, and my iPhone. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: My personal dance parties while cooking or getting dressed. This week I was on a New Edition bender. 3. Jam of the minute: Kendrick Lamar, SZA – “All The Stars“ 4. Thing I miss: I talk to my college friends often …

TueNight 10: Sally Kohn

Sally Kohn is a woman of many, MANY reaction shots  (see above — and get your own Sally gif here!) Her face basically says what all of us are thinking. A progressive political pundit on CNN, host of the State of Resistance podcast, former community organizer, and an occasional contributor to TueNight, Kohn has a brand new book coming out in April called The Opposite of Hate (you can pre-order it now!). The book is part of her mission “to do something about the overwhelming hate and animosity in our culture,” and help us all to rise above it. These days Sally tells us she is, “trying to catch up on sleep and try this thing I’ve heard about called exercise. I spent the last year writing a book and the year before that helping cover and comment on the election and now am gearing up for an exciting book tour in the spring. So I need sleep. But who doesn’t? In between naps, I try to make the world a better place.” Sally’s TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: A …