Author: TueNight Crew

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 Times, …

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 …

Yng Ru-Chen at TueNight Live Rise

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 …

TueNight 10: Deborah Copaken

After bleeding out and nearly dying this summer before fleeing to Nepal to heal, Deborah Copaken liquidated her 401K and bought herself a few months of health insurance and reassessment. Since then, she consulted with Darren Star on a new TV show; co-wrote a TV pilot with former Rolling Stone editor, Will Dana; wrote an Op-Ed for the Washington Post about sexism in the family court system; and created an unexpected viral sensation with this story in Medium. She also completed a sample chapter and proposal for a new memoir, LADYPARTS, which her agent just sent out on Friday, so fingers fucking crossed. She’s been doing a ton of photography as well, shooting photos in Nepal and corporate headshots, party, and author photos in NY, plus installing a 4’ x 5’ blow-up of a Nepal photo into the home of the doctors who helped save her. She’s starting a new photo project called SMILPh’s (Single Mothers I’d Like to Photograph), which you can support here on Patreon, if you so wish. She was just on Good Morning America last week, promoting her most recent book, THE ABC’s OF PARENTHOOD, which she co-authored and co-shot …

TueNight 10: Amy Choi

Amy S. Choi was 22 years old and working as a reporter in New York when an editor and colleague pointed out to her that there was an Amy Choi in Australia who was a porn star (good for her!) with a website (great!) but who had her same name (not good). Hence, Amy Choi became Amy S. Choi and Amy S. Choi studiously never asked what her editor was doing googling porn stars in Australia. Now, Amy is the editorial director and co-founder of The Mash-Up Americans, a website, podcast, and creative studio that explores race, culture, and identity in America. “We’re trying to get at a specific truth: What makes us who we are? The challenge is, who we are is always a moving target.” Truer words. Here is Amy’s TueNight 10.  1. On the nightstand: A month’s worth of earmarked New Yorkers. All About Love by bell hooks. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston. My Baron Fig journal. But no pen. I don’t actually like to write in bed. My nightstand is, uh, aspirational. 2. Can’t stop won’t stop: …

TueNight 10: Stacy Morrison

At 48, Stacy Morrison never thought she’d still be figuring out what to do when she grew up. After all, she’d set her sights on being a magazine editor in fifth grade. “That sense of promise in my hands I felt every month with Seventeen magazine just hooked me,” she says. And she went on to have an award-winning career launching new titles (Time Out New York), reinventing old ones (Modern Bride, Redbook). But then, the ground beneath her shifted. “I left publishing first, and then publishing left me. And now I’m in my seventh year of WTF.” Part of that WTF has been consulting, working with clients like the music-and-yoga festival Wanderlust, or the parenting App WeeSchool, as well as doing individual coaching and writing. Author of the book Falling Apart in One Piece, Stacy has been a frequent contributor to TueNight since the very beginning, writing about everything from being crafty to owning her desire. Here’s Stacy’s TueNight 10, and here’s to all of us figuring things out as we go along. 1. On the nightstand: I’m rereading Infinite Jest, and …

TueNight 10: Greer Hendricks

After 20 years working at a major publishing house, with an impressive stable of best-selling authors (Jennifer Weiner, for one), Greer Hendricks felt restless. So, she quit. She’d long harbored a secret desire to write fiction herself, which she only shared with a few people, including her former author, Sarah Pekkanen. To Greer’s surprise, Sarah approached her about writing collaboratively. As she puts it, “I initially worried it would be copping out to work with someone else, that it would be less of an accomplishment.  Then I realized I would be crazy to turn down this opportunity.  While I had published a few personal essays and edited hundreds of books, I knew I had a lot to learn about writing an actual novel.” Their first book, The Wife Between Us, comes out next week, and has already received rave reviews. Here is Greer’s TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: My nightstand often looks like an unstable Jenga tower. At the moment, some of the books on the pile are Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan, Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, and The …

TueNight 10: Jessica Kringle (a.k.a. Mrs. Claus)

1. On the nightstand: Holding Down the Fort: Help and Encouragement for Wives Whose Husbands Travel; ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas; Anything by Liane Moriarty 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Reindeer games. 3. Jam of the minute: Well, I just love the new Gwen Stefani Christmas album and this duet with Blake Shelton, heavens they are cute! Reminds me of me and Kris back in the day. 4. Thing I miss: When the elves didn’t have iPhones. 5. 80’s crush: Heatmiser or Snowmeiser, take your pick. 6. Current crush: Kris of course. 7. Will whine about: Those elves! 8. Will wine about: Eggnog. 9. Best thing that happened yesterday: Donning my apron, baking gingerbread cookies while singing carols. 10. Looking forward to: December 26th.

TueNight 10: Elizabeth Bougerol

A few years ago, Elizabeth Bougerol downed two stiff drinks and ventured out to a jazz jam she’d heard about nearby. There, she sang (something she’d mostly only done in the shower) and met a piano player who shared her love of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles. Today, the band they created out of a mission to spread the joy of traditional jazz is doing just that. Their debut album, “The Hot Sardines,” spent more than a year on the Billboard Jazz Chart, and their latest, “French Fries + Champagne,” hit no. 1 at iTunes Jazz, landing them at the Newport Jazz Festival, the Blue Note Festival in Japan, and a few hundred points in-between. Right now she’s prepping a live album, gearing up for 50+ tour dates, and working on a project celebrating the France-America love affair through jazz, slated for next fall. She’s also readying another installment of Ladies First, the NYC dance party/“celebration of badass women musicians”/Planned Parenthood fundraiser she created last year with the skint, the newsletter she co-founded. And she’s …

TueNight 10: Geeta Dalal

At 42, Geeta Dalal is both a bona fide, badass rock and roller AND a stay-at-home Mom. Full disclosure, she and Margit were in the fierce but short-lived ’90s rock band Rockula together. After roughly 13 years off from performing, writing about music and producing content for public radio, Geeta couldn’t resist returning to her axe (and not just any axe: she plays a custom-made checkerboard double-neck 24 string guitar). She now helms the Philly-based RunHideFight. She says, “I actually wrote and recorded a demo in my kids’ playroom. The kids are old enough now that I can take some time to myself. It’s like I’m 17 again, with green hair and playing shows; except this time nature has conveniently bleached my hair for me.” Listen to RunHideFight’s addictive, garage rock goodness while you read Geeta’s TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein; Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas — thank God there’s finally a kids book out there for my lil’ Hin-Jew homeys!2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Seeking the perfect guitar tone; which causes a dangerous wallet gauge …

TueNight 10: Marcelle Karp

Marcelle Karp kept true to form at our TueNight Live: SWAP back in April, when she told a room full of people that, at age 52, she’d had sex with a 25 year old in a stairwell. As the co-creator of BUST, Marcelle was at the forefront of Third Wave Feminism, touting her vibrator and encouraging women to have agency over their sexual lives. Now, she blogs at barbmagazine.com, the site she found in 2016, staying on message: have sex, have the kind of sex you want to have. She’s the mother of the comic Ruby Karp, who just published her feminist tome, Earth Hates Me and also produces and hosts the monthly stand up show, We Hope You Have Fun, at UCB EAST. #proudmama 1. On the nightstand: Earth Hates Me by Ruby Karp. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. Heard him on NPR. Another sign that I’m happily middle-aged. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Look, I’m just not going to stop listening to Pavement. 3. Jam of the minute: Pod Save America. 4. Thing I miss: Brownies on Avenue A. 5. 80’s crush: Springsteen. 6. Current crush: Rocky, my pug. 7. Will whine about: How people don’t return …

TueNight 10: Hitha Herzog

A powerhouse retail analyst and journalist, Hitha Herzog knows how to shop and spend — she runs her own retail and consumer spending research firm and is a regular retail analyst for MSNBC, ABC News and Fox Business. She’s also executive producer and conservative counterpart to co-host Liz Plank on the podcast Divided States of Women.  Not easy to pigeonhole, Hitha wrote for TueNight about being a Fox News Feminist and her marital issues with money in He Said/ She Said with husband, comedian Seth Herzog. Hitha’s spending philosophy?  “Abundance, not scarcity. Meaning: don’t limit your life, just spend within your means”  Preach! 1. On the nightstand: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the creator of Nike, Phil Knight; gratitude journal; iPhone and iPad. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Advocating for young women in the workplace. 3. Jam of the minute: “Look What you Made Me Do,” by Taylor Swift. 4. Thing I miss: Fall weather. 5. 80’s crush: Michael Jackson. 6. Current crush: Seth Herzog. 7. Will whine about: Fake feminism, i.e., supporting the cause when it’s good for image and can sell product. 8. Will wine about: I don’t drink, but will stress drink chai tea over #MeToo. 9. Best thing that …

TueNight 10: Lori Leibovich

Lori Leibovich has launched some of our favorite Instagram handles. While she was director of RealSimple.com she started the popular @womenirl, featuring life’s unfiltered moments. (To wit: this kid finding Halloween candy while sitting on top of the fridge). After the Women’s March she launched the inspirational @nastysigns as well as the gorgeous, Americana-filled @ihavethisthingwithsigns. But when she’s not chronicling signage, or touring middle and high schools in NYC for her daughter and son, she’s overseeing all of Time Inc’s health coverage and is the editor in chief of Health magazine and Time Health. We were happy to get an ounce of her free time to ask her about her TueNight 10!  1. On the nightstand: Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen (I read it but I like just having it there); HelloFlo: The Guide, Period: The Everything Puberty Book for the Modern Girl by Naama Bloom (see: 5th grade daughter, above); Her Body And Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado; Modern Loss: Candid Conversations About Grief by Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner (galleys) 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Instagram. It’s a problem. 3. Jam of the minute: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile “Lotta Sea …

Now That I’m Over 40, I Cannot and I Will Not… (VIDEO)

“Stop cursing like a sailor!” “Stop having adventures.” “Wear Spanx.” Hell to the yes, sister. We asked several women over 40 about the things they can’t stop/ won’t stop doing, now that they (we) are grown-ass women. We filmed this at our last TueNight Live event in Manhattan, sponsored by AARP (High five AARP! We love our sponsors!) and we’re so happy to have them sponsor this video. It’s all part of their mission to reinvent what it means to age — aka #DisruptAging. So now that YOU are over 40, what’s the thing you won’t stop doing? Watch this video and then tell us in the comments below. We’ll be rounding them up to share, compare and celebrate. No effs left to give. We’re #NobodysMaam

What’s the Most Ageist Thing Anyone Has Ever Said to You? (VIDEO)

“You’re old!” “When are you going to dye your hair?” “You look great for your age!” We asked several women over 40 to share the rudest, funniest, and just plain strange comments they’ve heard about being the age they are. Which um, isn’t old, by the way. We filmed this at our last TueNight Live event in Manhattan, sponsored by AARP (High five AARP! We love our sponsors!) and we’re so happy to have them sponsor this video. It’s all part of their mission to reinvent what it means to age — aka #DisruptAging. What’s the most ageist thing anyone’s ever said to you? Watch this video and then tell us YOUR most ageist story in the comments below. We’ll be rounding them up to share for collective commiseration.  We’re #NobodysMaam.  

TueNight 10: Morra Aarons-Mele

Morra Aarons-Mele is a self-described hermit. She’s happiest working in bed. And yet, she has the big, successful career she’s always wanted. She was inspired to write her recent book, Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home) after hearing too many introverted or anxious professionals say they couldn’t pursue their dreams of a big career because they didn’t want to be “out there” all the time. Not true at all, says Morra! And she’s the living proof. As she puts it, you can eat lunch alone, say no, never give a TEDx talk…and still have an amazing career. Hiding in the Bathroom gets into the nitty-gritty about how to do it: from business development to selling yourself to surviving professional conferences and networking events. Morra is also working on a new podcast about smashing the patriarchy. It’s way past time. 1. On the nightstand: Spy fiction (since we’re living in a very Cold War moment). The new John Le Carré, Red Sparrow, (trashy but so good), and my new obsession, Charles’ Cummings’ Thomas Kell series. Also just …

TueNight 10: Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky is one of us. She’s a Gen-Xer who figured prominently in our 20s, who had to grapple with both her nascent, female power and naive mistakes on an unforgiving international stage.  We witnessed and absorbed the presidential scandal (let’s be clear: the scandal was always his — not hers) with rapt fascination. And maybe we weren’t just watching the news; we were putting ourselves in her shoes, literally (I recall hosting a Halloween party in the late ‘90s where two people showed up in a blue dress and beret). Distancing ourselves, yet, perhaps wondering what we would have done in her place.   Owning her narrative. (Photo: Twitter) In 2017, our national conversation about how women are bullied and shamed has thankfully shifted (though there’s a shit-ton of work still to be done). And at 44, who better to lead that charge than Monica, someone who has faced down ridicule on an almost unfathomable scale — and continues to fight it in her Twitter feed to this day. Monica has become a fierce advocate for anti-bullying, collaborating on a powerful PSA and leading the #ClickWithCompassion campaign during October’s …

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 slayed us with her her story about her father at last week’s TueNight Live: Trust.  1. On the nightstand: I hope you’re not expecting a book to be there, because I don’t read in bed. The last thing I do before I go to sleep is watch TV, so there’s a remote control on my nightstand. 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 I’m okay with looking unkempt in …

TueNight Live: Photos from “TRUST”

Walking into the red room at Spring Place, one of our storytellers, Jenny Douglas squealed, “This place is like a ’70s sunken living room!” Later, she corrected herself and whispered, “No, it’s more as if Hugh Hefner had a vagina. I love it.” Last week, on October 17, we brought TueNight Live and our TRUST issue,  to the seriously swanky Spring Place, where we shared wine, sandwiches, and — of course — stories, in a sort of loungey theater in the square, with a beautiful view of Tribeca. Margit kicked off the evening, thanking both Spring Place for hosting and our evening’s sponsor, AARP. Reading her story via her phone — because 2017 — Dori Fern described how choosing calm over chaos improved her relationship with her kids. (While she read her story off her phone, her daughter actually texted her, “do you have the laundry card on you?”) After fixing our microphone (it was backward — sigh) Crystal Durant told a harrowing story of learning her father was untrustworthy. Oft CNN contributor Sally Kohn posed …

TueNight 10: Nilofer Merchant

Nilofer Merchant took time while on her book tour to share her TueNight 10 with us. A few weeks ago she got to speak at the same conference in Boston as Michelle Obama, “which really just means my shoes might touch the dust that her shoes touch.” Her book, The Power of Onlyness, shows how seemingly powerless people now have a new way to be valued, AND create more value in the world because of it. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter. 1. On the nightstand: Just finished Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Next up: Grant by Ron Chernow. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Judging myself. I always set the bar so high that I never achieve it. 3. Jam of the minute: Hamilton soundtrack (still) 4. Thing I miss: Grace & gravitas in the White House 5. 80’s crush: Oprah. She taught me the life lessons my mom just couldn’t. 6. Current crush: My Family. 7. Will whine about: Sitting on the tarmac. 8. Will wine about: Whiskey. Writer’s Tears is a new one I just found; it’s perfect in both name and flavor. 9. Best thing that happened yesterday: Oh, that’s easy. A nap. …

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  CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS! Join the TueNight crew for an evening of storytelling around the theme TRUST. We’ll be in the swanky Spring Place red room, where we’ll drink cocktails, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and put our trust in — who else? Each other. Our Storytellers: Jenny Douglas (@BrooklynCottage), founder of The Brooklyn Cottage, television producer, and helper of women going through divorce Issa Mas (@IssaMas), New York single mom balancing writing, raising a 10-yr-old and staying sane. BlogHer Voice of the Year, 2012 Sally Kohn (@sallykohn), founder and CEO of the Movement Vision Lab and CNN commentator Crystal Durant (@DJCrystalClear6), Black Renaissance woman, vocalist and performance artist who writes for the Z Review and Forces of Geek Lu Chekowsky, SVP of Brand Creative at Comedy Central. She once ate a turkey sandwich with Britney Spears Dori Fern (@dorifern), Content marketing strategist and award-winning latke expert CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!