The TueDo List: Bye B-52's + Grandma Monikers + PBS ❤️
And the best (worst) roller skates we've ever seen
📖 READ: How female correspondents are defining war coverage in Ukraine. What it’s like to use a daily selfie app. The whiplash of growing up between two worlds. Why Robin Roberts almost turned down her historic Obama interview. Funk music taught me how to be an environmentalist. Hey you (yes you): Schedule a colonoscopy. The caretakers of women’s pandemic stories.
👀 LOOK: Donny Osmond surprising Jennifer Garner on her birthday. A visualization of who we spend the most time with as we get older. Pitchfork’s 25 best punk movies. Need to find a public toilet, STAT? There’s an app for that.
🤣 LOL: If cowboy boot roller skates are a thing, we demand Dr. Martens roller skates too. I like free speech so much I’ve decided to buy it. Woman calls out sauce stain on her shirt in order to control the narrative.
Wednesday: Silverton Siege, inspired by true events of 1980 South Africa. (Netflix)
Thursday: Helena Bonham Carter and other big names in Ten Percent, a British version of Call My Agent! (Prime)
OBSESSED: PBS NewsHour
Living in Paris, I can’t get U.S. news in real-time at a reasonable hour, so when I rise in the morning, I tend to the coffee press and my computer to pull up the previous night’s broadcast of PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff.
Unlike her flashy counterparts — NBC Nightly News and ABC World News Tonight — PBS NewsHour doesn’t try to pull us in with dramatic music or sound bites. Judy Woodruff and her team deliver the news of the day with quality in-depth interviews and analyses which provoke deeper thought. Even the salacious and frivolous Will Smith slap was covered with an analysis of Black pain and the racial significance of the moment.
One thing I really appreciate about this show is that it centers the experiences of people of color from multiple dimensions. Their stories aren’t just about the unrelenting victimization and injustices brought against people of color. We hear stories like the one about Black-owned book stores adapting to virtual sales during the pandemic, or a piece on the highest-ranking African-American in the history of the car industry.
PBS NewsHour is also an outstanding showcase of women in journalism and politics. Judy Woodruff, Lisa DeJardin, Amna Nawaz, and Stephanie Sy lead every broadcast with tough questions and meaningful insights. “Politics Monday” is a weekly in-depth conversation with Judy, Tamara Keith, and Amy Walter about the current political winds. Not to mention their former White House correspondent, Yamiche Alcindor, who has gone on to become the moderator of Washington Week. This powerhouse lineup of women truly inspires.
It’s almost comical how many conversations I have that include the statement, “I saw on PBS NewsHour. . .” But I am a smarter, more informed person because of it!
Who’s your go-to news anchor/ news station these days?
STORY: I've Hit the Grandmom Milestone… Now What Should I Be Called?
By Amy Barr
My first grandchild was born in March, but please don’t call me Grandma. It’s not that I’m not thrilled about this milestone and the monumental adorableness of my grandson. I just don’t like the sound of “Grandma Amy”…
TUENIGHT 10: Erin Patrice O'Brien, Photographer
Basic bio: Erin is a portrait and lifestyle photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Over the last 20 years, she’s captured portraits of industry leaders and trendsetters in the entertainment, advertising, and political worlds, from pop-culture icons Dave Chapelle, Megan Rapinoe, and Tina Fey, to power players like AOC, Mayor Bloomberg, and even the 45th President of the United States. Fun fact: Margit and Erin both worked at the Philadelphia City Paper where Erin was a photographer in the ninetiiiieees. New Yorkers can see her work IRL this Friday (April 29) at Mr. Lee’s at 471 Myrtle in Brooklyn from 7-9pm. Framed prints will be for sale and 15% of the proceeds will go to benefit the non-profit organization the Children of Promise.
Beyond the bio: I have always loved meeting and connecting with people from different cultures. The wisdom that comes with age is not caring what people think about me. Going out alone with my camera always brings me joy. Being able to photograph some of the same people — friends and clients — over the years, it is rewarding to see them grow.
What makes you a grown-ass lady? Being able to say no.
Here’s her TueNight 10:
On the nightstand: Water, melatonin, herbs from Dr. Mckenzie O'Brien.
Can't stop/won't stop: Making playlists, coffee first thing in the morning, taking photos all the time.
Jam of the minute: “Tickled Pink” by Brandee Younger.
Thing I miss: Polaroids on photo shoots, land lines, and answering machines.
'80s crush: Madonna.
Current crush: Mamoudou Athie.
Latest fav find: Tizo sunscreen.
Last thing you lost: My keys, my mask, my glasses and my retainer.
Best thing that happened recently: A weekend at the beach with my best friends from high school and their daughters.
Looking forward to: A summer with less Covid.
Never stop dancing, TueNighters!