The TueDo List: J.Lo's Halftime + Gyno Dog + Gen X Dance Star
Plus, a cookbook for Juneteenth
📖 READ: Queen Latifah wants to have honest conversations about obesity. A church-going grandma, enterprising mom and sassy granddaughter launched a wildly successful sex toy business in Alabama. The anxiety and elation of getting your first tattoo in midlife. Nenah Cherry has worked with — and has stories about — everyone. 13 women who didn’t hit their stride until their 40s. Related: 16 women on what changed after 40.
🛒 ADD TO CART: Nicole Taylor’s Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations. Liz Prato’s Kids In America: A Gen X Reckoning comes out today. A roundup of linen pieces for summer.
Now: Tribeca Film Fest At Home: Amazing access to 133 niche, fascinating films — totally worth the $150 pass. Dirty Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute and Jennifer Lopez's new documentary Halftime. (Both on Netflix)
Wednesday: God's Favorite Idiot has Melissa McCarthy, roller skating, a lake of fire, and an impending apocalypse. (Netflix)
Friday: Emma Thompson plays a retired teacher having a post-marital sexual awakening in Good Luck To You, Leo Grande (Hulu); Annette Bening and Bryan Cranston star in Jerry & Marge Go Large; (Paramount+) and — damn, Gina! — Martin: The Reunion (BET+).
STORY: A Gyno Visit Goes to the Dogs
By Liz Alterman
I should’ve changed doctors sooner. Each time I sat in the waiting room surrounded by pregnant women and postpartum moms and their newborns, I reminded myself it was time to find a new gynecologist.
Squarely in my menopause years, I didn’t need a doctor who was also an obstetrician, especially not one in high demand. But this physician — let’s call her Dr. J — while quirky, had a stellar reputation. She’d always been attentive, vigilant. She’d discovered barely-detectable nodules on my thyroid.
TUENIGHT 10: Verun Marie Moring, TikTok Star
Basic bio: We first spotted Verun Marie Moring on her addictive TikTok handle @MarieBustinMoves where her Gen-X (and multi-generational) old school dances have gone viral. Try not to bust a smile at her “Running Man.” This dancing mom of six (and grandmother to four) is an accountant by day and also owns a dance studio in Georgia called A Time to Dance Studio. As she likes to say, “I spread joy thru dance and finance.”
Beyond the bio: “I have gained clarity about life and womanhood in my 40s. The hot flashes caught me the most off guard. It’s like, why don’t our mothers and aunties prepare us for this difficult process? I love being a grandma because it’s another chance to be more patient and forgiving towards (my kids’) kids. I wasn’t the perfect parent but now I have a chance to be the perfect grandparent.”
What makes you a grown-ass lady? Caring about people other than myself, especially other women. And making my life count and living unapologetically after raising all my babies.
Here’s her TueNight 10:
On the nightstand: My phone charger and my first book, What’s The Best That Can Happen?
Can't stop/won't stop: Dancing!
Jam of the minute: Treat ‘Em Right by Chubb Rock, of course!
Thing I miss: Old school and how close families were.
'80s crush: Prince.
Current crush: My grandson.
Latest fav find: This extra cute jumpsuit that I went viral in.
Last thing you lost: Wig cap.
Best thing that happened recently: I’m on an NBC dance show with Shakira called Dancing with Myself.
Looking forward to: Touring the U.S. all summer and meeting my supporters.
Have a whale of a week, TueNighters!