The Power of Marvel’s “Black Panther”: A Compendium of Commentary From Black Voices

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER L to R: Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) Ph: Film Frame ©Marvel Studios 2018

Holy cow, kids — have you seen Black Panther yet? I know it just came out a week ago, but given the record-breaking advance tickets sales and explosive opening weekend box office resulting in the biggest February opening for any film of all time, chances are fairly high you did…

How Do You Pamper Yourself?


In recent months, I’ve felt especially sore, my skin is dry and flaky, and the bags under my eyes are visible more often than not. I would chalk it up to lack of sleep, but Fay has actually been sleeping and napping like a dream (*KNOCKS WOOD*), despite a chronic runny nose. No, it’s almost certainly a combination of lack of exercise, a past-its-prime mattress, work stress and, well, parenting a rambunctious toddler. So tell me…

Heartbroken — and Full of Anger


On Wednesday, at least 17 people — children and adults — were gunned down at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The perpetrator was one man who, it should come as no surprise to mention, was carrying a AR-15-style assault rifle and massive quantities of ammunition.

I don’t know what else to say at this point. I’m heartbroken, but mostly — I’m really fucking mad.

How Jonathan and I Started Dating


On January 14th, Jonathan and I celebrated our 8th anniversary of being together, but we didn’t actually have our first official date until Valentines Day — exactly eight years ago today.

The story of us finally getting together is a weird one, mostly because it took us so damn long. In a way, I see it as a cautionary tale for nervous people, the moral of the story being: Just tell the person you like how you feel. The result could potentially be the best thing that’s ever happened to you…

Some Distractions: Natalie Portman Rap, Postpartum Anxiety, Obama Portraits, Etc.

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Oy vey, friends. It’s Monday already. Work has been stressful and busy this last week, as several things I’ve been working on for over a year have finally come to a head. I have that groggy feeling that comes from several days of sleeping too hard and yet feeling like you haven’t slept at all. Anyone else relate to this right now?

A handful of distractions from the interwebs, and please — share some links to all things good and pretty and interesting in the comments, because I will need them this week. x

“Dare to dream it, dare to believe it, and dare to do it” — feeling inspired by this interview with make-up goddess and entrepreneur Charlotte Tilbury.

Did you see Natalie Portman’s 2nd rap on SNL last weekend? I can’t believe it’s been 12 years since me and my college friends cracked ourselves up imitating her original rap!

This no-holds-barred interview with music icon Quincy Jones is fascinating to say the least. (Anyone else suddenly really interested in reading Richard Pryor’s diaries?)

Happy 10 years in fashion to Christian Siriano — and his beautiful, size-inclusive collection!

13 Black-Owned Small Businesses to Shop Right This Second.

“I am learning that to be a mother is to know that you can’t know everything will be okay and still operate as if you could. The alternative is to have your entire body — heart, mind, and soul — be held hostage by fear.” and other realizations about postpartum anxiety and new motherhood.

The Obamas on display at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery. (How much do you love Barack’s portrait? There’s something so beautiful, feminine, and peaceful about it.)

This lovely kids picture book just won the Caldecott Medal! (*quickly adds to Fay’s Library Wishlist*)

I haven’t seen any of the Fifty Shades films yet (nor have I read the book), but thanks to reviews like this one that make me literally LOL, I don’t feel like I need to.

Science meets… curling! (You know how I love curling.)

and finally:

What song would you figure skate to at the Olympics? (I actually gave this a lot of thought over the weekend: This song for pair skating and this song for singles would make beautiful choices, I think.) Plus, Virtue and Moir from Canada pulled off the daring Moulin Rouge! medley with grace and poise.

(Image by Jenny Komenda — buy the print and others from Jenny’s Print Shop)

Beautiful and Cheeky Illustrations by Heather Landis

Fay Hyatt Heather Landis Illustration

For my baby shower, as you may recall, my dear friend Heather Landis did all of the illustrations for the games — but what I didn’t tell you about was that she also designed a custom piece especially for “Baby Hyatt.” At the time, Heather didn’t know the baby’s name, so after Fay was born, she sent me the art print (above) updated with her name — framed and everything! It makes me so happy!

This week, I fell into the hole that is her Society6 online shop and simply must share a few of her cheeky flowery prints with you, which are similarly beautiful…

My Favorite Event of the Winter Olympics

Ice Skating - Winter Olympic Games St Moritz 1928

Are you planning on tuning in to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? The big opening ceremony takes place in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow (3 a.m. PT!), but the games officially kicked off last night with it’s first event.

You may be surprised to know it is also my favorite overall event of the entire winter games…