Thank you for sharing your gift with us. You helped narrate my early adulthood. Rest easy without sickness or pain.
Malik Isaac Taylor
November 20, 1970 – March 22, 2016
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then turn off your flip phone! But for the rest of you, who knew that emoticons were going to mature onto such a global stage?!? I surely did not, but then again I’m not immersed in the tech world. However, it is evident that if one does not think globally about technology then that could be the demise of an upcoming product/software/idea.
With Word of the Year under its belt, emoji is taking on other challenges that have cultural significance. Who knew that this popular symbol would be tackling religious, political and social issues?
Growing up, I was a Hall of Justice girl. Wonder Woman was the ultimate with her invisible jet, fashionable cuff bracelets and cute crime-fighting outfit. Wonder Twins came in a distant second.
I am two generations post comic books so I don’t recall when I was first introduced to Batman and Robin. I found them very boring and dare I say it, Robin was just plain sad. A sidekick in yellow tights without superpowers.
Fast forward a few decades. My son’s FAVORITE show is Teen Titans Go. The premise: five teen-age superheroes who live in a tower and fight crime. You’ll never guess who their fearless leader is- a teenage Robin. He is cool, somewhat annoying, but respected by the Titans. And my son loves him. So much so that he and his friends fight over who will be Robin while playing the 4th iteration of Lego Batman. Let me be clear: they don’t want to be Batman.
Next, there will be a Marvel blockbuster for Robin. It’s coming…
Which brings me back to the beginning. Is it Olivia Pope? Judy Smith? Whomever it is, they have successfully revived his career.
So after I ate my annual Mothers’ Day breakfast-in-bed courtesy of my daughter, I lazily watched my favorite: home renovation tv.
Just in time for Mothers’ Day, I stumbled upon Two Chicks and a Hammer. It is a new home rehab show featuring a mom and daughter duo in Indy. Karen and Mina rehabilitate devastated homes (17 in their town) and now they’ve moved on to the next town.
They are super cute. I could NOT work with my mom, but it works for them. And I loooove seeing women who are proficient with power tools. They are literally breaking down walls that still define gender roles! Love it.
Check them out on HGTV.
Seven-year-old Natalie McGriff is the creator of The Adventures of Moxie Girl, a comic book about a young, female superhero. McGriff won $16,000 for her creation at a crowdfunding festival in Jacksonville, Fla.
The protagonist is a girl who uses a magical shampoo that turns her curls into super-powered Afro puffs. Her mother revealed that Natalie was having problems loving her hair and that was the origin of the story.
I decided to help Natalie write this book because she was having self-esteem issues regarding her hair and she hated to read. She now realizes how powerful and awesome her hair is and that in order for her to write a cool book, she needs to read more books and learn different words. – mother, Angie Nixon