From a city where I turned 21, a long time ago, I wanted to say thank you to the loving Joyner family for having me tag along to their family reunion at The Jockey Club way back when to celebrate with Shannan, Beth, Tina, and Meganne, my wonderful high school girlfriends. I turned 21 on the dot in the Aladdin which is now where Planet Hollywood stands — that was such a great trip. Respects to Dick and Dottie Joyner who are no longer with us and were such kind, dear, fun people who made me part of their family during my high school years in Wheaton, IL.
When you have a platform of millions of fans and followers, there are ways to use that platform for good and to empower others. As a member of the globally known band The Black Eyed Peas that is exactly what rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, DJ, activist, and cancer-survivor Jimmy “Taboo” Gomez does every day. Social justice warriors come in many shapes and sizes, and Taboo brings his heart and passion to many groups and issues that are near and dear to him for the betterment of our world.
As a lover of comic books, graphic novels, artists, superheroes movies and TV series I’m giddy about being involved with this project. Who hasn’t spun around like Wonder Woman as a young girl or maybe, um, yesterday? To see her and so many other brilliant superheroes in print, in cool TV series and on the big screen bringing justice to the world makes my heart sing.
Thrilled to announce that I’m moderating my first education/how to panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an amazing group of panelists.
I see a lot of social posts about despair, disappointment, disgust, and “what is happening?”
The dismantling of one’s ideals and what we thought is true, of who we are and what we stand for as a people is disheartening.
But you are not the first nor the last that this will happen to, it is and has been happening since time began.
For new ground to be broken, there will be cracks and fissures that swallow people up whole.
So, the funk mothership lands and all you see is a beam of light, and a hear a bassline and horns that make your booty shake. And bad ass, shining star Bootsy Collins comes through the entire crowd, walks on water and hugs you. I say hot damn. I’ve been shaking tail to Bootsy, Parliament Funkadelic and James Brown since I was a kid — the bassline and horn sections of that music live in my heart.
Geekricans is my new favorite word.
Heroes come in many shapes and forms.
Puerto Rico is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.
4,600 people dead.
Countless homes and hearts destroyed.
Attitudes of carelessness avail.
Electricity still not back on many parts of the island.
Recovery isn’t a one-time shot, it is daily and happens over decades.
Puertorriqueños are kicking ass, but they still need our help.
Dear Ms. Newman,
It has come to our attention that you gave that little shit inner voice space this week, yours in particular, you know the one with the guilt and the worry. And it is our profound suggestion that you complete the following:
Shut that shit down
Apologize to yourself
Let it go
Namaste if you need that
And get back on track being a light for this world.
We only say this because we love and adore you and your light is needed in this chaotic world of ours. And, hey, always remember your “why.”
Friends don’t let friends be blue, for too long.