A lot happened in 2016, like with every year to precede it, yet perhaps a bit EXTRA it seemed. For example, who saw the end of Vine coming? Below is a recap of the year's highlights and lowlights. Since I wrote about many of these events along the way, you can click on hyperlinks in text or accompanying photos for additional details as you take a stroll down Memory Lane.
Every year features some pointless leisure activities. Previous ones have given us acts such as planking and dabbing. 2016 gave us water bottle flips and mannequin challenges.
We got the whole crew together and took the #MannequinChallenge to new heights #Proxima pic.twitter.com/vlOglQ3lEh— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) December 29, 2016
The US Treasury agreed with me and many others that Harriet Tubman is most deserving to grace the $20 bill. I continue to be baffled that anybody bothered to voice a tepid rebuttal and suppose that kudos must be given to Andrew Jackson for his impressive run.
So Harriet Tubman doesn't only symbolize resistance. She also symbolizes the best of all of humanity in the worst of times.— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) May 14, 2015
Iconic Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher dies at 60 https://t.co/N6gM9k2FfU pic.twitter.com/jEjJNeNTDo— People Magazine (@people) December 27, 2016
Two great faces - my darling daughter and our Olympic hero @IbtihajMuhammad pic.twitter.com/TblZPRRvPj— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) September 10, 2016
2 016's Best GIF. This matter is beyond dispute. pic.twitter.com/6fUvTFR9L9— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) December 20, 2016
It's true. My wife made stickers for us because our polling place didn't provide them. As result, #MyStickerIsCoolerThanYours pic.twitter.com/gJeCPkTwNf— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) November 8, 2016
Trump didn't expand the GOP base, nor did he lose any of it despite being Trump. Hillary failed to energize her own more fickle base.— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) December 26, 2016
Sporadic mass shootings by lunatics aren't the main reason why I want gun control. Daily gang violence in inner cities is primary reason.— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) December 18, 2015
@AuthorofPatches At the end of the day, the Democrats use gun control to rally their voters but they’re not willing to put skin in the game.— Robert Crump (@robertecrump) August 27, 2015
A Line A Day: GUN CONTROL is an agenda that I had hoped Obama would/could do more about. Not to be. https://t.co/djxnbjOvtX— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) December 27, 2016
Cops in 2016 were twice as likely to be shot in states that don’t require background checks on all handgun sales. https://t.co/XLXMeeHclE— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) December 27, 2016
There was plenty of talk about the need for more diversity of perspective in literature, pleas for brighter light to be shed on “our own voices”. Or so was the case in my social media timeline anyway. I didn’t see much change in the book publishing landscape as result but am able to state that I did try to make a difference - no matter how small.
Diversity of representation did make some inroads though. After presenting a black Star Wars movie lead the previous year, 2016 teased us with the idea of a black James Bond on screen and gave us a black Hermione Granger on stage, black mall Santa, and a predominantly minority cast of Hamilton, the Broadway hit that earned all kinds of acclaim and awards. The usual suspects lost their minds and threatened to boycott everything in sight of their trailer parks.
August Wilson’s brilliant work finally made its big screen debut. Tyler Perry movies hold an insurmountable lead, but nevertheless, still cause to celebrate literacy.
August Wilson is indeed a great American writer & among playwrights of the stature of Arthur Miller & Tennessee Williams. https://t.co/QjW9Sm4NzK— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) December 27, 2016
August Wilson gets my vote for GOAT American playwright. Ekes out win over T Williams, A Miller & N Simon in a very competitive race.— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) December 27, 2016
Some songwriter named Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature but didn’t bother to show up to receive it. Book writers remain accustomed to being snubbed. Or is that just me?
Give Vine the Nobel prize that Bob Dylan is snubbing. https://t.co/YcJOgwIQRC
— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) October 28, 2016
People got faux infuriated over a completely inoffensive Gap ad because
EVERYTHING continues to somehow in some way be about racial oppression rather
than just the things that actually are about racial oppression.
Controversial think piece inspiring Gap kids ad got me to google Benetton ads & sure enough - racist headrest found pic.twitter.com/rSNnpWiwjM— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) April 3, 2016
Athletes got in trouble for various infractions, including neglecting to read the banned substances list. Yes I’m looking at you – Maria Sharapova.
While not a great year in sports for the teams I root for (Jets have been trash, Knicks are mediocre with potential as shaky as Derrick Rose’s health and luck in winning rape lawsuits), 2016 is notable for being the year that THE CUBS WON THE WORLD SERIES.
The unthinkable took place and we now have to deal with it for at least four years. Or until impeachment for grabbing what isn’t meant to be grabbed, which is far more likely to happen than that much discussed wall being built. I tried to make sense of it. I probably failed.
Final year of the coolest presidency in my lifetime. Here’s a look back (I’m just not ready to look ahead yet) at how it began.
No. Nor should it be a reason to over-criticize him b/c of expectation that he'd be civil rights leader > POTUS. https://t.co/sR216lQaCI— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) December 27, 2016
Everyone elected POTUS is burdened with expectations that probably can't be met, none > Obama. Overall he was the Prez I wanted/expected.— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) December 27, 2016
Our next black president should have a different, less contentious landscape to work in. He/she will have Obama in part to thank for that.— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) December 27, 2016
Matters of Convenience was published!!! Time to come up with a plot for novel #3.
Oh, I almost forgot that one of my tweets went viral in 2016. That was cool.
Twitter makes TV look so slow even when it's live TV. CNN is building a case against a guy that Twitter has already exonerated.— Roy L. Pickering Jr. (@AuthorofPatches) July 8, 2016
And now let us joyfully welcome 2017 because even when it's raining that doesn't mean you can't dance and sing.
Debbie Reynolds was SO great. This scene from Singing In the Rain alone: https://t.co/GAq8regGsv— Heather & Jessica (@fuggirls) December 29, 2016