Monthly Archives: February 2014

Photos Help Family Tale Come Full Circle

The True Identity of Andy’s Mom Makes ‘Toy Story’ Even More Epic

By Jon Negronion February 24th, 2014 at 3:17pm· 375k saw this· 26+ people are talking

Andy’s mom has always been a bit of an enigma. In the first Toy Story, we barely even saw her face. That’s all fine because throughout the movies, the real focus has been on Andy and the love he has for those toys.

But this is Pixar, and it stands to reason that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the Davis family (Andy’s last name).

In order to understand who Ms. Davis really is, we have to start with something seemingly simple: a hat.

In the picture below, you see Andy’s cowboy hat that he plays with throughout his childhood. Study it closely.

Notice anything weird about the hat? It looks nothing like the hat worn by his favorite toy, Woody. Why wouldn’t Andy wear a hat that was brown?

We don’t think about it because most of us are normal human beings with things like jobs and tax exemptions. But I want you to take a quick journey with me: Andy got this hat from his mom.

In Toy Story 2, young Andy Davis left for summer camp, and his mom held a yard sale. “The Chicken Man” found Woody in one of the boxes (he was trying to save a fellow toy) and pleaded with Ms. Davis to sell him because Woody is a collectible from the 1950s.

Ms. Davis refuses, acknowledging that Woody is “an old family toy.” Not that much time has passed between the Toy Story movies, but we know that Andy has had Woody since Kindergarten, according to Mr. Potato Head. Andy’s 6th birthday is in the first Toy Story, which makes him 7 or 8 in this movie. Woody doesn’t seem all that old in comparison.

Further, Woody has no recollection of who he is. Many have suggested that this is because he was owned by Andy’s father, who is never mentioned in the movies. Molly is a baby in the first movie, which means Andy’s father either died or walked out not long before the movies started.

A reasonable assumption is that Andy’s mom gave Woody, his father’s toy, to him on his 5th birthday. After all, she gave him Buzz Lightyear on his next birthday. If Woody had been a new toy when Ms. Davis gave him to Andy, then he would know exactly who he is was, which is unlikely because he is so rare.

Now, back to the hat. I believe Andy received the hat from his mom, as well. There’s another instance in the movies when this hat is shown:

Notice anything familiar? That is the same red hat with a white lace. Why would Andy have a hat that looks exactly like Jessie’s? Because his mom did. Look at this:

See that hat on the bed? Emily, Jessie’s previous owner, wears that hat throughout the “When She Loved Me” sequence in Toy Story 2. The sequence clearly takes place in the 60s and 70s, as evidenced by the decoration and qualities of Emily’s things.

That is about as 1970s as it gets.

That makes Emily the same age as Andy’s mom, who had him in the 80s. They also have the same hat, except the white lace on Andy’s hat is missing, but you can clearly see where it once was. There’s even a faded mark:

That makes this an old hat.

We know that Emily donated Jessie and her other “cowboy” accessories as a teen, so wouldn’t the hat be included? If you watch closely, the hat isn’t in the box. The box isn’t even big enough to hold it.

We do see that Emily has short, auburn hair. It almost looks like…

Albeit her hair in the movies is lighter. Age is funny like that. And yes, Andy’s mom is Emily, Jessie’s previous owner.

Now you may be wondering if Emily/Andy’s mom noticed that Andy suddenly had a toy she once had as a child. Think of it this way: how would you react if you saw that your kid had a toy that looked like one that you had? You probably wouldn’t assume they’re the same, even if you’re in a Pixar movie.

The theory is that in a twist of fate, Emily (Andy’s mom) loved a cowboy toy but gave it away during her adolescence. Her son would grow to love a cowboy toy as well, in a weird way that resembles the strong love she once had. She passed the hat down to him, and as destiny would have it, Andy would one day receive Jessie, as well. This would redeem his mother’s abandoning of her, making Emily’s story come full-circle.

And much like Emily, Andy also grew tired of his toys and moved on. He also gave them away and let them go.

And that, ladies and gentleman, is the true story of Andy’s mom.

(This post originally appeared on

Jon is also the author of The Pixar Theory, an award-winning theory about how all of the Pixar movies exist in the same universe and tell one, cohesive story. Yeah, it’s about as ridiculous as it sounds.

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What Is Your Idea Of A Picture Perfect Family?? (Melissa Harris-Perry NEW ADDITION)

DISCLAIMER:: This is not my article. Article is reposted via Melisa Harris-Perry’s original post at

HOW WE MADE OUR MIRACLE – post from Melissa Harris-Perry

On Feb. 14, my husband James and I welcomed our daughter into the world. Many people in our lives knew that we were expecting but most viewers of MHP Show were not aware of the impending arrival because I was not visibly pregnant. Now that our baby is born, we believe the time is right to share our extraordinary journey along with the sacrifices and gifts of so many that ushered in this life.

The birth of every child is miraculous. This little girl is no exception.

I had my first daughter, Parker, when I was 28. It was easy. I was pregnant within a month of deciding to try and avoided all of the serious complications and most of the minor annoyances of pregnancy. She was delivered after an entirely natural, unassisted labor. I assumed this would be the first of several pregnancies and that I would add to my family immediately.

Life did not work out that way.

I spent years suffering from the agony of uterine fibroids. Finally, in 2008, after fighting back with an arsenal of homeopathic and medical weapons, I decided to have my uterus removed. I wept for the children I would never have and made peace with the idea that one is enough.

Once again, life did not work out that way.

I had my first date with James a few months after the hysterectomy. When we decided to marry in 2010, I struggled with accepting that we would never have our own children. James loved Parker and suggested that if we truly wanted our own biological children there might be a way to make it happen. I never doubted his parental devotion to Parker, but I was dubious about adding to our family given that I could not carry a pregnancy.

Then I learned a dear friend and his husband were expecting their second child via surrogacy. He is a feminist scholar and a politically progressive intellectual. When I discussed my concerns with the ethics of surrogacy, he understood. He repeatedly talked with James and me, introduced us to a thoughtful attorney, and shared the good and bad of his own surrogacy story. I read everything I could find, consulted everyone I could, and prayed a lot. In 2012, James and I began our journey with enormous faith and more than a little trepidation.

Because I had retained my ovaries, we were able to create our own biological embryos. In Vitro Fertilization was a physically taxing and emotionally brutal process. But for many people, it has changed their lives. A new report, out this week, found that more than one of every 100 babies born in the United States now are conceived with advanced fertility help. Our daughter is now among them. Through IVF,  we were blessed with a handful of potential Perrys. One of those embryos led to a moment I will never forget—a text message from our gestational carrier with a picture of her positive pregnancy test and a message:

“Good News Mama!”

My pregnancy with my first daughter was blessedly uneventful; this one, however, was indeed an event. It took two families, three states, four doctors, and five attorneys to get this little girl here. And while our gestational carrier has no genetic tie to our little one, she is now our family. She gave our daughter love, safety, and nourishment for nine months. On Valentine’s Day, she gave her life and placed her in our arms. Her immediate and extended families have supported all of us along the way. They crowded the hospital room this weekend and shared in our joy. We are all bonded for life and our daughter has a bevy of grandparents, aunties, and siblings tied to her by blood and love.

We are sharing this experience, but our gestational carrier and her family do not wish to share it publicly.  It is our sincerest hope to protect their privacy as she has protected our daughter.

Now begin the sleepless nights, anxious moments and inexpressible joy of new parenting. We strive to be worthy of the miracle we have received. We are grateful for the support of family and friends that has brought us this far and will see us on through the next chapter of our story.

I am shocked and thrilled to find myself at 40, raising a tween and a tot.  I will be taking a bit of time off from hosting MHP Show, but during my maternity leave, you can still join me in a special msnbc Community Challenge called “The Mother of All Politics.” And beginning in May, I will pen a monthly column for Essence magazine chronicling my parenting adventures.

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I Am Proud To Present — GOALdigger

After close to three months, I am pleased to present my first major photo project: GOALdigger !

1.) Visit

2.) Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “GOALdigger Photo Project” icon

3.) Visit everyone’s profile and click on the very last tab to see all of the photos I included in this project.

4.) When you’re done, click the “Joc’s Photography” button at the top right corner of the screen.

5.) SHARE SHARE SHARE this on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram and use the hashtag #GOALdigger252  (please discuss, share your stories, and comment – I want to know what you think! )


This was one of my goals for 2014 and because of support from good folks like yourself, I’ve accomplished it. ❤

Peace & Photos,



GOALdigger – Wilson Daily Times Update

I was highly upset to see this morning that due to a mix-up at the Wilson Daily Times, my article was NOT published in today’s newspaper. But it’s one of those things – that just means WE have to do our part and get the word out by mouth so that this positivity can be highlighted and others can be inspired. I won’t let this discourage me. I am STILL proud of the fact that God has allowed me to accomplish one of my goals just two months into the year!  He still gets the glory – newspaper article or not!

DON’T go out and purchase a paper today if you are doing so looking for my article. I repeat it is NOT in today’s issue.

GOALdigger Will Be Featured In The Wilson Daily Times!

As many of you know, I have been working since December on a photo project entitled, “GOALdigger”. The project will highlight an array of Wilson natives who are working tirelessly towards their dreams in a positive, uplifting way! Many Wilsonians have great ideas, but feel stifled by the small town they live in and never follow through with their dreams. These GOALdiggers are overcoming obstacles each and every day to get one step closer to where they want to be in life!

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I had an AMAZING interview with the Wilson Daily Times this week and was able to confirm that my project will be featured in Monday’s paper (2/10/14)  to coincide with the premiere on the Joc’s Photography website! 

Make sure you SHARE this with every one you know and make sure you get a copy of Monday’s paper! 

If you have any questions on how to get a paper or are having problems accessing the Joc’s Photography website please email me at

Peace & Photos,


GOALdigger Preview Session – Roderick King (Producer)


While growing up in Wilson, NC; producer/musician Roderick King was made to believe that stepping out of the “small town box” wasn’t something he should risk doing. “Growing up in a small town [there] was [always] the fear of change and being different [floating around; but when you branch out and do something that] involves creativity, [you can’t always] do the same thing [somebody else is doing.] What’s wrong with being different?!”

Taking that desire to be “different”, Roderick surrounded himself with like minded youngsters who pushed him to be greater. “My influences growing up actually were the musicians that I hung around in high school: Demetrius McCray, Brandon Farmer, Gregory Cox, Ricky ‘Tank’ Daughtridge, and Jamareo Artis. They always [pushed] me to go beyond [what I thought I could do] and [encouraged me] to gain a better understanding of [my musical skills.]” After graduating high school, the budding producer…

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GOALdigger Preview Session – Brandon Farmer (Musician)


Born to musician parents, Wilson, NC native Brandon Farmer is no stranger the arts. “I was always into music. My dad is a singer/guitarist, and my mom is a singer [as well]; so I pretty much grew up around music. None of my friends [were really into music early on in my life, so] playing [drums] for my church at the age of four was probably one of the groundbreaking moments that led to me taking music as seriously as I do now.”

By the time Brandon reached age seven, he began learning the piano and knew at that very moment that music was what he was made to do. As he grew older and entered middle school, his band teacher Ryan Robinson helped guide his appreciation for the art to a higher level by stretching his musical ability. He did this by putting young Brandon on the saxophone…

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