Creative Pick of the Week: ‘The Proud Family’ Grows Up
Yes, I know it’s only Monday. Yes, I know there are five days left in the week, but there is absolutely no way I’ll come across a more worthy Weekly Pick than Patience Lekien‘s digital tribute to the former Disney cartoon series, The Proud Family.
Running just four seasons starting in 2001, the multicultural animated show centered on 14-year-old Penny Proud, who was voiced by actress Kyla Pratt, and her family and friends.
Tommy Davidson was the voice of her father, Oscar, but the star of the show was undoubtedly Oscar’s mother, Suga Mama, voiced by Jo Marie Payton (Harriette Winslow on Family Matters).
Anyone who remembers watching the series will probably also recall singing its theme song, “Here Comes Penny Proud“ by Solange Knowles, which featured Destiny’s Child.
This past weekend while storm Nemo was dumping all over the north east, Patience finished up this fantastic portrayal of Penny and friends in adulthood, and even composed a synopsis of what the cast would be up to in 2013:
After Penny and friends graduated from high school, they celebrated by getting piercings together. Penny, Dijonay, and LaCienega all got stud nose rings. Zoey decided to finally break out of her shell and make a bold statement by getting a septum nose ring. Sticky wasn’t about that life, so he just got his ears pierced. Four years after graduation we catch up with Penny and friends once again.
Zoey graduated from a four year college and received a double major in Psychology and Women Studies. She now travels around the world working for a large nonprofit organization helping underprivileged children and women around the world. She is extremely free spirited and loves what she does.
Penny graduated from a four year college studying Communications with a minor in Race Studies, and graduated Magna Cum Laude of her class. She is now working towards her Masters in Education at Columbia. She also stopped relaxing her hair and went all natural, embracing her naps.
Sticky decided not to go to college and instead pursued his love of music. He is now a full-time producer and DJ and couldn’t be happier. He finally had his growth spurt and can finally fit into his pants. He now prefers to wear clothes that fit him. He has a newborn son whom he loves more than anything: Sticky Jr.
Dijonay went to a two year college to study nursing only to find out she hated it. She decided to drop out of the program. She took her side job of doing hair and made a career out of it, opening up her own salon. She is well known at what she does and it has brought her much fame. Upon dropping out, she also gave birth to her son, Sticky Jr. Her dream finally came true.
LaCienega attended a four year college for two years as undeclared, just because she had the money and the means. During the beginning of her junior year, she was told she had to choose a major. Indecisive, she decided to drop out and do something worth her time. She went into the modeling business and was extremely successful. She is currently working on dropping her first single.
Sigh… I’m reminded more than ever how much I miss old Disney.