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A melting face, sensual biting lip, and gender-inclusive representations of pregnancy are some of the candidates for the upcoming emoji release, revealed this week ahead of World Emoji Day on July 17.
With an ongoing mission to represent the full range of human gestures and emotions, the new emoji batch also includes a saluting face, a face holding back the tears, and a hand-covered face with a peeking eye illustrating a person who doesn’t want to see something but can’t help looking. There’s also an array of hand gestures in various skin tones, including “heart hands” and an accusatory pointing finger. However, these emoji are still pending approval by the Unicode Consortium in September. Some might be changed or removed in the process, but they give us an idea of what to look for in the fall.
A personal favorite is the long-overdue mirror disco ball, which provides a much-needed alternative to the trite party popper emoji (
Demands for more diversity and inclusion in emoji have taken center stage in the conversation about the digital icons in recent years. In April, Adobe’s Global Emoji Diversity & Inclusion report found that the overwhelming majority of people worldwide think that the current range of emojis still fails to represent their full spectrum of identities. In the United States and the United Kingdom, 80% of Black emoji users, 78% of Latinx emoji users, and 71% of Asian emoji users wished for more emoji options that reflect their personal identities. Of LGBTQ+ global emoji users, 72% expressed a desire for more customization options.
This move toward the inclusion of all identities is illustrated in a racially diverse selection of icons representing pregnancy, including trans men and nonbinary people. According to research, transgender men and transmasculine people get pregnant at rates similar to people who identify as women and even have more planned pregnancies than cisgender women.
Speaking of child-rearing, I’m personally drawn to two new emojis representing an empty nest and a nest with eggs. Also included in the new emoji release: spilled water, a lotus flower, ID card, beans, and a troll. Which is your favorite?
Personally, I think we’re still missing emojis that represent a whole range of feelings and modes of being like longing, solitude, and bliss, or food items like shawarma and smoothies. Also, why isn’t there an emoji for god or divinity? Here’s looking to 2022.
Art by Athena LaTocha, Wendy Red Star, Marianne Nicolson, Anita Fields, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith & Neal Ambrose-Smith, and more is on view through January 2022.
Unless you were already familiar with Bey’s documentary work, the horror he refers to might not be recognizable to you.
The intention behind the seemingly bizarre combination was, according to Attie, “to give visual form to the shared American and Brazilian reality of nationalistic divisions that defines our political present.”
Nowhere in the museums’ advertising blitzkrieg for the performance were we told to bring our wildfire-season masks as well as our covid masks, and covid masks don’t prevent smoke inhalation.
View work by over 40 experimental artists and collectives from throughout the Americas who contributed to New York’s art scene during the 1960s and ’70s.
Several members of the 2021 cohort identify as artists and storytellers, utilizing the power that art and narrative have on changing ideas of power.
Made possible by a donation from Amazon stakeholder MacKenzie Scott, the award is the single largest in the Bedstuy-based organization’s history.
A donation of two hundred works includes Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, and Donald Baechler.