Seven-Year-Old’s Comic About Magical Afro-Puff Superhero Wins $16K Award

Natalie McGriff’s The Adventures of Moxie Girl is about a superhero who fights literacy.

Image via The Adventures of Moxie Girl's Facebook page.

The comic-book reading demographic of supergirls with superpower hair is criminally underserved, but not for long: Seven-year-old Natalie McGriff took home more than $16,000 after attending the “world’s largest crowdfunding festival” in Jacksonville, FL for her homemade comic, The Adventures of Moxie Girl, about a girl who has magical afro-puffs. McGriff’s mother, Angela Nixon, helped her pen the story of Moxie Girl, a black girl who hates her hair, until she uses a magical shampoo which gives her afro-puffs superpowers that help her fight illiteracy. When the Council of Monsters threatens to eat up Jacksonville Public Libraries, Moxie Girl fights them off with her kinky hair and saves the day.

“There were so many times that my baby came home or was watching tv and voiced her disdain about her hair and how ugly she thought it was,” wrote Nixon on Facebook after the big win. “The fact that we wrote a book about a little black girl who uses her kinky hair to save the public libraries and people of ALL different ethnic groups embraced it... I have no words.”

McGriff submitted her project to the One Spark Crowdfunding Festival, an annual event which helps creators and innovators fund projects in the fields of art, education, health & science, music, social good, and technology. Battling 530 other entries, Moxie Girl won the prize by just three votes. Nixon and McGriff plan to use the money to print the comic and to cover marketing costs.

Image via The Adventures of Moxie Girl's Facebook page.


Seventy-five years ago, on January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.

Auschwitz was the deadliest of Nazi Germany's 20 concentration camps. From 1940 to 1945 of the 1.3 million prisoners sent to Auschwitz, 1.1 million died. That figure includes 960,000 Jews, 74,000 non-Jewish Poles, 21,000 Roma, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, and up to 15,000 other Europeans.

The vast majority of the inmates were murdered in the gas chambers while others died of starvation, disease, exhaustion, and executions.

Keep Reading
via Barry Schapiro / Twitter

The phrase "stay in your lane" is usually lobbed at celebrities who talk about politics on Twitter by people who disagree with them. People in the sports world will often get a "stick to sports" when they try to have an opinion that lies outside of the field of play.

Keep Reading
via Stu Hansen / Twitter

In a move that feels like the subject line of a spam email or the premise of a bad '80s movie, online shopping mogul Yusaku Maezawa is giving away money as a social experiment.

Maezawa will give ¥1 million yen ($9,130) to 1,000 followers who retweeted his January 1st post announcing the giveaway. The deadline to retweet was Tuesday, January 7.

Keep Reading