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Why Everyone Is Following Ghanaian Star Yvonne Nelson

November 27th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Ghanian actress, producer, and entrepreneur Yvonne Nelson just became the first Ghanaian celebrity to be certified on Instagram, and with 843,000, she has the most followers of any Ghanaian star. If you’re not hip to this African beauty let us point out a few of the reasons you should be checking for her.

On Instagram’s Plan To Ban The Game’s Peen-Print Pics And Why Thirst Doesn’t Look Good On Anyone

November 25th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I mean if I'm not your #ManCrushMonday then who da fuck is ??? Ok so this is my 1st time bringing the hashtags to Monday but you know what… I love you & you deserve to #GetWetOnYoWayHomeFromWork #ifYouOnYourWayToTheGymTurnAroundAndGoBackHome #YouBoutToWorkUpASweatPunchinThatMonkey #AndPutThemToysAway #WeGoinOldSchool #JustYouAndThemFingers #NowPutOnUsherConfessionsAlbumAndLetItPlayThrough #GetCompletelyNaked #PropThemPillowsSoYoureComfortable #IfYoHairFreshlyDid #LayYourScarfFlatOnThePillowAndLayGentlyOnIt #NowSpreadThemThighsForMe #LickYourIndexAndMiddleFingers #NowTouchThatPearlTongueAndGoCounterClockwise #Slowly #iSaidSlowly #DontMakeMeSlapYourHandAndMakeYouStartOver #KeepYourEyesClose #NowReverseTheMotionAndImagineMeLickingYourLegsStartingFromYourAnkle #ImBoutToCatchAUberDowntownToThatPussy #YouBoutToGetItAteLikeGroceries #ButOrganicGroceriesCauseImOnAStrictDiet #NowWhatImBoutToDoNextMightTickle #YouReady #YeaYouReady #NowBust #AndSayMyName #MEATPRINTPAPI #DropsMic ✌🏾️

A photo posted by The Game (@losangelesconfidential) on

As with most things in life, people sure know how to run things into the ground.

I remember back in January when B.O.B. posted a picture of himself in his sweatpants, clearly forgoing underwear, showing off his penis to his Instagram followers, many who happen to be women. I’m not going to lie; I was impressed. And while he’s not the first to share a peen-print pic, his image, with the caption #eggplantfriday, set off a chain reaction that encouraged men, famous and broke ones alike, to share their junk on the social network. Soon after, some gentlemen took it to the next, next level, and started sharing images of their bare junk. And just like that, Instagram shut it all down.

The lesson? When you start doing too much, you ruin a good thing.

And that’s a lesson The Game probably needs to learn.

Sure, #eggplantfriday was banished into the nether regions of Instagram’s infamous hashtag pile, but Game wasn’t afraid to revive it. In fact, he’s never been shy about showing off his body and trying to entice his many female followers with his #FineN—aFriday posts. If you’ve seen those posts, then you already know that the hashtags he includes can be pretty explicit.

Anywho, he shared an image three weeks ago of himself in some tight blue boxers, which showed every inch and every detail of his business. The Internet went wild. The ladies had to fan themselves. And even the brand behind the boxers he wore saw a 500 percent increase in sales through the simple selfie.

And then The Game started feeling himself.

After that, his peen-print pics became a weekly thing, which he’s done three weeks straight, and now Instagram is fed up. I think I know why.

Remember those explicit hashtags I told you about? Well, that’s an understatement. They’re almost like soft-core porn with Game playing a phone sex operator. For each peen-print pic, there is a hashtag that says something like this, and I quote:


“#LickYourIndexAndMiddleFingers #Now TouchThatPearlTongueAndGoCounterClockwise”


Depending on what you like, such hashtags either turned you on or gave you a troll vibe. For me, I was turned off…and I couldn’t really figure out why. I mean, The Game is a very handsome man.

But Instagram was also turned off. According to TMZ, those behind the social network said they may shut down The Game’s account, just like they did Rihanna’s old one, if he keeps on posting his scandalous pictures with their sexually explicit captions. They don’t want another inappropriate movement of sorts to begin.

And instead of taking heed, The Game is actually irritated by such warnings. He posted this video and message on IG:

@tmz_tv calls me to give me the scoop……. Shit been up for a month, now y'all threatening niggas lol #KanyeShrug #YouAPhoneAppButYouStillLikeTheSausage 😂😂😂😂😂😂 #ProbablyLilWeeWeeNiggasReportingIt #YoDaddyJustWasntPackinSoGeneticallyYourLifeFuckedUp #MyDaddyWasADragonSlayerOutHereAndItGotPassedDownToMe #MyGrandaddyWasASeaMonsterKiller #ItRunsInTheFamily #TaylorMeatPackingCompany #MEATPRINTPAPI has spoken….. Now back to this Daddy thing I'm doing over here…. #HatersGoneHatePotatosGonePotate lmaoooo…. So if my account mysteriously disappear, IG hatin on a player & I'll be on snap chat for the duration: "blackb0yfly" & if they do delete it…. All my women fans, post it in the name of my Instagram memory #LongLiveTheDingALingKing #UnBothered

A video posted by The Game (@losangelesconfidential) on

And he also told TMZ that he feels like he’s a victim of a cruel double standard. I mean, he is the self-proclaimed “DingALingKing.” Why is it that Kim Kardashian can show off her bare bottom (as she did after revealing her Paper spread last November and so many other times before), and he can’t post a few meat-print pics?

And that’s where he really lost me.

Out of all the causes to champion, you fight for the right to bear penis on social media?

Considering the many things men get away with in comparison to women, whether it’s the freedom to be sexually explorative, or in Game’s case, the freedom to be able to give the world a peek at your reproductive organs without someone calling you a whore, he’s just being petty.

And as someone just as petty, just like that, it hit me why his photos slowly lost his appeal in my eyes, and why I can’t agree with his grievances over Instagram’s alleged issue with his peen pics. It all reeks of thirst.

He’s not trying to show off his penis for the sake of some art. He just wants to get on IG once a week and get a thrill enticing women he’ll never meet. He wants to be your eye candy. Your personal porn star. In Tina’s words, “your private dancer.” He wants you to play with yourself to his images, and he makes a committed weekly effort to provide you with that stimulation. Some might call it sexy. Others might call it dedication. I call it thirst.

And that’s the reality of it all. Social media has not only brought out the worst in a lot of people, but it has also brought out the thirst. And anyone can be thirsty. Rich men like Game and just-making-it dudes like the guy I played in the band with who stays in his briefs talking about he’s looking for “real love.” Women as wealthy as Kim Kardashian as well as popular Instagram models can be thirsty. And yes, even you. When you set up thirst traps for people you claim are thirsty, you too are dying of thirst–in the form of attention. It doesn’t look good on men or women, young or old.

I’m all for images of transformed bodies and hard work paying off, but silent videos of you giving the world a front-row seat into the curves of your breasts? Images of you holding on to your penis while staring longingly in the mirror? Vines of folks intently twerking in booty shorts with their leg up on the bathroom toilet? When that becomes what you look forward to during the week and what you fight to share, the thirst is real.

And that’s why The Game needs to leave all this alone. Fighting for the right to take selfies in your undergarments kind of makes your forget that he’s supposed to be a rapper. That he has an actual talent to share. That he actually just released an album, which he’s not promoting in those peen pics. But alas, as my good friend put it, this is what happens “When you give a lame dude attention.” They start doing way too much and ruin what was once a really good-looking thing.

The Jaw Dropping-est Celebrity Engagement Rings On Instagram

November 13th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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What do you do when your fiancé does good by getting you one of the biggest engagement rings you’ve ever seen? You put it on Instagram for the world to see. Get ready for a serious case of ring envy!

#Instababy: Queer Mississippi Couple Uses Instagram To Adopt A Baby

November 12th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Newly launched media company The Front has debuted its series New Deep South which will explore how millennials navigate their sexual identity in the 21st century American South. To expose how complex romantic relationships can be below the Mason-Dixon, The Front followed Toni and Keeta, an interracial lesbian couple living in Jackson, Mississippi.

Like most modern couples, they initially met on Instagram when Toni sent Keeta a flirtatious DM. After trading messages, the two decided to physically meet one another at a local club. They’ve been exclusive since meeting each other and have been together for a total of seven months; the pair is now engaged and living together. Keeta works as a cashier and Toni serves as a Mississippi police officer who has lived on her own since she was 15 when her family kicked her out because she didn’t adhere to their religious lifestyle. After their engagement, the couple decided to expand their family; however in the state of Mississippi same-sex couples can’t adopt children through any agency.

Toni’s pregnant friend had a solution: she asked Toni if she and her fiancée would be interested in adopting her baby since the baby’s father didn’t want to raise another child. The couple said yes, but the friend eventually backed out and they had to find another means of becoming parents. That’s when the pair began receiving pitches on Facebook and Instagram from prospective birth parents who were willing to give up or conceive a child for Toni and Keeta’s family to be complete.

As Toni and Ketta prepare for their plus-one, various mishaps occur to rock their faith and the soon-to-be mothers become more aware of how unsafe Jackson is becoming. At the time of filming Instababy, there were daily homicides in the city and on one occasion Ketta was chased home by a strange man. Despite this, their journey depicts how marginalized people find alternatives to attain their natural birthrights by any means possible.

Watch how their story unfolds below.

What Is Instagram? Everything Parents Need To Know

November 6th, 2015 - By MommyNoire Editor
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by Jessa Barron

Facebook is still one of the most popular social media platforms around, but as more and more adults are joining it, teens are opting for newer channels to share selfies and photos with friends. One of those channels is the Facebook-owned Instagram, which is a popular photo and video-sharing app available on most smartphones and tablets. With more than 50 percent of American teens using Instagram, it’s an app that parents should not only understand, but also make sure their teens are using safely. To help parents get a better grasp on how Instagram works, we’ve highlighted everything you need to know about the app.

What is Instagram?

Instagram launched a little over five years ago and currently has over 400 million users worldwide, according to the company. It started as a photo-sharing app, but has since grown to include videos and a private messaging feature as well. Here’s how it works: users upload photos or videos from their smartphones and publish it on their profile for anyone who “follows” them to see. If a user doesn’t opt to make their profile private, anyone who has an account with app can see what they’re sharing on the platform by searching for their username or a hashtag they attached to a photo.

Unlike Snapchat, the app is available on more than iOS and Android devices. It can also be used on Windows phones, and there is a limited web version available, which doesn’t allow users to post anything, but they can still log in and see what their followers are posting. This also means that anyone with an Instagram account can see what your child is posting (if their account is public). It should be noted that public accounts can also be found using a search engine — meaning if someone searches for your child’s name and “Instagram,” they can find the account.

Is there any reason to be concerned with my kids using Instagram?

As previously mentioned, public Instagram accounts can essentially be viewed by anyone with an Internet-enabled device; you don’t need an Instagram account to see what others are posting. This might cause some concern for parents, especially those with younger children who aren’t fully aware of how public their Instagram photos and videos are.

Additionally, the apps messaging feature could also be of concern to parents. Much like Twitter’s direct messaging options, when Instagram first unrolled this feature, it only allowed users to send and receive messages from mutual followers — both you and the user had to follow each other in order to send or receive messages. Now, however, anyone can send a direct message to any user — regardless of if they are following them back or not. As such, parents have no control over who is trying to contact their child.

Another aspect that parents should take note of is Instagram’s terms of use, which states that “you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service … including but not limited to sections 3 (“Sharing of Your Information”), 4 (“How We Store Your Information”), and 5 (“Your Choices About Your Information”).” This essentially means Instagram has the legal right to use or share anything you post on the app. By simply downloading the app and creating an account, you will be required to agree to these terms of use, which you can read in full here.

How can I make sure my kids are being safe on Instagram?

Because Instagram does offer users the option to make profiles private, you should make sure that your child has this feature enabled. While there is no way to keep anything online completely private these days, this can be a helpful safeguard to keep your child’s profile away from unwanted eyes. To do this, log into your child’s profile using their smartphone and click on the three vertical dots on the top right corner — this will bring you to the Options page. From there, you click on the toggle button next to Private Account (as shown in the photo below), select OK and you’re all set.

Instagram safety


In addition, you should also speak with your children about the importance of keeping their photos and videos just between their friends and people they know in real life. Let them know that they can come talk to you should a stranger try to contact or follow them using any social media platform (not only Instagram). Keeping an open line of communication when it comes to social media is a great way to let your child know you’re there to help them in these situations.

Looking for an extra level of monitoring? A parental control software may be a big help, especially Net Nanny’s software. Its standard parental control license only monitors Facebook, however its add-on, Net Nanny Social, monitors your child’s friends list/followers, pictures and posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ and LinkedIn. With Net Nanny Social, parents can keep track of activity on all these platforms at all times — even when their child is away at school — as it also monitors these networks on a variety of Internet access points, including 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, home network and hot spot connections. Read our Net Nanny review to learn more about the top-rated software.

Also, follow our parental controls blog to get more tips on how you can protect your children from cyberbullying and other online threats.

Reprinted with permission from Next Advisor.

#StyleGoals: Celebrity Closets That Will Give You Serious Wardrobe Inspiration

November 2nd, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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It’s no wonder these stars are always slaying on the red carpet. This peek at Hollywood’s most enviable closets will give you serious #stylegoals.

Solange Didn’t Take Too Kindly To Someone Who Called Her Son ‘Cute But Ugly’

October 31st, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Ballerific Comment Creepin —–🌾👀🌾 #solange #commentcreepin

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After watching what went down in New York City’s Standard Hotel elevator between Solange and Jay-Z, it should be noted that the singer/DJ and mother of one doesn’t play when it comes to her family.

Just yesterday (Oct. 30), Solange proudly shared a picture of her 11-year-old son’s Halloween costume on Instagram that was captioned: “Young Cool J too cool for Ghost and Goblins.” Fresh dressed in an Adidas tracksuit, matching hi-top kicks, a fur Kangol and gold headphones, Juelz posed in a cool b-boy stance for the photo. However, one Instagram user felt the need to comment on the photo saying, “So cute but at the same time he ugly.”

Of course, that didn’t go over too well with Solange, who wrote back [to @alexandriaaaf] with a surprisingly mild comment, inquiring why someone would use their time to spread such ugliness. But she also kept it H-town trill offering at the end of her comment: “And @ro.rxd get ya friend because this could have truly gone south if I was in the wrong mood.”

Interestingly, the user who posted the comment has a public page, which has gotten a lot of traffic clearly due to Solange’s comment. The girl is clearly a teenager, who like many of us have said mean or hurtful things we shouldn’t have. Shout out to Mama Solo to the rescue and schooling the youth on spreading positivity, but do you think she should have responded?

Are These Stars Doing Too Much With Their PDA?

October 14th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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When it comes to celebrity PDA on Instagram, are you team “just can’t get enough” or team “too much!”? Are these stars being cute? Or should they save some of that love for behind closed doors?”

Can You Feel The Love? These Famous Family Instagrams Are Melting Our Hearts

October 1st, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Introducing the new little man in my life, my son Rockwell Lloyd Liu. In ❤️!

A photo posted by Lucy Liu (@lucyliu) on

Family love is definitely in the air on Instagram as of late, and these celebrity family pics have everyone saying “aww.”

Snapshots Of Celebrity Friends Hanging Out Behind The Scenes

September 29th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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#TBT Gettin' Some Luv From Comedienne/Actress – #Luenell Where Have You Seen Her? #ThrowBackThursday #LoveAndLaughterTour

A photo posted by Morris Chestnut (@morrischestnutofficial) on

Morris Chestnut and Luenell? You would be surprised to know which celebrities call one another friends. Did you know these stars were close?