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Why Was This Photo Removed From Instagram?

March 28th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Is it artistic expression or something else?

The picture above was deleted from Instagram for “violating” the social media’s community guidelines. The photo does not contain any nudity, violence or offense wording. So why was it deleted? Well poet, Rupi Kaur believes she may have an answer.

The poet reposted the picture with the following message after the picture was deleted.

 “thank you @instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique. you deleted a photo of a woman who is fully covered and menstruating stating that it goes against community guidelines when your guidelines outline that it is nothing but acceptable. the girl is fully clothed. the photo is mine. it is not attacking a certain group. nor is it spam. and because it does not break those guidelines i will repost it again. i will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak. when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified. pornified. and treated less than human. thank you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀

This image is a part of my photoseries project for my visual rhetoric course. you can view the full series at
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i bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility. my womb is home to the divine. a source of life for our species. whether i choose to create or not. but very few times it is seen that way. in older civilizations this blood was considered holy. in some it still is. but a majority of people. societies. and communities shun this natural process. some are more comfortable with the pornification of women. the sexualization of women. the violence and degradation of women than this. they cannot be bothered to express their disgust about all that. but will be angered and bothered by this. we menstruate and they see it as dirty. attention seeking. sick. a burden. as if this process is less natural than breathing. as if it is not a bridge between this universe and the last. as if this process is not love. labour. life. selfless and strikingly beautiful.

Of course in true Instagram fashion, the network took the post down AGAIN.

The poet then wrote on Tumblr :

“Dear tumblr family,

Instagram has chosen to once again, take down this image for violating community guidelines. Despite the fact that about 95% of comments were beautiful. And in support.
This just goes to show who is sitting behind the desk. And who’s controlling the show, who’s controlling the media and who’s censoring us.It’s sad that this is still happening in this world. I know that some communities and cultures go out of their way to shun and oppress a woman on her period. I guess Instagram is another one of them. Some women aren’t allowed in their religious place of worship or out of their homes to do certain things. And are told they are sick. As if the period is a common cold.

Yes. This is what happens even here, in North America.

I have been hospitalized many times because of issues associated with my period. I have been suffering from a sickness related to my period. And ever since I have been working so hard to love it. Embrace it. Celebrate it. Even thought it’s given me so much pain in the past few years. and they want to tell me I should be quiet about this. That all of this we experience collectively does not need to be seen. Just felt secretly behind closed doors. That’s why this is important. Because when I first got my period my mother was sad and worried. And they want to censor all that pain. Experience. Learning. No.

I am going to share the photo again once I figure out how to go about it. I would appreciate if you could @instagram and express your thoughts. Or even share the photo on whatever social media platform.

Their patriarchy is leaking. Their misogyny is leaking. We will not be censored.”

As of today, after reposting again, the photo is still up on Instagram.

What do you guys think? Was Instagram wrong for this? Is this just art? Or is Rupi correct?

What Happens When You Meet Instagram Famous People In Real Life?

February 5th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Every time I attend some type of after work event, I’m reminded why I’m so comfortable in my introversion. Though I like to think of myself as a fly on the wall at these events, I know I probably come across as the weird girl who didn’t break eye contact when you saw her blatantly staring at you, listening intently to your conversation.


I found myself playing this role at a mixer last week. It was one of those events that promised to bring out an equal number of men and women. And after about two hours, that was true. But before then, there was literally a sea of women. It was clearly an event for women to meet men; and in the best case scenario, form relationships. I always hesitate to go to these type of events because the thirst level is usually on swole at such events and honestly, I think when the pressure to find someone is that high, the results are usually disappointing.

So I went with the intent to observe.

And while I thought I’d get an eyeful of desperate women, instead I was most interested in one particular man in the room. I won’t call any names, but this particular man has a pretty large following on Instagram. Women follow him because he promotes… himself and they regard him as some type of sex symbol. And he always has a clever way to share an observation or offer a word of encouragement. The women who I know who’ve followed (and some who’ve later unfollowed) him have either dubbed him sexy, smart and funny or obnoxious and self absorbed.

So of course, spotting him in the crowd, I was excited to see what he was like in person. In real life, this Instagram celeb was…on Instagram. The backlight on his phone illuminated his face for several minutes throughout the night, until a woman was brave enough to approach him.

Later, this man wrote an Instagram post about the event being popping even though the women in the room were salty when they saw him talking to one of them.

I’m pretty good at picking up a vibe; but my eyes can’t be everywhere at all times, so there was a chance that I could have missed something. But I didn’t see anything like this.

Even still, watching the people in the room I saw just how much social mixers, in a lot of ways, resemble middle school dances. There are a few brave girls dancing in the middle of the floor, maybe a flirtatious conversation being had in the wings. But for the most part, boys are on one side and girls are on the other. The men are joking with their guy friends and the women are dancing with their girls.

I guess it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that someone who is popular on the internet, doesn’t come across as super charismatic in the physical. The irony of it all is that social media has become a place for socially awkward people to thrive. As someone who identifies with this group, I can’t exactly be mad at that. My people deserve shine too.

Have you ever met someone who was digitally famous, only to discover you liked them better when you were looking at them through a screen?

#iPhone, #underwear And More Things You Can No Longer Say On Instagram

February 4th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Ever found yourself searching for an Instagram hashtag that should be there but all you see is “no hashtags found?” Chances are you’ve stumbled on one of these banned Instagram hashtags. So before you tag your next post, make sure that what you’re trying to say hasn’t already been censored.

Thou Shalt Not #EggplantFriday: 14 Celebrity Instagram Commandments

January 30th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Image Source: Tumblr

These celebrities are finding out that it’s harder to be famous on Instagram than you think.

Hackers Not Behind Facebook, Instagram Outage, Says Facebook

January 27th, 2015 - By Janel Martinez
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Social media users were in for a surprise on Monday evening when social networking giant Facebook and its photo-sharing platform Instagram experienced a temporary outage that left millions of users unable to access their accounts.

For roughly 40 minutes, users across the globe had issues accessing Facebook and Instagram. Instagram said it was aware of the outage in a tweet, which was later deleted:

“We’re aware of an outage affecting Instagram and are working on a fix. Thank you for your patience.”

Other sites reportedly affected during the outage include dating app Tinder and instant messaging app HipChat.

If you were attempting to refresh your favorite platforms and didn’t have much luck, this was the reason. Of course, there was no shortage of commentary on the outage since many took to Twitter to weigh in on the issue.

So, what was behind the service breach? While hacker group Lizard Squad, which has been connected with other high-profile attacks, tweeted messages implying they’d been behind the outages, Facebook denies those claims.

“This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems,” Facebook said in a statement. “We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100 per cent for everyone.”


Based in New York City, Janel Martinez is a multimedia journalist who covers technology and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of “Ain’t I Latina?” an online destination geared toward Afro-Latinas. You can follow her up-to-the-minute musings on Twitter @janelmwrites.

Mike Epps Apologizes For Posting “Racist Photo”

January 24th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Now-a-days celebrities can’t get away with anything online.

Mike Epps recently came under fire after he posted a “racist photo” online. The photo depicts three white man picking cotton while a black man whips them with a switch. In the corner of the photo, you see Martin Luther King Jr. looking down from the sky smiling. Epps captioned the photo with “I am so proud of you bro! lol.”

Of course, this sent fans into a rage and who slammed him via twitter. Upon hearing the news, Mike Epps responded to the outrage via TMZ. In a phone call, Epps says the whole situation is a misunderstanding and it all started with an email from his nephews. He said “I was just cracking a joke. I’m a comedian man. I thought it was funny….I didn’t mean no harm. If I offended anybody, I apologize.”

Well folks, there you have it.

What do you guys think? Was it just a joke? Or should celebrities, especially comedians, start censoring themselves?

We Can’t Have Nothin’ Nice: Instagram Shuts Down #EggPlantFriday

January 16th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Instagram

I don’t know about you but I was so pleasantly surprised to discover #EggPlantFriday on Instagram. It made for a very nice Freaky Friday treat. A very nice one indeed. It was just nasty enough to catch my attention but not vulgar enough to make you feel like you were looking at something pornographic at work.

In case you missed the trend, the hashtag featured men knowingly and unknowingly showcasing the print of their penises inside their pants. It let me further know that God is real. It was glorious.

But nothing lasts forever.

When I suggested a coworker check out the hashtag just a few weeks later, #EggPlantFriday had taken on an entirely different meaning. Instead of just posting the print, men were out her posting pictures of their raw (and sometimes flaccid) man meat on the gram. Not.Cool. It not only ruined the point of the hashtag, it alerted Instagram administrators to the foolishness.

And in response, IG completely shut down the hashtag.

Instagram Shuts Down #EggPlantFriday

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If you’d like to relive the glory days, check out some of the better #EggPlantFriday posts here.

*Pours out some e-liquor to the death of this hashtag. *

“Damn My Baby Mama Fine” Does Kevin McCall Want Eva Marcille Back?

January 5th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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We all watched the relationship between model Eva Marcille and singer-songwriter Kevin McCall rise and fall pretty quickly in the public eye.

And it didn’t exactly end on good terms. There were rumblings of domestic abuse, with Eva telling police that McCall violently kicked down four doors, chased her around their home and threatened to punch her. The initial reports claimed Eva filed a restraining order against McCall, which he later denied. Eva never spoke about the incident publicly.

And though Kevin has bashed Eva in the past, claiming that she was using the couple’s daughter Marley to get back at him, these days it seems he wants that old thing back and he made it known on Instagram.

McCall posted this picture of Eva with the following caption.

kevin mccall want eva marcille back

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kevin mccall want eva marcille back

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If this picture and this comment were written by themselves, I might have assumed that these two were in the process of working on their relationship. But something he wrote in the comment section seemed to squash that theory.

kevin mccall want eva marcille back

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*Audible laughter.* This dude is something else!

Other than wanting “fans” of their relationship to start “at mentioning” Eva on Twitter and IG, encouraging her to give him another chance, I can’t think of a single reason why he did this in such a public manner. But you know celebrities these days, if they think it, they tweet it.

What do you make of Kevin’s Instagram post?

Instagram Purge: Celebs Didn’t Just Lose Fake Followers, They Lost Money

December 26th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Justin Bieber was the biggest loser last week when Instagram started to clean house and delete fake accounts. The “Baby” singer lost an incredible 3.5 million followers, reports Standard Media.

Akon also had a major decrease. He dropped to 1.9 million followers from 4.3 million

While Kim Kardashian lost 1.3 million of her 23 million Instagram followers, she becomes the most followed celebrity. Ariana Grande lost 1.5 million of her 21 million followers, Beyoncé lost more than 800,000 of her 22 million followers, Rihanna lost about 1.2 million, Katy Perry dropped 300,000, and even Oprah had 100,000 followers deleted.

As you can imagine most celebrities weren’t to happy at Instagram’s decision to delete fake accounts. “Rapper Mase lost so many followers he decided to delete his account entirely. According to one Twitter user, Mase dropped to 100,000 followers from 1.6 million in a matter of 20 minutes,” reports Business Insider.

But Instagram told all users, “Your number of followers has changed. We just completed a fix to remove spammy accounts.”  In some cases, the purge suggests that followers that had been “purchased,” bots and the like, were sniffed out and cut.

Celebs take the numbers seriously, often trying to find ways to increase their following. Many stars also have their accounts handled by a social media team, Michael Heller, CEO of Talent Resources told Page Six. “It’s very inexpensive, so that’s why many social media teams [buy followers].” Websites can charge just $30 for 2,500.

Greater numbers of followers can turn into endorsement money and deals for celebs. “Brands pay up to $100,000 for posts and negotiate fees based on followers,” reports Page Six.

“It’s bad for a celeb for many reasons,” Heller said. “It’s embarrassing,” plus “they also could lose lots of money.”

“K No Sales” Memphitz Comes For K Michelle…Again

December 19th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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K michelle details violent episode with memphitz feat

Just when you thought the beef between K.Michelle and her ex boyfriend Memphitz was dying down, the producer logged on to his Instagram account to throw some shade. During the first week of her album, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart, being on shelves, she sold 90 thousand records. And while that might be quite the accomplishment for some, Memphitz didn’t think much of it.

So he posted a picture of Tupac with this caption:

Source: Instagram

Source: Instagram

Aye Pac, did you here [sic] Atlantic Records is bout to give out they first plaque made out of Pure Copper nigga?? This shit is Like History B. #WhereTheyDoThatAt?? I guess they bought more Hearts than albums. 

Obviously, that whole and particularly the last line is a jab at K. Michelle’s album.

But he wasn’t finished.

Then, Memphitz posted a picture of a penny and wrote this:

Memphitz Comes For K Michelle Again

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& the First Copper Plaque ever in the World goes toooo…Drumroll please…K. NoSales!! AMAZING!!! The People want to know! How’d you do it!??? 

There were plenty of celebratory emojis in between like balloons, bells, whistles and even a trophy.

I’m not going to lie, my first reaction was a sincere chuckle. But upon further reflection, you have to wonder why K Michelle is still so heavy on this man’s mind. Particularly when he claims he’s moved on and is very married to Toya Wright.

I know that he believes K Michelle lied on him about the domestic abuse thing. There have been some inconsistencies in her story. But the court documents proved that. This type of pettiness makes Memphitz seem like a bully which is not a good look when he’s been fighting these allegations for years.

It’s been years since Memphitz dated K Michelle, why are you giving her play on your personal Instagram page?

What do you think about Memphitz’s comments?