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“Why Aren’t They Liking My Pic?” And Other Ways Instagram Proves We’re All A Little Crazy

July 31st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Instagram is, by far, my favorite social media app. I love looking at pictures. You don’t have to have a story because you can create one. Or you can provide a bit more context or wit with the captions. It was already brilliant and then they added the 15 second video feature? Game changed. I love Instagram. And since I’m on it so much, I have a few observations about Instagram, and what our behavior on the app says about the state of our society. Can I share them with you all? Follow me.

Not On Their Watch: Ohio Festival Removes R Kelly From Lineup After Public Backlash

July 29th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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R. Kelly is an exceptionally talented musician. But sadly now that all of his dysfunction is out there for the world to see, his illness speaks louder than his talent. While there are still plenty of people who still ride for Kellz and his hypersexual music, other Columbus, Ohio residents weren’t having it. And their complaints resulted in Kelly being removed from the Fashion Meets Music Festival on Labor Day weekend.

R. Kelly was scheduled to perform on August 29, kicking off the three day festival in Columbus’ Arena district.

When news broke that he would not be performing, Kelly’s publicist released a statement: “R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours.” 

As soon as the festival announced that Kelly would be the headliner for the festival, complaints started pouring in from angry social media users. As you might assume, they cited the rape accusations and the indictment on his 21 counts of child pornography.

Here’s a sampling of what they had to say, according to the USA Today. 

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  • (Rape victims responded to the Kelly booking with) “sheer horror. That’s why we are upset. Support victims of sexual abuse and don’t ignore them.”
  • “Accepting R Kelly as an artist is to ignore the fundamental basics of human dignity. It’s not like he’s just a player and folks don’t dig it. A very real line was very clearly crossed and this is how we choose to express our disdain for the deeds and support for the victims.”
  • “Vote with your wallets.”

Kelly was found not guilty of those charges in 2008 when jurors stated that while they believed that it was indeed R. Kelly in the tapes, they couldn’t be sure of the age of female participants.

Before Kelly was ever brought to trial, the Chicago Sun Times started publishing an investigative series which detailed Kelly’s history with underaged girls as young as 15.

Initially, the festival organization stood by the choice of R. Kelly but after the noticed the backlash the decided to ask Kelly to step down. Other performers for the weekend include Michelle Williams, Paper Diamond and Destructo, Future Islands and more.

Personally, I think Columbus made the right decision and I wish other individuals, organizations and venues would keep sending this same message until people realize this man has a very real problem and he should seek help.

Glittery A$$, Sex Tips & Clowning Fools: 10 Reasons To Follow Erykah Badu On Twitter

July 24th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Twitter is the place most of us go to write about our fleeting emotions throughout the day, subtweet about your  job, comment on the latest pop culture event or share the good and bad news of the internet with the rest of your followers. And unless you’ve managed to join the elite club that is Black Twitter, for the most part, your tweets are a drop in the bucket. But if you’re a celebrity, your thoughts and feelings are weighed more heavily and your presence on this social network puts you in touch with adoring masses or an angry mob.

Most celebs need to ignore the haters and naysayers. But Erykah Badu aka @fatbellybella is just not like most celebrities. And if you come for her and she sees you, you can bet you’re going to get mildly clowned… for an extended period of time.

And honestly, the way some people come at Erykah, most of it is quite justified.

Click through the following pages and see what I mean.

Employers Reject Applicants For Poor Grammar On Social Media

July 23rd, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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You may seem articulate on paper, but if your employer spots your Twitter page and sees a plethora of spelling mistakes, poor grammar, and text speak, consider yourself rejected. According to Time, a good number of hiring managers have tossed applicants out of candidacy due to sub-par communication skills on social media.

We already know that photos of you drunkenly wobbling around town will have you nixed from the applicant pool, but did you know your grammar is scrutinized, too? According to CareerBuilder, out of the 70 percent of hiring managers who scour through social media profiles to paint a picture of an applicant, one-third have ditched candidates with “poor communication skills.”

According to hiring managers, poor communication skills include, first and foremost, awful spelling. In fact, nearly half  of recruiters (47 percent) are nauseated by misspelled words. Be safe and use spell check!

“The employer is more apt to question your professionalism if you show a pattern of misspelled words… or your commentary seems rash, uninformed or non-cohesive,” said Jennifer Grasz, a CareerBuilder spokeswoman.

Secondly, if you really want to repel employers, try not to use any punctuation at all — that really grinds their gears.

“If they can’t punctuate, if they can’t make a coherent sentence, then they are not, in my opinion, what we’re looking for,” says Thomas Anderson, director of HR at the Houston Community College System. “If they don’t punctuate properly, you get a sense that’s the way they probably write all the time.”

Next, all that virtual yelling is an ear sore for hiring managers. Hold back on the caps lock usage. No one likes a loud, obnoxious, social media fool. According to Anderson, skipping over caps lock is social media etiquette 101, so if an applicant doesn’t seem to realize this, HR managers will assume he or she lacks “serious knowledge” in basic social skills.

Lastly, though abbreviations are permissible and even preferred on social media, some employers will cringe at your habit of using “text speak.” According to Time, “it can be a turn-off for hiring managers if your conversations on social networks are riddled with this kind of short hand.”

So what’s the lesson here? Get your grammar up.

“Job seekers should pay special attention to their social media profiles, ensuring all publicly accessible information is professional,” says Susan Vitale, CMO at iCIMS. “It’s difficult for a recruiter to ‘unsee’ these references.”

5 Ways To Survive A Friend Unfriending You

July 19th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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By Mary Jo Rapini, From YourTango:

No matter how old you are, it hurts when a friend breaks off a relationship.

A group of my colleagues and friends were talking about losing good friends. One of my friends’ situations was a job promotion and a change of location. Her friend cut her off, didn’t want to be her friend anymore, and un-friended her on Facebook, leaving her feeling confused and mistrusting. Had this person been a friend at all?

Another friend told me how disturbing it was when his very best friend un-friended him on Facebook. He said, “It’s one thing if you don’t know the person very well, but if it’s one of your closest friends, it makes you feel angry and untrusting of the depth of the friendship.”

Another colleague told me he had no idea what he did wrong. His friend just cut him off. When friends cut you off and won’t talk about it, it leaves you with a sense of loss that you can never close. Losing a friend happens to everyone, but with social media it happens even more frequently, and the depth of hurt and loss is just as deep, perhaps deeper when you cannot talk face-to-face with the person about the unanswered whys.

Our talk led us to discussing rejection, loss, pain and the feeling of mistrust that you are left with after your friend cuts you off. It’s one thing if you know what upset them, you can talk to them about the situation. At that point, even if they resist your apology or feelings, you have a sense that they understand your side or reasoning. It’s tougher when you live far away from your friend, and they won’t communicate anything with you. That means you have to try and imagine why they are upset, and in your own mind work through the reasons why you may have upset them. Being upset is one thing, but when someone cuts off all communication, it usually involves conflicts within themselves that they aren’t ready to deal with.

Part of moving on after a friend breaks up with you is evaluating your feelings for this friend. Although you may feel anger and hurt with their actions, it’s important that you consider what sort of friend this really was. Asking yourself these four questions can help you feel more in control of the breakup

To read more on how to get over being socially shunned visit Your Tango:

15 Creepy Stalker Moves That Only Happen On Social Media

July 14th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Social Media brings us closer every day. Unfortunately, that closeness includes exes and haters. On Facebook, these moves are fair game. But if this were real life we’d call the cops

Stalker Moves

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The Passive-Aggressive Poster

Post a selfie, this person writes a status about being self-absorbed. Complain about work, they post a prayer about being grateful to have a job. It’s like having an obnoxious shadow that throws salt on everything you say.

Fired For Being Social Media Messy! 9 People Axed For Poor Internet Etiquette

July 11th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Big brands have a love-hate relationship with social media. On one hand, they’re jumping aboard a great marketing opportunity — you’re directly targeting an audience while still keeping that “cool” factor with a few hashtags and Instagram memes. On the other hand, one wrong move will throw you into the receiving end of hate-tweets. “#BoycottingYou” and “#NeverBuyingYourStuff” is a company’s worst nightmare. So when a company representative says something controversial online, best believe that he or she will be fired faster than you can say “bad for business.” Unfortunately (and sometimes fortunately), a few high-profile reps got the boot for being a little too vocal on social media. Quick to cut ties with all the outrage, companies say, “It’s been real, but uh, you gotta go.” Let’s take a look at people who have gotten fired for stirring a little too much trouble on the internet.

Stop With The Selfies: Inappropriate Places To Take Self-Portraits

July 4th, 2014 - By M A
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We can all agree that selfies have gotten out of control. Though we’re all guilty of snapping a duck face or night-out selfie, it’s not harmless images that really get us in a tizzy. It’s the how-could-they-do-that, what-were-they-thinking photos that cause us to throw some flags all over this social media phenomenon. So because we just couldn’t help ourselves, here is a guide to the most inappropriate selfie locales.

Should You Upload? 14 Relationship Commandments For Social Media

June 30th, 2014 - By Dee Rene
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Relationships and social media sometimes are a toxic mix. We’ve all seen the break ups, make ups and screw ups go down on Facebook, Twitter and more. We all use social media differently – for business or pleasure – but there are certain commandments to keep in mind. Comment below! Do you agree? Disagree? Or have a few of your own?

No Take-Backs: Cringeworthy Tweets We Haven’t Forgotten

June 25th, 2014 - By Meghan Williams
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In the world of social media, celebrities have a tendency to post things, regret them, and subsequently delete them. We’ve seen it happen on Instagram and Facebook quite often, but no social media platform has seen more deleted content than Twitter has. And unfortunately for celebs, although tweets can be deleted, they can’t necessarily be forgotten.

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Jaden Smith’s Anti-Education Tweet

We’re not quite sure who made a 15-year old boy the authority on education, but okay…