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This year’s family shade starting before you’ve even said grace over the turkey? Just scroll through these hilarious #ThanksgivingClapBack posts for inspiration on how to win in a good roasting session.
When she so boldly shared an story of an alleged trip to Florida she took to strip with another girl named Jessica, everyone was tuned in with their hands fervently scrolling through her 150-tweet story.
Recently, in an exclusive interview with TMZ, Zola said that Hollywood is knocking at her door, as her story has caught the attention of execs at MTV, VICE, WME and a few independent film makers. In addition, she says she’d “like her own TV series about her days as a dancer and wants Meagan Good or KeKe Palmer to play her.”
Entire life made. Goodnight. ✨#Queen #Mom #zolastory 😩 A photo posted by Aziah King❤️ (@zolarmoon) on
Captivating global audiences with her complex characters and plot twists, Zola may be on to something here. Over the course of the week, celebrities like Jackée Harry, Solange, Missy Elliot, and Ava DuVernay kept the #Zola conversation going by dishing their opinions and excitement over the story.
Yes Ms. Jackée 💃🏽 slay girl. #QuoteOfTheYear A photo posted by Aziah King❤️ (@zolarmoon) on
Even KeKe Palmer, who Zola was interested in possibly playing her, shouted out the crazy Twitter tale saying: “So I guess I’m starring in this new movie called #Zola #letsgo #wheresthescript #yallknowiloveworking.”
She added several crying laughing emoji faces, and then followed up her tweet with, “Hahaha I love when y’all ‘cast’ me in movies.” “Definitely joking about the Zola story…However, would love to do a feature of “The Coldest Winter Ever…”
What are your thoughts? Would you want to see Zola’s story taken to the big or small screen?
More than just hilarious memes and witty commentary, Black Twitter is a force for good, highlighting and seeking to punish those who let their racism hang all out.
One Arizona woman learned this the hard way when she tweeted recklessly.
Erika Escalante, 20, posted a picture of she and her friend in a cotton field, captioning it:
“Our inner ni–er came out today.”
It didn’t take long before the tweet went viral and Black Twitter not only informed Escalante of her misstep but also started doing some research. She deleted the tweet but not before people were able to grab screenshots. With the original tweet as both evidence and ammunition, users eventually discovered that Escalante was employed as an intern at Isagenix, a company that markets dietary supplements and personal care products.
They reached out, blatantly asking the company if they supported this type of behavior. The company, where she was working as a paid intern, fired her within two hours.
We too find this tweet offensive & we are shocked. This does not reflect our values & culture. The intern is no longer with us.
— Isagenix® (@isagenix) October 26, 2015
Kevin Snyder, a spokesman for the company, told an Arizona Fox affiliate: “We were shocked when we saw, it’s not what you would expect. When I looked at it, I immediately knew we had to make a swift action. It was unanimous. It is a complete conflict of who we are and what we stand for as a company.”
Later, the same Fox affiliate reached out to Escalante for comment. She was nothing but apologetic.
“I apologize fully. I take full responsibility for what I have done. It’s just not OK.”
Escalante, who is a Spanish linguistics major, said it was a mistake on her part.
“I am sorry if you took this to heart. I am so sorry. I didn’t mean it at all. It was just a mistake, that’s all I can say.”
She continued, “It was just a lack of my better judgment. I was not thinking at all.”
You can watch her interview in the video below.
Erika has said that she has since deleted all of her social media accounts. She also noted that there is, however, someone posing as her on Twitter, with a similar handle, using an image from the broadcast video above as “her” avatar.
Either way, we sincerely hope she learned something from this very costly lesson.
In the meantime, handclaps for Black Twitter for caping and crusading against racism and foolishness.
One of my favorite music videos by rapper Pharoahe Monch is for his dope, but likely never heard of single “Clap,” which was released back in 2011.
The video is actually a 10-minute visual. A short film based on Monch’s commentary on questionable police tactics and its effects on the lives of innocent people. In the video, an informant sends police to the wrong apartment, which results in one reckless Black cop accidentally shooting and killing a young Black kid.
The rest of the video follows the cop as he is being chased through the streets of New York City by the ghosts of his crime. As Monch passionately recites the song’s lyrics, in particular, the line “One day the people gonna clap,” the ghosts stand around the police officer clapping until he slowly loses his mind.
As much as the video to the song is about police brutality and misconduct, it is also about guilt. And as the cop finds himself surrounded by these clapping ghosts, we get to see the real consequence of one’s transgressions.
I think of this video whenever there is a story in the media about the one who shall remain nameless.
You know who I’m talking about.
The lunatic who makes the news every few months for testing the patience of not just Black people, but decent people nationwide. This time around, he allegedly retweeted an image of Trayvon Martin’s dead body. And then, after being called out on it, he went on a wild Twitter rant, spewing racist sh*t and being an all-around horrible human being.
Sure, this certainly does not sound like a man who possesses a shred of remorse for his crime, or even a conscience. But don’t let the Twitter fingers fool you: This man is paying for his crimes every single day.
And just to be clear, this is not an essay, which seeks to censure our justified hatred or secure undeserved sympathy for him. Seriously, a person who gets off basically torturing the family of the child he got away with murdering doesn’t deserve to be given the benefit of the doubt from the rest of humanity.
But as incensed and hurt as I am by what he does publicly, I don’t for a second believe that the one who shall remain nameless is not privately getting his just deserts.
You know why?
Although he has not spent a single day in prison and is still walking around undead and breathing God’s free air, the one who shall remain nameless is being haunted by his crimes every single day.
Since his acquittal in 2013, the one who shall remain nameless has found himself in a string of arrests and unfortunate events.
There was the time when he threatened his estranged wife Shellie and her father. There was the time when he was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault after he allegedly pointed a shotgun in the face of then-girlfriend Samantha Scheibe. There was the time when the one who shall remain nameless threatened to shoot a man during a road rage incident. And then there was the time when he was charged with assault for throwing a wine bottle at a woman in his home in Florida.
Then there was the time he was almost shot in the face. Call it karma or the law of attraction or even the plot line to Final Destination, but clearly trouble is viciously after the one who shall remain nameless.
And yes, I understand that despite his continued legal issues, he always manages to get away with his criminal acts. White supremacy is a tough beast to get one over on. However, those troubles are proof that his life is not going in the right direction. And last year, the one who shall remain nameless told Univision that although he was found not guilty, he “continues to pay for the incident,” that “incident” being killing Trayvon Martin. And not only does he owe more than $2 million to his attorneys, but he is also unable to find steady work.
You know why? Because he is the one who shall remain nameless.
And everywhere he goes he is reminded that he is a killer. And it isn’t just Black people doing the reminding as even the most casual of racist White people are not trying to be around that loose canon. Nobody wants him around.
In fact, his Twitter mentions are full of daily reminders of just how much the world hates him. I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but I don’t know if I could mentally survive a crowd of people hitting me up every single day just to say “We hate you.” And judging by his constant ranting, I would say he is not handling it very well either.
Even the racist White people who want to be around him only desire to be in his company because he serves as a sociopolitical linchpin. They don’t exactly care about him or respect him as a person, no matter how much he wraps his half-brown self in the Confederate flag.
Although he is probably one of the most notorious non-celebrity citizens in America, he has not been able to flip his notoriety into anything beyond minimum-wage appearances at right-wing gun shops. Hell, he hasn’t even been able to get a part-time gig over at Fox News. And they exploited the heck out of him.
The truth is, the 15 minutes of “fame” of the one who shall remain nameless are winding down. And soon he won’t be able to profit emotionally off of the attention he gets from the media for saying inflammatory things. And once he stops being relevant, even his “supporters” will drop him as their pet project and move on to another cultural linchpin.
Nope, there are no happy endings waiting for the one who shall remain nameless. Just like that killer cop in the “Clap” video, the only thing he has to look forward to is spending the rest of his life being haunted and slowly murdered by the ghosts of the crime(s) he committed.
Is it just me or were these hilarious Twitter hashtags created to put all of our business on front street?
Mike Epps isn’t the only one who has been caught with his hand in the direct message cookie jar. These celebrities have also been caught using social media to try and hook up with people. Have you ever received a celebrity DM?
If there’s one thing to be said about Azealia Banks, it’s definitely that the 24-year-old rapper is very passionate about her value as both a woman and an artist.
These days, it has become very common for celebrities and artists to freely verbalize their opinion on things. For Banks, this notion is nothing new: Nicki Minaj’s Madame Tussauds wax figure to Iggy Azalea’s cultural smudging to Kendrick Lamar’s Ferugson comments. The Harlem native is notoriously known to take her frustrations and thoughts to social media to let fans, followers and the general public alike know exactly what she thinks.
This afternoon, she stirred up conversation when she posted a picture via Twitter of an EBONY Magazine article regarding the cultural smudging beef between her and Iggy Azalea. Banks tweeted, “The only time I made it 2 ebony magazine was in a discussion of another white woman. Black media is counter productive.”
She continued sharing her feelings about the article, begging that Black media publications stop covering her because they’ve basically gone out of their way to damage her brand.
Azealia has since deleted her first tweet directed to EBONY, but kept the rest posted on her account.
Check out what Ms. Banks had to say below.
I beg black media publications to stop covering Azealia Banks. You have done the MOST to damage my brand.
— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) August 23, 2015
I don’t fall in line with your self righteous black Christian social beliefs and I never will. So please stop covering me. — AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) August 23, 2015
— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) August 23, 2015
I need to just leave the kneegrows in the fields and enjoy my time in the big house!! Seems like that’s what people want me to do anyway. — AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) August 23, 2015
Do you agree? Or has Ms. Banks’ own ways caused people to focus more on her beefs than her music?
On Thursday, The Verge released an info-graph that showed the racial diversity of online and social media companies. The lack of diversity in the technology industry is one that has been reported on extensively, so the numbers should not have been too alarming. However, one company seems to be severely lagging behind the others. Zero percent of Twitter’s employees are African American women.
It’s actually quite hard to imagine zero, like none? Thankfully, that isn’t the case. Twitter employs 14 African American women out of 3,000, but that number is not even a tenth of a percent of the company – zero percent. Once Black men are added to the equation, the total jumps to 49 and Twitter moves to a measly 1.7 percent African American.
When first reading the stat, my mind went directly to Black Twitter. A Pew Center Research study revealed African Americans use the platform disproportionately more than whites. So, it’s sad and frustrating to see our representation behind closed doors so meek.
Last month, Rev. Jesse Jackson stated African Americans are becoming “intolerant” of Silicon Valley companies that prosper off of our audience, but hire so little of our talent. This summer, many tech companies such as Pinterest introduced new initiatives to grow diversity on their teams and it’s about time Twitter takes theirs seriously.
Twitter announced a plan last year to create a company it could be “proud of,” but it’s clear the action behind the announcement is lagging. “We are committed to making inclusiveness a cornerstone of our culture,” said Jane Van Huyesse, Twitter’s vice-president of diversity and inclusion at the time.
Twitter makes a hefty profit by selling advertising to companies looking to reach an active Black audience, maybe it’s time they put that money where there mouth is. At zero percent, Twitter had the least amount of African American women on their workforce and Amazon boasted the highest with seven percent.
Silicon Valley still has a long way to go.
— Angie Goff (@OhMyGOFF) August 17, 2015
Most of think of the ’90’s as a simpler, more artistically sound, and fun time. But then again, that’s the way most people think of their childhoods. Many of us look back on the ’90’s so fondly because there were so many shared experiences with people who lived in and loved that era. We even asked some of the same types of questions. Check out a few of them from today’s trending topic.
When it comes to megastars, most of us assume that managers handle their accounts. But these celebrities on social media want us to know that they read everything we write — and sometimes it hurts!