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Bringing Up Old Ish: Deleted Celebrity Tweets We Can’t Forget About

February 2nd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We all make social media mistakes. But when a politician shares a picture of his peen, and it leaks online, no one is likely to forget it anytime soon. Most of us are lucky enough not to have our statements and pictures saved and shared to make us look bad, but then again, there’s no one screenshotting our every word.

These celebrities tried to delete these regrettable 140-character tweets and pictures. Unfortunately for them, social media has a very long memory — especially when it comes to tweets as shocking as these. These stars shared too much, didn’t cover up enough and let slip some of the most hilarious and cringe-worthy moments on social media.

So let’s all take a moment to remember the social media moments that make following your favorite celebrity feeds worth it. We all slip up sometimes, and now it’s time to take a look at these infamous deleted celebrity Tweets that kept us glued to our screens.

Kanye Being Kanye: As A Dad, How Did He Think It Was Ok To Mention A Child In His Rant?

January 28th, 2016 - By Chuck Creekmur
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For the longest time, I kept my daughter out of social media. It was at least 10 years. After seeing the exchange between Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West and Amber Rose, I remember why. I would had to do something drastic over something like a tweet.

First of all, let’s run down what happened and why it was some of the most juvenile crap we’ve seen since the last juvenile crap we’ve seen from grown entertainment folk.

Wiz Khalifa, a 28-year old, world-renowned weed head, tweeted, “Hit this kk and become yourself.” Well, unbeknownst to Kanye…Wiz has his own brand of weed called “Khalifa Kush,” which he was promoting. Kanye clearly thought Wiz was saying “Lets all have sex with Kim Kardashian and become ourselves” or something. Regardless, the tweet lit a fire in Kanye.

Kanye West, 38, proceeds to go in on Wiz in ways that would illicit a violent response from a regular man when he ends his tirade mentioning Wiz’s ex and son. Remember, Kanye was in a long-term relationship with Amber Rose and, while they didn’t have a child, they seemed to be very much in love.

“You let a stripper trap you,” Kanye cruelly tweeted. “I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years.” This is the man that not only married Kim Kardashian but also will soon have two children with her. He continued, “You wouldn’t have a child if it wasn’t for me…You own waves???? I own your child!!!!” The day before Wiz had lightly disparaged Kanye over the new title of his album Waves, because it seemed to infringe on the trademarked swag of the infinitely wavy one incarcerated rapper Max-B.

Yes. I know this a lot for some of you. This is Hip-Hop 2016.

Perhaps I am old-school. I don’t really play when it comes to kids, mine or others. For a man with a lovely daughter and a son on the way, Kanye was incredibly insensitive. I am sure little Sebastian will know nothing of this for years to come, but I just feel it was wrong. The rant was epic, but it was all based on a misunderstanding.

And then, Amber Rose came in and shut everything down by revealing a nugget about her sex life with ‘Ye. Drumroll please…well, you can see it here. And then she tweeted…

Kanye asked for that one. Yeah, he did. Some have chided Amber Rose for this uppercut below the belt, as she has been a proponent of “slut-shaming.” How is she now going to shame Yeezy, because he may enjoy a finger in this nether-regions? Yes. I know this a lot for some of you.  For most of us…this is fun.

I am all for some good ol’ fashioned entertainment with a splash of foolishness. But, then Kanye went after Wiz’s kid, and his own ex-girlfriend. I guess all is fair in love, war and Twitter.

Amber Rose And When It’s Appropriate To Expose Your Ex’s Sexual Preferences

January 27th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Surely by now, you’ve seen the very nasty Twitter war going on between the love quadrilateral: Kanye, Amber Rose, Wiz Khalifa and Kim Kardashian.

In case you missed it, this all started when Kanye announced that he was changing the title of his forthcoming album…again. What once was Swish is now Waves. Wiz Khalifa thought Kanye was too out of touch with the culture to use that name. He said something about smoking on KK, Kanye took it to mean Kim Kardashian and all hell broke loose. Kanye was snapping.

In a very quick summation, Kanye said that Wiz stole his style from Kid Cudi, his music was wack and no one he knew ever listened to one of his albums in its entirety. Then things went from professional to personal.

“4th you let a stripper trap you”

“5th I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years.”

“12th You wouldn’t have a child if it wasn’t for me.”

“13th You own waves???? I own your child!!!!”

Sigh.

It got unnecessarily ugly for absolutely no reason.

And while Wiz has since been silent, it was Amber Rose who swooped in to save the day with a tweet that ended all discussion.

Done. Finished. Fin. Finito. Curtains.

Now, don’t get it twisted. I don’t believe a man who likes and enjoys anal play needs to be shamed for his preferences. I don’t believe it makes him gay. A man’s G spot is his prostrate gland. And even if it did make him gay, I would generally argue that an ex shouldn’t be the one to expose that.

But this situation right here, is a little different. In the case of Amber Rose and Kanye West, I’m literally and figuratively applauding her overshare.

Amber provided everything I could have hoped for in this situation because I love vengeance. And while it’s supposed to be the Lord’s, perhaps Amber got tired of waiting.

We all remember Kanye’s “30 showers” comment. Not only was it ironic considering his own wife’s sexual history but it was just completely foul and out of bounds considering Amber was once someone he loved. The man cried about this woman on an entire album only to turn around and act like her past as a stripper made her unworthy of compassion and human decency.

Amber could have ignored the little tiff between her estranged husband and her ex boyfriend. But the comments he made about owning her son, Sebastian were just despicable. They deserved a response and a strong one at that. And while it is a bit sad it took the homophobic culture of Hip Hop to make this diss come across so cleanly, I’m willing to make an exception in this case.

You can not speak ill of people’s children or pretend you have some type of claim over their lives. Because by that logic Ray J or Nick Cannon or Nick Lachey or Damon Thomas or Kris Humphries or Reggie Bush and a slew of other folks own North and Saint West.

They don’t. No one owns anyone.

I’m most proud and excited for Amber because Kanye seems to be under the impression that because he once dated and loved Amber that he can claim ownership over her, a fully grown woman, as if she were an object. I’m glad she let him know that she’s no longer going to remain silent and play victim to his shenanigans. The next time Kanye thinks about telling someone he owns them or their child, he should remember how Amber came for that a** with a cold, hard finger.

Zero Chill: Hilarious Brands And Companies Who’ve Got Jokes

January 25th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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BET has not stopped coming for Stacey Dash ever since she said that Black people didn’t need a Black channel or Black History Month. They went as far as to ask her for their check back since she appeared on The Game. But they’re not the only hilarious brands with zero chill.

Hilarious Memes We Can All Relate To

January 12th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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From finally letting go of your ex to shaking the haters off, these are 14 satisfying feelings, and the memes that perfectly explain them, that we can all relate to.

“Not Today White Satan NOT TODAY” This Black Woman Handled Her Racist Coworker Perfectly

January 4th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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This Black Woman Handled Her Racist Coworker Perfectly

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Every week, on Thursdays, we publish our “Working While Black” column where we detail the instances of racism, prejudice and micro aggressions Black people experience at the work place. But today, we stumbled upon a working while Black piece that just couldn’t wait until Thursday.

ToraShae, whose handle is BlackMajiik on Twitter, told a story that went viral just a few days ago. You might have heard about it by now because it was brilliant. It all started with a promotion and a new coworker “Mayonnaise Monster” who pretends he can’t be bothered to learn or pronounce her Black name.

What he didn’t know was that ToraShae, wasn’t going to take the insult lying down.

See how it all unfolded in the story below.

Absolutely brilliant!

Rare Photos That Will Change The Way You See Black History

December 31st, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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This #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take it way back and check out these rare historical photos, courtesy of social media accounts Historical Pics, History In Pictures, and ClassicPics, that will change the way you see Black history. 

Zero Chill: 15 Memes That Illustrate How Real The Struggle Is These Days

December 15th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Black Twitter has been shadier than ever lately–and we love it! We know it’s wrong, but we can’t help but laugh at the following very real struggles. These meme creators have zero chill.

Shaun King And The Question Of Too Much Black Death

December 15th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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Man, Shaun King has really pissed off some folks within the social justice sphere of Twitter.

No, I’m not talking about that, silly.

I’m not touching that…ahem, critique…with a 10-foot pole. I’ll just wait for the real tea to be spilled in the various memoirs, which I’m certain will eventually come out of this movement.

But for the sake of background info, I encourage you to read about the war of words between King and fellow activists Deray Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie, here.

However, what I would like to touch on is the critique that (sort of) started it all. More specifically, the idea that King’s efforts to draw attention to police brutality, including tweeting out endless loops of images and videos of Black people being killed by the police, is actually more traumatizing than it is helpful.

It should be noted that this critique is is not exclusive to what King is doing. In fact, whether or not to show graphic images of the dead is an unresolved issue in quite a few mainstream journalistic circles as well.

But it is also a critique that I’ve personally shared before. In particular, in a piece I wrote back in July of this year entitled, “I Am Tired of Talking About Black Death.”

In it, I wrote:

I don’t care if you call it race talk fatigue, but I too am tired of seeing images of Black people getting harassed, threatened, beat and murdered by the police. I want to virtually yell “enough already” at every single person who posts the videos, articles and ruminations. It’s constant, overwhelming and depressing. I’ve got my own life, which comes with its worries. Like these bills. And these moves, which have been taking way too long to make. It’s a struggle to get through the day dealing with my personal drama, and now I have to think about the extermination of Black people too?

For the record, I offered those sentiments out of concern for my own mental health as opposed to any attempt to provide an excuse as to why I should not care about the very real threat to Black people across the country. I do care. But watching Black people being murdered on a constant loop at the same moment you are experiencing hardships, can make one feel both helpless and hopeful.

Yet, in yesterday’s op-ed piece for the New York Daily News, King provided a counternarrative to the fatigue many of us feel from consuming too much Black Death.

As he explains:

Are you familiar with the cases of Albert Davis, Bennie Tignor, Darrius Stewart, Spencer McCain, Brandon Jones, Bobby Gross, Naeschylus Vincent, Thomas Allen or Jeremy Lett?

These were all completely unarmed black men killed by American police in 2015. Most didn’t receive hashtags or national press coverage.

Most of us don’t know their faces, couldn’t tell you where they’re from and don’t even recognize their names. This year will come and go and their stories will hardly be a blip on the news radar.

The one thing they had in common? None had viral videos.

King goes on to compare those unfamiliar victims with more notable victims who had the “privilege” of having their deaths filmed. More specifically, the video of Nicholas Robertson’s death. He was fatally shot by the LAPD just this past weekend. King said that the video, which he posted on his Facebook page and that has been seen more than a million times, forced the LAPD to hold a press conference to address concerns about the killing. This is something that King contends would not have happened if folks did not watch, connect with and eventually share the video.

As King writes:

A record 1,134 people have been killed by American police so far this year. Ninety nine percent of officers who kill someone, though, are never charged with any crime.

When they are charged, it is almost always because a video of some kind has gone viral. In fact, of 2,242 people killed by American police these past two years, almost every single widely known case is known because some type of video went viral. If most of us scrolled the list of casualties, the names would appear completely unfamiliar. They weren’t filmed.

He also adds (further down in the piece):

When police officers are violent, though, justice is slow and rare. Videos of their brutality are one of the only tools we have to cause police departments, prosecutors and politicians to even take the violence seriously.

You’d be hard pressed to name a single case of police brutality that Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders spoke about publicly that didn’t have a viral video.

Local news outlets have deep relationships with police departments. If you ever watch the local news on television you’ll see that a certain percentage of their stories, every single day, morning, noon, and night, come from the police. In a strange sense, they are business partners. Consequently, it’s rare for local press to be critical of police departments because they have to work together on a daily basis. Viral videos of police brutality are often what force local outlets in those cities to even cover it with a slightly critical eye.

I will not deny that King is making a salient and fair point. Without Ida B. Wells’s relentless pursuit of the truth, would our government and, eventually, our history have recognized the unjust lynchings of Blacks in the South?

Still, I do wonder if the constant stream of Black Death is also working to desensitize us to the issue of police brutality in general.

Now I understand how one might feel the answer to this may be muddled within all of those other concerns, which shall not be named, that folks have with King. But I honestly do not think there is any right or wrong answer here.

But what is disheartening is the overall need for the videos to exist in the first place. Particularly, the mere fact that these truths of what Black people have known for decades have to be consumed ad nauseam in hopes of persuading a large chunk of society, in particular, White people, of the injustices and humanities committed against us.

No Excuses: 15 Perfect Memes For When A Guy Won’t Text Back

December 9th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Because if these people can do all this, you should definitely be able to get a text back from the man in your life.