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Don’t Ever Get Too Comfortable: “The Wire” Creator, David Simon, Tweets The N Word

September 20th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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"The Wire" Creator David Simon, Tweets The N Word

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If you’ve ever seen the underrated but incredibly genius HBO series, “The Wire,” you know how authentic and layered the characters in the predominately Black cast are. They are so three dimensional and so well done that I assumed the show must have been written by a Black person. I just didn’t expect White folk to know us like that. But I was wrong. When you google David Simon, the face that looks back at you belongs to a robust, balding White man with an intense stare.

And while I was surprised at his physicality, I reasoned that still he had—and perhaps still has— an understanding of Black people, that most White folks do not. Because, frankly in a world set up for their success, they just don’t have to.

But ummm, despite his incredible work that will go down in history as one of the best television shows every created, that just so happened to feature a predominately Black cast, Simon still put his foot in his mouth.

Donald Trump being so frighteningly close to the presidency has the whole nation in a bit of a tizzy. Including Simon, who responded to Trump’s selection of Fox News’ Sean Hannity to host a “town hall meeting on African American concerns.”

Simon, in an attempt to be clever, tweeted this.

When asked to apologize for this gross misstep, Simon defended his words.

Let me just be real for a second. This wasn’t as much about an attempt at sarcasm as much as it was a White man wanting, desiring, yearning to use the n-word. This is about David Simon feeling like he’s amassed enough “Black friends” to be given a proverbial pass. And that’s just not the case. He can pick up and throw down the n word whenever he wants to. But those of us walking around with Black skin don’t have the luxury of not being perceived as such when we leave the comfort of our own homes everyday.

Simon mentioned purpose and intent but that is also not a valid rationale for using the n word. Being around Black folk for so long, Simon should know that some Black folk, quite a few of them, will never be comfortable hearing the word from a White person, sarcasm or not. Taking that undeniable fact into consideration, his intent just doesn’t matter either way. The saying goes, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Simon knew his tweet was going to hurt people and he tweeted it anyway. At the end of the day, it’s impact and not intention that make the difference. And while Simon says he regrets any hurt his tweet may have caused, his intent to be funny or sarcastic meant more to him than the impact of his words. And that’s where he effed up.

I’ll forever and always be a fan of “The Wire.” But I will be removing David Simon from my list of White folks who really get it.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor for She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”

According To Leslie Jones’ Twitter Troll, He Was Doing God’s Work

September 3rd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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In the weight of Twitter rants heard around the world, the trolling of Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones ranks quite high on the meter. Back in July, Jones was the victim of a vicious Twitter attack where individuals, in 140 characters or fewer, spewing negative and offensive comments about her looks and racial slurs.

Nevertheless, Jones fired back, exposing the hateful comments she received: “It’s not called a meltdown when [you’re] defining yourself. Pay attention. So sad, these people have mothers and sisters and aunts. So f–king sickening. You won’t believe the evil. It’s f–king scary.”

Milo Yiannopoulos, an associate editor of conservative news website Breitbar and infamous internet troll, was among of critics that went after the comedian and actress, which ultimately led to the suspension of his account. Although Yiannopoulos’ tweets are not available anymore, a transcript of the interaction surfaced immediately on the web where he compared her to an ape and expressed that if Ghostbusters was doing poorly at the box office because her work is terrible.

Now, after the recent hacking of Jones’ laptop,  Yiannopoulos appeared on ABC News’ Nightline, explaining that he had no regrets about attacking Jones online that prompted her to quit social media for a short stint.

“Trolling is very important,” he said in the taped interview. “I like to think of myself as a virtuous troll… I’m doing God’s work.”

Justified with his actions, Yiannopoulos also shared that the idea of celebrities playing the victim is wrong, only fueling his hatred for Jones when the social media network banned him for what he calls freedom of speech.

“This idea that celebrities are these fragile wallflowers, give me a break,” he continued. “That the stars of Hollywood blockbusters are sitting at home crying into their iPhones.”


#VeteransForKaepernick Is The Best Defense Against The Naysayers

September 1st, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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One of the strongest points of opposition against NFL quarterback Colin Kapernick’s protest, his refusal to stand during the national anthem is that by not honoring “The Star Spangled Banner,” he is dishonoring the veterans who have so sacrificially, and often thanklessly, served this country.

Interestingly enough, when these people express an unpopular opinion, they’ll note that we live in a “free country.” But when Colin wants to challenge the racist history and ongoing oppression in this nation, when his thoughts threaten the status quo, people want to strip him of the very same rights for which these servicemen and women fight.  (Though we could debate that the United States hasn’t had to fight a war to protect our civil liberties in a very long time.)

Often the very people who are presenting this argument, have never served a plate more or less this country.

Thankfully, some veterans took to Twitter to dismiss this ludicrous argument with the hashtag, #VeteransForKaepernik.

See what they had to say.

More Of This: #BlackMenSupportLeslie

August 29th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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The entire Lemonade film had us nodding and “umphing” in agreement and understanding. But one of the most poignant moments came when she included the quote from Malcolm X. “The most disrespected woman in America, is the black woman. The most un-protected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America, is the black woman.” Malcolm never lied. So often on this site, we’ve called for Black men to step up and defend Black women, to fight for us in the ways we’ve fought for them, to hear our cries for equality and not dismiss them. When we tell Black men that they’re oppressing us with sexual assault, street harassment or perpetuating rape culture, we want to be heard and not told that “now is not the time.”

With all of the conversation calling Black men to task, I have hope that some of them are hearing and internalizing these messages.

After Leslie Jones’ website fell victim to a hacker, several Black men on Twitter came to her defense with the hashtag #BlackMenSupportLeslie, started by @BlakeDontCrack.

He tweeted:

And thankfully, others followed suit.

Check out some of the tweets he got from Black men in response.

Thank God for these brothas and this hashtag. Hopefully, it’s a start to a general shift in philosophy when it comes to defending Black women, famous and non-famous alike.

The Brave Woman’s Guide To Sliding Into DMs

August 25th, 2016 - By Patia Braithwaite
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As an elderly millennial, I’ve picked up the art of traditional flirting. I’m not saying I’m good at it, but I can force myself to touch a man’s shoulder or laugh at his stupid jokes if I have to. That said, we’ve approached a new age: the age of the direct message, otherwise known as the DM. If you’re on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter or Instagram, you are familiar with the private message — a place to send notes and pictures that the public can’t see.

I’ve heard that things go down in the DM, but up until recently, I had no firsthand knowledge of such happenings. Sadly, I haven’t mastered the art of sliding into anyone’s social media inbox, but after brunch one weekend (all bad ideas stem from bottomless mimosas),  I decided to direct message an old thot flame on Facebook. (Is it even called DMs on Facebook? I don’t know.)
“I’m sliding into your DMs,” I proclaimed triumphantly.
“Oh,” he responded. “Okay…”
There was silence before he added, “Snapchat me that pu**y if it’s….cool.”
I, too lame to realize he was quoting a song, was astounded by his forwardness. “Who does he think I am? Do people really Snapchat their vaginas if its…cool?” I thought to myself. “Is there an appropriate filter for these pictures?” Mortified and caught without a witty rebuttal, I closed my chat inbox and swore to never contact him again.  He already had my phone number though, and he text me a few days later.
Everything sort of worked out from there, I guess.
While I initially thought I’d bury this humiliating ordeal in the recesses of my mind, it occurred to me that my experience might help other women. Thus, I’ve asked a few of my favorite men for some tips on how to artfully slide into someone’s inbox. I now humbly share the process with you:
Step 1: Establish Rapport
As it turns out, sliding into one’s DMs works greatly when there is forward momentum. Whatever the social media platform, start off by liking a few posts/pictures. As most of you know, every time you like a picture, the person gets a notification. If you do this for a few days or so, you’re suddenly on the person’s radar.  Pro tip: spread your “likes” over a few days. It’s creepy to log into your account and see someone has liked 40 of your pictures in 12 minutes.
Step 2: Up the Ante
Once you’ve started liking pictures, you can up the ante by adding a comment. One of the guys I talked to suggested compliments that pertain to a particular picture. If your person has a gym picture (a.k.a., a thirst trap), you can compliment his body. If you’re feeling a little less aggressive, you can compliment something less eh…explicit. Maybe he posted a dope sunset or a clever meme. You can shower praise on it, and hopefully your would-be boo will say “thanks.”
Step 3: Slide in the DMs (With a Question)
So the guy has already noticed you in his mentions. He’s probably responded to your comments under his pictures. Now, you just slide into his inbox with a question relevant to his feed. If he has a million pictures from his trip to Philly, you can ask him how the cheese steaks were. The key is to start a private conversation, and BOOM! You just slid into the DMs like a ninja. Pro tip: Steer clear of yes or no questions. Open-ended questions give you more to work with.
Once you’ve started the conversation, the rest is familiar territory. However, if you’re still worried, take comfort in this: My awkward stumble into the DMs did yield a date. The sheer ridiculousness of my experience hints at something ALL of the men I talked to said explicitly: If a person finds you even remotely attractive, it doesn’t really matter how artfully you slide in.  Take your chance, kick down the door of the DMs, and give it your best shot.
The odds are in your favor.
(Special thanks to the gentlemen who contributed to this piece, especially @torres1pr. Ladies, if you want to practice your slide, I’m sure he would be down.)
Patia Braithwaite is a New York City-based writer. You can find her at, or sliding into some DMs on Instagram & Twitter @pdotbrathw8.

Leslie Jones Creates #LOVE4GABBYUSA To Combat All The Hate

August 16th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Earlier this week, we wrote about all the backlash Gabby Douglas has been receiving during this round of the Olympics. And we wrote about her tearful response to it all and even her mother saying she was heartbroken by the comments she witnessed on social media.

But if there is a bright side to all the hate she received, it’s the fact that a fellow Black woman, one who had been similarly bullied on social media, came to her defense. Over the weekend, I kept coming across the hashtag #LOVE4GABBYUSA but I didn’t know where it came from. Turns out, comedienne Leslie Jones was the one with the lightbulb above her head.

It wasn’t long before #LOVE4GABBYUSA was trending. And a host of celebs, including some of our faves, tweeted their support to the young Olympian.

And thankfully, Gabby saw the tweets.

History-Making Olympian Simone Biles Gets Sweet Tweets From Mom

August 9th, 2016 - By Danielle Elaine
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In the age of what seems to be a second dawning of a Civil Rights movement, Black excellence is soaring in spite of social and political atrocities. Black entrepreneurs, and most recently Olympians at the 2016 Rio Olympics have been making history, and headlines with groundbreaking performances.

In the likeness of Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles has made history-breaking records with innovative moves, that could only be named after her. At a total of 14 medals, of which 10 are gold, Simone Biles holds the record for most gold medals won by a female gymnast in the history of the World Championships.

To date, Simone is the most decorated American female gymnast in World Championships history.

As Simone prepares to continue her ground breaking Olympic gymnastics legacy in Rio, she does so with much support from family, friends and the whole United States.

One of Simone’s biggest fans has gained much attention with her heartwarming tweets to the Olympian: her mom Nellie Biles. Simone’s mom has continuously shown her daughter unwavering support and love, with the sweetest tweets ever! Nellie has stood by her daughter near and far with notes of love for Simone like, “long term goal is here/embrace the experience and have fun. I love you-mom.”

In a series of tweets over the course of her daughters Olympic ambitions and career, Nellie has openly shown her affections for her daughter, and Simone has always jumped (pun intended) at the chance to return the favor.










It goes without saying how impactful a mother’s love and support are when setting out to achieve a dream, short or long-term goal.

How many times have you left a goal or dream by the wayside, due to lack of support?

How often have you reached a personal milestone and felt a loss as to whom you could celebrate with?

Mom Nellie is a great example of what undying and unrelenting support looks like. Her genuine love and support for her daughter are the prototype of the foundation of supportive relationships. 

It’s no surprise Nellie, and many other of Simone’s family are very proud of all her accomplishments. Nellie and Simone’s relationship is one to be admired. Whatever your familial situation may be, find and keep supportive people in your circle. Be a supportive person to those you care about, with words of encouragement. Hugs and words of support go a long way, but so do likes, shares, comments and tweets.

Sometimes being present in any form makes just the right impact.

Still Mad: Tamar Braxton Wishes Co-hosts Of “The Real” Would Keep Her Name Out Their Mouths

August 8th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Just when you thought things were starting to simmer down, that Tamar and the other hosts of “The Real” had moved past her firing, there’s more to be said. While the hosts who are still employed with the show would like you to believe that they’re all still friends, Tamar took to Twitter to let everyone know that that is not the case.

Recently, Loni Love spoke on the Tom Joyner Morning Show about Tamar’s dismissal and asked that people stop calling her names on social media because it wasn’t her fault. Then in a Periscope video, when asked if she and Tamar was still cool, Tamera said, “Absolutely! We’re very, very happy for Tamar and I can’t wait to support her on the sidelines. She’s a very, very talented human being.”

But Tamar didn’t share the same sentiment and while she was in Louisiana supporting Toya during the funeral for her two brothers, she took to Twitter to explain.


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You may have heard reports that Tamar and Tamera ran into each other on a flight to New Orleans for Essence Festival. Well, apparently that was true. But Tamar let folks know it wasn’t a happy reunion. Instead, it was more of a photo op.

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She continued…

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Then someone asked about the fact that many of the women from the show, with the exception of Loni, were seen at her son’s birthday party. She had a response for that too.

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Oh, Tamar.

15 Times #WeWearWhatWeWant Gave Us Life

August 2nd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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My body. My wardrobe. My choice. Dress: @rebdolls #WeWearWhatWeWant

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Have you ever been told to “dress for your size?” When that happened to 23-year-old plus-size model model and blogger Simone Mariposa, she refused to take the criticism lying down. Instead, she created the hashtag #WeWearWhatWeWant to show plus-size women wearing “socially ‘unacceptable’ outfits.” And since then, thousands of women have turned body shaming into body confidence by showcasing just how good they look in anything they want to wear.

Mariposa says it’s the hashtag we all need. Because while the world is getting better at accepting all kinds of beauty, “there’s still a limit.”

“They still want to see women who are on the smaller spectrum of plus size, the size 12s and 14s,” Mariposa told The Independent. “When visibly plus women are making statements about being body positive, they’re deemed ‘too big’ and they’re promoting obesity.”

So Mariposa encouraged women of all sizes to celebrate their bodies on Instagram using the hashtag, and we can’t stop scrolling through.

The Funniest (And Most Questionable) Arthur Memes On The Internet

August 2nd, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Growing up, many of us watched the hit show Arthur which first premiered on PBS in 1996. Because of the sweater-wearing aardvark, countless millennials learned how to navigate bullying, manage their school work and fight fair (or not) with their siblings. Unfortunately, since the creators of Arthur missed the memo that 20-somethings still need lessons from the cartoon show, social media users decided to create memes using images from the cartoon to illustrate their adult journey. From dating woes to paying bills, here are the funniest (and even questionable) Arthur memes floating around the internets.