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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!
Did you read about this woman who got caught sexting her side piece by a stranger at a baseball game? It’s getting harder and harder to get away with dirt, and these cheaters caught in the act found that out the hard way. Whatever happened to keeping your business out of the streets?
After the untimely death of Sandra Bland, many have been trying to keep all hope alive by voicing their opinions on the matter and spreading awareness of the deadly injustices that are tallying up in the Black community.
In regards to Bland’s death, many people have used social media as an outlet to raise awareness, so much so that her name actually started trending on social media. #SandraBland posts including videos of her arrest and her mug shot were sprawled across timelines of thousands, as people questioned the events that led to her mysterious death. Many believe that Bland was already dead when her mug shot was taken, even after the police called her death a suicide by asphyxiation.
While the results of the independent autopsy that Bland’s family ordered has not been released, one young man has taken matters into his own hands to start a new trend via social media that mimics her questionable mug shot. Dubbed the #SandraBlandChallenge, people are exhibiting their solidarity for the a “challenge that actually matters” after the #SandraBland hashtag that was shut down by Instagram in an effort to stop hate speech that it was attracting.
Zarie, the young man behind the challenge, hopes his efforts will bring justice to Sandra Bland. In the Instagram photo he posted, he says that there is a difference in taking a picture laying down versus standing up, suggesting that Bland was dead at the time her mug shot was taken.
The hashtag has been in effect for nearly a week and is steadily gaining traction on all social media platforms as people are exhibiting their solidarity for the death of Sandra Bland.
With the rise of Black Twitter and other social groups taking to the platform, it would seem as though more and more people are actually getting the 140-character site right. But the company is actually facing a few problems.
Sure, active Twitter users are typically ALL in, but the company is realizing those that are not active on Twitter find the platform hard to adjust to. The company’s co-founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey highlighted this issue on Tuesday promising to get Twitter to do better.
Dorsey spoke with investors during the company’s earnings call and revealed that the platform’s recently launched features did very little in efforts to acquire new users who not only join but remain active reported CNN.
“This is unacceptable and we’re not happy,” said Dorsey.
The company plans to make immediate changes to turn things around for the better. Dorsey mentioned the company must have more “disciplined” execution, make the platform easier to use so new users adjust quickly and market the social media site so that people understand why Twitter is an important platform to use.
Dorsey mentioned Twitter needed to be “the best microphone” in the world to assist people in voicing their opinions and widening their network. The voicing of opinions has certainly been seen within the past year with the #BlackLivesMatter campaign or any culturally appropriated article Black Twitter felt needed to be “corrected.”
But the company is looking for growth and new users who are making a slow transition to join and stay active.
“‘Why Twitter’ must be articulated clearly,” Dorsey said. “What should you expect from Twitter? To be as easy as looking out your window to see what’s happening. To show you what’s happening in the world (first), directly from the source.”
Growth can only happen if the mass market understands the platform and experiences the connections themselves.
The hashtag site will now have to spend more money and time developing ways to explain the benefits of the 140-character limit as well as making changes to the way it works.
Possible changes may include timelines no longer showing posts in reverse chronological order and more trending topics and tweets curated by users.
“This is both a product issue and a marketing issue,” said Twitter CFO Anthony Noto.
Twitter has seen a good quarter in the last three months, adding two million new users and made more money than expected. But keeping active users has been a problem.
Tuesday’s earnings report call was broadcast on Periscope, the company’s live-stream service for the first time and it was also Dorsey’s first earnings call since taking over the CEO position after Dick Costolo left after five years.
Twitter’s shares were up more that five percent after the earnings were first reported, but fell in after-hours trading by more than 11 percent when Dorsey reported his outlook of company.