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Are You Addicted To Social Media?

October 27th, 2014 - By Ezinne Ukoha
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Okay, I know two days doesn’t sound like that much of a victory, but when you eat, breathe and sleep what populates on your timeline, it can be quite a feat to be able to dismiss Facebook , Twitter and Instagram for an extended period of time.

It was something I had to do in order to rescue myself from myself. I was losing my mind because of my crippling dependency and obsession with updating my status as well as responding to those who are equally as active. There are so many benefits that come with being able to attain instant gratification just by clicking a button. I am not sure how I survived a time when that was inconceivable, but I am darn grateful that I lived long enough to now partake in all the action.

To be honest, I used to be a skeptic when it came to social media. I just didn’t want to buy into the idea that a mere tweet has the potential to change the course of your life, or a random posting on FB could activate a dormant relationship. But once I gave in, it didn’t take very long for me to succumb to the media tools of my choice. Twitter was my first love, and I nurtured that relationship to the hilt, and then I finally transferred some of it to Facebook and Instagram. Once I began receiving feedback, I became irrevocably hooked. At first I convinced myself that I was in control, but it soon became clear that I was swiftly losing my grip. My phone became my most valuable possession, and as a result, it always had to be within reach.

The crazy part is that I used to tease my friends for doing the exact same thing. I used to get irritated whenever we would hang out and they absolutely could not complete a sentence or carry out a conversation without checking their phones. I would accuse them of being rude and explain how pathetic it was that they had allowed themselves to be “technologically whipped.” But alas, I have become that person, I might actually be worse than they ever were. Sometimes in the middle of the night, instead of getting up to use the bathroom like normal people do, I reach out for my phone to see what My FB friends in London are up to and then I quickly scan my Twitter feed. My habit unfortunately extends to my office hours and I still don’t know how I am able to prevent it from interfering with my job duties. I guess years of forced multi-tasking pays off.

So, needless to say, I had gotten to the point where I needed to prove to myself that I wasn’t a lost soul. Could I neglect the pangs of social media, no matter how hungry I get? So I chose the weekend because that is usually when things heat up. Saturday morning was hard, because just like clockwork, I reached for my phone. But then once I realized I was on probation, I put it down and closed my eyes. I started meditating, which is something I rarely do, but should be doing more often. It felt good to release all the stress and to welcome a lighter temperament. The rest of the day was spent indulging in activities that were not influenced by FB friends or Twit pals. I didn’t care if anyone liked anything I had posted days before, and I wasn’t anxious to see what hilarity was erupting on Instagram.

Basically, my experiment assured me that I am not a lost cause after all. I enjoy utilizing social media because I can and even though it has gradually become a big part of my life, I am not an addict. I take advantage and indulge more than I should but if I need to extract myself – I can. I wonder how many others are like me. Would you classify yourself as a social media addict?


Chrissy Teigen Quits Twitter After Backlash To Gun Violence Tweet

October 25th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Outspoken supermodel Chrissy Teigen has dropped Twitter after she was hit with a barrage of backlash to a tweet she sent follow the shooting in Ottawa, Canada. In it, she makes a comment about how often we have mass shootings in this country. Just this week, a 14-year-old opened fire in his Washington state school, killing one person, injuring four others, and then shooting himself. The high school freshman, Jaylen Fryberg, died as a result of the self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Some clearly misunderstood (or didn’t even try to understand) and took to Twitter to curse at her, invite her to leave the country, and even wish violence against her and her husband John Legend.

Here are a few examples.

The language and vitriol gets in places is so over-the-top and out of hand, it’s unbelievable that anyone would think it’s reasonable. Teigen, who seems to take even harsh criticism in stride, finally lamented the response before saying she was quitting Twitter.

Her account is still active, so she’ll probably make a comeback. Unfortunately, trolls will still be there as well.


#TGITea: Why Was Everyone Lying On “Scandal”?

October 24th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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This week on #TGITea, the Ladies discuss all the lies told to Olivia on “Scandal” and all the dysfunctional relationships on “How To Get Away With Murder”.


“Still Love You No Matter What” Wiz Khalifa Wishes Amber Rose Happy Birthday And She Responds

October 22nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Wiz Khalifa Wishes Amber Rose Happy Birthday

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I don’t know what it is about Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose but I really believed in their love. A part of me was really shocked and hurt to hear that they were getting a divorce.

And as anyone whose been through a breakup knows, when you really love someone, you don’t get over them overnight. It’s clear with these two that the love is still there. Wiz just couldn’t keep it in his pants and Amber couldn’t tolerate the disrespect anymore. Which is so very sad really.

Anyway, we saw evidence of all of this yesterday. Yesterday, was Amber’s birthday and Wiz Khalifa made it a point to publicly send her birthday wishes on Twitter.

Wiz Khalifa Wishes Amber Rose Happy Birthday

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And she responded, quite sweetly.

Wiz Khalifa Wishes Amber Rose Happy Birthday

Source: Twitter.

I don’t know about you but all of this just made me very sad…and a little bit hopeful. Like I said, Amber shouldn’t take him back if he really hasn’t changed and if she can’t forget the betrayal. No one should live miserably like that. But I’ll just say I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up reconciling sometime in the future.

Either way, it just sucks. They could have been great.

“Bye Felicia” Fan Complains Of Too Many Gay Sex Scenes In TGIT Shows, Shonda Rhimes Clapsback

October 20th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Shonda Rhimes Clapsback

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If you watch “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder” you’ll notice that Shonda doesn’t shy away from sex scenes. Sex scenes between any one. Men and women, men and men and if you watch “Grey’s Anatomy,” women on women. Anybody can get it in Shondaland.

And while we’re all about love for everyone, some people took issue with the scenes and decided to let Shonda know about it.

Shonda Rhimes Clapsback

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And Shonda, as she’s been known to do, let this “Dina” have a piece of her mind.

Shonda Rhimes Clapsback

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But she didn’t stop there.

Shonda Rhimes Clapsback

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Shonda Rhimes Clapsback

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Boom! to that last point right there. That’s what it all comes down to for me. It is discrimination to complain of the gay sex scenes but be perfectly ok with the ones of Fitz and Olivia or Olivia and Jake or Meredith and Derek. Furthermore, of all the diabolical things that have gone on throughout the course of “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder,”(rape, murder, election rigging, torture etc.) it’s interesting that people want to get their panties twisted about a little same-sex action.

When you sit down to watch shows called “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder” not only will you occasionally have to suspend morality, you might want to check your bigotry at the door.

What do you think of Shonda’s comments?

You Can Now Stream Music, Audio On Twitter Via SoundCloud Deal

October 20th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Twitter is sure to get more users with this move. The social media network will now allow you to play podcasts, music, and other audio clips straight from your timelines, or message feeds, via a new feature created in partnership with SoundCloud.

Twitter has launched “Audio Card,” letting users listen to a variety of content while they are browsing their timelines. And it promised audio from SoundCloud’s partners, which include NASA, The Washington Post, CNN, David Guetta, Coldplay, and Warner Music, reports The Chicago Tribune.

According to Twitter, Audio Card offers musicians a chance to post exclusive clips.

“Many more musical artists and creators will be able to share exclusive, in-the-moment audio to millions of listeners on Twitter,” the company says.

“Instead of sending users out to a website or separate app, songs and podcasts will now play right there below the tweet in a virtual ‘card,’ just like videos and pictures,” reports NBC News.

Audio Card follows moves into music streaming from Apple Inc and Google Inc, which is said to be the fastest-growing segment of a music market that is currently dominated by iTunes.

How Tank’s Twitter Blunder Sadly Propels “The Angry Black Woman” Mantra

October 14th, 2014 - By Ezinne Ukoha
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Tank’s Twitter Blunder


Last Friday, singer Tank did something that caused the Twitterverse to burst with undiluted displeasure. He tactfully shared a picture of him and his lovely girlfriend and mother of his child, Zena Foster, who is clearly light-skinned. And since we live in an age where posting pics to depict how sweet life is has become a standard operation, it is admissible for him to let us know that he is happily taken. But then he did the unthinkable. He captioned the picture with a query about why dark-skinned girls are so venomous towards their light-skinned counterparts. Apparently naysayers verbally attacked him after they were privy to the image of his girlfriend.

First off, thank you Tank for finding the perfect way to Set it Off. You obviously knew what would ensue after expressing your frustration at dark-skinned women who as always are seen as the culprit by not only the world at large but by our very own men. So let me break it down for you. There is no rivalry between the darker and lighter hued women, rather the battle is with men like you that enjoy publicly attacking our countenance and belittling our worth for all to see and revel.

We have spent centuries carrying the load that for all intents and purposes should have been reserved for our men, but due to the consequences of historical measures, we were forced to be more than we bargained for. As a result of this early manifestation, we have continued to struggle to maintain the level of balance that women from other races are capable of achieving effortlessly. Perhaps, this is because of the support and basic respect they receive without having to beg or demand it. If only Black women could be so lucky! How different things would be. The “angry Black woman” description would be a contrived and archaic label that holds no immediate relevancy. But alas, we are stuck with the realization that no matter how much we sacrifice, it will never assuage the deepened anger of Black men who seem intent on punishing us for the cracks in the foundation that threaten their temperament daily. But yet, despite the humiliation, rejection and outright disrespect, we soldier on in their defense and dutifully pick up the slack when abandoned and left to the vices of this losing battle.

Tank is confused and fed up with the reaction he received after he posted a picture of his girlfriend. Whatever comments he received from the women who object shouldn’t be regulated as the anthem of ALL dark-skinned women. A handful of opinions shouldn’t be the permission you need to once again regulate us in a negative light while propelling the “victimized” state of light-skinned women who have “suffered” so much due to the unwavering wrath of their darker nemesis. Yes, life hasn’t been easy for these selected women, but at least they have men like you and loads more to console them and assure their dignity in ways that their darker counterparts are yet to fully appreciate.

I am certainly not defying all Black men, but enough of you need to be brought to task and reprimanded for your vocal and emotional callousness. I am a dark-skinned woman and I am content with every facet of my being. Every woman regardless of skin color should feel weightless and confident with her genetic makeup. Trust, there are plenty who look like me and feel the same way I do. I am also an equal opportunity dater, so I could care less how many Black male celebrities latch on to the type of women they feel perfectly compliment their status. I am immune to the shock value that comes with acknowledging how light-skinned women are automatically given access to the “glamorous life” and treated with symbolic reverence. This isn’t “an angry Black woman” ranting and raving – this is simply a proven fact.

That being said, Tank, you are a cowardly troublemaker, who asked a question that you knew would be destructively divisive and illicit a barrage of corrosive remarks, mostly from women that have already been deemed “angry” enough. “Aren’t we all black at the end of the day??” Really Tank? You want to go there? Please don’t tell me that you are completely oblivious to the consistent strife pummeling within our community. If the answer to your question were Yes, then we wouldn’t be challenged with evidence of our displacement nor would there be a constant virus permeating our thwarted spirits which in turn hinders our progress and renders us incapable of overcoming our crippling sedated state.

None of us are ignorant to these occurrences in our society, including Tank and all the other men like him who thrive off of dangling their garnered merchandise in our faces in a manner that encourages retaliation and then have the nerve to question why we passionately reject their overt stance.

For the record, Dear Sirs, Black women don’t have time to be “angry” or bitter, because we are way too busy raising your children, advancing our viability and exploring the options around us that from where I am standing look pretty damn good. Furthermore, trying to engage us in banter involving light vs. dark skin is an exhausted and outdated tactic that yields no results. Save that debate for your attentive girlfriends who have all the time in the world to engage you. The rest of us have bills to pay and careers to nourish.


15 Memes Everybody Can Relate To

September 30th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Nothing brings the world together like the internet. If any of these things have happened to you, we’re willing to bet you reacted just like everyone else who relates to these memes below.

Memes Everybody Can Relate To

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“Sir? You can go ahead of me. All I have is my money.”

#WhyIStayed: The Domestic Violence Tweets You Have To See

September 11th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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It’s hard for a lot of people to understand why Janay Palmer would defend her fiancee Ray Rice on Instagram…until you read the #WhyIStayed Twitter thread started by domestic violence abuse survivor Beverly Gooden. Here are some of the most eye-opening tweets we came across.

It Was The Last Time

Every time.

Either We Claim It All Or We Get Rid Of Black Twitter

September 8th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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Can we stop calling Black people, who tweet on Twitter, “Black Twitter?”

No, not an option? Okay. I’ll concede.

But if folks insist on using this terminology, can we all acknowledge that Black people, who tweet on Twitter, or Black Twitter, is a pretty wide and varied, and definitely not one singular voice? Likewise the platform belongs to every single Black body, who uses Twitter, including:

The Black activists, Black researchers, Black feminists and womanists; Black No MA’AM; Black nationalists; Black separatists, Black integrationists; Black Africans; half-Black biracial people, Black Christians; Black Muslims; Black Hindus; Black African spiritualists; Black atheists; Black snobs and elitists; Black commoners and hood ni**as; Black democrats; Black republicans; Black libertarians; Black Alex Jones-followers; Black foodies, Black vegans, Black emos and goths, Black geeks; Black nerds; Black whatever kind of community this is.basically, any Black people, who did the simple task of signing up for a Twitter account and tweeting some shit – possibly to some other Black people.

Can we also admit that Black Twitter is not an actual thing?

There is no url, which leads me to this mythical cyber land called Black Twitter. There are no secret handshakes or head nods to give to a big Black bald-headed bouncer, which will open the velvet rope of regular Twitter to reveal where all the Black people and rap music be hiding at.

Black Twitter is really just a subset of somebody – a non-Black somebody – else’s platform, which we use for free and on their terms (of service). And while our words are copyright protected up to a certain extent (mainly the attribution kind), we give up much of our ownership rights when we allow our thoughts to be shared and reshared. And as such, none of us Black folks, who tweet for free on that other person’s platform are really in a position to tell other users how to use what amounts to public and searchable information. Of course, the caveats are signing out of your Twitter account completely and possibly changing your privacy settings. But that will never happen.

And I think this lack of realization is what I find most frustrating about this recent Black Twitter outrage over a project by the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California, which aims to study, “public discourse on Twitter that explores both macro and micro-scale activity simultaneously in order to draw out particularly active, engaged “neighborhoods” within the larger population.” And that “engaged neighborhood” in which they speak of is, of course, Black Twitter.

Despite original concerns about several of the project team members being White, the project is actually being led by a Black woman, a Ph.D candidate (and who also has a Twitter account, thus making her part of the clan), who is using the data she collects for her dissertation. And she seeks to track this “engaged neighborhood” by focusing on how this group of people helped to propel ABC’s hit television show, “Scandal,” into the number one spot.

Not the most original of topics, considering many other news outlets have noted the greater than average social media engagement the show has and how the show’s creator even gets on the act by tweeting and responding to tweets during the broadcast of the show. And yet folks still continue to trash her research and levy all sorts of accusations that she was trying to exploit the Black social networking, by way of the Twitter, community.

The researcher behind this project, has responded in her own words to all the criticism here. But personally I found this criticism of her alleged “usury” particularly rich considering that on any given day of the year, we can read a headline, written from Black fingers and featured on Black or pseudo Black online media publication (hell, even some of the majors are getting in on the game), going on about “What Black Twitter said.” Or academics sitting up on CNN in Don Lemon’s face, translating what Black Twitter said. Hell, there are even journalists and bloggers at certain news publications, whose main beats are reporting exclusively on what Black Twitter said. So Black Twitter’s indignation now over someone else, who is Black, taking a slice of the “Black Twitter” pie seems a bit selective and short-sighted.

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