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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.
Hannity my nigga! If they couldn’t get Ta-Nehisi or Deray to host, then who but you on the pulse of black America? https://t.co/9hW7wpH4Ar
— David Simon (@AoDespair) September 20, 2016
When asked to apologize for this gross misstep, Simon defended his words.
@Sedna_51 Spelled with the A. Used as sarcasm against Sean Hannity as the birther candidates interlocutor to black voters? I’ll play it.
— David Simon (@AoDespair) September 20, 2016
@bettyb00p00 I don’t honestly agree. Use of the wrong racial vernacular was precise intended metaphor for use of wrong racial interlocutor.
— David Simon (@AoDespair) September 20, 2016
@bettyb00p00 I see how it looks to some, and I regret any hurt. But I know what it actually is in purpose/intent. So we are where we are.
— David Simon (@AoDespair) September 20, 2016
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 MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”
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.”
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.
Don’t use my service–or that of any veteran–to justify the silencing of black Americans. Not on my watch. #VeteransForKaepernick
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) August 31, 2016
— Baltic Avenue (@Baltic_Avenue) August 31, 2016
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 31, 2016
— Saffron the Sadge (@JSoAbove) August 31, 2016
— Michele Norris (@michele_norris) August 31, 2016
#VeteransForKaepernick because I swore to defend the Constitution of the United States, not a song.
Also, Veterans aren’t your mule.
— iMDRW (@iMDRW) August 31, 2016
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) August 31, 2016
— Robert Young (@robertcyoung) August 31, 2016
— Airbnb Papi (@JoeOnDemand) August 31, 2016
— Blake J. Stanfill (@ShimmiHendrix) August 31, 2016
— SHN (@brownlashon) August 31, 2016
— LeBron Flocka James (@Troncat_Montana) August 31, 2016
— Dionna Bratcher (@DionnaBratcher) August 31, 2016
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.
Black men: let’s show support and love for Leslie Jones. Use the hashtag #BlackMenSupportLeslie
— Brotha B (@BlakeDontCrack) August 24, 2016
And thankfully, others followed suit.
Check out some of the tweets he got from Black men in response.
— Bushido BLACK (@Chuk_Smoov) August 25, 2016
— CrackmusicDescendant (@hautcommodity) August 24, 2016
We Black men have failed to support Black women for too long. This needs to change. #BlackMenSupportLeslie
— #BlackAugust (@BlackAutonomist) August 24, 2016
We gotta come through for women. They always come through for us. #BlackMenSupportLeslie
— Shareeeeeeeeeeeeeeef (@ShareefJackson) August 25, 2016
#BlackMenSupportLeslie because BW bear the brunt of the most vicious attacks while also being asked to do the most work for everyone else
— C.E. Little (@ItsMrLittle) August 24, 2016
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.
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.
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.
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 15, 2016
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.
Gabby – thank you for 1) sharing your remarkable talents with the world & 2) as Mrs. Obama said, going high when they go low #LOVE4GABBYUSA
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 15, 2016
— Erin Ruberry (@erinruberry) August 15, 2016
— Lifetime (@lifetimetv) August 16, 2016
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 15, 2016
#LOVE4GABBYUSA nuff said.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) August 15, 2016
And thankfully, Gabby saw the tweets.
Thank u so much for all the love! My heart is full! @Lesdoggg ❤️ I love you guys!❣😘😍
— Gabrielle Douglas (@gabrielledoug) August 15, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.