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Last week we reported, Ray Rice was suspended for only two games of the upcoming NFL season for the domestic violence dispute against his then fiancé, now wife, Janay Palmer. ESPN’s “First Take’s” head reporter, Stephen A. Smith responded to Rice’s consequences stating that women should understand the role they play when they provoke men. His commentary did not sit well with viewers and Smith tried to clarify via Twitter and then more extensively on “First Take”:
“My series of tweets a short time ago is not an adequate way to capture my thoughts so I am using a single tweet via Twitlonger to more appropriately and effectively clarify my remarks from earlier today about the Ray Rice situation. I completely recognize the sensitivity of the issues and the confusion and disgust that my comments caused. First off, as I said earlier and I want to reiterate strongly, it is never OK to put your hands on a women. Ever. I understand why that important point was lost in my other comments, which did not come out as I intended. I want to state very clearly. I do NOT believe a woman provokes the horrible domestic abuses that are sadly such a major problem in our society. I wasn’t trying to say that or even imply it when I was discussing my own personal upbringing and the important role the women in my family have played in my life. I understand why my comments could be taken another way. I should have done a better job articulating my thoughts and I sincerely apologize.”
Although Smith apologized, award-winning journalist Goldie Taylor responded to his original statement via Twitter about her own experience with abuse from a past boyfriend.
I have been dragged around by my hair b/c I shrank his t-shirts in the wash.
— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) July 28, 2014
My late grandmother said: What did you do to make him hit you? — Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) July 28, 2014
My family said I was lucky to have a man and that if I would just ‘act right’ he wouldn’t hurt me.
— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) July 28, 2014
Taylor also revealed her mother’s personal experiences of abuse from her husband, Taylor’s father.
My father smashed my mother’s face through a plate glass window. — Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) July 28, 2014
That was the breaking point. She ran away. My uncle and ain’t helped her pack and sneaked her out of the city.
— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) July 28, 2014
Daddy had a friend at the post office, who gave him Mama’s new address in Chicago. — Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) July 28, 2014
Known for her popular Procter & Gamble “My Black Is Beautiful” campaign and contribution to MSNBC, Taylor continues to tell her story of domestic violence for the women whose voices have been silenced because of shame, fear and even death. In 2013, Taylor recounted her tale of abuse in an MSNBC article when news broke of Kassandra “Kasi” Perkins who was fatally killed by boyfriend, Jovan Belcher.
Taylor’s article noted:
It’s been 26 years and I rarely think about the smooth keloid scar in the upper left corner of my back. It’s too easy to forget about the scar above my mother’s eye, a reminder that in a jealous rage my father put her face through a plate glass window. Or the cousin who was chased down and shot in a grocery store parking lot some years ago. Or the friend, pregnant with twins, whose husband tied her up, doused her with gasoline and waved a matchbook under her nose. The number one cause of death for pregnant women is homicide. The perpetrator is almost always the child’s father. It won’t be long before we forget about the contributions Belcher made on the field. There will come a time when you will need some prompting to remember that he murdered Kasi, if you remember her name at all. I tell my story, hoping that you will not forget. I tell my story so that maybe, just maybe you will not turn your back on that sister, co-worker or friend. I tell my story because Kasi cannot tell hers.
We salute Taylor for her brave and honest heart.
The tweets above are just a portion of the story Taylor shared today on Twitter, you can read the rest of what she shared here.
Editor’s Note: If you or anyone you know is a victim of abuse, please share the National Abuse Hotline phone number: 1-800-799-7233
Twitter is the place most of us go to write about our fleeting emotions throughout the day, subtweet about your job, comment on the latest pop culture event or share the good and bad news of the internet with the rest of your followers. And unless you’ve managed to join the elite club that is Black Twitter, for the most part, your tweets are a drop in the bucket. But if you’re a celebrity, your thoughts and feelings are weighed more heavily and your presence on this social network puts you in touch with adoring masses or an angry mob.
Most celebs need to ignore the haters and naysayers. But Erykah Badu aka @fatbellybella is just not like most celebrities. And if you come for her and she sees you, you can bet you’re going to get mildly clowned… for an extended period of time.
And honestly, the way some people come at Erykah, most of it is quite justified.
Click through the following pages and see what I mean.
After some pressure from civil rights groups like Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition and ColorofChange.org, along with the transparency of other Silicon Valley giants like Facebook and Google, Twitter has released its diversity numbers. And, no surprise, the company found that its staff is lacking in women and minority workers. Nearly 90 percent of Twitter’s workers are White or Asian. That same percentage occupy technology jobs. About 70 percent of the staff, overall, are White or Asian.
Seventy percent of the company’s staff are male. That percentage goes up to 90 percent when you look at just the tech workers, and 79 percent when you look at the company leadership.
“A Twitter that we can be proud of is diverse, and it’s inclusive,” writes Janet Van Huysse, VP of diversity and inclusion, in a blog post. She says there are a number of employee groups that will be helping with this task, including WomenEng, a women in engineering group, and Blackbird for “Tweeps of color.” Van Huysse says the company has also partnered with Girls Who Code and other groups, as well as lent its support to organizations like Black Girls Code in order to build outreach to diverse groups.
“We know the critical importance of actively recruiting from under-represented communities such as women’s colleges and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs),” the blog post also says.
ColorOfChange.org released a statement on behalf of its executive director, Rashad Robinson, in response to the report, that reads in part:
“Twitter benefits a great deal from the creativity, energy, and intelligence of Black folks engaging on the platform — both financially and in terms of popularity. Twitter’s blog post recognizes that there is a problem and states a commitment to fixing it. So we invite Twitter to work with ColorOfChange and our allies in hosting a public forum that addresses the company’s plan to recruit and retain more Black talent. We stand ready to help and hope that they will be a leader in this effort to make Silicon Valley a better representation of America.”
All of the big digital companies say that being diverse within their ranks is necessary to keep up with the diversity of users. Black Twitter in particular has become a force that drives the success of television shows like Scandal and has everyone talking about #TimeTitles based on this story from Time magazine, “This Is What Bae Means” based on the new song by Pharrell.
Now that Silicon Valley is aware of its deficiencies, the key will be sticking with what it takes to correct them. This isn’t going to be a quick fix. Turning around an entire industry culture, training workers to operate on the back end of these systems and sustaining that commitment will have to happen over time.
Social Media brings us closer every day. Unfortunately, that closeness includes exes and haters. On Facebook, these moves are fair game. But if this were real life we’d call the cops
The Passive-Aggressive Poster
Post a selfie, this person writes a status about being self-absorbed. Complain about work, they post a prayer about being grateful to have a job. It’s like having an obnoxious shadow that throws salt on everything you say.
Being that Kenya and Apollo had such a tense relationship, marred by inappropriate flirting and then vicious shade throwing at the reunion, it’s no surprise that today, when news of Apollo’s 8 year prison sentence broke, that Kenya would have something to say about her former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast mate. She took to Twitter to express her feelings and sympathies, with just an ounce of “I told you so.”
You can’t kick someone while they are down even if they fell trying to trip you. Offer them a hand instead. #killthemwithkindness
— KENYA MOORE (@KenyaMoore) July 8, 2014
You don’t have to lie, cheat or steal to be relevant at the expense of others. The real losers are innocent children. May God bless them. — KENYA MOORE (@KenyaMoore) July 8, 2014
I’m never one to ride for Kenya and her antics, but I have to give this round to her. At the reunion when Apollo claimed that he made her and suggested that she put money on his books during his inevitable imprisonment, everyone turned their noses up in disgust. Where did this dude get off?! Sure the mess between the two of them was a big part of her storyline but trust and believe, Kenya has no problem finding numerous ways to create drama for herself, with or without Apollo. We’re sure she’ll be fine and continue to thrive in the messiness that is reality tv. And while people called it the shade of the century, I even felt a way when Phaedra came after her saying her future child could be fathered by a crazy murderer man who donated just so he could afford a pizza. Low blow. But seeing as how both Apollo and Kenya’s future criminal baby daddy might just run into each other in prison, Phaedra doesn’t have a whole lot of room to talk.
What do you think about Kenya’s response? Should have taken this opportunity to take an additional dig or was it well deserved after all Apollo and Phaedra had to say about her?
We’ve all been there. He put his hand up before you could stop him and now he knows that all of your fabulous hair isn’t home grown. He’ll get over it, but he’s going to need a minute to recover. Check out these hilarious memes on the stages of grief when he finds out your hair isn’t real.
— Ron Ro (@RonGz13) July 3, 2014
“I thought we had something real…”
Don’t Throw Stones: Roland Martin Tells Black Women To Cover Their Stomachs, Gets Slammed On Twitter
If you’ve ever followed Roland Martin on Twitter for just a few minutes. You know he’s known for making some very inflammatory statements against…just about everyone. We all remember the David Beckham fiasco. And today, as he arrived in New Orleans for the Essence Festival, Martin thought it would be a good idea to offer up a bit of advice for the ladies out there trying to stunt. It was a part of his #RolandsRules hashtag and it was supposed to be all in good fun but given the source, Twitter was not here for it. See what he had to say and the swift and brutal response on the following pages.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) July 3, 2014
Check out some of the more hilarious tweets on the following pages.
I never really connected shopping with Twitter, but pretty soon you may be able to shop right on your Twitter timeline. On Monday, a new “Buy now” button popped up on various tweets, all of which included goodies that link back to shopping site Fancy, reports Mashable. The button only appeared on mobile. It didn’t appear on Twitter’s web version.
Tech news site Re/code first discovered the tweets, but the button didn’t work. So it looks like Twitter is just testing out the idea of entering into offering e-commerce services.
“The tweets, which no longer appear in the form captured by Re/code, gave a possible glimpse into Twitter’s plans for creating a new revenue source. So far, the social media site has relied on sponsored tweets, essentially advertising, to make money, but Wall Street wants more,” reports CNet.
When asked for a comment by Mashable, Twitter did not immediately respond. But Twitter’s entry into e-commerce has long been rumored. According to a Wall Street Journal report from April, multiple ad types were on the way for Twitter, including shop-able Twitter ads. And Twitter put its toe in the water when Amazon launched a similar shopping feature on Twitter. “The e-commerce giant now lets users put things in their shopping carts by tweeting #AmazonCart in response to any tweets with an Amazon product link,” reports CNet.
Twitter isn’t the only social media sites considering — or have tried — social shopping. Facebook tried and failed with Facebook Gifts for example. Social networks, with their viral component and the ability to add photos and clips, could attract online shoppers. Though we’ll have to see if consumers are ready to go shopping when they’re just doing a little leisurely tweeting.
If Twitter does actually roll out a shopping option let’s see how it plans on enticing you to spend your money.
Have you seen these photos floating around the internet? They each have a secret. And when you find it, get ready to laugh out loud…and side-eye a bit.
Life’s A Beach
There are two women in this photo. And one of them is going to need more sunscreen.
Relationships and social media sometimes are a toxic mix. We’ve all seen the break ups, make ups and screw ups go down on Facebook, Twitter and more. We all use social media differently – for business or pleasure – but there are certain commandments to keep in mind. Comment below! Do you agree? Disagree? Or have a few of your own?