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Hillary Clinton joined Twitter today, and with her bio and one tweet showed us how it’s done.
First, her bio. Clearly, Hillary Clinton has an impressive resume. We all know this. Still, she uses her bio to lay out exactly why she’s amazing: “Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD…” All of that and a few chuckles thrown in.
And her first tweet shows why she became of the subject of a parody account that only elevated her status and demonstrated her offline authority. She’s clever.
USA Today points out that, besides Tweets From Hillary, Clinton had a presence on Twitter long before she decided to dive in. (She actually waited a couple of months after her hubby joined.) But her personal approach has gotten just as much attention from others as well.
Maybe it’s time for you to change your bio and avatar?
“Ol Squeezed Stress Ball Head A**”: Erykah Badu Teaches Twitter Follower Not To Come For Her With An Hour Long Roasting Session
If you know anything about Erykah Badu, it’s that she’s one of the deepest thinkers in music, and is usually a pretty calm, cool, and collected individual. But as Dave Chappelle pointed out in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, something most don’t realize about her is that she is funny, and not just serious all the time, and she likes to crack jokes.
This past weekend, after a follower decided to give her two cents about why you shouldn’t see Erykah Badu in concert, the singer caught wind of the shade and threw a major dose of it back. It went something like this:
ERYKAH: @HoldenSaysWha sit yo window seat head a** down.
FOLLOWER: @fatbellybella did I hit a nerve? lol. Calm ur fat, fake righteous a** down “Fat belly bella”
ERYKAH: @HoldenSaysWha long neck a**
FOLLOWER: I’m Somali B***h…We have long Necks #Nefertitineck @fatbellybella
ERYKAH: @HoldenSaysWha so .
FOLLOWER: so …so what b***h,,,i called u out and now u mad..get out of my mentions fat belly bella…tend to ur children…uz a mom. @fatbellybella
ERYKAH: @HoldenSaysWha nawl. Too late now.. You done did it . U bout to be famous in the WORSE way now . Ol squeezed stress ball head a**. Lol
FOLLOWER: Done what fake conscious b***h…come at me…you AND UR 80 baby daddies ..you INDUSTRY HO @fatbellybella
ERYKAH: @HoldenSaysWha don’t try to run now .. Ol 123 waaaayback head a**.
FOLLOWER: Why are you such whorible example for young girls… why so many baby daddies? i need answers fat a** @fatbellybella
ERYKAH: @HoldenSaysWha you worried about the wrong thing girl. U need to concentrate on how u gone get that shirt off over yo head.
FOLLOWER: Weak..ur sooo weak…….industry ho…..lol..@fatbellybellaERYKAH: @HoldenSaysWha wobble d wobble d wob head a**FOLLOWER: That wobble sound u hear is ur fat a** being passed around in the industry….@fatbellybellaERYKAH: @HoldenSaysWha ol large nostril having a** .. Suckin up all the air and s**t . Sit down .@HoldenSaysWha head look like somebody been suckin on it . Ol bee bee head a**.@HoldenSaysWha “Eddie ! I want what’s comin ta me! ” head a**.FOLLOWER: Lol …. You have no idea how to insult me…get off my looks Erykah im East African..Im immuned to ugly insult .. @fatbellybellaERYKAH: @HoldenSaysWha lol u gone Fuk around and owl gone walk up on you and count to 3 and bit the s**t out of your tootsie roll pop head. Lol
“Lol sorry y’all . This is what happens when BULLY’s get drug.”What if I don’t want to ignore the insult ? What if I wanna drag her ? It Tickles me. Jeeeez, I’m sorry . Nobodies perfik.There was NO EXTREME TWITTER BEEF. After being insulted -i chose an ol school remedy. SCO’N. chops bullies down to size. Helps us laugh.
As for the Twitter follower, she told a friend:
“Girl..i made that lame a** b**h relevant again..it was NOT my intention..I was just venting. F’ a fat belly bella..lol”
Personally, I’m from Chicago, the “You got jokes, huh!?” capital of the world and home of the “Lookin a** boy” song that was popular a few years ago. Therefore, I don’t know if I see Erykah really being malicious as much as I just see her trying to be comical. But taking the “I was bullied” stance? I wouldn’t say all that. The follower was just the usual Twitter follower trying to state would could have been a helpful opinion, but did so in an as usual, less than helpful way. It might have been best to ignore @HoldenSaysWha. But I will say, kudos to Erykah for not resorting to calling this girl out her name after homegirl called her a “b***h” and a “ho” multiple times. Either way, Twitter strikes again.
What do you think?
Out of all the people Amanda Bynes has had something negative to say about on Twitter, Drake was probably one of the only ones she seemed to have love for–in one way or another. If you’ll recall, Bynes so eloquently said on Twitter that she would like Drake to “murder my vagina.” He never responded of course, because he had better things to do (like wearing Timbs with sweat shorts and Dada ensembles). I’m guessing she took his silence personally, because three months later, she’s changed her tune. She no longer wants to hop in the sack with Drizzy Drake, and in fact, she all of a sudden doesn’t even find him attractive:
“Drake has the ugliest smile, ugly gums uneven teeth ugly eyes.”
According to the Daily Mail, soon after posting the message she tried to backtrack and delete it, but you know that once something hits the Internet, it’s out there for good. She later decided to get “big” and state that she did indeed call the famous rapper an ug mug. ’I won’t deny calling @drake ugly.’
Per the usual, we’ve heard no response from Drake, who unlike other rappers (a la, Waka Flocka Flame and Gucci Mane), realizes that there is no use in entertaining the embattled actress. Bynes tried to call Drake ugly in the past after she propositioned him to “murder” her ladybits, but changed her tune again, saying she loved his “far apart eyes.” Until Bynes is ready to sit down and get some help, I guess she’ll just continue to take aim at any and everybody on Twitter in between visits to court and getting plastic surgery. Dang Amanda, what happened…?
It’s pretty much a known fact that Kim Kardashian has called the paparazzi on herself to ensure that she’s being photographed. But now things have changed and Kim wants to be left alone. When she let the paparazzi know this they threatened her life!
Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to express her warranted frustrations about the threats.
I wouldn’t let the paps get a pic of me today & they threatened my life & said if I continue to block shots then they will make my world dangerous to live in! How dare they threaten my life & my unborn child! This has gotten way out of control! Yesterday 4 cars boxed me in. One in front, behind, & one on each side just to have me drive at their speed so they can snap through the window. Its really so scary what they are legally allowed to get away with! For years I’ve always been so gracious. Every shot they take now just isn’t flattering & crazy stories get made up, so why would I willingly just let them stalk me & smile for them? Let me enjoy this last month of pregnancy please without threats & being scared to leave my home due to what dangerous thing they just threatened to do to me.
Regardless of whatever relationship they may have had in the past, for them to threaten she and her child is extremely disturbing and further sheds light on the side effects of our celebrity-centered culture.
Do you think Kim’s message will make them fall back?
Black Twitter has never been known to exercise chill. Case in the point, the #AskDraya trending topic making a mockery of one Draya Michele.
Long story short; Michele is one of the stars of VH1′s reality show Basketball Wives: Los Angeles and a, shall we say, “woman about town.” The source of the vitriol hurled her way are her much criticized parenting skills, or lack thereof. Born Andraya Howard, she was found guilty of child endangerment back in 2010 for leaving her then 7-year-old son in Wyomissing, Pa. while she was busy working stripper poles in Philadelphia. It came to light on the show, she denied it, but the police report said it was true.
Then today, BET started an #AskDraya hashtag to coincide with her appearance on 106 & Park. Bad move—the slander shortly reached unholy levels. Also, for the record, Hip-Hop Wired had an #AskDraya Bangin Candy video post popping last year. Y’all just showed more chill. Thanks, we think.
Draya Michele was most recently seen kicking it backstage at this weekend’s Hot 97 Summer Jam XX concert. Nope, her son was nowhere in sight. Anyway, today’s slander seems exceptionally cold-blooded, even by Black Twitter standards. Check out the 15 meanest tweets in the following pages. Clutch your Bibles tight…
Read more tweets on HipHopWired.com.
As we mentioned just yesterday, technology is beneficial to everyone’s job search these days. Well, only if you know how to work it.
Keeping your social media profiles at least somewhat professional can not only be advantageous to you, but your career endeavors. You just never know who is watching or what opportunities lay ahead. Here are some ways to spruce up your social media profiles in hopes of scoring a new job.
Would You Wear This? Nicki Minaj Shows Off A Few Interesting Looks From Her Upcoming Clothing Line With Kmart
If you didn’t get the memo, we’re living in an age when famous folks wear more than one hat, and do more than just one thing. These days, you can’t just be an actor, you have to be a singer. And nowadays, if you’re a musician, you’re also dabbling in fashion as well. Such is the case with rapper/former American Idol judge Nicki Minaj.
News broke at the beginning of the year that Minaj was going to be teaming up with Kmart to design pieces that reflect her personality and personal style. When speaking on her hopes for her collaboration with Kmart, Minaj said she was interested in providing well-made but affordable pieces that even she would wear:
“My biggest goal was to make a line that was going to be affordable to my fans and also rich enough in quality that they’ll feel like they’re wearing exactly what I’m wearing.”
Minaj has already come a long way in the design process, and has been showing off a few looks from the line to her “Barbz” on Twitter over the past month. Many of the pieces are covered in some pretty gaudy prints, and when they’re not, they’re curve accentuating dresses that will probably do well with her female fans. To be honest, some of the pieces are a little too loud for my taste and at times come off looking very similar to the trends of right now (peplum and Herve Leger-type body-con dresses), but how often does a sista get a chance to collaborate and make clothes with Kmart? So kudos to her. Check out a few pieces here and on the next page and let us know what you think of Nicki’s line of clothing so far.
I’m wondering how many people would be 100% honest with me if I asked them the question: How much does social networking affect your self-esteem?
I’m also wondering if social networking can be blamed for how incredibly narcissistic and attention-seeking we have become as a society.
I’m wondering these things because I remember a time when I was first introduced to social networking with old friends, classmates etc. Interaction was much more direct then. The point of it all seemed to be simply to interact. The expressing of ideas and opinions and reuniting of long-lost pals made social networks an escape we looked forward to – between classes, after getting home from work, just before bedtime.
That was 2004. But in 2013, social network culture has instead moved toward ‘round-the-clock reactionary, attention-seeking and sometimes mean activity.
I frequent Facebook more so out of habit now than because of any actual beneficial use of the site. The steady stream on social networks of shocking status updates and photos – everything from outing ex-boyfriends (or current ones) as cheaters, to posting nearly nude photographs to “Twitter beef” between any number of people on any given day – leaves me to wonder, have we turned social networks into yet another type of high school lunchroom?
Does the number of likes we rack up for a photograph equate with the thrill of being “popular”? For whom do we post an album full of pictures of our awesome Europe vacations? Are bikini photos uploaded to Instagram only for attention or is this simply the culture of social networks in 2013?
I started asking myself all these questions when a few weeks ago this photograph fell onto my Twitter timeline:
Whether it’s real or not my first thought was, “Whyyyy?” I didn’t know the young lady but I was embarrassed for her. I was sad for her because either she had never been taught what self-love is or she ignored the teaching to garner attention instead. This is what it boils down to for many social networkers. Proudly publicizing things for which most would be ashamed, defaulting to shock value as a means to be noticed. Whatever it takes to get “likes,” to be well-received or just get others talking – we seem willing to do it.
The daily and terribly public outpouring of things that are most private is as interesting as it is disheartening but it left me with all these unanswered questions. How much do we care what people think of us via social networks? Why do we post the statuses and pictures and links that we post? How much of it is business/work-related? How much of it is ego-driven? Attention-seeking? Where does social networking fit into our self-esteem? Why does that little red box at the top of our Facebook screen matter so much?
No definitive answers have come because low self-esteem just seems too easy to me. But it does stop and make you reflect on your own motives.
La Truly seeks to encourage thought, discussion and change among young women through her writing. Follow her on Twitter: @AshleyLaTruly and AboutMe www.about.me/ashley.hobbs.
Social capital is one’s ability to use their social relationships for productive benefits in their lives, as defined by Social Capital Research. A recent study published in Future Internet discovers how African-Americans use social networks to promote their own social capital and economic mobility.
If you can effectively use your friendships and acquaintances to enhance your career and livelihood, you have powerful social capital. Unfortunately, blacks are disadvantaged in the social capital aspect; their networking with potential employers falls short compared to whites. This is a topic we touched on earlier this month, with our writer saying:
As Ditomaso points out in the piece when you are poor and black, you tend to only network with other poor and black folks, which means that the odds that your network would be able to connect you to the right opportunities, particularly ones that will enable you not to be poor anymore, are relatively slim. To Ditomaso’s point, connections are how most folks nowadays get jobs. That’s because the vast majority of job openings are not advertised – or at least not the good ones. And the only way to tap into the underground job market is if you, for the lack of a better term, have a hook-up.
Researchers delved into two reasons why African Americans have less productive professional relationships than whites. The first reason is fear that the job referral may disappoint the boss; one’s reputation is at stake. Secondly, studies have shown that black managers at Fortune 500 companies simply possess less clout than white managers.
The study indicates that African Americans can use social networks like Facebook and Twitter to promote their name and increase the likelihood of socio-economic mobility. In interviewing about 2,250 African Americans, the researchers concluded that the use of social networking can make up for the lack of social capital accrued by Blacks. African Americans are 44 percent more likely than whites to have more than one profile, which can increase one’s potential of meeting beneficial business contacts and promoting one’s brand.
Ultimately, the study focuses on how blacks can use an online platform to mitigate offline inequality. To increase your personal brand using social networks, check out our useful tips on enhancing your online profile.
Are you using Facebook and Twitter to bolster your career?
When it comes to our hair, there’s always someone ready and willing to jump in and provide their two cents. They’re not paying for the up keep, in most cases they’re not taking care of it. They just know how they like for you to wear your hair. So if you decide to cut it off, wear a different style or go natural, please believe your sisters, cousins, man or father will have something to say about it. We checked in with our Facebook and Twitter followers to see what types of comments people have made about their hair.
City Girl: Let my relaxer grow out and my sister said just the other day I was trying to be “African.”
Yolanda: So much, it’s too short, get a weave, take your weave out,weave too long, braids too long, go natural. Just do you!
JC: I get the I must be gay comments too because I wear it short. I also get I look too harsh o_O. Whatever, lol
MzMakeup: From a Natural Hair Nazi that judged me for putting heat in my head from flat iron or blow dry.
Whitney: yes! A black girl told me my natural hair made me look masculine. She can’t grow her own hair though : /
Veyonce: Yes cut my mid back length hair to a bob my cousin stopped speaking to me
Nicole: Absolutely. Mostly from my Dad. Everybody else is cool with and haven’t really made any rude comments except him. He’s cooled down recently. I guess he’s getting used to it.
Angela: Yes! I’ve been natural for 8 months. I recently started wearing my own hair out in different natural styles. My family has been the most brutal. White people give me the best compliments.
Alesia: Not flack, necessarily, but several years ago I reverted from natural back to flat ironed hair, an an older black woman I know very casually “complimented” me by telling how much nicer and professional my hair looked. o_0
Kenneka: HEEEEEELLLL YEAH!! Like our friend MIGUEL said, blacks are the most negative against our own people. I cut my hair off to what you would call a TWA by way of the big chop over a year ago. It’s like I immediately got the stank stare. I have gotten a few compliments from other “naturals,” but honey the others…”why did you have to cut your hair?!” “your hair is TOO natural,”and the list goes on. Mainly from family and those who have known me since my longer, relaxed hair days. But yeah. I always say, you won’t hear it from whites or Hispanics and Asians…any other race, but our own? We are soooo warped into believing that you have to be a certain skin tone, or have your hair a certain way to be pretty. it’s really sad.
Minnie: I say it’s on my head, so it’s none of your business
Karema: Yes, I got sick of wearing weaves because it was damaging my edges from being braided too tight. So last month I cut my hair all off in a cute style to regrow it healthy. All the women loved it but of course the men said ” why you do that?” or the just make a sour puss face. I love it short and I do not regret it.
Melody: Yes. After I transitioned and embraced my Afrocentricity, my ‘WASBAND’ told me I resembled the football player Rosey Grier from behind, and that’s not what he signed on for; I now BASK in MY glory!
Zain: I def received flack from my male “friends” bc I wear a weave that mimics natural hair. According to them, I’m not natural BC my choice of a protective style is not my real hair. These are the same group of men that believe that 4c hair isn’t as attractive as 3c hair… I’ve been natural for 17 years…the flack let’s me know I’m doing something right…