In a new survey entitled “Social Media Conversations about Race,” the Pew Research Center follows the ways social media users discuss race, especially as related to the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. The study finds significant differences in the way black and white adults share race-related content. In addition, events of racialized violence, including in Baltimore, Charleston, and Dallas, initiate conversations about race on social media.
By Jayy Dodd
But it’s really none of our business…
1. Raven-Symoné and the Case of the Translucent American.
2. Where were you when Cash Money took over the 99 & the 2000?
3. How to know if you are “fahn”?
4. Did Rachel Dolezal try to ‘Single Lightskin Female’ Melissa Harris Perry?
5. How did talking loud run up the light bill?
6. Is Tidal a product of the Illuminati?
7. How did Don Lemon become America’s Black Friend?
8. Was Talenti created by the CIA to take Black dollars?
9. If real men give birth to themselves, is Dame Dash an amoeba?
10. Is Shea Butter the new Black card?
11. Which ancestor has kept Pharrell looking the same for 17 years?
12. Why isn’t everyday Black Out Day?
13. How does one “fetty wap”?
15. Who imports all this tea we are sipping?
Jay Dodd is a writer and performance artist based in Boston, originally from Los Angeles. After recently graduating Tufts University, Jay has organized vigils and protests locally for Black Lives Matter: Boston. When not in the streets, Jay has contributed to Huffington Post and is currently a contributing writer for VSNotebook.com, based in London. Jay Dodd is active on social media celebrating Blackness, interrogating masculinity, and complicating queerness. His poetic and performance work speaks to queer Black masculinity and afrofuturism.
A highly criticized New York Times article published last week really offended a few black women. In her op-ed, Alessandra Stanley described actress Viola Davis — star of Shonda Rhimes’ new ABC show “How To Get Away With Murder”— as “less than classically beautiful.”
Viola Davis had a few choice words for Stanley, saying “You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise!!!”
She wasn’t the only one who criticized Stanley. Black women from across the nation took to social media in defense of Davis by launching a beautiful online campaign in celebration of black beauty.
In the wake of the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri resident Michael Brown, African-Americans have taken to Twitter to highlight how the media portrays blacks if they should become victims of police shootings.
Olympic star Lolo Jones just doesn’t know when to keep her foot out of her mouth. The latest is a comment she made in reference to rapper Drake hosting this year’s ESPY awards.
@lolojones It’s amazing that Drake is hosting the @Espys but it’s gonna be tough for him to hand out all those awards to Rihanna’s ex boyfriends
Black Twitter expressed outrage following a tweet from Marie Claire’s account that praised television personality and brand ambassador Kendall Jenner’s “epic” hairstyle.
A photo of Jenner with her hair braided in the very common African hairstyle of cornrows was accompanied by the following words: “Kendall Jenner takes bold braids to a new epic level.”
Naturally, Black Twitter was not impressed.
A viral image of two black fathers prepping their daughters for school has caused some members of Black Twitter to respond in outrage. The photo shows Kaleb and Kordell and their two daughters behaving like any normal family on a school day.
The picture was posted on the couple’s Instagram account with the caption “Being a father is getting our daughters up at 5:30 am making breakfast getting them dressed for school and putting them on the bus by 6:30. This is a typical day in our household. It’s not easy but we enjoy every moment and every minute of #fatherhood. #proudfathers #blackfathers #prouddads #gaydads.”
Muse writer Beyond Steven took to the site to air out his frustrations with the black community regarding the lgbt population.
Hollywood is so full of liberal do-gooders always on the cutting edge. As such, in advance of Black History Month, they have bestowed many acting awards upon members of the cast of The Help, namely Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who both won SAG Awards last night.
Perhaps it was because the embarrassingly entertaining Real Housewives of Atlanta happened to be arguing about how to properly acknowledge one another at the mall at the same time the SAG Awards aired, but Twitter responses to Marlo’s desire to eat some African (it’s a country, you know) food like fish (what she order?/fish filet?) were briefly interrupted by folks going on and on about the greatness of Viola Davis’ acceptance speech. My allegiances are to RHOA, so I googled the speech. Davis looked really nice (those Bassett-esque arms!). Her professional community gave her a standing ovation. She talked about dreams. Shouted out Cicely Tyson and Meryl Streep.