Monday on Clutch Magazine Online I have not one, but two posts up about Sherri Shepherd being trolled by an abusive Twitter user and mega-church pastor Creflo Dollar getting arrested after his teen daughter dialed 911 on him. Apparently he hit and choked the child during a fight over whether or not she could attend a party. First up: Sherri. While I could understand and relate to her frustration -- never give a troll attention. Just quietly block them and report the offender for abuse.
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Nothing is private on the Internet. Except sometimes it's easy to get a false security of it.
Like you share photos with your Facebook friends or friends on Twitter. Maybe only your closest friends actually comment or care. But maybe you have more than just your "personal" friends following you on Facebook or Twitter. And maybe some of those people wouldn't think all that much of sharing your "private" messages and photos with the very "public" world. For most of us, our anonymity, in that we are not well-known, on television or famous in our respective fields will protect us a little from ourselves. A little. (But not really.) But if you're Roland Martin you can't really take that for granted.
In things that make you go "Wait? What now?" gay and lesbian activist organization GLAAD is calling for CNN to fire Apha Phi Alpha member and ascot-aficionado Roland Martin due to some insensitive tweets he made on his very well-retweeted Twitter page.
As we all know, Twitter is a constant causation of any and all drama these days. Rappers used to put out entire albums beefing with each other. Now folks just spit their insults over Twitter. It's fascinating. Just makes me want to run up and slap the iPhones out of people's hands.
On The Root today Patrice J. Williams tackled the uneasiness some feel about "black Twitter" and its love of trending topics. Black Twitter, for those who don't know, is just regular ol' Twitter, only with a focus on how the black folks are communicating with each other via social networking. It's a great time to do some pop culture navel gazing. Most people use Twitter as an act of communication. Others use it as an expression of their worsening narcissism. Some people want to make whatever rap person Lil Duval tweets some variation a trending topic everyday. Other folks want to know #liesmentell. Some of those people are black people.
While I can understand the tendency as a black person who doesn't know who Lil Duval is and doesn't use Twitter to discuss the various ways women cheat on their man-friends to be all "OMG! LOOK HOW IGNORANT THOSE PEOPLE ARE BEING ON TWITTER!" This is one of those situations where I'm like, is this really a problem? And if this is a problem ... why?
To honor World AIDS Day celebrities like Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Serena Williams and Justin Timberlake are ending their "digital lives" until 1 million dollars is raised for Keep a Child Alive (KCA), an organization which provides critical anti-retroviral medication for children and their families affected by HIV/AIDS. If you can't afford to die an artful death for a worthy cause and give up your Twitter feed, you can simply do your part to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS by working to end the stigma of getting tested regularly. The easiest way to do this is to get tested regularly yourself and encourage others to do the same. Also, volunteering at a local clinic wouldn't be to shabby either.
While statistically, new HIV cases have stabilized in some communities, it still remains high among African Americans, and is especially deadly to black American women.
By all accounts, I was born old. Like Benjamin Button. Only I looked like a normal baby and somewhat acted like a normal baby (being pre-verbal, the crying, the pooping, the eating, the sleeping, etc.), but for the most part of my youth I was unnervingly serious to the point of sometimes being morose. Sure, I had some normal kid emotions. It was really easy to make me cry. I had a ton of phobias. (Loud noises, camera flashes, the dark, dogs, insects, heights, etc.) But I was ... how can I put this? Not fun.
Paul Carrick Brunson, love doctor, helps people meet people for a living. It's what he does. People hire him to help them navigate their love lives in hopes of finding that special someone who you can eat Nutella straight out of the jar with. (And it is soooo hard to find that person.)
And now Paul is helping people find that person using ... THE TWITTER! How does one get people dates via 140 characters and tweets? Let me explain.
Updated on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 11:20PM by Danielle Belton
This weekend I was interviewed for a segment on NPR's All Things Considered regarding that #browntwitterbird who won't quit. (Get caught up on your Twitter bird history by clicking here.) The story features myself, Jack & Jill Politics co-creator Baratunde Thurston and Alicia with Instant Vintage. It also contains insight from the Slate.com tech writer who started this whole mess. (He was just curious! Geez, why y'all takin' being a fetish so darn personal! You'd think black people had some history of everyone taking rote, boring things we do and writing 15-part essays, funding government studies and writing epic "white people tweet like this" but "black people tweet like this" jokes.) The story will air this afternoon, but you can read what myself and Slate's Farhad Manjoo said here.
I don't think this is what Slate.com had in mind when they wrote their story about people who use Twitter who also happen to be black. But we, in Blackland, took an annoying slight from an article that seemed hopelessly lame and turned it into #BrownTwitterBird Christmas. It's all Alicia at InnyVinny.com's fault, as she was the one who took the original bird, illustrated by Alex Eben Meyer for Slate, and turned something cute but slightly offensive into a glorious, multifaceted display of the many diverse aspects of things you use in Dozens jokes.
What was the result?