Caped Crusaders

Today in Black History, I’m honoring Black Twitter. We’re not yet two solid months into 2018 and they’re at it again.

Who are they?

I argue that no one truly knows who they are or where they come from. They descend on the internet in droves, waiting, searching for the punchline in the day to day. They crunch hours generating memes, recording others, and spreading the gospel of a well-timed GIF.

We know them only as Black Twitter.

They work fast and they’re always working.

I personally don’t know where the inspiration for the tweetlikethe1600s hashtag came from but, they kept this up all day. Barring the historical inaccuracy of it, I could suspend my disbelief long enough for a hardy laugh.

 

The Grammy’s happened and the internet had a field day with what came of the night.

Regardless of who was snubbed of what, it was a great night for the internet.

I don’t know if there has ever been a time in history where there was such a sense of community forged over what used to be, and one might argue still is, the hollow cultural artifact known as the Grammy’s. Hell, I didn’t even have to watch the Grammy’s to know what happened at the Grammy’s.

Today in Black History, I’m honoring Black Twitter. These more or less anonymous caped crusaders have managed to stay culturally relevant since I’ve been in college and have provided me with much needed laughs in my darkest moments. Sometimes, you just need someone to point to the punch line in all the bullshit. Through the good times and the bad, Black Twitter has been there.

 

Black Twitter Strikes Again

The new year brings new energy to the Twitter-verse.

The hashtag Black Hogwarts surfaced earlier this week and what’s come of it has been nothing short of gold.

K-12, I was one of maybe five black kids who had read the Harry Potter series in its entirety and seen all the movies. I really have strong attachments to the books I read as an adolescent. I can associate specific memories with books and the Harry Potter series came to me right as puberty was rearing its ugly head.

Personally, Hermione was my favorite. In hind sight, I definitely had a crush on her – the character that I’d envisioned in my head as well as Emma Watson. But there were also a lot of valuable lessons that I gleaned from that series that helped me see past the bullshit that was middle school.

Some rules need to be broken. Never trust niggas in cloaks. Beware of niggas that’s hating for no reason. It’s usually better to be the bigger person. Sometimes it really be your own people. Believe in your damn self.

All lessons from a children’s novel. Verbatim.

I tip my hat to you once again, internet. Zingers fly fast here.

Everybody Black #3

The Image Awards happened on MLK day and everybody deserved everything. Lady Ava, entertainer of the year.

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I stan down for her. I’d go as far to say that on my personal list of female icons, she tops Beyonce. I’ve followed her career from jump and I feel like I’m winning with her every step.

Get Out finally got its just due. The Golden Globes egregiously left Get Out out in the cold, taking only Best Actor. Daniel K. did a spectacular job, but the genius of the movie was in its writing, its perspective. Creating a compelling concept movie is an art and Jordan Peele pulled it off beautifully.

I dote over Black-ish quite a bit. This season has really been on ten. I love watching those babies grow. I don’t know who’s responsible for the character of Diane, but they deserve all the awards. Marsai Martin was sitting with the big girls and even got honored with Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy. The character of Rainbow grows on me with every episode. Queen Tracie took home Outstanding Actress.

Lastly, I don’t think I ever gave Girls Trip proper stock in the ethnic hair section.

This movie was damn funny, first and foremost. And out of it comes Tiffany Haddish. I like her. She’s got charisma. She’s certainly worked from time to get where she’s at. Respect.

The Image Awards has been picking up steam for a few years now. The explosion of social justice activity, creators of color, and black Twitter have all been instrumental in uncovering the up-and-coming voices of the culture. And the Image Awards allows those voices to be celebrated in a real way.

Honestly, anybody nominated could’ve won and I would be equally happy with the turn out.

It’s fitting that the ceremony is held on MLK day. The Image Awards exemplifies the dream. The Image Awards keeps the dream alive and pushes the dream forward.

Ain’t it crazy how magical black people are.

Listens Lately

My podcast game is crazy. I listen to them all the time. They’ve really grown on me since I’ve been in college. Podcasts are dope because I can listen to them on the go, they’re entertaining, and most importantly, they keep me in the know.

As someone who doesn’t subscribe to traditional news media outlets, my “news” typically comes from Twitter and podcasts. And I really feel like the independence of the internet really lends an authenticity to Twitter and other online platforms that CNN,FOX, and allem could never.

That’s the real fake news.

I’m ranting…

I’ve been expanding my podcast horizons. In addition to favorites like The Read, I’m listening to Jade and X.D., Gettin Grown, and Desus and Mero. These haven’t been going as long as The Read but it’s clear they’re on the same trajectory. All of these personalities give very real perspectives on the world we live in today. They’re also all hella funny. But they also each maintain their own niches, which keeps me listening every week.

Everyone’s back for the new year and the brands are strong!

Podcasting is lit. Dare I say, the future.

 

And still, we make shit lit

As if Twitter weren’t already dope, here come this dude to reignite the party.

The “Super Thread.”

So this guy has designed various thread scenarios in which you’re placed in a situation and have to choose one of two options every time the thread gives you a choice as to how to proceed.

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And honestly, I got more enjoyment out of the sidebar convos that came out this than the actual threads themselves.

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It’s an interesting concept, really. Another internet wormhole to occupy my time. I fuck with this so much that’d I’d spend the coin to see this on a larger scale. I can see this being adapted and utilized in some way.

I feel such a sense of community on the internet, sometimes. Like anything, the internet can be a place for the ign’ant, the negative, and the downright foolish, but sometimes, somebody decides to do some cool shit.

And the human race is better for those people.