Black Twitter is an emerging force to be reckoned with; it is an undiluted voice —straight no chase — expressing the collective perspective on issues trending in the black community. The tweets, Gifs and memes du jour often reflect — usually very hysterically — the hot topic of the week, day or moment.
Respeck my name
For example, Black Twitter creatively lost it mind in response to the epic Breakfast Club podcast meltdown of rapper and Cash Money CEO Birdman. The tweets, memes and gifs mercilessly hammered Birdman in a deservedly so brutal take down.
Rolling out reported:
Black Twitter does it again. In case you missed it: on Friday, April 22, Birdman created quite the scene during his two minute stop at The Breakfast Club.
Within seconds of strolling in with his posse, the rapper immediately blurted out, “Stop playing with my f**king name!” He went on to tell Charlamagne tha God he was gonna handle their beef in the streets, but decided to do it face-to-face instead.
Removing his sunglasses, the 47-year-old went into a bizarre rant demanding the co-hosts “respeck” his name. As for what started the beef, Birdman was reportedly fuming that Charlamagne, Angela Yee, DJ Envy, and their guests clowned him about not paying his artists … a la Lil Wayne.
Since then, social media has exploded with a series of brilliant GIFs, memes, and tweets, sure to make you belly laugh.
Many major media outlets still feel more comfortable hiring people that look like and think like the big boss. Hence, black, brown and yellow issues are written from the white perspective. Black Twitter allows for formerly marginalized voices to be mainstreamed.
Stereo Williams of The Daily Beast writes:
Black Twitter can move mountains.
On the night of June 28, Twitter erupted. The occasion was the 2015 BET Awards, which attracted 12 million TV viewers—less than half of the 25.3 million who tuned in to this year’s Grammys. Yet, at any given moment, eight of the top ten trending hashtags in the United States that evening were related to the BETs, and since Twitter boasts an estimated 65 million users in the U.S., it’s safe to say Black Twitter is a force to be reckoned with.
Yes, sometimes hyperbole is necessary. In the past three years, Twitter has become a necessary platform for dissent, discussion, breaking news and, yes, trends. And in the case of what has become colloquially known as “Black Twitter,” all of those things have gelled to create an online culture of black intellectuals, trendsetters, and talking heads giving voice to many of the issues that 20 years ago would’ve remained far away from the mainstream radar. The murders of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown, the reality of street harassment, the racial crisis brewing in the Dominican Republic—these are all stories that became of major importance because Black Twitter made sure the world understood what was happening. And with popular hashtags like #YouOKSis and #BringBackOurGirls becoming recognized all over the world, it’s impossible to ignore how Black Twitter has been able to affect change and raise awareness.