1. All The Times Black Twitter Dragged Any & Everything Through The Internet
Succeeding an epic year in 2013, Black Twitter was again a social media force with its influential responses to pop culture events and stories of injustice in 2014. Some hashtags and snappy retorts were pure comedic brilliance, while others completely revolutionary. Let’s all look back and applaud Black Twitter’s most draggable moments.
This hashtag began after Michael Dunn was charged on three accounts of attempted murder and not first degree murder, for shooting unarmed 17-year-old Jordan Davis in Jacksonville, FL. In response to the lesser verdict, Black Twitter posted pics of Black and brown children that mocked the media’s ideas of how dangerous we look.
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This was one of the most evocative hashtags. As the news devoted more time to covering Michael Brown’s death, two photos circulated of him either innocently wearing headphones or from an upward angle with an somewhat idle, “thug-like” expression. Black Twitter users posted side-by-side photos of themselves, prompting the media what image they would’ve used to represent them if they had died.
4. #LifetimeBeLike & #LifetimeBiopics
After the airing of Lifetime’s terrible “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&”B biopic, Black Twitter had one of its greatest fields days. Memes on Twitter and Instagram mocked the network’s very questionable casting choices and no celebrity was safe!
The absurdity of Kyle Hunt’s suggestion of a White Man March was enough to make anyone chuckle, but even before the 10 people that showed up to the “event” were out, Twitter was on a roll with what they imagined the poster boards would look like.
6. Perez Hilton Refers To Some Black Female Twitters Users to Hitler
The internet’s biggest bully seemed to have met his match! Perez Hilton gave Black Twitter a reason to come for him when he likened Black women to Hilter, saying, “Some present logical arguments, but then Hitler attempted to justify the holocaust too.” Confused?
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Wow, Black Twitter does have a nice side after all. The Twitterverse honored us with #BlackWomanAppreciationDay and it was a pleasant surprise. Along with posting celebratory messages, users shared pictures of their favorite Black beauties in and out of Hollywood.
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8. Vogue Thought We Were In The Year Of The Big Booty
After Vogue’s major faux pas in declaring 2014 the era of booty because of mainly White acts like Iggy Azalea, 4,500 tweets were posted with imaginary articles of the revered magazine co-signing cultural appropriation.
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So Bill Cosby asked the internet to meme him. Why? The world may never know! With the vast sexual allegations against the legend, why did anyone think this would be a good idea? It was an uncomfortably (hilarious) disaster that has since been disabled.
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Black Twitter struck again when the news source AP wrote this about the murder of unarmed Black woman Renisha McBride: “Suburban Detroit homeowner convicted of second-degree murder for killing woman who showed up drunk on porch.” Black Twitter blasted faux headlines that AP would publish from their twisted POV along with familiar images of violence and racism.
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Gawd! Why! Swagger Wagon! Really Toyota? And Busta, your career deserves better. It was bad enough when the Toyota made a commercial featuring a White suburban family dropping corny raps about a car, but somehow they convinced Busta Rhymes to make a cameo too? We forgive you, but don’t do this again!
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12. Sole Black Supporter For Darren Wilson Gets Meme’d
Martin Baker became a Black Twitter (and Instagram) legend when he decided to show support for Darren Wilson, the White cop that killed Michael Brown in Ferguson. This one photo of him on the phone sparked memes on memes that recalled hilarious moments from childhood, shopping, being awkward, and the stress of keeping your weaves on fleek.
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This was one of the sadder hashtags birthed from Black Twitter. Following the equally revealing #CrimingWhileWhite in which White Twitter users shared stories of when they should’ve been arrested and weren’t, Black users wrote of when they were detained or questioned for innocuous situations, or weren’t taking seriously at all for important ones.
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14. Jill Scott Defends Bill Cosby On Twitter
In the storm of Bill Cosby’s sexual allegations, Jill Scott surprisingly came to the comedian’s defense on Twitter. She accused the media of trying to destroy an icon. While it seems her fanbase remains steady, some of Black Twitter expressed disappointment.
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15. Don Lemon Smells Marijuana In Ferguson…Who Cares?!
Poor ol’ Don Lemon. After Black Twitter lampooned his #HarlemBarbers haircut and 5 Points suggestion last year, while on duty in Ferguson, for whatever reason Lemon found it plausible to mention that he smelled marijuana in the air. Twitter, in general, once again let Lemon have it.
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16. Beyonce’s Bangs
For all of the Beygency’s protective services, they weren’t there for Beyonce when she decided to get bangs and got made fun of on Twitter. She’s had bangs before (check out her Bettie Page wig in “Video Phone”) but the complaints seemed to be that this time, they were cut too short or blunt. Beyonce looked messy and we all know she CAN’T do that!
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17. Kill Darren Wilson
The world lamented when Ferguson cop Darren Wilson wasn’t indicted for murdering Michael Brown, but it was Black Twitter that expressed their true feelings with: “Kill Darren Wilson,” or “Good Morning. Murder Darren Wilson.”
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18. NYPD Tweets #WeHearYou
This training is only a foundation & we will build upon it for future training. - @CommissBratton— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 4, 2014
NYPD’s Chief of Community Affairs Joanne Jaffe tweeted #WeHearYou in response to the outrage over Eric Garner’s death at the hands of Staten Island police officer Daniel Pantaleo. People tweeted back at the NYPD, wondering if they “hear” us, why couldn’t they hear Garner pleading for his life and exclaiming that he couldn’t breathe?
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Black Twitter was not here for Ebola at all. Memes ran rampant for a while on Twitter and Instagram, with many stating how the disease became a big deal only after it came stateside, and the overall (now short-lived) media frenzy over its outbreak.