Zoe Saldana Says She’s Hurt By The Hate, But Never Had An Issue With The Color Of Her Skin


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I sat down with Zoe Saldana to discuss her role as Gamora in Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I had to ask about the amount of hate she gets from #BlackTwitter for some of her comments on race. People have gone as far to suggest that she’s in the “Sunken Place” — a reference from Jordan Peele’s hit film Get Out.

“I’m a Gemini, so there is a part of me where I try, but I just don’t care. The other one is the exact opposite, I’m hurt all the time. I don’t understand why all this hate comes back at me, but the reality is that I do realize that a lot of it must be projections. I don’t have an issue with who I am, with how I am, with how I came to be, with the color of my skin, with how I live my life with an open heart and how when I’m asked a question I truly believe it’s because people want to hear my answer.”

Watch the full interview above.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters everywhere May 5, 2017.

Evening Minute: Black Twitter Has Words For Man Who Claims Black Women Are ‘Not Coachable’

Social Media Checks Man Who Says Black Women Are Not ‘Coachable’

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As Black women, we face a lot of sexism and racism in this world.

We are constantly having to fight for our lives, our voice and the right to be seen as worthy. And what really hurts is when we have to fight this beast from our own men. Enter the age old question: “Why Black women can’t be as submissive as other women of other races?”

According to BallerAlert, some random dude on Instagram asked the tired basic question, “Why do Black athletes marry white women?” Then someone with the handle of Maserati Rick showed how real and sad self-hating is with his answer:

“The answer is simple, brother. Most of the sisters were raised in broken homes and they don’t have proper guidance to how they should treat a man, so they mess up a lot in relationships. The biggest difference is that a white woman knows her position and accepts her role as a woman and let’s her man lead,” he wrote.

He continued: “You can never get better at anything unless you can admit your fears and your mistakes. How would I be a better football player, if I’m not coachable? Black women are not coachable. Let’s put it that way.”


Yeah he tried it, but thankfully Black women finished it.






Sigh…When will this misogynoir stop?

#BlackBoyJoy: 11-Year-Old Starts Club For Young Black Boys Who To See Themselves In Books

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An 11-year-old from St. Louis wants to encourage other Black boys to read and lift their self-esteem.

According to St. Louis Public RadioSidney Keys III was tired of not reading books with protagonists that looked like him so he decided to start his own club Books N Bros. He said that he got the idea after visiting Missouri’s University City bookstore, EyeSeeMe, which is known for its massive collection of Black children’s books.

During that first visit, Sidney’s mother, Winnie Caldwell recorded a video of her son reading in the store, which garnered more than 62,000 views on Facebook. Then the lightbulb went off in his head.

Since last September, Books N Bros has met each month to discuss books that centers on Black characters including Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, Ty Allan Jackson’s The Supadupa Kid, and A Song for Harlem: Scraps of Time by Patricia McKissack. They also have Black male mentors attend either in person or via Skype.

While the club is geared for African-American boys, anyone between the ages of 8-10 are welcome. For $20, the boys participate in book meetings, receive worksheets and have access to over 250 donated books to take home.

“My motivation is I already love to read but it would be awesome, even better, to read with other people,” he told the radio program. “I want to keep doing it because I don’t know what will make me stop reading because I love to read.”

After the 60 minute meeting, the group then plays video games for thirty minutes at the Microsoft store that’s nearby.

You go Sidney!

#Resist: Federal Judge From Hawaii And Maryland Blocks Trumps Revised Travel Ban

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Hours before it was to take effect, Trump’s revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge in Hawaii after hearing arguments that the executive order discriminates on the basis of nationality, Time reported.

U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson’s decision prevents the executive order from going into effect with a temporary restraining order. The state argued that the revised ban would stop their residents from being visited from their relatives who may live in the six countries that have been banned. They also argued that Trump’s executive order will harm the state’s tourism and the ability to recruit foreign students and workers, Time noted.

Hawaii wasn’t alone in putting a kink in Trump’s plan. Another federal judge in Maryland handed down a decision on Thursday that blocked the part that placed a 90-day ban on immigration for citizens trying to come in the US, according to CNN. 

Of course #45 wasn’t happy about the ruling.

“The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first one,” Trump said to a crowd in Nashville. “This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach,” he added, before pledging to take the issue to the Supreme Court if necessary.

15 Golden Reactions: Twitter Turns #HiddenFences Flub Into Pure Gold

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Well, Black Twitter is officially 2-0 this year. First the classic reactions to Yahoo’s major social media debacle, which helped kick things off in 2017. 

Now, if you missed the Golden Globes last night, you may be asking yourself, why is #HiddenFences trending right now, did they win an award, aren’t they two separate movies?

Related: 2017 Golden Globes Top Moments: Tracee Ellis Ross Shares Her Award, Donald Glover Wins Twice & More!

Well the video below will answer all those posed questions, and Pharrell’s priceless facial expression helped kick off Twitter’s glorious reaction to this red carpet blunder (grabs popcorn):



Yeah, hit the blooper sounder after that question…She may need to reevaluate that question and ask herself about “the drinking” going on in the press room at the Golden Globes….

Either way, it led to Black Twitter staying undefeated in 2017, and gave us plenty of golden material to marvel at this morning.

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Check out some of our favorite reactions we found in the gallery below! Tag @BoomPhilly on Twitter with your favorites!

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People On Twitter Are Sharing The First Time They Were Called ‘The N-Word’

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*Editor’s note: This post displays language that can be perceived as triggering and offensive.

In the wake of the election and the countless acts of hate across the country that have followed, a new hashtag about people’s experiences with racism recently began trending on Twitter. On Friday, African-Americans and people of color first used #IWasFirstCalled to speak candidly about the racial harassment they have encountered and the crippling epitaphs they have been called while living in America.

And it was powerful.

According to the Huffington Post, the hashtag was started by their own political writer Julia Craven, who tweeted about the first time she was called the n-word.


“Considering the fear held by many people of color following Tuesday’s election results, I felt like I should use my platform to share their experiences and expose white folks to a pain they’ll never know,” Craven said. 

Soon after, other devastating stories began to trickle in:







And the fact that many of these stories date back to people’s childhood, speaks volumes:

And white allies were paying attention:

Sadly racism isn’t going anywhere soon, but one can only hope that hashtags like this one can help educate whites and provide support for those who continue to face racial oppression in the daily aspects of their lives.


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#ArthurMemes: 11 Hilarious Memes That Will Have You In Tears

Thanks to Black Twitter, over the past few days our favorite animated aardvark has hilariously stormed the Internet.

Using screenshots of scenes from the PBS cartoon Arthur, your cousins used everything from pop culture references, hip-hop lyrics, trifling scenarios and even black childhood experiences to create one of the most hilarious trending memes we’ve seen in a minute. Here’s 11 of our favorite #ArthurMemes:

1.) Mama is not the one


2.) When you play me, you play yourself


3.) You better sang girl!

4.) Shut that noise

5.) Now see!

6.) Sorry, not sorry

7.) Meet the REAL me

8.) Bruh, if I can’t have you, no one else can!


9.) LOL


10.) But for real though

11.) I triple dog dare you to try…


Poor Arthur. Well, he definitely had something to say about all this:

But hey, in these tumultuous times, who couldn’t use a hilarious distraction from reality?

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Black Twitter Had No Chill During The #BETAwards

Black Twitter Comes For Justin Timberlake During The BET Awards

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Black Twitter was in full effect for Sunday night’s BET Awards, and no one was safe from its wrath—including music vet Justin Timberlake.

The crooner took to social media to commend Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams for the moving speech he gave while accepting his Humanitarian Award. As Jesse went on about “burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil,” Timberlake tweeted, “@iJesseWilliams tho…#Inspired #BET2016.”

The backlash ensued and Twitter called him out and accused the singer for of being hypocritical, for benefitting from black culture while not championing the Black Lives Matter cause. Someone tweeted him, “So does this mean you’re going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too?”

Timberlake replied:


As the tweets to Timberlake kept rolling in, he continued:

JT probably really wishes that he could “take back the night.”

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Big Boi Catches The Wrath Of Black Twitter for Posting Sexist Meme

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Big Boi has gotten himself in hot water with Black Twitter.

The rapper made himself a trending topic on Twitter after sharing a meme comparing mothers in the 1970’s to mothers today. In the photo, “Florida Evans” from Good Times is on the left and an unidentified young woman in a thong in a bathroom in front of a young child.

The photo was meant to compare and contrast motherhood 30 something years ago, versus motherhood today. But Black Twitter, especially the women, weren’t here for the shade:


The photo even caused Florida Evans to trend on Twitter. It’s safe to say that Big Boi’s Memorial Day started with a bang.

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Why #BlackSalonProblems Is The Best Hashtag You’ve Read This Month

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Whether you’re natural or relaxed, many of us have spent plenty of time in a Black salon getting our butters whipped, for better or for worse. And thanks to Twitter, we can hilariously share our stories: The good, bad and the ugly.

Enter #BlackSalonProblems.

When your stylist has no respect for your time:



When your stylist is the only one your hair listens to:

When your tresses are mad thick:


When your stylist gets scissor happy:


When you think she’s almost done:

When it’s bedtime and you need this new doo to look laid tomorrow:

When you’re natural and your hairdresser ain’t ready:

When your entertainment options at the salon are scarce:


When you lie to your stylist:


Finally, when your hair refuses to let you be great:

LOL! Can you relate?


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Should You Return Bae’s Kidney If You Want To Break Up? Black Twitter Sounds Off

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A recent advice column for NG Trends asked a pretty interesting question: “My Girlfriend Donated A Kidney To Me, But I’m Not In Love Anymore. What Do I Do?” The man was feeling guilty about wanting to end his relationship with a woman who selflessly donated one of her organs to save his life.

Hi NGTrends Readers,

I am 32-years-old and my girlfriend is 31-years-old. We’ve been together for 5 years and now live together in a nice house. Things have been slowly fizzling out and I’ve been feeling like we don’t belong together for a few months now. I feel like if I don’t make a decision soon we will be married and I will feel this way forever. But on the other hand, getting a kidney transplant has changed my life for the better in so many ways. I feel like staying together is the right thing to do even if I’m not in love anymore. I’ll never be able to pay her back. I’m so torn and conflicted and feel like I have to make an impossible choice.

If I stay with her, I’ll always feel trapped and in a loveless relationship. If I break up with her, I’ll forever feel like an evil person for dumping someone who literally put their life on the line for me.

Well Black Twitter had a lot to say and as expected, their responses were hilarious and off the hook:



What would you do? Would you give your kidney to someone you were dating? Would you stay in a relationship out of this type of obligation?


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#BlackPantherSoLIT Hilariously Shows Our Excitement For The Upcoming Marvel Film

With news that Michael B. Jordan has joined The Black Panther and Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o in negotiations to star in the Ryan Coogler-directed film, Black Twitter is beyond hyped. So much so, that #BlackPantherSoLIT was created to celebrate the #BlackExcellence of the anticipated Chadwick Boseman superhero flick. 

And as expected, it’s amazingly hilarious.

Sadly, we have a while before we can see the film on the big screen. It will hit theaters on Feb. 16, 2018, but we’re sure it will totally be worth the wait. 


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As Twitter Celebrates 10 Years, It’s Really Black Twitter That Changed The Game

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Yes, it does seem like Twitter has been around for decades, but in reality the insanely popular social media site is only 10-years-young!

It all started out with this single tweet:

Now a decade later, Twitter has morphed into a world-wide phenomenon that has changed the way that we as a global community consume news, communicate with each other and share information thanks to its 320 million users. In a blog post, the folks over at the billion-dollar tech compay thanked everyone for their support throughout the years.

They wrote:

“As we mark this milestone, it’s you we want to celebrate. As March 21 begins around the world, each of our global offices will kick off the day by showing our appreciation and gratitude — starting in Sydney and following the sun to headquarters in San Francisco. We are excited to celebrate with all of you.

Throughout the years, you’ve made Twitter what it is today and you’re shaping what it will be in the future. Thank you for making history, driving change, lifting each other up and laughing together every day. #LoveTwitter

While it’s important to celebrate this milestone, we must also tip our hats to Black Twitter. Since emerging in 2012, their tenacity, humor and love for our people has changed the social media game as they have served as watch dog, celebratory girlfriend, hilarious free entertainment, hashtag activist and social justice catalyst.

Part of this power comes from the fact that African-Americans are more likely to be engaged in Twitter than any other racial and ethnic group, a recent Pew study found. “Black users tweet more frequently and log on on more often. Black Twitter makes up a lot of core users. Twitter is public, so not only is Black Twitter having a conversation among themselves, they’re also having a conversation in the public eye,” Mark Luckie, Twitter’s former manager of journalism and news, recently told The Huffington Post.

He’s got a point.

In reaction to the high-profile killing of Trayvon Martin, it was our sistas’ Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometthat coined the hasthag #BlackLivesMatter, a hasthag that forever changed how the world will discuss police violence and racial and gender inequality.


And then there was #BringBackOurGirls:






We’ve also used to Twitter to read white folks for their utter nonsense:





In addition to calling out oppression and hypocrisy, Black Twitter has also been about celebrating our beauty, poise and awesomeness:





We’ve also introduced new words into the American vernacular:




Of course, there will always be those people who just can’t help but to co-opt our swag, taking it too far:

And then there were all the times that Black Twitter had us in stitches, making us feel completely OK with the fact that we don’t have cable. I mean, who needs HBO when we have #NoChill?






Now if Twitter would just allow folks to use more than 140 characters, just think of what else Black Twitter could accomplish?


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Black Twitter Rules: 10 Reasons Why #MemeHistory Is Giving Us Life

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From police brutality to Trump’s racist antics to domestic violence against Black women, even we can admit that the news has been really heavy as of late. But if you need a break and a good laugh, hop over to Twitter and follow the hashtag #MemeHistory–we promise, it will change your entire life.

It all started on Thursday night when @TylerIAm came across a meme used in a teacher’s presentation about Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Wondering what would happened if everyone all “meme-splained” a wide range of historic moments, a trending hashtag was born,Vibe wroteHere are 10 reasons why #MemeHistory has us believing in humanity again.

The Bible ones will have you falling out.


As will this one.

“Nah”–Rosa Parks


I cannot.

This is just wrong.


A mess.

Now see?


Y’all play too much.

This one was a little too real.




We truly are a funny and witty people.


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#WhitePeopleInvitedToTheCookout Is The Best Thing To Happen To The Internet

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With spring slowly approaching, warmer weather and longer days are just a blink of an eye away. Black Twitter is already way ahead of us and planning the annual summer cookout with the hashtag  #WhitePeopleInvitedToTheCookout. From Betty White to Donald Trump (side eye), the guest list is just as hilarious as you would imagine.

See some of the funniest tweets that have spawned from the trending topic below:







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The Best Reactions To President Obama’s Final State Of The Union Address

President Barack Obama gave his final State of the Union address Tuesday night and Americans were glued to their TVs, computer screens, and the most entertaining spot of them all – Twitter.

President Obama spoke calmly and at ease about some of his wins, highlighting the drop in unemployment, legalization of gay marriage, his landmark Affordable Care Act, and his fight against climate change. He shared that many of his strides took time and effort, but he was also critical of the issues the country has left to conquer after his tenure:

“But such progress is not inevitable. It is the result of choices we make together. And we face such choices right now. Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, and turning against each other as a people? Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, what we stand for, and the incredible things we can do together?”

His words rang loud and clear to viewers with charts and iconic photos from his presidency (thanks to his partnership with music annotation site Genius) and even louder on Twitter. But we have to admit, some of Twitter’s comments focused on other gems of the night.

Needless to say, a serious evening turned hilarious in just seconds.

Poker faces from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and many other Republican pundits prompted this response from Black Twitter:

There was also Obama’s boastful comments on the nation’s supreme power in the world.


Vice president Joe Biden and Ryan’s faces were also swapped for some of the best memes ever.

Biden-Obama love was all over the TL as well.

Of course, there were a few tweets that took aim at Obama’s speech, but no worries. Black Twitter had his back.


First Lady Michelle Obama was also celebrated. From her flawless makeup to her hair, FLOTUS was definitely in full bloom. There’s also the fact her Narciso Rodriguez-designed dress sold out on Neiman Marcus’ site in a matter of MINUTES.


In all, the SOTU went like this – don’t you agree?

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Black Twitter Party: #CelebritiesOnlyBlackPeopleKnow

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#CelebritiesOnlyBlackPeopleKnow went viral as the black community discussed all of our favorite actors from 1990s biopics, TV shows and black movie classics.

I love when #BlackTwitter comes together to laugh. It’s like, a digital version of your family reunion with hashtags and retweets as your potato salad and cornbread.

Exhibit A: Leon Robinson. The indisputable star of The Temptations (because nobody was coming to see Otis). 

I’m mean he’s totally A-List in our heads.

Here are some more examples:


When they did this change up on My Wife And Kids we were like, okay is this Aunt Viv part II?


We are still crying over this Soul Food moment:


Guilty, we still get Kym and Jackee confused:


*Sings* They don’t know, abouttttt ussss


Do you beauties have anyone else to add?



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Raven-Symone hasn’t been one to bite her tongue in recent years, and the actress has caught some flack for that. Last year, in an episode of OWN’s Where Are They Now? with Oprah Winfrey, Symone said that she didn’t label herself as African-American. Winfrey told her that Black Twitter wasn’t going to support her, and Twitter has proven them right.

In an interview with Us Weekly, Symone said Oprah warned her that she’d catch flack: “She told me that black Twitter is going to hate me forever. She was right. I love you, Oprah.”

Now that Symone is one of the co-hosts of ABC’s The View, every comment she makes is under even more scrutiny. She was attacked when she criticized Beyonce’s style choices, saying that the Queen should “put on some pants.” She also famously stated that she’s from “every continent in Africa” except for one. Lucky continent…

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