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Twitter Hires Candi Castleberry-Singleton As The New VP Of Inclusion And Diversity

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Twitter has brought on Candi Castleberry-Singleton as the new vice president of inclusion and diversity. Twitter is huge amongst all races and with the rise of #BlackTwitter the social media service is making an attempt to better reflect the demographics of its users, USA TODAY reports.

Over the past couple of years, the social media site has gotten backlash for the lack of women and people of color behind the business. Controversy arose when Jeffrey Siminoff, a white man was hired to lead the companies diversity efforts.

“I’m so excited to join the team at Twitter to lead inclusion and diversity efforts for employees and the Twitter community,” Castleberry-Singleton said in a statement.

Candi Castleberry who has spent years working in the field of diversity and inclusion for major corporations is ready to take on this position. She will be replacing Jeffrey Siminoff, who stepped down early this year.

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Twitter Is Making Changes To Their 140 Character Limit Sooner Than You Think

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Back in May, reports surfaced of popular social media site Twitter’s plan to change up which pieces of content count towards their well-known 140-character limit.

Well, according to The Verge, starting on September 19th, media attachments including pictures, gifs, videos, polls, etc., as well as their newer feature Quoted Tweets, will no longer count towards the 140-character limit.

While Twitter declined to comment when The Verge reached out, two sources close with the company revealed these features and rollout date to the publication, noting that things could change before then.

Back in May, when the reports first surfaced, The Verge spoke with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about the new changes. “This is the most notable change we’ve made in recent times around conversation in particular, and around giving people the full expressiveness of the 140 characters,” he said. “I’m excited to see even more dialog because of this.”

We are too, Jack. We are too.

What do you think of the new changes? Do you think the date of September 19th will hold? Stay tuned to find out.

Pretoria High School for Girls Students Protest Against ‘Hair Racism’

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Pretoria High School for Girls, a former whites only institute, is facing a lot of tension coming from their African students.

The ladies have been fighting against what they consider racist policies since Friday. Simple activities like speaking in their native language has been frowned upon by administration. However, the most recent restriction that pushed the young girls to stand up was forcing them to straighten their hair.

According to student Tiisetso Phetla, part of the code of conduct prohibits afros because they are viewed as “untidy” and “inappropriate.” It states:

“All styles should be conservative, neat and in keeping with a school uniform.”

Fortunately the well-organized petition gained the respect and support of politicians, like Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Let’s keep the #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh going for our girls in South Africa!

Twitter Suspends 235,000 Accounts Linked To Terrorism

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With intentions to keep their platform safe and to demote any dangerous behavior, Twitter has suspended roughly 235,000 accounts that either promoted or were linked to terrorism or terrorist activity.

“The world has witnessed a further wave of deadly, abhorrent terror attacks across the globe,” Twitter said in a statement. “We strongly condemn these acts and remain committed to eliminating the promotion of violence or terrorism on our platform.”

This isn’t the first time Twitter suspended accounts for similar behavior. Back in February, they began this same initiative and suspended roughly 125,000 accounts, according to the NY Times. That would bring the grand total to about 360,000 suspended accounts in just six months.

One thing Twitter’s always prided themselves on is the use of free speech, referring to their space as a “global town square.” Unfortunately, that stance will bring in bullies, racists and extremist groups, who just like others, are trying to get their message across. Only problem is their message is dangerous.

“We will continue to invest in both technology and other resources in the future and you can expect us to update our progress regularly,” Twitter added. I guess this isn’t the end of the suspension.

What do you make of this whole ordeal? Does Twitter have a responsibility to demote violence and terror, or does free-speech override? Tell us your thoughts below.

Twitter Adds Debra Lee, CEO of BET, To Its Board Of Directors

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Twitter had a major announcement yesterday when they announced that Debra Lee, CEO of BET, would be joining their Board of Directors.

“Thrilled to be joining the @twitter board,” Lee tweeted out yesterday. “It’s transformed the media and the world like few other things in history (and continues to)!!”

In addition to serving as BET’s CEO for the last 10 years, Debra Lee has had a well-respected career.

Before joining the network, Lee was an attorney at Steptoe & Johnson for five years, won the Vanguard Award from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in 2003, as well as Woman of the Year Award from Women in Cable and Telecommunications in 2001. She also has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s from Harvard’s JFK School of Government, as well as a law degree.

Is there any doubt that she was fit for a BoD spot at Twitter? We think not..

Congratulations to Debra Lee and Twitter on this new addition!

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Twitter Account @RapedAtSpelman Goes Viral After Sharing Devastating Rape Story

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Twitter is a powerful, powerful place. So powerful that folks worldwide can use it in various ways that can deeply impact anyone following. For an anonymous young girl, going by the Twitter handle @RapedAtSpelman, is using her voice to make sure what happened to her during her time at Spelman College doesn’t happen to anyone else.

Choosing to remain anonymous, the twitter account made its first post yesterday stating, “This is my freshmen year at Spelman and my last year because I decided to leave after what happened to me.” From there, the account sent out a handful of other tweets breaking down the horrific rape that took place and Spelman’s alleged lack of support and help in the process.

Spelman College is currently investigating the situation and gave this statement:

“Our hearts go out to this student and I want to personally offer her our full support and assistance,” Spelman President Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell said in a statement provided to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“We are a family at Spelman and we will not tolerate any episode of sexual violence,” she wrote. “No student should ever have to suffer and endure the experience she has recounted on social media. Spelman is conducting a full and thorough review of these events.”

The school did not immediately say whether the alleged victim had filed a police report or other complaint. They did not specify whether they knew who the alleged victim was. The tweets did not say when the alleged assault took place.

Here’s the series of tweets sent by the anonymous account:

Our hearts go out to the young girl behind the @RapedAtSpelman account and we hope this story sheds light on an incredibly serious issue in our society.

Spotted at LoveBScott, via HBCU Digest

Disturbing #KylieJennerChallenge Takes Social Media By Storm

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Sunday (April 19) evening, a peculiar hashtag – #KylieJennerChallenge – took social media by storm as participants shared photos mimicking Kylie Jenners “look.”

Although many initially questioned the purpose of the hashtag, it did not take long for Twitter and Instagram users to flood timelines showing swollen and “plump” lips.

Individuals are using shot glasses  to suction their lips until they swell up causing larger lips or in other cases, bruising.

Check out some of the disturbing tweets from the trend below and share your thoughts.

10 Women To Start Following On Twitter For Women’s History Month

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March marks the entry of Women’s History Month, rightfully celebrating, highlighting and appreciating all that the female population has to offer. Over the centuries, women have proven to be just as hard-working, strong and independent as our male counterparts, and today many are beating out the boys for top jobs in the workforce.

There are so many powerful women out there, through social media we are able to be inspired by their journeys just by scrolling down our timelines. With various social issues occurring in our country, and across the globe, these female trailblazers are fueling the conversation – using methods of humor, witty sarcasm or passionate monologues to drive their point across. With a wide variety out there, your Twitter is certainly missing something if you aren’t yet following a few of our generation’s key lady tastemakers.

See our list of 10 women you should start following on Twitter in honor of Women’s History Month. – Lindsey India

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1. Amanda Seales – @amandaseales

Amanda is the perfect blend of comedian meets activist, as far as her Twitter personality goes. From shutting down Steve Santagati over cat-calling on CNN, to just telling it like it is in sporadic rants, you need to give her that follow.

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2. Jean Grae – @JeanGreasy

Jean might be a veteran rapper in the hip-hop game, but she has one amazing sense of humor on social media. From one look at her social media, as well as a listen of her “instructional album for adults,” That’s Not How You Do That, you will wonder how on Earth you can become her new best friend.

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3. Michele Norris – @michele_norris

If there is a racial injustice occurring, or a little positivity that needs to be spread, Michele is on it. As a correspondent for NPR, she is always up to date with all things politics, powerful women, and the fight for equality everywhere.

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4. JasFly – @JasFly

Jas is the perfect inspiration for your day-to-day creative flow, and she is never afraid to speak her mind. She is worthy of a follow, as she not only encourages us to all keep creating, but she also drops some essential rants on her Timeline every so often that you might regret overlooking.

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5. Christina Coleman – @ChrissyCole

Christina is the eyes and ears of everything that’s happening in the world, like many women working in news, her passion is oozing out of every letter in her tweet. From being right in the heart of Ferguson during the aftermath of Mike Brown’s tragic death, to live-tweeting during any breaking news, you will never miss a step of what’s happening right around you, or how outlandish things are getting.

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7. Karlie Hustle – @THEKarlieHustle

So much of what you can expect from Karlie is just in her name. Moving from Hot 97 as a programming director, to now working with 9th Wonder Music, and much more, the girl is full of gems on the do’s and don’t’s of the working world, as well as the music industry. It doesn’t hurt that she also has some amazing signature bow ties to match her determined work ethic, and inspiring passion.

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8. Nikki Jones – @socprofjones

Nikki is simply inspiring just for doing what she does. As a sociologist, ethnographer, who also wrote Between Good and Ghetto, there is so much to be learned from her Timeline, along with her fight for racial equality.

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9. Jamilah Lemieux – @JamilahLemieux

Jamilah is not here for the bullsh*t, and her Twitter account proves just that. There isn’t a topic out there that she won’t step into to make a great point, and isn’t afraid to clap back at those who test that. Clicking the ‘Follow’ button on her page will definitely bring you laughs, inspiration, and a whirlwind of comebacks.

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10. Chrissy Teigen – @ChrissyTeigen

Chrissy might be a famed Sport’s Illustrated model, as well as the wife of John Legend, but don’t get it twisted. She has a personality of her own, and it will knock you off your feet. From awesome food recipe ideas, to rants about the lack of intelligence in the world, you can guarantee endless entertainment, with a mix of innovation.

Dove and Twitter Team Up and Encourage Women to #SpeakBeautiful

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Dove and Twitter have teamed up to launch their #SpeakBeautiful campaign that encourages women to change the way they speak about beauty on social media.

The duo launched the campaign with a 30-second commercial that aired during the pre-show for the wildly popular Academy Awards. The video shares that, “Last year women sent over 5 million negative tweets about beauty and body image.” They want to change these statistics.

“Social media is playing a critical role in showing and shaping how women and girls feel about themselves.” Danah Boyd said in a press release. “Yet, women do not realize how online dialogue can contribute to negative mindsets and behavior towards beauty both on and offline. We women have an incredible opportunity to be more thoughtful about how we speak about ourselves and others on social media. The power is truly at our fingertips.”

Check out the video above and share with others. Encourage friends and family members to think twice about what they tweet. Remember, “It only takes one positive Tweet to start a trend.”

Leveraging Your Social Media Presence for Professional Gain

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We are living in a time where, “If it wasn’t tweeted or Instagramed, it didn’t happen.” Although this idea is widely debated, there is no doubt that social media is a thriving aspect of our culture. As we connect with individuals on these social media platforms, many fail to realize that social media can be used to leverage so many great opportunities, personally and professionally.

Almost everyone has a Twitter or Instagram, companies included. While you may already be following certain influencers in your specific industry, it is imperative to actually connect with them way past hitting the “follow” button.

So, you’re following the top tier individuals in your trade. What now? Spark conversation. Answer questions. Reply to their tweets. Let your presence be known. Granted, you don’t want to blow up their notifications. That would be slightly creepy but you do want to catch their eye to a point that they would be willing to connect with you even off social media.

Social media networking requires some bravery in the sense that you must possess enough courage to eventually ask these individuals for their e-mail addresses or if they would be willing to connect on LinkedIn. Frightening? Slightly. But the fact that you two have been communicating on social media and you are are interested in taking the “next step” shows that you’re far more interested in the person than just their Twitter or Instagram presence.

Yes, social media is very entertaining. There is no doubt about that.  However, there is so much more to these sites than just the hearty laughs they provide. The path to success can sometimes be a rocky one and it is also great to have individuals that are willing to help and guide you along the way. Imagine if these individuals are right there, on your timeline, at your finger tips than the opportunity is simply 140 characters away.

 

Oprah Says Ferguson Protests Need Leadership

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Our beloved Oprah Winfrey may have stepped on a couple toes.

In a recent interview with People Magazine, Oprah shared, “I think it’s wonderful to march and to protest and it’s wonderful to see all across the country, people doing it. What I’m looking for is some kind of leadership to come out of this to say, ‘This is what we want. This is what has to change, and these are the steps that we need to take to make these changes, and this is what we’re willing to do to get it.'”

She explained that she was inspired and proud of the marches and protests but she wants to see more.

The twitter world took off. Many suggested that her comments prove that she is extremely out of touch and disconnected with the movement at hand.

Take a look at some of the reactions:

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What do you think? Share in the comment box below.

 

Carol’s Daughter Wants You To Know That #URAppreciated

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The popular hair care brand Carol’s Daughter recognizes the importance of showing gratitude. They’ve recently been showing appreciation to their close friends and supporters by sending out heartfelt and personalized cards. Each card is then signed with the hashtag #URAppreciated. What makes this movement even more unique is that every note is written by hand. In a time where social media runs everything, this serves as a reminder that sending a handwritten will never  be outdated. Be sure to search #URAppreciated on Instagram and Twitter to see how others are appreciating their friends and families.