18 Great Tweets from Tuesday’s Election

The race is over. Jim Kenney won in a landslide, taking more than 55 percent of the vote in the six-way Democratic primary. City Council had a shakeup, with Democratic newcomers Derek Green (a former aide to Councilwoman Marian Tasco) and Allan Domb (the moniker we in the media settled on for him was “condo king“) advancing in the primary and Helen Gym (who Philadelphia magazine’s Patrick Kerkstra predicted would run for City Council back in 2013) in good position to advance as well given her narrow lead in the vote count. And since this is Philadelphia, they’re all likely to win in the general.

“But,” you’re saying, “enough about the election. Were there good tweets? Were there any election memes?” Philadelphia was pretty much spared having to see a bunch of election memes except for “another working family for…” signs (those came from the candidates). There were some pretty funny tweets, however. Here are some of my favorites. Read more »

Pink on How She Continues to Deal With Body Shamers

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In April, Doylestown native and pop-rock star Pink shut down a bunch of haters on Twitter who were ridiculing a photo of her in which they said it looked like she’d put on a few pounds. Her response was fantastic, and empowering, and it’s prodded interviewers to ask where she gets the strength to deal with the constant criticism on the web and in tabloids. She opens up in this great interview from Entertainment Tonight:

I don’t take well to bullying. I never have. I’m not a person that will be bullied. I’m not a person that will stand by watching other people bullied.

I am a girl, I have feelings and people think I take no shit and I’m tough, tougher than nails, but I’m a human being.

I think people have gotten it wrong. They think their opinion matters and holds weight and I don’t know where or why they’re giving themselves so much credit you know?. … So I thought it was important for me to remind them that I don’t care. My life is full, I like food a lot and I really like to cook, I like to live, I find joy in that and were doing alright in the Hart household.

For more on the story, visit ETonline.com.

 

Meek Mill Lighting Up Twitter With Commentary on Baltimore Riots

Philly rapper Meek Mill is lighting up Twitter this morning with ongoing commentary on the riots in Baltimore. The unrest began following the death of Freddie Gray, who died after a spinal injury he sustained in police custody.

His comments are being retweeted by the thousands, with this one getting the most attention:

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Apple’s New Emoji Have Created Brand New Ways to Be Culturally Insensitive Online

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More than half of Americans are in possession of a smartphone, with many using emoticons. It is fair to say that while all races are not represented by emoticons, all races use emojis. As Black-Emoji.com explains, “Emoji & Emoticons are the alphabet of the social media generation.”

Last week, Apple unveiled new diverse emoticons, including a set of emojis with an adjustable range of emoji skin tones to pick from, including yellow, brown and black. It’s been a long time coming — the Black Twitterverse and scores of others online denizens have complained for years that Apple’s emoji set was woefully lacking. As Vice reported in 2014, “emojis include the middle finger, the Vulcan hand salute, an optical disc icon, a chipmunk, and a black droplet. But no black people.” Up until last Thursday, Apple emoticon users could only use yellow Lego-people-colored graphics as representation of themselves. Read more »

Pink Shuts Down Body-Shamers On Twitter

Doylestown pop-rocker Pink (known around those parts as Alecia Beth Moore) has taken to Twitter to put some folks in their place who decided to take some jabs at her weight on social media.

It all started when she attended a cancer benefit over the weekend, when she noticed some tweets criticizing her figure. Never one to shy away from such things, she Tweeted this empowering message:

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Trevor Noah and the Never-Ending Cycle of Twitter Shame

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The thing about people is that they’re fallible; they do bad things, both intentionally and unintentionally. As we were all taught as children, people make mistakes.

The Internet, as we know, is less forgiving. And it makes discerning the offender’s intent a bit more of a dubious undertaking. Who knows if anyone’s lapse of judgement is really that or indicative of something more sinister in their character. Mistakes? Well, they become more than that. They become moments, and then they live beyond.

The latest example of this phenomenon, of course, is Trevor Noah, the comedian tapped by Comedy Central to replace long-standing host Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Read more »

Mo’ne Davis Just Wrote the Book on Twitter Trolls

Mo'ne Davis attends the 2015 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Mo’ne Davis attends the 2015 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Madison Square Garden in New York.

By now, I’m used to Mo’ne Davis making me feel bad about myself.

At 13, she throws a 70 miles-per-hour fastball, has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated,” wrote a memoir and designed a line of sneakers, the proceeds of which benefit impoverished girls. (At 13, my only goal was for Brian McKenna to like my hair. It went unrealized.) Read more »

Amber Alert for Kidnapped Girl Disrupts People’s Sleep [UPDATED]

Elinor Trotta / Family Photo

Elinor Trotta / Family Photo

UPDATE: 6ABC is reporting that the Amber Alert for Elinor Trotta has been cancelled and that she and her father were located this afternoon in Spencer, Massachusetts. Elinor is reportedly safe, and her father is in custody.

Elinor’s father, 43-year-old Michael Trotta, is now in police custody, charged with assault, carjacking, endangering the welfare of a child, and reckless endangerment.

The Worcester Telegram adds that Michael Trotta was arrested peacefully by the FBI, the Massachusetts State Police and the Spencer Police. They add that the reason Trotta went to Spencer is unknown.

Michael A. Trotta, 43, was arrested without incident and taken into custody by the FBI, the Massachusetts state police and Spencer police, the FBI said in a news release. Mr. Trotta had fled the New Castle, Delaware, area with the child Monday night, the release said.

Mr. Trotta is being held without bail and is to be arraigned on a fugitive-from-justice charge in Western Worcester District Court in East Brookfield, according to the FBI. The FBI referred further questions to the New Castle Police Department in Delaware.

ORIGINAL: This is Elinor Trotta, a 3-year-old New Castle, Delaware, girl who is missing, allegedly abducted by her father, Michael Trotta, who is believed to be armed and dangerous. The young girl is believed to be in “imminent danger,” according to authorities, and an Amber Alert was issued for her in the early morning hours on Tuesday — much to the dismay of some people whose phones chimed when the alert came in. Read more »

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