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 »

George Takei Retweets Brian Sims Photo that Leads to Astroglide Advertorial

A few hours ago Star Trek legend and super out advocate George Takei tweeted something that looked awfully familiar:

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Yep, that’s our very own State Representative Brian Sims. But that’s not where the funny stops. The link actually goes to a Queerty Astroglide advertorial that features “Ten Most Eligible Bachelors Who Will Inspire You To Stick To Those New Year’s Resolutions.”

Awkwardly, the first paragraph is about lube and self-pleasure:

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