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Top 5 Twitter Hashtag Fails by Brands of 2014

Twitter is a wonderful yet harsh world. The benefits are many for people, movements, brands, and marketers. It can expand the potential range of your voice and the message you are trying to deliver. It’s a media where the usual controls of what we see and hear aren’t effective. Brands trying to navigate that sea of online reality can win big or fail miserably. This is about failing miserably because this is the Internet and fails are golden. A common hashtag on Twitter is #nofilter because the Internet can be brutally honest. A brand trying to capitalize on the potential of...

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2 Cops Dead – NYPD Declares War on Black People

View image | gettyimages.com Earlier today, a tragedy occurred in Brooklyn, NY.  Two police officers were shot and killed while in their patrol car by a deranged person who earlier in the day had shot is girlfriend in the stomach. The death of the police officers was not warranted – they did not deserve it. As soon as we got word of what happened, we immediately began telling everyone to be extra vigilant.  Why? Because we expected right wing media and conservatives to pounce on this and paint a broad stroke across all of us (black people).  In addition to the police...

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Only Black people riot

It’s a belief that is most certainly not true yet often believed and repeated. Mainstream media, social media, talking heads, pundits (indie or otherwise) have been in over drive in the wake of the grand jury’s decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Mike Brown. The accompanying protests and riots fill timelines, news feeds, streams, and airwaves. The ugly sides of some people are on full display in 140-characters or less. In the discussions, people may and will disagree yet no matter how much they try to justify their point, the words...

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Jessie Williams asks “What about black pain is so fun to you?”

The exposure of killings of black people by law enforcement, or wanna be cops, has shown the world a very ugly side of the United States of America. It’s nothing new of course but with a camera in every pocket these incidences see the light of day more often now. Jessie Williams, most known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy, used his platform on Twitter to speak on these realities. The questions he raises I’ve often asked myself, even more so lately. What is it about blackness that enrages whiteness? Certainly there are some long-standing emotional...

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Dear Law Enforcement – It’s Your Fault We Justifiably Don’t Trust You

There’s been a lot of fuss lately about Apple’s move to take themselves out of the encryption loop when it comes to having access to your private data that you store on products you purchase from them. Apple will no longer have access to the private keys that can decrypt the information on your personal devices. Google quickly followed suit. The decision makes them unable to comply with law enforcement’s request for your private information. The move was celebrated by users concerned with the privacy of things they save on devices that have become ubiquitous to modern life. That ubiquity...