R&B superstar Beyoncé has a chokehold on one of the biggest social media platforms on the planet. Immediately following last night’s Homecoming premiere, Twitter exploded with endless tweets, emojis and more in support of Queen Bey’s film based on her 2018 Coachella presence.
New stats show Twitter users put up more than half a million tweets in relation to the new Netflix movie.
Social media giant Twitter is winning in a big way right now. The digital giant’s rivals – Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp – are all currently unavailable due to technical issues.
According to reports, the outage began Sunday afternoon in Europe and has already impacted the United States.
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are down this afternoon with users throughout the UK and Europe left frustrated. Monitoring website downdetector.co.uk has received hundreds of complaints across the UK and Europe. Hundreds of people have taken to Twitter to report the issues. Those hoping to log on are being presented with an error message saying the site “can’t be reached”. (Mirror)
As with nearly every Facebook outage, users headed to Twitter with the hashtag #facebookdown quickly becoming the top trending topic in the United States. Downdetector.com, which monitors websites, showed the company experiencing issues across a large portion of the U.S. and Europe in addition to reported problems in parts of South America, Asia and Australia. (USA Today)
Freaknik, the annual spring break party that has its origin in Atlanta, and for attendees the wild antics of folks who are surely upstanding professionals and parents now are the stuff of legend. The legendary party is making its return to Atlanta, this time as a family-friendly event so all our aunties out there, don’t dust off the booty shorts just yet.
As reported by AJC.com, Freaknik, previously banned by former Mayor Kasim Reed in 2010, will return to the A on June 22 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in conjunction with After 9 Partners. The Freaknik 2.0 event will feature Uncle Luke, Da Brat, Foxy Brown, Project Pat, Bun B, Pastor Troy, and Kilo Ali. Yep, sounds good and family-friendly.
Anyway, for those who want to cop tickets to the show, check out this link from Live Nation.
Reactions to the new all-ages Freaknik 2.0 have been flourishing on Twitter, and we’ve got some of those tweets listed below.
Marvin Gaye stands as one of the most talented singers of his generation and his influence still shines brightly today. The R&B and Soul legend was shot and killed 35 years ago on April 1, 1964, and Twitter is reminiscing on Gaye’s lasting impression on what would have been his 80th his birthday.
Gaye was born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. on April 2, 1939, in Washington, D.C. As a boy, he began singing in church and began to hone his talent. However, Gaye recalled later in life that his father brutally beat him well into his teenage years. After a failed stint in the military, Gaye began singing with a series of Washington, D.C. singing groups in the ’50s before joining Harvey Fuqua’s Moonglows group and moving to Chicago. After the group disbanded, Gaye traveled to Detroit with Fuqua and later signed with Motown subsidiary Tamla Records and the rest is history.
With over two dozen studio albums, four live albums, and over 80 singles, Gaye saw his career take a huge creative turn in 1971 with the release of the politically-charged What’s Going On. The shelved follow up to that album, 1972’s You’re The Man, was just released last weekend.
We’ve collected some of the Twitter responses remembering the great Marvin Gaye below.
The Hip-Hop community was rocked by news Sunday evening (March 31) that rapper Nipsey Husslewas shot in front of his Los Angeles store, later succumbing to his wounds. Nipsey’s peers in the game have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts and condolences.
Meek Mill, Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa, and many other artists are using their platform to call out the senseless crime. In the case of Wiz, he took a moment to mention that he and Curren$y were all grinding on their way to the top together in leaner times.
We’ve collected responses from Hip-Hop stars regarding the tragic loss of Nipsey Hussle below.
UPDATE: Several reports indicate that Nipsey Hussle has succumbed to the gunshots he suffered outside the Marathon store in Los Angeles. He was 33.
The Hip-Hop community is joined in hopeful thoughts that rapper Nipsey Hussle is reportedly recovering from gunshot wounds suffered in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. Details are scant at the moment but the rapper and businessman was shot a reported six times outside his store.
Multiple sources tell us the rapper was gunned down Sunday in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, south of the Crenshaw area. We’re told he was at his clothing store called the Marathon Clothing Company. He opened the place back in 2017.
His condition is unknown at this point. Eyewitnesses in the area say they heard multiple shots fired.
Even crazier … Nipsey appears to have tweeted right before the shooting, and alluded to “enemies.” He wrote, “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”
While fans and observers alike await more developments in the story, Twitter has chimed in with a series of reactions.
The sudden death of Kim Porterin November rocked the lives of many, including ex-boyfriend Sean “Diddy” Combs, who used social media to lament the loss several times. Diddy once more expressed regret in not marrying Porter, and Twitter has some thoughts about it.
Diddy took to his IG page and posted a throwback photo of him and Porter lounging on a Rolls Royce with the following message:
“I remember Kim flying to see me on the set of can’t nobody hold me down. She took like a 12 hour flight to LA and 3 hour ride to the desert. With no complaints. Was always ride or die. From day 1! I called her BONNIE AND I WAS CLYDE! This picture will go down in history as the first time I said she was MINE!!!! AND THE FIRST TIME I TOLD HER I LOVE HER, little did I know I was hers. Miss you BONNIE and will forever. Maaaaan life is beautiful to have had these experiences. Love you baby.”
Fans replied to the post to dig at Diddy for not doing right by the mother of three of his children. Some Twitter users echoed those sentiments but some also defended Diddy over his right to grieve.
Phonte came back with a roar to the Hip-Hop scene with his crowd-please album, No News Is Good News. On Friday (March 29), the North Carolina rapper and vocalist returns with his latest project, Pacific Time.
Pacific Time comes as somewhat of a welcome surprise considering the long wait fans had for No News Is Good News. With the four-track EP, Phonte is embracing more of his R&B side although he does let some bars go for the masses. Guests include Kaytranada, BOSCO, and Devin Morrison. On the production, Like of Pac Div, Swarvy, Kay, Julia Lewis, TK Kayembe and Phon-Tigga.
Twitter fans are toasting up to their musical good fortune today, and are singing the album’s praises right now. Check out the reactions below.
Leave it up to President Donald Trump to make a charge on a matter that he has no business making. In one of his usual early morning Twitter missives, the former reality television star called on the FBI and DOJ to investigate the “embarrassing” Jussie Smollettcase.
“FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” Trump tweeted, no doubt to stoke the MAGA fires among his rabid base of supporters. Since the news that all charges levied against the ‘Empire’ actor were struck from the record, conservative pundits and other critics have forcibly called what transpired a gross injustice.
Smollett’s attorney, Tina Glandian, said on an appearance of the Today show that their side isn’t standing in fear of a federal investigation and that they “have nothing to be concerned about.”
The stunning turn of events regarding Smollet’s alleged hate crime attack in Chicago has drawn criticism from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department among others.
FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!