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On April 7, New York Magazine’s Sean Campbell published a story revealing that the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) had purchased a $6 million home and failed to disclose it to the public. Campbell's article includes real internal strategy memos sent within the organization, with team members discussing how they could answer inquiries about the usage of the house without raising suspicion, highlighting the covert nature of this purchase. Though many donors and supporters believed their money was going straight to families impacted by police brutality or activists fighting for BLM’s anti–racist cause, New York Magazine’s article shed light on the opacity of online donations to nonprofit organizations.
When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, after Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia, reactions to the incident ranged from shock to laughter. This mixed reaction soon led to discourse on how Smith's slap poorly reflects not only on him, but also on the Black community at large. Smith has faced harsh consequences just weeks after the slap, resigning from the Academy after a formal investigation was launched against him. Production of his upcoming movies Bad Boys 4 and Fast and Loose have been stalled, with BBC reporting that his career is now “mortally wounded.”
When I watched clips of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings, I first took note of her calm way of responding to the Republican senators’ tricky questioning, a familiar experience for Black women dealing with white peers or superiors. And like many other Black women, I also took note of her hair.
Located in Philadelphia’s charming Old City just a short SEPTA ride away, Eggcellent Café offers is an Asian–owned casual brunch and breakfast spot that offers up fresh yet decadent bites every day of the week. Founded in late 2019 by Daniel Anggrianto, Eggcellent Café has quickly become a popular spot for brunch for good reason.
For months, the internet was obsessed with Alexa Demie’s age. Known for playing fashion–forward high schooler Maddy Perez on HBO’s Euphoria, Demie became the subject of various memes suggesting that she was much older than many thought. When a viral TikTok of a high school yearbook finally placed Demie at around 31 years old last month, comments poured that expressed shock at how good she looked “for her age.”
“Baby mama,” a term used to describe the mother of a child whose father she is not with, was popularized through African American Vernacular English. But throughout recent years, the designation of “baby mama” has become more common in the general American lexicon, making its way into music and movies.
“It–girls” like Lily–Rose Depp, Maude Apatow, Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Kaia Gerber all have one thing in common: their enormously successful relatives. Numerous TikTok posts have been dedicated to making fun of these “nepotism babies,” but they have also been idolized through edits of people’s favorite “nepo girls.” Their effortless style, automatic fame, associations with other celebrities, and linear path to success have led many to wish for the nepo baby lifestyle.
If you’re finding yourself getting ready for Galentine’s Day or just searching for a peaceful way to spend February 14th solo, there are many ways to have an undoubtably amazing day in Philly. From facial bars to bookstores, here are the best places to check out if you and your friends are looking to enjoy a Valentine’s Day filled with self–love and care.
In case you haven’t heard, the conventional New Year’s resolution is dead. Now, it’s all about the rebrand—whether it’s for the new year, the new semester, or even the week. The rebrand can happen whenever.
Nestled between countless dance and comedy videos on TikTok is the occasional video about a traumatic event that makes you stop scrolling in shock. The comments are split evenly between affirmations of support and requests for a "storytime" video explaining the traumatic situation that's only briefly alluded to. We’ve all witnessed this before: the online trauma dump. Sometimes these videos are a pure spoken confessional, but a lot of the time people use popular audios to joke about their most traumatic life experiences to millions of viewers.
When 1,400 Kellogg’s workers went on strike because of union negotiations in October 2021, hundreds of online supporters flooded the company’s job application system in an effort to confuse recruiters. In the wake of widespread apathy surrounding the realities of the modern workplace, these virtual protesters had turned to the “anti–work” movement, which has its social media roots in a Reddit forum created in 2013. As burnout and work dissatisfaction seem to be at an all–time high, social media has been an avid discussion—and protest—space for expressing these concerns.
On June 18, 2020, the @BlackatUpenn Instagram account appeared. It came after a wave of private secondary schools and colleges created their own “Black at” pages for alumni and current students to anonymously express instances of anti–Blackness experienced at their predominantly–white educational institutions. The brief testimonies on Penn’s page showed evidence of classism, discrimination, and even fetishization of Black students on Penn’s campus. Though it amassed a large following in a brief time, the account made its ninth and final post just three weeks after its creation.
It’s four in the morning and you have to wake up for a recitation in six hours, but the essay you’re working on just isn’t getting done—not to mention the quiz material you’re simultaneously attempting to cram into your head. Though your eyes are slipping shut, you push through to finish these assignments now, because tomorrow’s Friday and you’ve already made plans. It’s perfectly healthy to function on an hour of sleep and three Red Bulls, right?
If you haven’t heard it already, the viral TikTok sound of influencer Ari Fletcher saying “When it comes to a drink, I’mma have it” has become a staple of many users’ For You pages. Ari Fletcher is a Black woman, but many of the people who have used the audio are white—using the audio as a way to mimic stereotypically Black expressions. In an Oct. 7 video, TikTok user @tylamadeit called attention to the imitation of Black women through this TikTok audio by creating her own version of the sound—but this time, without the emphatic pronunciation that prompted non–Black people’s exaggerated imitations. “Let’s just stay in our lanes from here on out,” her caption reads. “You’re welcome.”
On Oct. 20, hundreds of Netflix employees staged a walkout in protest of Netflix’s dismissive response to transgender employees’ criticism of the release of Dave Chappelle’s new standup special, The Closer. The crowd was composed of members of the trans community and their allies, sporting signs such as “Team Trans,” and “Black Trans Lives Matter” and “Netflix, do better.”
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iPhone season has begun. Every year since 2007, tech fanatics worldwide have braved long lines for the chance to step foot in Apple’s pristine stores and get their hands on the newest iPhone model. Apple Executives hold court at large press conferences, waxing poetic about the latest product’s improved features. With each new release, Apple executives convince consumers of one central premise: New is always better.