This week in social media trends commentary: NAACP Image Awards, Red Table Talk, Lovers & Friends Festival, and B. Smith.
The NAACP wrapped up its 2020 Image Awards over the weekend. Our beloved Rihanna, winner of the President’s Award for her philanthropy work, had a moving acceptance speech.
“Tonight is not really about me, because the purpose is bigger than me, right?” The introduction to her moving speech. “It’s not bigger than us together, but it’s bigger than me, because my part is a very small part of the work that is being done in this world and the work that is yet to be done.”
If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that we can only fix this world together. We can’t do it divided. I can not emphasize that enough. We can’t let the desensitivity seep in. The ‘If it’s your problem, then it’s not mine.’ ‘It’s a woman’s problem.’ ‘It’s a black people problem.’ ‘It’s a poor people problem,’” Rihanna continued.
Moved by her speech, the audience continued to lean in.
How many of us in this room have colleagues and partners and friends from other races, sexes, religions? Show of hands? They want to break bread with you, right? They like you? Well then, this is their problem too. So when we’re marching and protesting and posting about the Michael Brown Jrs and the Atatiana Jeffersons of the world, tell your friends to pull up.”
Rihanna has never been one to mince words regardless of the audience. She continues to raise the bar on accountability and responsible platform usage. Lizzo also took home “Entertainer of the Year”. Full list of winners.
Red Table Talk-I cackled when I read on Twitter that the “Red Table Talk was like going to the principal’s office”. On its most recent edition, Jada had Rap artist Snoop Dogg take a seat at the table. Jada wasted no time getting to the diss of Gayle King heard around the world.
Social media spectators remain divided when asked if Gayle deserved the diss. Some hold the opinion that Gayle needs to be the one apologizing and not Snoop? Some wondered if Jada will invite Gayle to the table? Regardless of how one may feel, black women are the most disrespected an unprotected. A fact that Jada alluded to on her show. Yet, one that seems to be lost on some in the realm of social media. Snoop issues apology after Gayle King rant.
Lovers & Friends Festival– Some dubbed it “the black people Fyre Festival” after some of the artist featured on the flyer had not committed to attending and made it known via social media. Ain’t no Lovers & Friends shake down gonna happen. At least not on black Twitter’s watch. Immediately BT detectives went into action. Tracked down the venue, located the festival promoters, and watched featured guest social media accounts for confirmations. You can’t make this stuff up. Won’t be sleeping in FEMA tents and eating cheese sandwiches , tuh!
Lovers & Friends is a legit festival and is now sold out! Per the website, Lovers & Friends is a single day festival taking place on Friday, May 8 AND Saturday, May 9. Each day requires a separate ticket. The event will take place at The Grounds at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA.
B. Smith– Restaurateur and Entrepreneur , Barbara Elaine Smith, professionally known as B. Smith lost her battle with Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 70. B. Smith was the first African-American woman to have a line of home goods sold in Bed, Bath & Beyond, a nationwide retailer. “Four hundred licensed B. Smith products are carried by Bed, Bath & Beyond. In addition to Bed Bath & Beyond, the B. Smith brand retail partners include Belk, Burlington, Home Depot, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and Stein Mart.” The news was announced by her husband, Dan Gasby via Facebook.
She was indeed a trailblazer, “in 2012, Smith was inducted into the American Chef Corps, part of the U.S. Department of State’s newly-formed Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with the James Beard Foundation. She ran three B. Smith restaurants: on Theater Row in Manhattan; in Sag Harbor, New York; and in Washington DC. “
In 2016 her and husband published the book “Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer’s “. The book details their journey with the disease. May her legacy live on.