Camera phones have become the go-to form of protection for black lives. This week yet another black man, Walter Scott, became a hashtag after being killed by a white officer. The question on everyone’s mind is when will it end?
Churchillian Drift: The process by which any particularly apt quotation is mistakenly attributed to a more famous person in the same field.
The “drift” is being used as the explanation behind the U.S. Postal Service’s gaff this week when they honored famed poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou with a Forever stamp using a quote she used so often that apparently people thought it was hers, but it actually belongs to children’s author Joan Walsh Anglund. Oops.
Pop Off of the Week: “They are not influential. They just live here.”
Those were the words spoken by First Lady Michelle Obama when asked about her daughters being named on Time magazine’s “Most Influential Teen” list. She gave us all Claire Huxtable with that line—and it was brilliant.
Poliwood Round-Up: Trending Topics in the #BlackTwitterverse This Week
Trend of the Week: #WalterScott
Police officer Michael Slager, gunned down 50 year-old veteran, father and son Walter Scott, in South Carolina last Saturday. The killing was caught on camera and later went viral as the video shows Scott fleeing from the scene and being shot 8 times in the back. This latest killing of an unarmed black man has sparked nationwide outrage and a murder charge for Officer Slager who planted evidence at the scene.
THREE: Love in the Beyhive
Beyoncé released a new candid video of her signing her new song “Die with You.” The video (recorded by hubby Jay-Z) captures the singer playing the piano and declaring her undying love for Jay. The video gives me just too many feels—and I love it. The video was released exclusively on Jay-Z’s latest venture TIDAL.
TWO: Rock and ‘Egg Roll’
On Monday the President and First Lady opened their doors to thousands of families for the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll. The event was filled with music, art, and some serious dance moves by First Lady Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama joined the “So you think you can dance” team for a cardio blasting dance session. In celebration the Let’s Move Campaign’s fifth year FLOTUS has launched #GimmeFive, her new campaign for people to list five ways they’re going to try and stay healthy.
ONE: “Wah Gwaan Jamaica?”
President Obama visited the island of Jamaica this week to meet with Prime Minster Portia Simpson Miller and other dignitaries while paying his respects to the late Bob Marley. President Obama is only the second President to visit the country since Ronald Regan in 1982. The Prime Minister and the President discussed how the U.S. and Jamaica could be better economic partners. China has been very active in the country and the Caribbean as of late loaning the country money and building infrastructure. This visit goes along way to show good will on behalf of the US—and dropping some patois doesn’t hurt either.