#BlackOutDay has become one of the biggest hashtags Twitter has ever seen, and I’m sure a lot of you out there are wondering where it came from.
Twitter talk has made people alert about the plight of Nan-Hui Jo . Jo, a native South Korean who immigrated to the U.S., had fled the U.S. with her daughter back to Korea in 2009 to find shelter from her father’s daughter, Iraq war vet Jesse Charlton. But, as Al-Jazeera states, Charlton filed child abduction charges against her, meaning that now, her daughter resides with him while Jo is in jail. Further complicating the case is that Jo is undocumented, giving her a much higher percentage at being deported.
Black History Month is a month rife with controversy. In past years (like during my youth in the 1990s), people treated Black History Month with quite a bit of reverence and seriousness. Or at least, the amount of history projects I’d have to do and the number of times Roots was shown on television seemed to give that impression.
Nowadays, a lot of the reverence seems to be gone. We’re not learning the official Black American anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” anymore, and Roots isn’t even shown on television all day every day like it was in my childhood. But despite the ups and downs, there’s always been the idea that Black History Month shouldn’t be contained within one month. Also many people felt (and feel) like we should be focusing on more modern achievements and new leaders apart from relearning the same stuff, like the now-cliched use of Langston Hughes poems and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Enter the hashtag #BlackFutureMonth. This hashtag is celebrating where and what we’ve come from, but it’s also celebrating where we’re going. Knowing where we’re going is just as important as knowing where we’ve been, right?
During the East Coast viewing of Sleepy Hollow, fans were getting angrier and angrier when it became apparent that Katrina, not Abbie, was going to be accompanying Ichabod on his case. WHUT? You can read what I thought about it here, but just to sum it up; I wasn’t kind about it. Neither were other fans, who expressed their ire in the hashtag #WitchesBetterThanKatrina. Here are some of the best tweets.