Eboni Bryson | Staff Writer
Have you logged into your social networks and noticed a dramatic decline in followers and friends? Are your likes, favorites, and retweets looking drier than usual? If you answered “yes” to any of the following questions, then it sounds like you’ve pushed your friends to press that “unfollow” button. To avoid more disparaging numbers, we suggest you follow this advice:
1. Don’t hashtag everything. “Hashtags” first started out as a means of tagging related topics on Twitter. While using hashtags is great for emphasis and light humor, every word in your post should not be a Hashtag. Putting a “#” in front of every word will not make your post any more visible and will eventually make your followers kick you off of their feeds.
2. Don’t post a bunch of cuffing pictures. Everyone loves taking pictures of themselves with their significant other. Who doesn’t love to show off their relationship? Even though you may take a lot of pride in your relationship, remember people follow you on social networks for YOU, not your relationship.
3. Don’t misspell simple words. There’s nothing worse than seeing a typo in a tweet or post that is supposed to be meaningful or of some type of importance. By now, if you are on a social network you should know where to put your apostrophes and how many “o’s” the word “to” needs.
4. Don’t be thirsty for retweets or likes. Everyone feels a little twinge of happiness when one of their followers or friends has shared, retweeted or liked their post. Though retweets and likes are great, they do not make you a celebrity. Nobody wants to follow that person promoting “RT if you want 1000 more followers” or “Like if you want a ‘Good Morning’ post.”
5. Don’t complain about not being someone’s Man Crush Monday “#mcm” or Woman Crush Wednesday #wcw. Man Crush Monday and Woman Crush Wednesday are some of social media’s most interesting days of the week. It’s the time of the week when people all over social networks show appreciation and love to a man or woman they admire. Complaining about how you’re not someone’s man or woman crush brings attention to you and inevitably makes you look thirsty for attention. Don’t be upset if you’re not someone’s Man or Woman crush! Be your own!
6. Don’t over share. Social networks are for communicating, NOT for sharing every single second of the day. If you give periodical updates about how life is going or things that you find interesting that you would like to share with others, then that’s perfectly normal. However, If you’re using the bathroom or going through a really nasty breakup…keep the details to yourself.
7. Don’t engage in social network “beef.” This is a lesson artists like Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy have yet to learn. Fighting on ANY social network is a BIG no-no for three reasons: 1. Nobody wants to see that on their feed. 2. It shows that you have WAY TOO MUCH time on your hands. 3. You look weak for trying to say things over a wi-fi connection that you wouldn’t say in person. If you’re going to argue with anyone and you just don’t have the means to speak to them in person, then argue in private message or Direct Message. Don’t make yourselves look immature by arguing over the Internet.
8. Post too much or too little. The reason you get followed or friended is so that others can keep in touch and see how you are doing, hence the title social networking. If you are going to create a social network and have 4,897 friends on Facebook and 2,459 followers on Twitter, then use it! Don’t create one and then forget about it because that’s how you get unfollowed immediately. Also, while you do use social networks to communicate and share with others, don’t over do it. Don’t post every single moment of your life, because quite frankly…no one cares. Have the right balance so people aren’t trying to scroll past all of your posts on their feed, they may feel tempted to delete you because you’re dead weight.
Taari Coleman | Staff Writer
You know the North Carolina State Fair is in town when it’s cold enough to see your breath, the noise is just loud enough to make you raise your voice a little, and you can smell turkey legs and funnel cake the moment you step out of your car. Though these are a few of the better aspects of a trip to the State fair, things can become a little tricky when the ticket seller looks at you and your date and asks, “how many tickets?,” should it be you or your date that dishes out the dollars?
We live in a society that often accepts and perpetuates gender roles. Many boys are reared in households where they are told to be chivalrous. This means that they should open doors, pay for meals, and in the event that a bump is heard in the night, they should be the one to rise from bed and go investigate. Contrary to the role of boys, girls are raised under the impression that they should wait for doors to be opened and hesitate to pay when the check arrives at the end of a dinner date. Though these are the things that society has taught us, it isn’t fair for these gender roles to dictate our everyday behavior.
Women usually will not ask men on dates, and men are made uncomfortable, should women offer to pick up a check. Gender roles have roots in security and social pressure. Given that men and women are taught from a young age that they are supposed to behave in a particular way, acting in any way other than the standard is often seen as abnormal, which is for many an undesirable trait.
The good news is that society is progressing toward a more feminist friendly environment and many gender roles are slowly being done away with. The bad news is that the general public’s definition of feminism is incorrect. A feminist is not just someone who believes that women should hold doors for men, but someone who respects an individuals for being alive and not for what they possess.
As far as dating is concerned, typically, both parties should bring money. Expectation and assumption can be dangerous to play with. Fairs can be pricey, if your date picks up the tickets, maybe offer to at least go Dutch on the funnel cake.
There is nothing new about people using other people’s culture as costumes, especially Halloween costumes. Black people in particular have had their culture mocked for decades as members of other racial and ethnic groups often dawn black face as a part of their Halloween attire. This year however, two Florida men took things to new extremes when they decided to dress up as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.
As reported by the Huffington Post, the image was first posted on the Facebook page of Caitlin Cimeno. The picture captured Greg Cimeno (depicting George Zimmerman) dressed a black tee shirt that read, ‘neighborhood watch,’ and William Filene (depicting Trayvon Martin) dressed in blackface and a gray hooded sweatshirt with a large red bloodstain on his chest. Within moments of being posted to Facebook, angry and outraged comments began appearing below the post. Many called Cimeno and Filene “racist” and “disgusting.”
The central problem with these costumes is there lack of taste. News One reports that Cimeno posted a status about creating the “best halloween costume of the year,” shortly before the photo and claimed he was joking and thought it was “hilarious,” bringing about the question of what, exactly, about Trayvon Martin’s trial was “hilarious.”
Although claims have been made that “it’s just too soon for jokes like that,” most believe costumes of that nature are in bad taste, as antics about purposeless murder are hardly ever funny. Sadly this is not the only incident of Trayvon Martin’s death being trivialized.
A photoshopped picture depicting a reenactment of Martin’s lifeless form, with a drink and candy, circulated online for a short amount of time this summer, making it appear that some still do not view Martin’s death as a serious incident.
Halloween is a time of year associated with costumes, parties, and a plethora of unhealthy treats. Anyone who has dressed up, or even been to Party City is aware of the plight of coming up with an original idea, but at what point does originality morph into distaste? Culture is not a costume, and neither is an unarmed teen.
Ten years ago, rappers 50 Cent and Nelly were topping the charts alongside pop icons like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Hip hop and pop music were thriving, and while the two genres commonly had singles dominating Billboard’s Top 100 separately, some of the leading artists were blending their sounds to create fresh, “urban meets suburban” collaborations.
Jennifer Lopez rose to fame as a pop artist collaborating with various rappers. Who could forget the 2002 hits “All I Have” featuring LL Cool J or “Jenny From the Block” featuring Styles and Jadakiss? Britney Spears and ‘N Sync reached pop eminence and released songs like “I got That Boom Boom” featuring The Ying Yang Twins and “Girlfriend” featuring Nelly in the early 2000s.
Fast forward to 2013 and it’s undeniable that hip hop and pop music have only grown in popularity. Both genres still have singles that flood the charts, but the prevalence of collaborations with some of the biggest names in these two categories of music is something the industry can’t miss.
Whether they are criticizing or praising her, Miley Cyrus and her eccentric behavior seem to have everyone talking about her lately. Cyrus’ latest album, “Bangerz”, peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 since its October 4 release and sold 270,000 copies in its first week, according to Billboard.com. Billboard also reports that “Bangerz” has snagged the artist “the year’s largest sales week for a solo woman, and the second-largest for a pop album.” Miley’s music has noticeably taken on a more urban, hip-hop influence. “Bangerz” is loaded with rappers featuring Nelly, Big Sean, Future, French Montana and Ludacris and was executively produced by hit-maker Mike WiLL Made It. Miley is just one of pop’s front-runners on this trend.
Katy Perry released her third album, “Prism”, last week on Oct. 23. The album’s only featured artist, Juicy J, lends a verse to the promoted single “Dark House.” Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia is known for trap music and having helped grow the genre’s popularity. The song makes for a perfect fusion of pop and trap music as Perry sings softly over its base-heavy, 808 beat and snaps.
While she’s never one to shy away from standing out from the crowd with her music and persona, Lady Gaga appears to be giving the people what they want too. Her upcoming album, “ARTPOP”, is scheduled for release on Nov. 11 and voted the most anticipated album of 2013 in Billboard’s 2012 Readers Poll. Much like her prevailing pop-star peers, Gaga’s album has some notable rap features. The album’s second single “Do What U Want” was released last week on Oct. 21 and features the soulful skills of R. Kelly. While the song has more of an R&B vibe, fans can also look forward to a track on the album called “Jewels N’ Drugs” that features T.I, Too $hort and Twista.
It’s not just female artists that are perpetuating the trend, Justin Beiber is currently one of the biggest pop sensations, and seems to be in search of swag in the past year. His latest album, “Believe”, dropped last year with songs featuring Big Sean, Drake and Nicki Minaj. He recently released a single with Tyga, “Wait a minute”, and was featured on the Bei Major single “Lolly” with Juicy J.
Urban hip hop and rap is catering to a new mainstream audience. The genres have noticbly become heavily integrated with pop music to broaden their mainstream popularity. Much of the current mainstream audience has grown up with more relatable rap music. In it’s early years, rap music had groups like Public Enemy producing music that blatantly referenced racism like “Fight the Power.” Now, rap consistantly promotes lavish lifestyles and partying that the white audience can relate to and embrace. Cyrus is a prime example of this, being a 20 year old pop star singing recent lyrics like “In the club, high on purp, with some Js on”
By no means is the collaboration of hip hop and pop artists something new, it’s a promotional strategy that’s been done for years and creates an avenue for great, new music. However, we are definitely experiencing a current trend where these collaborations are ubiquitous with many of the music industry’s leading pop artists.