In the first full week of the decade, Twitter decided to clown Boosie for being a perp, praise Meghan Markle for getting out and protect Lizzo at all costs.
I have to say I’m really impressed with how Black women came together like Voltron to form circles of protection around Lizzo and Meghan Markle. We slay all day.✊???? pic.twitter.com/BL33Jc3pIK
— What in the baby hair? (@DPMCanty) January 9, 2020
But a new report from CityLab about the best and worst American cities for Black women triggered a conversation about what towns are doing to make sure Black women have every opportunity to succeed.
The question of where black women move is often a matter of which city will fleece them the least. https://t.co/3XFfmOj0F5
— Brentin “900 Number” Mock (@brentinmock) January 10, 2020
These are your Tweets of the Week.
The debate over the best and worst American cities for Black women began when an interesting chart started circulating showing how Black women faired economically in dozens of U.S. towns.
Best and worst cities for Black Women. Not the least bit surprised by this data, all the bw I know in DC are bringing in hella paper ???? pic.twitter.com/wW8d4Wlama
— Big Birkin Ber (@amberellaaaa_) January 9, 2020
The responses ranged from serious to hilarious, encompassing the complicated feelings many Black women have about the places where they live.
Several of the markets on this list are university cities, which spur technology and innovation. One of the skills Black women need to contribute to our success is to pair technology skills with the ability to sell our creativity and our ideas. https://t.co/nsRqW6YcTp
— Cherilynn Castleman (@masterfulgrowth) January 10, 2020
Can we get the data on the best cities for black women to find love? Atlanta ain’t it ????????♀️ https://t.co/zrgenzw4Z3
— Karmen K | ATL Web Designer (@iamkarmenk) January 10, 2020
Wow I knew this city was trash but this is a tragedy. I can only imagine how much worse the #’s are for queer black women for whom following the growing trend of “going home” is not as much of an option. https://t.co/8CefqhBh5W
— Jackie (@sapphoblue) January 10, 2020
Some Black women confirmed what the chart posited, while others said the stats exposed that Black women have it rough almost everywhere.
Despite metrics showing that Black women can experience above average “livability” in cities like DC, Baltimore, ATL, etc, don’t forget that we earn “roughly 61 cents for every dollar made by white men across the nation.” https://t.co/yOS7LxpIhx
— brandi t. summers, phd (@_blusummers) January 10, 2020
I'm going to come back to this, but it is jarring to see my hometown as the worst city for Black women and my current as the best. https://t.co/Qm1kJteSRE
— Jéri L. Ogden (@jeri_teaches) January 10, 2020
According to this report, livability for Black women is much higher in Baltimore than in Philly, which would never be the case in a list made by/meant for white ppl. Racially segregated data tells important stories about what we mean by "livability" in our cities. https://t.co/VH2jad5e9c
— Britt Caron (@briketysplit) January 9, 2020
But as always, Twitter had ample time for jokes, clowning everyone from Joe Budden to the Queen of England.
The Joe Budden Podcast really tryna take this shit to the next level. https://t.co/sg9KwSLvFd
— Wild Blue Beast ???????? (@j4pres) January 10, 2020
HARRY 2 MONTHS AGO TO THE QUEEN: I wanna dip to Canada w/ Archie & Meghan. The press is messy AF, we don’t want y’alls. I’m 6th inline & going lower. I'd like my lil homie to see some Black folks, eat some greens, and live blessed. pic.twitter.com/GWtzguzJWm
— ????Jacqueline???? (@THATJacqueline) January 10, 2020
Ran off with the plug: a fairytale. pic.twitter.com/nzECoXGyOt
— Ma$on (@FirstGentleman) January 8, 2020
One Twitter user started a hilarious meme that garnered some truly gut-busting responses.
Who are these guys????? Wrong answers only pic.twitter.com/iK38MbofqR
— Kollege Kidd (@KollegeKidd) January 9, 2020
Shaun King and Deray https://t.co/jqCrrzynR4
— Zalika U. Ibaorimi, MA (The Final Girl) (@ZalUIbaorimi) January 10, 2020
They’re power rangers, they combine to make one pic.twitter.com/kywfJRYLff
— Dima (@klopp_dima) January 9, 2020
That’s Drake and Future pic.twitter.com/rD38aio4ug
— Catty Watty ???? (@ChameleonSoul95) January 10, 2020
DJ Envy and Charlemagne
— Lil Fifty (@Honee__Bee) January 9, 2020
Twitter showed a lot of love to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they kicked off their "Megxit" from the U.K.
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) January 10, 2020
There was also a hilarious tweet that racked up hundreds of likes within minutes.
Calm down Jamal Lannister https://t.co/BBtuORFJuM
— Dr.KeishaBee (@KeishaBee626) January 10, 2020
And as always, there were a few random Tweets that had us all spitting out our water.
My momma when she was raising us vs her now raising her grandkids pic.twitter.com/vjVrcZ1jJ8
— Sir Charles IV (@Kingg_Charles4) January 9, 2020
Octopuses are the real aliens…mfer ain’t een wanna get out he just wanted to show yo ass he ain’t stupid and could do that shit ???????? https://t.co/cG7MK1I0zh
— Negro Tanjiro (@Just_Jordan205) January 10, 2020
'The R&B Boudoir' pic.twitter.com/gXhf6grScp
— ???? (@Coolness1994) January 9, 2020
so you‘re telling me neither of these people are Justin Bieber https://t.co/NgxTBlawUY
— mean (@discodiick) January 8, 2020
When KD and Kendrick Perkins see each other on the tweets pic.twitter.com/Si6q0C3FZi
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) January 10, 2020
Stay warm this weekend!