On Thursday, social media suffered a slight blow as Twitter announced that its video-sharing app, Vine, would be discontinued. In a statement on Medium, the platform shared the following message: "Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website."
As an app that has launched the careers of many while creating one-liners that will forever live in infamy, Vine truly left an indelible mark on our feeds and in our hearts. To celebrate the life and times of our fallen video-sharing service, we compiled a few of our favorites to evoke laughs, tears and all of the feels.
In Memoriam: Vine
January 2013 - October 2016
1. When you have bars on bars
2. When that direct deposit hits
3. When you're unapologetic AF
4. Thigh game skrong
5. OG alert
6. When life comes at you fast
7. When someone screenshots your snaps
8. When folks assume you have "try me" written across your forehead
10. When you have the range
11. The face that launched a thousand memes
13. It feels good to be nutritious
14. When you're raised to slay
15. Always invited to the cookout
16. The underrated originator!
17. When there are just no words
18. When you shoot your shot sonically
19. When you can't tell your auntie nothing
20. When an ill beat is internationally known and culturally respected
22. What friendship is all about
23. Never not a mood
24. Carefree black boys
26. When you have to put folks in their respected lane
27. The personification of the term "YAS"
28. Carefree black boys, part deux
29. Too much sauce
RIP to the homie.
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I've you're like most of us you've seen a lot on your timeline about singer Jazmine Sullivan. However, she's not making headlines for the notes she's hitting.
She gave a strange eulogy on Facebook about late gospel singer, Thomas "TC" Clay. However the post was very odd, as she talked about how she didn't know him that well, but talked in depth about how he kept trying to get her attention...and she kept curving him.
Calling this post bizarre would be an understatement.
To top it all off, she added a picture of she used a picture of herself in the post.
Twitter was outright confused.
Me: There's no way you could friendzone a dead man, right?
Jazmine Sullivan: pic.twitter.com/NM7Dgoq58r
— Chak G (@ChakaFlocka) October 19, 2016
Me reading Jazmine Sullivan's literally heaven-sent curve pic.twitter.com/KyPotJc4yq
— KhaLITsi (@ItzBreeZyBaby) October 19, 2016
If Jazmine Sullivan sullied my name when I died... pic.twitter.com/srWzsEQTaa
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) October 19, 2016
Is curving the dearly departed is a thing now?
"R.I.P. TC. He used to send me Goodnight texts even tho I never replied. Now I can finally rest in peace too." - Jazmine Sullivan
— NUFF$AID (@nuffsaidNY) October 19, 2016
"It's unfortunate that you died, but what's even more unfortunate was the fact that I wasn't finished curving you" - Jazmine Sullivan
— Arron Fornasetti (@arronfornasetti) October 19, 2016
"I'm sorry you died but here's a pic of me to help you make it over to glory. I still don't want you tho ❤️😘🙏🏾😞"
— lil waves (@HoeStopTwatchin) October 19, 2016
Some people think a big deal is being made out of nothing.
Do I think Jazmine Sullivan's post contained some tasteless parts? Yes. Do I think it's as big of a deal as y'all are making? No. pic.twitter.com/PNVBvAmVoI
— Señor Devlin (@DevlinHuxtable) October 19, 2016
This Jazmine Sullivan incident is not that deep
— Wisdom & Guidance (@Mazi_Nedu) October 19, 2016
I don't see anything wrong with what Jazmine Sullivan said. I think it was sincere and people dragged it to hell. Like they do everything.
— Ranch,cuziBdressin (@deeprettypretty) October 19, 2016
But for real, it is distracting us from the REAL issues!!
Don't let Jazmine Sullivan distract y'all from the fact that kids are doing the "JuJu on the beat" to Knuck If You Buck. This is America.
— Unfuckwithable.✨ (@MiamiMadeHER) October 19, 2016
Sullivan has since deleted the post. What do you think of this? Was Jazmine in the wrong?
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Let this sink in: there are less than 100 days until the Obamas leave the White House.
Until that happens, we are reminiscing on all the good times we've had.
To further put us in our feelings, our Aunt Michelle covered The New York Times Style Magazine, completely slaying our entire existence.
Exclusive footage of us & FLOTUS. We are in the middle, she is on the left.
Twitter was just simply in awe.
Michelle Obama look like she finna drop the most female empowering R&B album of 2016 b. Shorty out here tryna get these voters in Formation pic.twitter.com/u2GTUYQ4KI— Tory (@TORYRAGER) October 17, 2016
We may never see a woman as educated and classy, and well rounded as Michelle Obama in the White House, again.— Cardi B. Wells (@Pinky_Balboa) October 17, 2016
"You know I give you life."Michelle Obama is the GOAT.America doesn't even deserve her. pic.twitter.com/a1lKlSX506— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) October 17, 2016
For Michelle's cover issue, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jon Meacham, Gloria Steinem and Rashida Jones wrote "Love Letters" to Mrs. Obama.
Part of Adichie's note reads, "I felt protective of her because she was speaking to an America often too quick to read a black woman’s confidence as arrogance, her straightforwardness as entitlement."
Steinem wrote, "After a decade under a public microscope, she has managed what no other first lady — and few people in any public position — have succeeded in doing: She has lived a public life without sacrificing her privacy and authenticity. She made her husband both more human and effective as a president by being his interpreter and defender, but also someone we knew was capable of being his critic. Eventually, she spoke up about the pain of the racist assumptions directed at her, but she waited until her husband could no longer be politically punished for her honesty."
You can view the full feature over at The New York Times.
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Demetrius Harmon, also known as @MeechOnMars, is a rising star on social media. Most recently, he's expanded from producing videos for Vine and Instagram, and developed as short film called Be Happy, which is about mental health and his own personal struggle.
On Sunday night, Harmon debuted the short film, and it has already been a hit on social media. The film depicts Harmon interacting with the physical embodiments of his depression, anxiety and happiness, and demonstrates how he has learned to deal with depression.
Harmon talked to Blavity about why he thinks mental health is perceived a certain way in the black community, the new short film, and what he hopes the film can accomplish.
As we told you earlier this year, Harmon released a YouTube video addressing his battle with mental illness and announced a campaign for his 18th birthday to bring awareness to the issue. He says its important for him to talk about his personal battle with mental health, because he didn't have someone he looked up to that he could relate to. "We look up to celebrities and it always feels like they're happy and problem free so we don't realize they're human too, but thats only cause no one wants to openly talk about the struggles," he said. "The struggles are what make you who you are today, so I do it to let those who look up to me know Im battling along with them. Sharing also allows me to vent any thoughts I have that I wouldn't share with those that personally know me."
"i want to kill myself.
im not saying i will.
just expressing my thoughts & feelings.
— Demetrius Harmon (@meechonmars) September 5, 2016
Harmon admits that being in the spotlight can be overwhelming. "It's overwhelming, because what I do brings joy to people. For some reason people find it hard to believe I could deal with depression I always get (responses like) "you seem so happy you cant be depressed." He adds that since he is so open about his suicidal thoughts and depression, he gets some negative messages telling him to kill himself .
Despite this, Harmon says that he best part about all of this is the support and everything that he gets from his fans, but even then he thinks about what could happen. "At any point in time if I stop doing what people like, they could choose to stop supporting me. We as consumers tend to grow tired of things fast its a scary thought," he said.
When asked why he thinks mental illness is such a touchy subject in the black community, he points to the fact that as a people we have been through so much, including racial prejudice, inequality and fighting for rights. He said, "No one wants to feel weak. No one wants to be vulnerable , because we live in a world where black people constantly have to fight and fight and be tough that it's hard to let that guard down. In black households and environments, it's also said to be "a white thing" to have a mental illness, and that's the exact stigma I'm trying to break."
According to Harmon, the idea for Be Happy came about around in April. He developed the script in June, filming about fifteen hours of scenes in 3 days. On its creation, Harmon said, "the idea to make the film came from me soaking in my sadness after a break-up and I was binge watching films and I thought 'I could do that.'" It costars Caleon Fox, Victor Pope Jr., Nathan Zed and Caleb City.
He hopes that the film opens a discussion about how real mental illnesses are. "I want to create a space and a feeling where people can openly talk about their struggles and thoughts without fearing for being sent a institution or being put on suicide watch like a dog and not a person. The more we talk about it the less people will feel like they are alone."
As for what's next for Meech, he dreams to be successful actor. Since he graduated high school a few months ago, he hopes to take classes to continue to achieve this goal.
You can check out Demetrius Harmon's short film, Be Happy, in full below:
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Let's be real, Lloyd's 2007 single, "You," featuring Lil Wayne was a bop. Actually, it still is! But for all of the years, one question has been plaguing us. Does the singer say "fine too" or "5'2''" in the song? It's a debate that's gone on since the song first graced our ears. Most people think he said "fine too," and that makes the most sense, but alas, here we are.
Now, the singer is speaking out to put the battle to rest.
BREAKING NEWS: @Lloyd_YG answers if it's "5'2" or "Fine Too" pic.twitter.com/lkG55f5rBV
— All Def Digital (@AllDefDigital) September 14, 2016
People on Twitter haven't really been feeling his response
If you believe Lloyd said "she's 5'2" then you probably also used to flip your eyelids out in elementary school.
— #CamHive (@TheBwoy_) September 15, 2016
Anyone who thinks Lloyd said "five two" is banned from playing taboo with me. You are garbáge at context clues.
— Niks (@_NicoleSays) September 15, 2016
Why is it even a question whether Lloyd said "she's fine too" or "she's 5'2"... WHY WOULD HE MENTION HER BEING 5'2?
— ️️ (@heartlle) September 15, 2016
World: Is it 5'2 or fine too?
Lloyd: It's whatever you want it to be?
— Ceezus. (@CuriB_) September 15, 2016
Naw @Lloyd_YG answer the damn question. Lol https://t.co/YkGxLDG4xP
— Joshua (@JhTV3) September 15, 2016
But it seems like in a tweet from a few years ago, he actually revealed what he said in the song
He answered the question 3 years ago y'all pic.twitter.com/nXGPYSpTdp— RiRi ♓️ (@MissNasir_) September 15, 2016
This leaves us to ask...
Well, there you have it. Do you say "5'2"" or "fine too?" Share this article on Twitter or Facebook with your thoughts!
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Who says marching bands aren't cool? The squad at Baton Rouge's Southern University and A&M College put that lie to bed. Their recent rendition of Drake's "Controlla" has gone viral and has everyone jammin'.
Even if you aren't a fan of the song, something about the band's version will give you life. Is it the horns? The drums? The Dancing Dolls' choreography? It's a perfect combination that delivers on every level. The audience couldn't help but stand at attention. To all our band geeks at heart, this one's for you.
They came to slay.
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A certain gif has set Black Twitter on fire and everyone is trying to figure out two things: where this meme is from, and who is the woman in it?
For Big Brother fans, we know this person all too well. Her name is Da'Vonne Rogers, one of the reality television competition's most popular houseguests in recent memory.
Affectionally referred to by fans and fellow castmates as Day, she first debuted on the show in its 17th season in 2015.
Despite becoming the second houseguest evicted, she was popular with fans due to her hilarious, no-nonsense confrontations with the other houseguests and her funny diary room sessions (show segments in which the houseguests recap events for the viewers).
Day proved to be so popular, she was invited back for a following season of the show, immediately after. She appeared this season for Summer 2016, along with three other past contestants.
While she left the season this time midway instead of early in the game, Day says she let her mouth get the best of her again. However, this was another season filled with hilarious Day moments, which are now oh so meme-able.
However, the gif of Day that is going viral is not even from this year, it's from her exit last season. But somehow, Black Twitter has caught ahold of it and we haven't been right ever since.
Why are people like this!?
Me: *hums a tune*
Marvin Gaye's Family & Estate: pic.twitter.com/aeyH7waNcQ
— N I C H O L Λ S (@Creat1ve) September 12, 2016
Because y'all know this always happens
Hollywood: "We need someone to play a PoC"
White actor: pic.twitter.com/ai9Dex2xsO
— reggie (@1942bs) September 12, 2016
For all our little cousins that ask if we have games on our phone
*takes out cell phone*
*starts playing Candy Crush*
your little cousin: pic.twitter.com/TlaLaDUw66
— Michael Blackmon (@blackmon) September 12, 2016
Seriously, no one is going to turn down a turn-up with supplies provided!?
Me: I just dont feel like going anywhere
My friends: They got free food & liquor
— . (@The__Prototype) September 12, 2016
Anyone who isn't a fan of large dogs can relate
When you go over to people's houses and they got a big ass German Shepherd pic.twitter.com/FwgEQfB8kr
— Mrs. Rachel Peters (@STINGLIKEA_BEY) September 12, 2016
Sallie Mae be lurking y'all
*Direct deposit hits*
— † Will Disney. (@_KingBea) September 13, 2016
Da'Vonne is currently sequestered in the Big Brother jury house for the next week or so before they vote on the winner of this season, but when she comes out...
davonne coming out of the house and finding out she's a meme pic.twitter.com/IVZ9ZIWrF7
— laila (@humancredentiaI) September 12, 2016
Thanks for the gifs, Day!
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Since Colin Kaepernick's bold and courageous stance against the national anthem because of the plight of black Americans in this country, many people aren't feeling the old tune with racist undertones.
So now, we are looking at that song like...
In the aftermath of Kaepernick's decision, a few others have joined in, leading to a dialogue about what other songs speak to us more than the national anthem, as well as making "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," the black national anthem, the only national anthem we recognize.
Also, us looking at the national anthem...
So in the spirit of being for the culture, Kelly Rowland's girl group, June's Diary performed the Black National Anthem at the Celebrity Basketball Match for Ludacris's Luda Day Weekend in Atlanta.
They gave us chills, even in the video when they were just warming up.
A video posted by kellyrowland (@kellyrowland) on Sep 4, 2016 at 8:33pm PDT
Then they took to center court to bless our lives.
#PressPlay #JunesDiary singing the African American national anthem at #LudaDayWeekend pic.twitter.com/esvx4GJOM9
— TheShadeRoom (@TheShadeRoom) September 4, 2016
Wouldn't it be great if whenever black artists performed the national anthem, they did "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" instead?
Live footage of whenever a black artist is asked to perform the National Anthem.
But since we probably won't stop singing The Star-Spangled Banner in the near future, let's just acknowledge the blessing that June's Diary gave us.
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The VMAs were pretty good for the most part on Sunday night. We had moments like Kanye's speech, followed by his amazing new video featuring Teyana Taylor, Teyana's body and her fiancé, Iman Shumpert.
But whether it was pre-show or post-show, Chance the Rapper was delivering wavy vibes all night.
First was the moment was when he and Jaden Smith had a hearty black men greeting and complimented each others' fits.
Chance and Jaden admiring each other's style. So cute. #VMAs pic.twitter.com/D5mn5vL6KF
— Ashley Weatherford (@sincerelyash) August 29, 2016
Then, during an interview afterwards, he was talking and then subtly interrupted by none other than the showstopper of the night herself (let's just call them the BeyMAs to be honest).
Best thing you'll see today. pic.twitter.com/CPdUttMKLr
— Trey Mangum (@treymangum) August 29, 2016
Giving an interview with MTV's Meredith Graves, he was in the middle of telling Drake he was coming for his muscles when his good friend Auntie Yoncé dropped by.
The slight move.
Then he figured out what just happened...
...and then rushed over...
...and did a happy dance.
Bey complimented the host Meredith Graves' tatoos, and the fact that she's a Virgo, so it's safe to say she had one of the best nights of her life, too.
We would have all had the same reaction.
Chance the Rapper reacted the same way I would've if Bey just touched me. I would've DIED.
— Princess unikitty (@TAN1AAA) August 29, 2016
Chance is me to be honest. Also, imagine Yonce giving you a "just saying hi" hug cos you that cool? Ngingafa. https://t.co/mCwy2iyQ2f
— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) August 29, 2016
Chance's love for Bey is so authentic. She's cool with him, and he still stans. https://t.co/3dbygkpIpJ
— Rah-Rah (@_DebbieDebs) August 29, 2016
Live footage of me waiting for Beyoncé to change my life as...
Rapper and Love & Hip-Hop star Yung Joc is getting loads of attention on social media right now, and it's not for his music. The rapper has debuted an interesting new hairstyle for himself, and the reactions will give you the laughs you need just in time enough for the weekend.
A photo posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Aug 25, 2016 at 11:16pm PDT
First things first, we just want to know what exactly he's got going on.
Is Yung Joc's hair pressed? Or is that a slight blow out?
— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) August 26, 2016
Then it went to Yung Joc placements on album covers, hair products – pretty much everything.
Lmao who did dis to Yung Joc? pic.twitter.com/q7HgHMPQWi
— Charlie (@AyeYoChuck) August 26, 2016
Y'all so quick #yungjoc pic.twitter.com/89iAjCXjMZ
— Tía (@tial8tr) August 26, 2016
Young Joc looking exactly like the Popeye's lady 😂#kdaysmorningshow pic.twitter.com/KsMdND7E5G
— 935 KDAY Los Angeles (@935KDAY) August 26, 2016
Y'all just gonna put joc on a patty pie huh ? pic.twitter.com/uMaX11P8sF— Blackagar Boltagon (@Bigchocolate426) August 26, 2016
Estelle Winslow realness.
Young Joc out here looking like the grandma Estelle Winslow from Family Matters pic.twitter.com/HHvw0XEhSp
— I Save Hoes™ (@JayyStyl3z) August 26, 2016
Why are we just now noticing that Joc is a music legend?
When you just realize yung joc was the leader singer of both Five Heartbeats & Temptations pic.twitter.com/bSzxVpSHTA
— Johnny B (@Iam_YungKannon) August 26, 2016
The "my son is my king" starter pack pic.twitter.com/PjlhGA2fUR
— wholesome bruhz inc (@suttonimpaQt) August 26, 2016
The black auntie version of "I was told by Apple Care."
Yooooooo why young joc look like he wanna speak to a manager so bad pic.twitter.com/uMHENvlWhl
— jfire (@NesseJava) August 26, 2016
Not to mention...what was going on with his mustache?
This man Young Joc got half a mustache... pic.twitter.com/lcS4Q4rHr0
— Dev (@D__Bill) August 26, 2016
Joc seems like he was prepared for the slander and suggests that this hair change may be for...a movie?
BIG Screen flow..... I know yall gonna hit me with all the Shade in the Room and thats totally fine because i know how Blessed i am........ Never been scared to be the Center of attention without trying.......#whatwouldjocdo #WWJD
A video posted by Jasiel Robinson (@joclive) on Aug 26, 2016 at 12:36am PDT
If this is what you want, do you Yung Joc! We support it!
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We've seen the #RunningManChallenge and the #SoGoneChallenge, but this next challenge on social media isn't as viral yet, but it's something that you obviously need to do.
Twitter user @SubtweetShawn originally posted the following video on this week with the caption "Y'all mind if I praise God?" The video is a parody of a viral video from earlier this month. Instead of twerking to trap music though, there is dancing to Kirk Franklin's epic gospel classic, "Revolution."
Y'all mind if I praise God? pic.twitter.com/86uJlBCUHD
— Subtweet Shawn (@subtweetshawn) August 16, 2016
The video was later reposted by @Cr0000k, who named it as the #BlackGospelChallenge.
Forget the #SoGoneChallenge wassup on the #BlackGospelChallenge pic.twitter.com/XOYQgPCU9f
— ÇrØØØØK (@Cr0000k) August 17, 2016
@mr57wright joined in on then fun too, using the #BlackGospelChallenge hashtag!
— Collin Wright (@mr57wright) August 17, 2016
Everyone is talking about how lit this challenge is....so can we please spark it and make it big!?
I'm trynna do the #BlackGospelChallenge wish I was home lls
— Bennet (@_JusZayeee) August 18, 2016
#blackgospelchallenge is lit
— jamee (@thebrowncrayon) August 18, 2016
#blackgospelchallenge is making me smile this morning.
— Morgan DeBaun (@MorganDeBaun) August 18, 2016
Plus, "Revolution" will always be the most lit gospel song!
Can I get an amen?
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This video is going viral for a heartwarming moment between a mother and son reuniting for the first time in ten years.
Shannon Slattery said that her partner, Jeffrey, hadn't seen his mother who lives in Gabon, due to factors like costs and obtaining a visa.
Jeffrey's brother Axel, who he hadn't seen in about four years, arranged a visa for their mother to come visit. The day before she arrived, Axel called Shannon to plan the surprise.
The video shows Jeffrey's excitement to see Axel, and then when he peeks around the corner to see his mother, he runs to her and doubles over to the floor in emotion.
"Jeffrey and his mom had gotten by with keeping in touch via video chat and frequent phone conversations but 10 years is a long time without seeing each other.Jeffrey is 6'7"and works as a Carpenter. This video is the epitome of what an upstanding man he is. He's kind, loving, God fearing, patient, hardworking,and a loving father and family man," wrote Shannon in the YouTube caption for the video.
This surprise was also planned so his mother could meet Jeffrey and Shannon's first-born child. The video has been viewed almost 6 million times on Facebook already.
What an amazing moment.
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