Plenty has been said about Twitter — the good, the bad and the ugly. Black Twitter can be both hilarious and vengeful. But every so often, a hashtag floats down the timeline that reminds us of the power we all have at our fingertips.
#TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou is one of those. It serves as a triumphant ode to the Motherland through the eyes of Twitter users around the globe. It started with one simple tweet, which lead to one fateful retweet, followed by a flood of awesomeness showcasing the beauty, diversity, technology and wealth of African nations. This, of course, was to battle the usual — poor, corrupt, third-world, downtrodden and deprived as often shown in mainstream media.
Here are some of our favorite #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou tweets!
Yes Ma'am! RT @THECAROLDANVERS: african fashion. model destiny owusu. #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou http://t.co/0mrBHo1sLX
— B. Trill (@Iam_BWill) June 25, 2015
Africa has 3 female heads of state. #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou pic.twitter.com/oH4AYRRV3w
— Nadia (@Nadiaalie) June 24, 2015
Johannesburg, Cape Town, Union Buildings and Pretoria, South Africa pic.twitter.com/HfDUZ7BuQA
— Sir Makhubo IV™ (@MrMakhubo_) June 25, 2015
We own that land, we owned those diamonds Africa, Africa🎵#TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou pic.twitter.com/wEhpU35Eyg
— Mu’3wiyah (@mavviya) June 24, 2015
#TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou Rwanda : The land of a Thousand hills pic.twitter.com/jIWN8DNFxr
— Elie Bahati (@EllisBht) June 24, 2015
Lets go to Ghana #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou pic.twitter.com/sGhXuZN8dT
— Ubong Edidion (@DavidQuartz) June 24, 2015
Diversity for days, weeks, decades, centuries, millenniums. #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou pic.twitter.com/ttGhpvrx23
— K-Ci’s (ooh yeah) (@frodeci) June 23, 2015
This hashtag had us wanting to grab a passport and get our travel on! Africa is more than a monolith of a certain type of Blackness, and these images remind us of the wide variety of culture, religion and beauty of the entire continent. We are grateful for the insight from those that call each city and country their home and hope it has changed how some see the great lands of Africa.
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