Trayvon Martin

In late February, 17 year-old Trayvon Martin was gunned down by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. The shooter is claiming self-defense but it is widely felt that he acted unjustly. The week this happened, the story didn’t even register on mainstream news’ radar. I actually didn’t hear about it until 2 weeks after it happened and I heard about from Huffington Post’s “Black Voices” site. And the news they had was limited. As the weeks have gone on the story has sort of snowballed into a major nationwide headline. Now the nation is calling for action.

The main way the community is getting involved is through social media. Everyday I see a friend or two change their profile picture to the image of Trayvon as a child. There’s always a new petition to sign, or a new march to attend.

Social media was the main driving force for the “Million Hoodie March” in Union Square last week where people were asked to wear hoodies, carry a bag of skittles and a can of arizona ice tea because these were the items Trayvon had on him at the time of his killing. Without social media, this march would have taken a long time to organize but with  it the march was planned and executed within a week.

As this story continues to unfold, watch out for how ways social media will make an impact


WTF?: The “Him” problem of Facebook.

Have you ever noticed on your Facebook newsfeeds a status like , “I am on the phone with him right now, he is so funny” or “I am so lucky to have him in my life”? What is with that?

A guy friend of mine was talking with me about this. I honestly don’t understand it. If you are in a relationship with someone and you decide to mention them in a status, give them the dignity of mentioning their name. Unless you’re in a relationship with the Man upstairs, but that’s a whole other topic altogether.

In my very unsophisticated research I have noticed that women are most likely to do this in their statuses. Guys usually don’t talk about their lovers unless they are breaking up with them and women talk about their’s at all times no matter what the situation. Regardless of the reasoning for talking about your sweetie, I say refer to them by their name and not just “him” or “her”…why would you do that to them, why???

Have you seen a ridiculous status about someone else’s better half?  What did you think about it? Sound off below.

Nicole M.

BlackLight SpotLight: Kim Coles

A lot of famous people have facebook and twitter accounts but a lot of them just use them purely for promotional purposes only. Few connect with their fans on the level that Kim Coles does. You may be asking yourself who Kim Coles is. She is one of the stars of 1990s Fox sitcom “Living Single”. This show was a hit among Black households for all five seasons the show ran. All the characters were great but her character stood out to me because of her quirkiness. According to Kim, “Synclaire” is not that far from herself in real life. Obviously she is not as ditzy, but the character’s kindness is the same. I had an encounter with Ms. Coles on twitter. I was having a bad day and she says this:

Kim Coles@kimcoles YOU already ARE, sis! @nmnice88 I swear with all I’m put through I hope be a strong, wise woman as I get older.

Isn’t that nice? I’m spotlighting her because I think of all the famous people I follow she is the most engaging with her fans. She regularly updates her facebook, twitter and youtube pages with posts about her life and what she has going on. She just recently went natural and has been using her facebook to profile her that journey. She ties everything back to her website ( and her “Open the G.I.F.T.S” inspirational program. She does speaking engagements, she just landed a gig as the host of an upcoming gameshow on the OWN network and she still acts. She is a true example of how a person should use their social networks to re-establish themselves and connect with fans and for that I shine the BlackLight Spotlight on her.

Next week I will spotlight another Black public figure’s use of social networking. Until then, answer the following question:

Do you follow any famous people on your social networks? Who do you think uses them the best and the worst? Leave comments below.

Nicole M.