Black Twitter Celebrates ‘Essence’ Magazine Being Black-Owned Again

On Wednesday, Black-owned company, Essence Ventures LLC, announced that they acquired Essence Communications Inc. — the media company behind Essence magazine.

Essence Ventures LLC is led by Richelieu Dennis, the same founder Shea Moisture hair and skin products.

His company acquired Essence Communications Inc. from Time Inc., which makes Essence magazine a 100% Black owned business again. President Michelle Ebanks will continue to lead the magazine and its multiple platforms. The all Black women executive team, including Ebanks, will also have an equity stake in the business.

Folks across Black Twitter are celebrating this big move. Swipe through to check out people’s reactions.

Regular, Degular Lady Gets A Whole Jet To Herself Thanks To A Mix-Up At The Airport

A woman who identified herself as Beth got superstar treatment when her flight from Rochester, N.Y. to Washington, D.C. got canceled on Tuesday, January 2. Beth was accidentally rebooked for a jet only meant for crew members.

“I got a whole plane to myself,” she wrote on , alongside a photo her Kool-Aid smile, which all left us wondering “Why don’t things like this ever happen to us?”

Here’s how she told the story, according to Daily Mail:

“I realized something was wrong when I was the only one in the waiting area 45 minutes before take f. One the airport agents came over while I was waiting and asked if that was the flight I was waiting for then said ‘I knew this would happen.’ When my flight was canceled about 8 hours earlier a confused agent gave me and half the passengers a seat for the plane in the pic before another agent realized everyone could go on an earlier flight. They made an announcement on the speaker but I’d already left to go back to my parent’s house nearby to wait for the next few hours. I was never contacted about the flight change.”

Only the plane’s two pilots and one flight attendant, who fered her food and beverages, were on the jet. What a way to start 2018.

Alternative Facts: 12 Photos Of Donald Trump And His Family Looking Like Liars

Even before his days as the leader the free world, Donald Trump has been called out for his false claims and alternative facts.

We’ve unintentionally seen some the moments that the Donald, his family and some members his cabinet were getting ready to tell bold face lies. Lucky for you, we have photo evidence those lying ass moments.

Like this infamous “sips water while the country is in shambles” moment below:

 

Hit the flip to see more!

One Of The Faces Behind The Popular Nigerian Prince Scams Has Finally Been Revealed

It’s about time that we can put a face to a  crime that has been stealing peoples money since the birth the Internet.

Earlier this week, police arrested 67-year old Michael Neu on on 269 counts wire fraud and money laundering as an alleged middleman in an online scheme, claiming to be a Nigerian Prince.

Neu’s arrest is important to the culture because according to VICE, “the Nigerian prince scam has reached a certain level cultural saturation and very few perpetrators get caught.”

 

It’s nice to know that the people behind these scams aren’t real Nigerian Princes. Hit the flip to find out more about the cyber scam.

Watch The Official Netflix Trailer For ‘Step Sisters,’ Starring Megalyn Echikunwoke & Naturi Naughton

This January a new movie that you have to see is coming to Netflix.

From the producers Dear White People and Straight Outta Compton, Step Sisters tells the story a black student who secretly agrees to breathe new life into the image a white sorority by teaching the girls how to step.

While lying to her own sorority sisters, who are also preparing for the big charity step competition, Jamilah Bishop (played by Megalyn Echikunwoke) puts her all into turning her white counterparts into stomp the yard pros—and all in the name a guaranteed ticket to Harvard.

“You guys feeling out place? Like, maybe they’re judging you before you’ve had a chance to express yourselves? You’re in this position for 10 minutes,” she says as her protégés get ready to hit the stage.

Watch the ficial trailer above.  Step Sisters is directed by Charles Stone III (Drumline) and written by Chuck Hayward (Dear White People), Emmy Award® winner Lena Waithe (Master None), and Ben Cory Jones (Insecure). It also star(z) Power‘s Naturi Naughton.

HQ Trivia App Is So Lit, One Woman Goes Off After Winning $11.30

HQ Tri is becoming the most talked about app the new year.

Every weekday at 3 p.m. EDT and everyday at 9 p.m. EDT, the app serves up a real time tri show, similar to Jeopardy or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. 

Players must answer twelve multiple choice questions with ten seconds to each question. Whoever answers all twelve correct gets to split the cash prize with other winners. Cash prizes have ranged from $1,500 to over $10,000.

The app, available for iOS and now Android, has gained major popularity with 730,000 people using it on Christmas day. One woman won $11.30 thanks to the game and completely lost it. Check out the clip below.

Could this be the new app to take over our lives? Swipe through to check out other hype reactions from the game.

One Young Woman’s Touching Tattoo Is Proof That Technology Isn’t All Bad

Technology is so advanced these days that it can actually help you stay in tune with your deceased loved ones.

A young woman’s tattoo dedicated to her late grandmother has gone viral on social media and folks can’t get enough how technical, emotional and next level the wavelength tatt is.

 

For those asking how she got the voicemail into waveform:

 

New trend for 2018?

Saint West Home & Healthy After Being Hospitalized With Severe Case Of Pneumonia

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were in for a scare when their two-year-old son, Saint, was rushed to the hospital with a severe case pneumonia. The tiny toddler was hospitalized last week with his parents by his side, alternating overnight duties.

Kim took to social media to thank the doctors who worked to make her son better.

 

And The First Hilarious Meme Of 2018 Is…

Steve Harvey is no stranger to being Internet fodder, so he probably didn’t mind the fact that he’s the first laugh out loud viral moment the year.

 

 

The famous host hosted a New Years Eve special on Sunday, and his Winter gear just screamed “I’m a bad bitch,” — so the Internet let him have it.

 

 

Hit the flip to see some the funniest ones. Thank you Steve Harvey for risking it all and becoming the first viral joke 2018.

You’re Not As Great At Emojis As You Think You Are

My Domaine put together a guide to help smartphone users figure out each emoji’s true meaning. And it turns out we’ve had a lot the symbols wrong all along.

For example, the egg in a frying pan emoji is supposed to simply mean cooking and what we thought was a shooting star emoji actually signals dizziness, according to the guide. Who knew?!

Click here to see if you’ve been using emojis the wrong way all this time.

Jeopardy Proves Keeping It Gangster Can Go Wrong

Who knew that keeping it gangster could cost you $3200? Unfortunately, a Jeopardy contestant by the name Nick learned the hard way.

Not only did Nick lose the $1,600 he initially received for the answer, he lost another $1,600 for the answer being incorrect.

Jeopardy issued a statement regarding their ruling: “Although Nick’s response “Gangster’s Paradise Lost” was initially accepted, the hard R sound caught the ear one member the onstage team, who immediately followed up with a quick check. It turns out that “gangsta” and “gangster” are both listed separately in the Oxford English Dictionary, each with its own unique definition. Nick changed not only the song’s title, but also its meaning ­– making his response unacceptable.”

More pro that replacing the ‘a’ with  ‘er’ will always cost you more than you can handle.

Is Justin Timberlake Giving Us The Country Feels With New Album?

Much Justin Timberlake‘s claim to fame has been through pop music and R&B.

Now it seems like JT is going back to his Tennessee roots with the announcement his new album Man the Woods. The album is set to drop on February 2, two days before his Super Bowl halftime show performance. A single will be released this upcoming Friday.

JT shared a teaser video filled with country fields and snowy landscapes on Tuesday. Could this be the beginning a country music mashup? Check out the clip for yourself below, then swipe through to peep Twitter’s reaction.