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According to exit polls, an overwhelming 98 percent of black women voted for Jones, with 93 percent of black men backing the former US attorney—ultimately propelling him to a bone-thin upset over scandal-plagued Republican nominee Roy Moore. The numbers were especially surprising given how much pre-election punditry focused on the lack of mobilization among black Alabamians.
Yet, amid the ensuing flood of news and analysis, it was a headline from Bossip—a website known to exalt and skewer black celebrities with equal fervor—that cut against the collective jubilation with bulls-eye precision, grounding the moment in an easily overlooked reality: It was also the norm for a site that in recent months has emerged as a singular voice in entertainment media.
Bossip, by definition, is a gossip blog that reports on public and private figures in the black cultural vortex of reality TV, film, music, and professional sports.
Upon the release of the Black Panther trailer in October, Bossip offered its own perspective of the online pandemonium surrounding one of its stars, Michael B.
The headline that accompanied it was even more toothsome in its cultural rigor: And when a BuzzFeed article referred to the singer as "aggressively white," thus sparking an online melee between defensive fans and Black Twitter, it was a Bossip headline that perfectly captured the furious exchange: Even Donald Trump has become a recurring target on the site.
His many nicknames include: For me, and many people I know, Bossip headlines have become a joy of their own. Each headline is volcanic, erupting like a great mass of heat, or a crack of thunder, full of fire and cultural insight, all of it done with great ceremony.
Once, when Kanye West was spotted in a fast food restaurant, a headline exclaimed: The Bigger Story Is. They operate as portals of breaking news as much as they do celebrity fodder, and they supply comedic escape and narratives of uplift in heaping doses. In news media, for publications like The Washington Post and The New York Times, headlines have always veered toward a kind a journalistic centrism; they greet a reader on common ground, prioritizing accessibility over impact.
Bossip headlines are all the more remarkable because they act as an extension of black style—which is to say they embrace, head on, the syntax and niche vernacular of a small community of people.
The undertaking is both a praise of and a lifeline to a facet of black identity. If you know, then you know.60's Beach Rock, Acoustic, Beach Punk, Beatles, Classic Rock, Folk, Funk, Hip-Hop/Rap, Indie, Jam Band, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Southern Rock, Surf Rock Bradly Ashby Website Bradley's songs touch on and evoke many aspects of the human emotional make-up.
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