St. Pablo Tour stops in Grand Rapids

Considering I haven’t been to a concert since, B2K was a thing. Going to the St. Pablo
Tour was another great experience for 2016. I was able to see why people pay the big bucks for the closer seats, although my seats were just as great. The concert took place in the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI., where the streets flooded with people from all over West Michigan to experience Mr. West and his hovering stage.

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Kanye hit the platform at 9:21p.m., and the crowd went crazy. I’ll be honest, I enjoy Kanye as an artist and producer, but I really wasn’t a die hard fan–until now. The energy in that arena was amazing, I enjoyed every bit of it.

He performed several hits like, Jesus Walks, FourFive Seconds, Can’t Tell Me Nothing and several songs from Life of Pablo, obviously. Opening  with Father Stretch My Hands.

As I said before, I hadn’t been to a concert since watching Omarion glide across the stage at Joe Louis Arena, or maybe it was Lloyd…I’m not sure, but it has been a while. Of course, me being “Jill the camera lady” I wanted to capture so many great moments, for this post specifically. I had my phone out the entire time, recording and taking pictures.

I joked about how the set up and lighting made me feel like I was standing in the middle of Zion in the Matrix movie, because that’s exactly how it felt. The yellow lights gave it a real ambient touch. Listening to the crowd sing all the lyrics as if they were on stage performing. Needless-to-say, I had a ball and I need to learn more Yeezy songs new and old.

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Time waits for No One, So use it wisely

Fall is here and the world has never been busier. Students are back to school, Parents are working double time but the days are getting shorter. It’s almost as if we run out of time during the autumn season. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your work days with you as a focus.

Being a student is hard work, whether you are in high school or college, there never seems to be enough time for you no matter how many planners you have. “Students are working an average of 30 hours a week, Georgetown researchers found. However, about 25 percent of working students are simultaneously employed full-time and enrolled in college full-time.” Considering this study was done in 2015, I’m sure that number has increased since then.

If this is you…KEEP READING.

“Having great time management” is something that has been preached to you since about 11th grade. Getting a planner and writing down everything you have to do for that week and sticking to that to-do list. Though this tactic is great, you’re still in shallow waters in the sea of time management. Let’s take this habit a step further. What in your to-do list is major priority?

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These are the task that have to get done ASAP. They usually have a time stamp on them. This can include papers, responding to emails, scheduling appointments etc. Contrary to popular belief, not all task have to get done at that very moment. Find out what is important and needs most of your attention, tackle that first.

Learning how to allocate your free time wisely is the most important skill for managing time. Outside of work and class, what other activities do you have listed that are worth your time? For example, when I was attending Western Michigan University, I purposely scheduled my classes for Tuesday and Thursdays only. That way Monday, Wednesday and Friday were days for work and anything else I wanted to do.  The weekends were days I would do homework and things I personally enjoyed. Moments where I had free time, I made sure I allocated it to something I would be the primary beneficiary.

Most of the time, I took naps but you get the point. Free time shouldn’t be completely spent doing things like studying. Mental health should always be your number one priority.

When do you work best? Are you a rooster or a night owl? Once you find out when you do the best work, you’ll be able to work more effectively and efficiently. Time management is important but never forget to work in a way that’s best for you.

 

 

Five Fun Fall Activities

Fall is officially here and I AM excited. Autumn is my favorite season of the year. Starting September 1st, I can feel the change in the air. Most people are hype for summer and are sad when summer is over, but Fall can be just as fun as the summer time. This new season offers opportunities for activities such as long walks and bike rides, or raiding Pumpkin patches and hunted houses. bench-560435_1920

Inspired by the change in season, I’ve compiled five absolutely fun things you must do in during the fall season.

  • Take a friend/pet/significant other with you for a walk: Living in Kalamazoo, we have access to several state trails. During the fall, these can be the prettiest places to be. My favorite trial in Kzoo is Kal-Haven Trail and I highly recommend it. Located on 10th street north of W Main. Sit or walk on what was once use as a transportation route between Kalamazoo and South Haven.
  • Visit an Apple Orchard or Pumpkin Patch: These were the best field trips for us as children, assuming that you’re old like me. There is no reason we should be depriving ourselves from this childhood gem–just because we’re adults. Apple Orchards and Pumpkin patches are perfect on those cloudy windy fall days—perfect for warm apple cider.
  • Camping: There is nothing like getting a group of friends together and going on a camping trip. Michigan has various camping ground locations. If you want to get fancy, plan the ultimate cabin trip.
  • Fall Fairs/Festivals: Small towns may host annual fairs during the fall, for example if you live in the west Michigan area, visiting the ArtPrize Art Festival and Competition in Grand Rapids, MI, would be a great idea. Jf you aren’t anywhere near Michigan check your local listing for what festivals will be in your town for the fall.
  • Stay in and Cuddle: This time of year is the best time for sharing body heat. There is nothing wrong with staying in. If you have a person to spend some quality time with, like watching movies under a warm blanket with food, drinks etc., do it! Make that date, you’ll thank yourself for it….Fellas that goes for you too! 

The autumn season is so beautiful. I challenge you to take a moment and recognize the constant magic our surroundings perform. Use each of these activities to appreciate the constant evolution that happens arounds you.

If you aren’t from Michigan, comment below what activities are popular during the fall in your town/city?

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#NOMAKEUP

Soulful, raspy, sensual, humble, curvaceous, stylish, humanitarian, mogul, actress, pianist, director, singer, and mother, are just some of the words used to describe the one and only, Alicia Keys.

She stole our hearts at the peak of the 2000’s with Fallin’ and kept leading us on with songs like Diary, You Don’t Know My Name, No One, and Girl on Fire. She’s taken a break, started a family, begun directing plays, began fighting for human rights, and somehow in between it all she still managed to make music. It seems that she has a new sound and a new outlook on life based on one of her newest singles, “In Common”. It’s a fresh take on a new love. The song talks about the joys, surprise and worry that someone could possibly love her and accept her for who she is.

One of her newest mantras is the no makeup movement. In the world of today, with no shortage of hip, butt, and lip injections, breast augmentations, skin bleaching, weaves, and makeup it’s no surprise that our girls are beginning to look like full blown women at such a young age. Makeup and the other assets is something women indulge in for various reasons, whether it be simple self-expression or possibly concealing a flaw they may not like, but as a young child turning on the television or even going to the store, seeing everyone dolled up, with extreme curves…I can only imagine going through puberty during this epidemic. Now more than ever, seeing these things could lead the youth to develop low self-esteem, absence of confidence among other things with no one to look up to. Thanks to Alicia Keys and many other women in the industry, we can finally find some inspiration for our girls instead of weeding out all the celebrities.

Alicia Keys published a piece in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter and made several statements that really made me stop and think.

“Does it start somewhere in second grade after picture day when you wear your frizzy hair out ’cause your mama says it’s beautiful but all your “friends” laugh at you?”

Deny as we may, we’ve all had this feeling. Our outfit wasn’t the best, our shoes weren’t the newest, we might’ve been “late bloomers”, we may have had to wear braces, might’ve had acne, our voice may have been a bit funny sounding, our hair wasn’t the longest or straightest, and our skin wasn’t the smoothest or lightest-as society has taught us, or it might’ve just been a bad day and we forgot to care about how we look for others sake.

“You grab the brush and gel and pull your beautiful big hair back into the tightest ponytail you possibly can to contain your unique hair in a bun — hiding a piece of who you are in order to fit into a picture of what others seem to see as perfection.”

I can remember in elementary school seeing movies like Clueless or Bring it On, and even seeing celebrities like Aaliyah and Beyoncé and looking up to them, in a sense kind of wanting to be them, because they’re so beautiful and must live an awesome life. I can remember in high school, if you didn’t have the new Jordan’s, a pair of True Religions, a designer purse, the most “laid” sew in…. well, you know the rest. At such a young age it’s instilled in us, somehow, that we need to look like this, have this, do this, talk like this, walk like this, etc.

“Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of. And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women. The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you’re plus-size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked.”

I wish I could’ve included the entire article because it was so raw and real. The stigma that Alicia Keys along with many everyday women experience is real! There are many who like putting on a “face” simply because they like it and there are also those who really struggle with their inner happiness and acceptance. They’re not curvy enough so they have to get injections, their butts are a little flatter than some so why not pump it up, lips aren’t as full as her’s: Botox! The list goes on and on. One problem I’ve identified is that we can find 1,000 flaws, but can’t seem to recognize 10 beauties. Alicia Keys wrote a song, “When a Girl Can’t Be Herself”. The lyrics are inspiring: In the morning from the minute that I wake up , What if I don’t want to put on all that makeup, Who says I must conceal what I’m made of , Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem. After receiving so much flack at the recent VMA’s, Alicia Keys tweeted, “Y’all, choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup. Do you!”.  It seems as though people were confused. Alicia simply means that she no longer wants makeup to be her go-to when it comes to being beautiful. She doesn’t want to feel obligated to plaster it on before she leaves the house. She also doesn’t want to put anyone down if they do choose to indulge in it.

The key is self-worth, confidence, and acceptance. Be unashamed, proud, and unapologetic. If you like it wear it, if you want it get it, but if you’re not happy with yourself then you’ll never be able to accept you for you. TLC may have been the best to say it:

You can buy your hair if it won’t grow

You can fix your nose if he says so

You can buy all the make up

That M.A.C. can make

But if you can’t look inside you

Find out who am I too

Be in the position to make me feel

So damn unpretty

I’ll make you feel unpretty too

Let’s follow in Alicia Keys’ footsteps and set an example for others, including our youth.  Here’s a link to the full article. http://www.lennyletter.com/style/a410/alicia-keys-time-to-uncover/

 

#BlackGirlMagic

#WomenofColorWednesday

 

Blurred Lines| EP.4|Season 2

Can you hear me now? …Good! 🙂 This week on The Social B. Show we’re getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and discuss the blurred lines between the LGBT community and the Heterosexual community. Will we be able to discuss and agree on a common ground amongst both groups? Check out the full interview and let us know what you think below. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @TheSocialBShow and subscribe to our site. Always remember…#BHonest. #BHumble. #BYOU!

Zola’s Story: Prostitution? Kidnapping? Murder? Oh My!

Image via Twitter (@_zolarmoon)
Image via Twitter (@_zolarmoon)

By: William Lawson

During one of my daily procrastination sessions, I stumbled across a Buzzfeed article that was being publicized as including prostitution, kidnapping, and a possible murder.

The story is taken from the Twitter profile of _zolarmoon. On Tuesday night, she uploaded her story in various tweets that have since been deleted but you can read them here. In over a hundred tweets, she tells the story about a trip she took to Florida with a stranger she met while working at Hooters.

According to Buzzfeed, since the story was tweeted, all of the characters have become trending topics on Twitter.

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Image via Twitter

Some people have applauded the story:

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Image via Twitter (@NotSoRatchet)

While some are left horrified…

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Image via Twitter (@MaFanon)

And there are even those wanting the tweets to make their way to Hollywood.

Image via Twitter (@Nkgabi_Motau and @JAMZ_BOND)
Image via Twitter (@Nkgabi_Motau and @JAMZ_BOND)

This story, real or fake, has basically broken the internet (sorry, Kim). Here’s your chance to weigh in. Go here and read the tweets in their entirety. Do you believe the story? Or even find it entertaining? Let us know!

Chris Brown’s Next Album Is Getting the Royal Treatment

By: William Lawson

Image via Rap-Up
Image via Rap-Up

Has fatherhood changed Chris BrownThat’s something that we all have to judge for ourselves. But his recent actions may sway that opinion.

Brown announced today that his seventh solo album will be titled Royalty, named after his 15 month-old-daughter.

Image via Twitter | @chrisbrown
Image via Twitter | @chrisbrown

Chris Brown is currently on his “One Hell of a Night Tour” with special guests Kid Ink, Omarion, Fetty Wap, and Teyana Taylor but took the time to tweet out the new title of his album. Brown has been in full father mode since it was announced that he had a daughter with a former model named Nia Guzman. Recently in an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Brown had nothing but good things to say about his new role as a father.

I think this was just a blessing in disguise with my daughter because I get a chance to look at her and teach her the right path and also be a father in my daughter’s life…Just to see a smile on her face—just to see the littlest things—is emotional for me, so I just love that aspect of being able to be a father now.

Brown hasn’t given a release date for Royalty but it is expected for this Fall and could even include a track with a contribution from Zayn Malik (former One Direction member). Brown told Capital FM “I don’t shy away from anyone and I think he’s a great artist…Now he’s doing his solo thing, I know he has a huge fan base and the fans are waiting to hear his stuff, so it would be cool to get down and collab.” Brown even referred to Malik as his “homeboy!”

Back to Royalty, here at the Social B., we just can’t get enough! She’s just so cute! Which might be part of the reason Brown told ET that “Being a father is great. I’ve been able to set aside my own wants and necessities for my daughter.”

Image via Instagram | @chrisbrownofficial
Image via Instagram | @chrisbrownofficial
Image via Instagram | @chrisbrownofficial
Image via Instagram | @chrisbrownofficial

#CancelWendyWilliamsShow?

By: William Lawson

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Image via B. Scott

Wendy Williams ate crow once on TV already. Looks like she’s spoke out of turn yet again. Ariana Grande fans weren’t too happy with the talk show host when she said some body shaming comments about the singer.

About a week ago #CancelWendyWilliamsShow started to trend online and people started to use that to express their ill feeling towards Wendy and her show.

Funny thing is, the comments were made about Ariana Grande weeks to months ago but the outpour of anger is just now starting to show. Maybe Grande fans don’t watch her show and saw a clip online? Who knows.

Check out some of the tweets that were published using #CancelWendyWilliamsShow:

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Image via Twitter | @irauhlin
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Image via Twitter | @supertony93
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Image via Twitter | @cindyestephanie

One word: ouch.

 

 

Hey, Matt Barnes, Rihanna Isn’t Having It

By: William Lawson

Image via E! Online
Image via E! Online

Social media is where all of the shade is thrown. The latest shade can be found on Instagram and the shade thrower is Rihanna herself. Rihanna has 24.5 million followers on the social media platform, and earlier today she put NBA player Matt Barnes on front street for making it seem as if they had a romantic relationship–or a relationship of any kind.

Rumors that Riri and Barnes were dating sparked some time ago when the Memphis Grizzlies player made it very clear that he was a fan and member of the Rihanna Navy. Barnes made Riri his #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) on Instagram a few months back. He also flirted with her via Twitter in 2012 while she sat courtside at at Lakers game.

TMZ Sports caught up with Barnes’ ex wife Gloria Govan and she gave the two her stamp of approval … but only if she gets concert tickets! When TMZ asked Barnes what was really going on with him and Riri, and he said “[Rihanna and I are] just past the crush stage.” Rihanna must subscribe to TMZ, because she caught wind of that answer and took to Twitter to squash any link-romantically or otherwise-to Barnes:

Image via Instagram | @badgalriri
Image via Instagram | @badgalriri

Rihanna posted the picture of Barnes, which happens to be a screenshot from the TMZ Sports video, and captioned it with hashtags not only denying any romantic involvement but also throwing major shade his way: “#bishwhere #thedevilisaliar #shesnotthatintoyou #shesnotintoyouatall #shesneverevenmetyou #thisactuallyhurtmyfeelings #defamationofcharacter.” Awkward. Sorry, Matt. Maybe next time?

Barnes allegedly commented on the post and said, “Hahaaa wow.”

Image via E! Online
Image via E! Online

BUT, there are some men that RIhanna does claim (sorry Matt) and they are Karim Benzema and Lewis Hamilton.

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Image of Karim Benzema & Rihanna via Yahoo!

As recent as a few weeks ago, Riri was romantically linked with Karim but a source told E! News that “Karim is fading out and it looks like Rihanna has only one guy on her mind, and that’s Lewis.” As far as Lewis is concerned, the source added that she is taking it slow and has not put a “label” on them yet.

Image of Rihanna & Lewis Hamilton via TMZ
Image of Rihanna & Lewis Hamilton via TMZ

The two have been caught on various trips together and seem to be getting pretty close. Maybe it’ll make Matt happy that she’s at least with another athlete? #Brotherhood?

Image via E! Online
Image of Rihanna & Lewis Hamilton via E! Online

Pour The Honey: One Beef Turns Into Two Beefs?

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By: William Lawson

At this point, everyone is aware of the ongoing beef between Drake and Meek Mill. Not only did Meek start and lose this beef, but he’s currently in the process of being investigated by the WWE for use of their theme song in his lack luster Drake diss track- but that’s another story.

In Meek’s diss track, “Wanna Know,” he referenced Ja Rule and 50 Cent’s decade old beef: “Real ni**as back in style / This sh*t is lit / This that Ja Rule sh*t and 50 Cent.”

Clearly Ja Rule listened to the song because he took to Instagram and posted a picture with the caption “Which one supposed to be Ja Rule??? #Over30millionrecordsSOLD #IwriteallmyS–t #MeekvsDrake.”

[Credit: IG: @RULEYORKCITY]
[Credit: IG: @RULEYORKCITY]
He didn’t just keep his comments on Instagram, he took to Twitter to clarify his comments and to squash any belief that there were any comparisons to his and 50 Cent’s beef and Drake and Meek’s.

[Credit: Twitter: @RULEYORK]
[Credit: Twitter: @RULEYORK]

If we know anything about Tyler Petty, I mean 50 Cent, then we know that he wouldn’t let his name come up in a conversation without saying something himself. Later the same day that Ja Rule took to Twitter, 50 Cent posted a tweet–that he later deleted–that read “Oh I herd what you said on the power 105 morning show, you fu**ing punk. Everybody know I put your ass to sleep.” 50 was referring to a radio interview that Ja did for “The Breakfast Club” back in 2014 where he talked about a brawl between the two of them.

[Credit: Twitter: @50cent]
[Credit: Twitter: @50cent]
Ja Rule didn’t let that slide, he fired back via Instagram, writing, “How u doin… 😂😂😂 this ho has a lot of balls!!! Unfortunately she also has a p**sy shut up before somebody put a d*ck in ya mouth.”

[Credit: IG: @RULEYORKCITY]
[Credit: IG: @RULEYORKCITY]
The timing of this beef is quite interesting considering that Ja Rule has a new song called “Wake Me Up” as well as an MTV docu-series, “Follow the Rules,” which premieres Oct. 26. Sound off below, is this for publicity or is this for real?

CelebriTEA: T. Swift and Miss Minaj Exchange Words

Credit: Getty Images
[Credit: Getty Images]
By: Grace Latimore

Twitter was jumping last night.

In case you missed it, the VMA nominee list was released and Nicki Minaj received a little love for “Anaconda” but felt a little slighted in the overall nominations. Nicki felt that her work didn’t receive the credit it deserved  and suggested that her videos would have been better received if they featured slimmer, perhaps Eurocentric, bodies.

nickiGiven the other nominees in that particular category it was kind of clear Nicki was alluding to Taylor Swift. Taylor reached for her @ button and shared disappointment in Nicki for trying to pit female artists against each other going so far as to invite Nicki up on stage…

*cackles* Girl, what?

It looks like Taylor missed the point and Nicki is having a tough week. I wonder how many times Meek has called Nicki this morning?

CelebriTEA: Meek Mill vs. Drake?

Credit: Getty Images
[Credit: Getty Images]
By: Grace Latimore

Now we all know that nothing about Hollywood (or Houstatlantavegas) is what it seems – it’s all lies and lacefronts. But Meek Mill decided last night he was going to let it all hang out. He tore Drake apart and blasted him for having a ghostwriter. Allegedly, Meek and his people found out that Drake had a ghostwriter after recording RICO and Meek claims he wouldn’t have let the song get out if he knew Drake wasn’t the authour. Meek went on to claim Drake never promoted Meek’s music because Meek knew Drake was a fake.

Pardon?

If that’s the case – why is Meek all of a sudden putting Drake out there? Don’t most artists have ghostwriters? If memory serves, both Drake and Meek have credits on their albums for other people. Some suggest Meek may have gotten the truth about Nicki and Drake’s past and took to Twitter in a fit. Others speculate that Meek just has a bone to pick with the industry in general.

Rick Ross tweeted that Drake was better than Meek but soon deleted his tweet.

Let this be a reminder that celebrities are just your average folks with a lot more money and more time to kill.

I’m off to listen to some Kendrick Lamar.

Lil’ Wayne Is A Prisoner Of His Label

[Credit: Hollywood Life]
[Credit: Hollywood Life]
By Sydney B.

Another Cash Money artist wanting OUT!

In a shocking number of tweets, Lil’ Wayne confirmed that his album won’t be delivered on its expected release date, claiming that Baby, who Wayne calls his Dad”, and Cash Money are refusing to release it.

Weezy took his frustrations to Twitter where he called himself a prisoner of his parent label, Cash Money. He went on to say he no longer wants to be affiliated with the Cash Money family.

“I don’t blame ya if ya fed up for waiting for me with this album,” he says as he apologizes to fans.

After his tangent of tweets we probably won’t be getting Tha Carter V anytime soon.

Soon after seeing Tunechi’s tweets, Pusha T took advantage of the opportunity and responded to Wayne’s frustration. After posting a picture of the lyrics from his song “Exodus 23:1”, which questions Wayne’s contract with Cash Money, Pusha even invited Weezy to join G.O.O.D. Music.

Check out the tweets below:

[Credit: Twitter @LilTunechi]
[Credit: Twitter @LilTunechi]
[Credit: Twitter @Liltunechi]
[Credit: Twitter @Liltunechi]
 

[Credit: Twitter: @Liltunechi]
[Credit: Twitter: @Liltunechi]
[Credit: Twitter @Liltunechi]
[Credit: Twitter @Liltunechi]
[Credit: Twitter @Liltunechi]
[Credit: Twitter @Liltunechi]

Eric Garner Case Strikes A Wave Of Protest While #CrimingWhileWhite Trends On Twitter

[Credit: Time]
[Credit: Time]
By Sydney B.

No Justice, NO PEACE!

On Wednesday, a Staten Island grand jury ended the criminal case of a New York police officer whose chokehold left an unarmed black man dead. Back in July, the fatal arrest was captured on video and seen around the world.

Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, was being arrested for selling unlicensed cigarettes, also known as loosies, but things went for the worst when Police stated that they had to get physical with him after he resisted arrest.

After several months of investigating and hearing from witnesses including officer Daniel Pantaleo who put Garner in the chokehold, a majority of the panel, consisting of 15 white and 8 black or hispanic jurors, deliberated for less than a day before deciding that there wasn’t enough evidence to go forward with any charges.

I’m lost, why was the video not enough to convict Pantaleo? This evidence was  very clear to see. Did each juror need to physically be at the scene during the time of the incident to gain every piece of evidence they needed?

[Credit: Todd Heisler | The New York Times]
[Credit: Todd Heisler | The New York Times]
Just moments after releasing their decision New York City residents swarmed the streets of New York protesting this heart wrenching decision in Times Square. Among the many protestors were rapper J. Cole and Hollywood film producer Spike Lee, who also brought his son along to join the protest.

While many protest were underway, on Twitter #CrimingWhileWhite went viral, giving us a glimpse of what life has been like for some white people even after they’ve committed a blatant crime and still live freely to tell the story!

Check out some of the tweets:

[Credit: Bossip | Twitter]
[Credit: Bossip | Twitter]
[Credit: Bossip | Twitter]
[Credit: Bossip | Twitter]
[Credit: Bossip |Twitter]
[Credit: Bossip |Twitter]
[Credit: Bossip | Twitter]
[Credit: Bossip | Twitter]
Life must be grand with the right color of skin. White Privilege is real ladies and gentleman! Something has to change! We need justice for all.

Rest in peace Eric Garner, you’ve left your mark on us all. Your name won’t be in vain.