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Black Twitter Documentary Coming To Hulu

Insecure executive producer Prentice Penny is set to direct an examination of the social media phenomenon

Remember the time, remember when you first heard someone use the term Black Twitter. Many people actually went online and googled it looking, trying to figure out what it was, looking for a separate, standalone social media network. Then you found out it was an internet community largely consisting of African American users on the social network Twitter focused on issues of interest to the black community. A collective of active, primarily African American Twitter users who have created a virtual community proving adept at bringing about a wide range of sociopolitical changes.

Anytime something crazy happens during a live event, you instantly need to know what Black Twitter – in all its melanated glory – is saying about it. All your most fun moments and best trends came from Black Twitter. #BlackTwitter became a cultural phenomenon.

Well according to DeadlineInsecure executive producer Prentice Penny is directing Black Twitter, a three-part docuseries for Hulu. Based on Jason Parham’s story for WiredA People’s History of Black Twitter, the project follows “the rise, the movements, the voices and the memes that made Black Twitter an influential and dominant force in nearly every aspect of American political and cultural life.”

“For those who know me you know how much love, respect, fear, and admiration I have for #BlackTwitter so I can’t be more excited and scared to a doc about the culture – just remember im doing this in love,” Penny tweeted with an announcement of the news.

In Parham’s piece, he details how Black Twitter began in September 2009 with a fun hashtag. In no time it became abundantly clear that we were all out there, just waiting for the right moment to bring us together on the platform.

“It was the [Sept. 6, 2009] at exactly 4:25 pm, when [Ashley] Weatherspoon logged on to Twitter and wrote, ‘#uknowurblackwhen u cancel plans when its raining,’” Parham wrote. “The hashtag spread like wildfire. Within two hours, 1.2 percent of all Twitter correspondence revolved around Weatherspoon’s hashtag, as Black users riffed on everything from car rims to tall tees. It was the viral hit she was after—and confirmation of a rich fabric being threaded together across the platform. Here, in all its melanated glory, was Black Twitter.”

Now we can all reminisce about the day you discovered Black Twitter with a new docuseries coming to Hulu.

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