Keeping It 140 w/Kyra

Keeping it 140: Nicki Minaj, Michael Vick, Cardale Jones and more…

Keeping it 140 w/ Kyra

Welcome to Keeping it 140. I’m Kyra Kyles, a Senior Editor at JET who moonlights as a social media stalker, tracking the good, bad and ugly of online sharing. I’ll mostly be taking celebs and public figures to task for gaffes on the Interwebs (I see you, 50 Cent and Chris Brown.)  But I’ll also offer advice on how we civilians can keep it together on sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and… um… MySpace, that is, if you’re still lurking around on the latter outlet.  Just think of me as the Emily Post of posting.  

Aw snap.  It’s another one of those Jesus-take-the-touchscreen kind of weeks.  The wanton recklessness exhibited by some stars, including a sneaky move by Michael Vick and a clueless Tweet from a student athlete demand exploration…and explanation.

Some of you need to get the h off the InterWebs.

Doggone Shame
 Michael Vick has had a long, hard fight back to the top after a dogfighting scandal that still has some fans at the point of no return.  But he’s been faring comparatively well in pop culture esteem, until earlier this week.  A could’ve-been-cute Twit pic of his family hard at work around the kitchen table was sullied by a box of what appeared to be Milk Bones in the corner, as reports.  Speculation that Vick is again a dog owner abounded, and the response was swift.  Adding to the suspicion, the image was snatched down swiftly and replaced with a version that cropped out the damning doggie treat.  Vick refused to comment on the story, so um, he prolly has a dog.
Long Hair, Who Cares?
Nicki Minaj is known for her Lil Kim’s colorful wigs.  So I guess she wanted to show the haters that she does have some hair she could showcase if she cared to.  Problem is the image only seemed to draw the Jay-Z inspired reaction: We don’t believe you.  You need more people.  What do you think?  Are these strands legit, or just an elaborate ruse by the Captain of the Barbie army?
School Daze
Apparently this young man is not familiar with the many sad stories of sports players reduced from riches to rags by the end of their careers.  All these Vince Young-goes-hobo-broke stories currently in the news cycle are missing him by a mile.  That is the only plausible explanation for Ohio State football player Cardale Jones having the raw audacity to post a Tweet like this. (See below…shake your head and repeat.)  God help him. Where is Dr. Steve Perry of “Save My Son?” and Capital Prep fame   Jones is begging for a house call, y’all.
Will Tweet for Food?
I am not mad at Terrell Owens for trying to get a job, but his Tweet to the New York Jets does border on desperation.  The one-time star of teams, such as the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys, has had a rough run of late.  He was recently cut from an Indoor Arena team for which he was part owner and we all know about the debacle that was his stint with the Seattle Seahawks.  I definitely hope he gets another opportunity to play professionally, but your negotiating room is drastically undermined by a 140-character application.  Just sayin’.

Instagram that (Bleep)?

Seriously. We have reached rock bottom in the amount of disrespect being doled out in some of this music. This social media-inspired music, if you can even call it that, makes my skin crawl just on the title alone.  I refuse to write it out completely.  Look for yourself if you will and listen if you have even more nerve.  I swear I don’t care if this beat sounded like it was put together by old-school Luke/vintage Lil Jon/premium Swizzy and all ‘nem, I wouldn’t be caught dead on the dance floor if it were played nor would it get any rotation on my radio. This rubbish just earned a spot on my Keeping it 140 list of super shame.  And anyone who is considering answering to this call by Fat Joe, Juicy J and Rick Ross I feel sorry for your mother.