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Talking Toms | Nice Try | Surging Atlantic

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TVNewser: MSNBC’s Toure has decided to stop tweeting because “he has more valuable things to do than be on Twitter.” Sure. Sure he does.

FishbowlDC: The Atlantic is doing quite well. Thanks for asking.

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Donald Trump GFishbowlDC: When speaking about “building a brand,” Donald Trump somehow forgot to mention that acting like an idiot was a vital step.

TVNewser: If it’s a day that ends in a “y,” Touré probably posted a tweet that offended someone.

GalleyCat: The latest victim in the Hachette vs Amazon battle? J.K. Rowling fans.

Mediaite Gets it Wrong: Accuses Touré of Defending Chris Brown and Pisses off Twitter

This morning Mediaite posted an article written by James Crugnale that claimed  journalist Touré defended Chris Brown’s physical attack of Rihanna as “one little mistake.” This information was supposed to be based on Touré’s Twitter timeline.

The problem? Touré wasn’t defending Chris Brown. He was actually criticizing the singer and a simple read of his timeline would confirm that.

You know how things spread on Twitter. Folk were mad and called out both Crugnale and Mediaite.

Toure tweeted:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uh oh.

Mediaite has since taken the article down and issued an apologetic post that also included tweets from irate Twitter followers – a fairly ineffective way to make amends.

It was shoddy journalism on our part; a look at his feed before and after the comment would have confirmed his true intention — criticizing Brown.

We want to stress that this was an error. A stupid, lazy error that should never have happened. And it’s inexcusable. We’re putting this apology out with greater force than the original story, and can only hope that Touré accepts our sincerest apologies.

It may be safe to say that someone is getting fired.

Last summer, Toure spoke with us about his Twitter strategy for Media Beat. Watch it after the jump.

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Toure on Pitching, Getting Assignments, and That R. Kelly Interview

Every. Writer. Hates. Pitching. (Imagine you’re a puppy waiting at the dinner table for just one morsel of meatloaf to fall.  “Can I work for you? Huh? Can I? Can I?”)

But Toure, who regularly appears on MSNBC and has penned features for Vibe and Rolling Stone, says freelancers better get over that aversion if they want assignments.

“Oh, I pitch a lot. I do,” the Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? author explained in our Media Beat interview. “I mean, I wanna let people know generally ‘I wanna work for you; I wanna work with you. I wanna do stuff, so keep me in mind.’ So, just that general, you know, sort of selling yourself… And even if those two, three, five things are rejected, you are top of mind for that editor.”

Toure also detailed his strategy for getting big names like Adele and Beyonce to open up on the record (he likes “question clusters”) and revealed what he was really thinking during that BET R. Kelly interview.

“It was about being a cat burglar and not letting him know that he played himself.”

You can also view this video on YouTube.

Part 1: Toure Lights Up the Twittersphere with a Debate on… Tipping?

Part 2: Toure Tackles Watermelon, Fried Chicken and Post-Blackness in New Book

Toure on Pitching, Getting Assignments, and That R. Kelly Interview

Every. Writer. Hates. Pitching. (Imagine you’re a puppy waiting at the dinner table for just one morsel of meatloaf to fall. “Can I work for you? Huh? Can I? Can I?”)

But Toure, who regularly appears on MSNBC and has penned features for Vibe and Rolling Stone, says freelancers better get over that aversion if they want assignments.

“Oh, I pitch a lot. I do,” the Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? author explained in our Media Beat interview. “I mean, I wanna let people know generally ‘I wanna work for you; I wanna work with you. I wanna do stuff, so keep me in mind.’ So, just that general, you know, sort of selling yourself… And even if those two, three, five things are rejected, you are top of mind for that editor.”

Toure also detailed his strategy for getting big names like Adele and Beyonce to open up on the record (he likes “question clusters”) and revealed what he was really thinking during that BET R. Kelly interview.

“It was about being a cat burglar and not letting him know that he played himself.”

You can also view this video on YouTube.

Part 1: Toure Lights Up the Twittersphere with a Debate on… Tipping?

Part 2: Toure Tackles Watermelon, Fried Chicken and Post-Blackness in New Book

Toure Tackles Watermelon, Fried Chicken and Post-Blackness in New Book

In his new book, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?, noted journalist and author Toure says he wanted to explore “what it means to be Black now.” And, no, “post-Blackness” is not the same as “post-racial.”

“Post-racial suggests a world where race does not exist and racism does not exist, and it’s a completely ridiculous term… With post-Blackness, what I’m talking about is a conception of Blackness where the identity options are infinite. So, we’re not saying THIS is what it is to be Black,” he explained in the second installment of our Media Beat interview.

“There seems to be this conception that Blackness must stay in the hood as if Blackness is milk, and the hood is the refrigerator. And the further away you get from the refrigerator, it will spoil. And you go to Yale for four years, somehow you have lost your Blackness, as opposed to if you go to jail for 10 years, your Blackness is hardened?”

In the book, he even asks noted Black academics, celebrities, and activists the best question ever (yes, I said it) about a huge stereotype: “Would you eat watermelon in a room full of white people?”

Watch the full video to find out how ?uestlove of The Roots and Rev. Jesse Jackson answered.

You can also view this video on YouTube.

Part 1: Toure Lights Up the Twittersphere with a Debate on… Tipping?

Part 3: Toure on Pitching, Getting Assignments, and That R. Kelly Interview

Toure Lights Up the Twittersphere with a Debate on… Tipping?

If you ever needed proof that a non-Kardashian can rule Twitter, look no further than Toure. Seriously. Go ahead — look at his timeline.

Whether it’s a line-by-line breakdown of the song “Otis,” his take on the final season of Entourage, or the truth behind that Michael Vick article, the noted journalist and cultural critic has amassed over 36,000 followers by posting more than just links.

“I seem to look at it as if I’m on a panel, and there’s thousands of people there. And it’s a Q&A-type situation, so I make a statement that would relate to many people,” the author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness explained in our Media Beat interview. “I do want it to be conversational in that you can have an opinion back or an answer back to me; I can respond back to that. And there is an impulse to be ADD-ish on Twitter, to say one thing and to move on. And I wanna have a conversation. I wanna spend 10 or 15 minutes or 10 or 20 tweets talking about one thing and drilling down on one idea. Look, I hate small talk.”

So, what’s the one topic that got the Twittersphere in a tizzy? Tipping. Watch the full video to find out why.

You can also view this video on YouTube.

Part 2: Toure Tackles Watermelon, Fried Chicken and Post-Blackness in New Book

Part 3: Toure on Pitching, Getting Assignments, and That R. Kelly Interview

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  • Our favorite is TOURe interview with rapper Jim Jones about the Barack Obama victory:

    Jim confessed that the election inspired him to drop the word “nigga” from his vocabulary-where it was a nearly ubiquitous presence-and replace it with “Obama.” He gave me a few examples: “What up, my Obama?” “Yo, did you see them Obamas last night?” “Now that’s a real Obama.”