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No One Is Safe From Black Twitter. Not Even Black People.

As anyone criticized by Black Twitter can tell you, the cultural phenomenon is one hell of a force to reckon with.

Because of it, the Twittersphere sees constant conversation surrounding the Black experience and highlights issues often overlooked, and sometimes created by, mainstream media. Alongside this, explosive hashtags are also birthed calling out people, publications and general status quo. Just ask Marie-Claire, Vogue Magazine and the Associated Press.

But just because Black Twitter goes after offensive slip ups made by white people, doesn’t mean black people are exempt from the same fury.

In the spirit of true equality, no one is safe from Black Twitter -- and the proof of it lies in two recent hashtags.

In their coverage of the finding of black man Otis Byrd hanging from a tree in Mississippi last week, CNN laid emphasis on the man's criminal record. Relevant or not, Black Twitter didn't take nicely to said focus when so few details about the surrounding circumstances were available to contextualize his life and death. Thus, #CNNBeLike was born.

Likewise, recent controversial remarks on racism from black celebrities such as Common, Kanye and Raven-Symone have of late stirred a relatively similar response from Black Twitter. And boy did the #BlackCelebsBeLike sarcasm sting every bit as bad as it's precursor.

You can hate Black Twitter all you want -- or commend it for its brutal honesty -- but you have to admit they don't play favorites.

Check out some of Black Twitter's jabs below, and tell us your favorite hashtags in the comments below!

#PaulasBestDishes
Earlier this year, when allegations of racism and Paula Deen's use of the N-word came to light, this hashtag launched on twitter adding light-hearted humor to the controversial topic. To read more of these tweets, click here.
#BlackBuzzFeed
If Buzzfeed and Black Twitter had a baby the result would be: #BlackBuzzFeed. This hashtag launched earlier this year, after Buzzfeed wrote a piece about the 'cultural force' of Black Twitter. Users successfully took the lead in denouncing the "Juror B37's" book deal -- resulting in the agent dropping the author all together. The hashtag itself consisted of hilarious list ideas for Buzzfeed specific to the black community. To read more of the tweets from this trending topic, click here.
#HistoricalFacebookNames
This hilarious trending topic combined historical figures with pop culture references while poking fun at people who choose to use extra names within their Facebook profiles. To read the hilarious tweets from this trending topic, click here.
#SmartBlackWomenOnTwitter
Black twitter doesn't always center around jokes. The community also comes together to right a wrong. This summer, Fast Company released a list of the "25 Smartest Women On Twitter" and twitter took notice when no women of color were included. Twitter user @FeministaJones launched the hashtag #SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter and it spread across the internet resulting in a response from Fast Company and a new list. Read more on this, here.
#DonLemonOn
Don Lemon is no stranger to criticism from the black community. This hashtag launched after his comments about "Stop and Frisk" were interpreted by many as an endorsement of the practice. To read more on this, click here.
#BeyonceThinkPieces
Twitter user Adriana Nova launched this trending topic that quickly caught on across twitter. After Beyonce's surprise album dropped the internet was flooded by media outlets publishing essays analyzing and critiquing the album -- this trending topic was an attempt to add a bit of levity. To read the hilarious tweets, click here.
#ArmaniCaptions
So, there was one time when Armani couldn't tell the difference between Alfre Woodard And Idris Elba. Needless to say, black twitter had a field day. The hashtag #armanicaptions emerged and users tweeted out photos, like the one above, with captions that clearly do not match the person pictured.
#ABCReports
This tweet from ABC was a real story. Black twitter took notice, creating the hashtag #ABCReports making fun of the network for choosing to do a news report on something as basic as twerking. To read some of the tweets, click here.
#RacismEndedWhen
This twitter fail was immediately mocked across twitter. In the end the GOP responded saying the tweet was misworded. To read the tweets from the #RacismEndedWhen hashtag, click here.

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