Within two days of each other, two police shootings have left two African American men dead. The first shooting took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday night when Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was fatally shot after an altercation with two white police officers. There are several videos showing the events of that night and the civil rights division of the Justice Department has opened an investigation into this shooting. The second shooting took place Wednesday night in St. Paul, Minnesota when police fatally shot Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man, during a traffic stop. His girlfriend and child were in the car. The shooting was captured in graphic detail on Facebook video by his girlfriend in the front seat. Cue the debates and protests.
Protests following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile turned deadly on Thursday night in Dallas, Texas. Five police officers were killed and six others were injured in what is believed to be a planned attack against police. Officials think that the officers were shot by snipers. Three alleged suspects are in custody and a fourth is dead after a standoff with police. One suspect said that bombs were planted throughout downtown Dallas. Obama called the attack a “vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.” This was one of the worst mass shootings of police in US history.
SocialToaster sends our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. We all must come together to achieve peace. When times are hard, love harder.
Cause baby you’re...the most followed person on Twitter. Four simple words summed up Katy Perry’s reaction to her new title: Dang this is tight! Ahem, other celebs, please take notes on how to keep an acceptance speech (or tweet) short and sweet. Katy Perry is meow the queen of the Twitterverse with a following over 90 million KatyCats strong.
Duck lips are so 2015. Fingermouthing (there really wasn’t a better word?) is the hottest selfie trend. To “fingermouth,” one just casually, yet seductively dangles their fingers in front of their mouth to give off a “careless” and “off guard” vibe (while showing off the new mani, of course). The Kardashian/Jenner clan is famous for their fingermouthing so you know it’s definitely a thing. But be mindful, we’re halfway through 2016, so visit your local nail salon ASAP to capitalize on this trend, or it’ll be “so over” before Kim K’s next selfie.
So you think you’re having a bad week? Try being Rio de Janeiro. The city is hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics (‘Merica!), which are set to start in less than a month, and everything is going to hell. Or at least that’s what the signs say when you arrive at the airport. The city’s police force staged a protest at the local airport welcoming visitors with “Welcome to Hell” signs. We’d pick another marketing slogan if we were them but hey, not our call. The protesters claim that they haven’t been paid in months and they’re warning visitors that they will not be safe in the city. Lovely! But don’t worry, the police won’t be able to protect you against the drug-resistant bacteria that scientists found growing off the beaches. The “super bacteria” comes from local hospital sewage that found its way into the bay. Well, we know who won’t be receiving a gold medal for best Olympic host city...
There’s a new dress causing some controversy. Are you team “if you got it, flaunt it” or team “skin is not in?”
Twitch, the video game streaming website, has given a whole new meaning to the term “Social Eating” with the creation of their new channel called “Social Eating.” Aside from literally watching peeps eat food (sounds like a really bad date), the channel is supposed to help lonely people feel as though they’re having a meal with others. However, leave it to the rotten apples to ruin the fun for all of us. People started eating massive amounts of food and puking. Yes, people ate so much that they threw up and put it on the internet. This is why we can’t have nice things guys! In response, Twitch was forced to post an FAQ about what can and cannot be done on the channel.