You know who I love?
And by 'Us', I mean Black people- the lifeblood of everything that is great and poppin in this country and arguably the world, Craig! (Chill white cousins, you know I love yall too...but this ain't about you boo.)
WE UNDENIABLY MAKE EVERYTHANG BETTER. EVERY. THANG.
Seriously, just look around and you can see for yourself, you will rarely find one thing that a Black person or Black people have not made and or made better; from food to music to fashion to entertainment, we are the popular culture creators. We are the Culture. We move the needle and everyone follows. Maybe it's because we spend the most or maybe it's because we have the most fun, I don't know. But whatever it is, they (pop culture) are all trying to pull up a seat at our table...so they can steal it, water it down, and wear it completely out. That's when what was once fun, fresh, exciting, and cool quickly becomes corny, boring, bland, and whack as fuck. Just like the phrase 'as fuck' and Stacey Dash.
Can we have our shit back, please??
But before the whackness infiltrates and takes over, there is that moment of absolute and utter glory. It's like the first warm day after a cold ass winter when you can finally wear your new dress and sandals because you just got the crust scraped off the bottom of your heels. It's that extra paycheck between the rent check and the "everything else"checks that the payday gods bless you with occasionally. It's the last bit of your granny's mac n cheese on Thanksgiving that she puts away just for you because she knows that you're running late because you're getting high with your lil friends and you will have the munchies.
And this magic moment that I am speaking of is the birth of a new meme...not a nation bc fuck Nate Parker. Ok sorry, random.
an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.
a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.
A meme is like slang depicted visually. It can replace a word, phrase or situation. They can be fun or they can be serious...the best ones are fun.
According to Lifewire, Richard Dawkins "Sort of" created memes:
Who (Sort of) Invented Memes?
The "meme" word was first introduced by evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, in 1976. "Meme" comes from the Greek word "mimema" (meaning "something imitated", American Heritage Dictionary). Dawkins described memes as a being a form of cultural propagation, which is a way for people to transmit social memories and cultural ideas to each other. Not unlike the way that DNA and life will spread from location to location, a meme idea will also travel from mind to mind.
We have all seen them. We all know them. A lot of us sit on social media networks anticipating them after some fuck shit happens in the world. We screenshot, repost, retweet, share and text them to everyone on our contact lists. We literally stop doing our jobs at our places of employment and go to various co-workers desks just to make them look so we can laugh and be unproductive together. We tag people in comments. We laugh and cackle until we cry.
AND. IT. IS. FUCKING. GLORIOUS.
Like a lot of shit on the internet, nerds created the first popular memes. They were usually obscure pictures with block letter words on the top and bottom. Some of the more popular "old school" memes are Gene Wilder's Tell Me More, Not Sure If Fry from Futurama, LOLCats, and more.
Those were before massive amounts of black people stopped playing bejewelled and gained access to Facebook. Then they started migrating to twitter...and the rest is history.
Black memes, like rap music, really set the trend for humour online these days. Arguably the funniest material comes from Black Twitter and other Black content creators. Before Vine became defunct, it was inundated with a lot of surprisingly great and succinct content...the videos were only 8 seconds.
Admittedly, the wit and thought that goes into a lot of popular memes is genius level. The ability to take something as simple as a gesture, situation, or facial expression of a cartoon, or celeb and morph it into a reaction translation for millions is really no easy feat. Making it relatable culturally is really what makes Black memes stand out because they just GET us. Ya know?? Like if I was to say, "insert Florida Evans meme" to one of my friends, they would already know something crazy/bad/tragic happened. Or when someone says something that we all know is bullshit so we just post the famous "Why You Always Lyin" pic and no more words are needed. It just really fascinates and fills me with joy me every time someone creates a viral meme that is completely perfect for situations that my people can relate to. And for all of these reasons and many more, we have decided to add a new segment to the blog to honor the geniuses who create these epic pieces of culture with the 'Won the Inanet' award.
The 'Won the Inanet' award will be a monthly contest where we will compile new memes throughout the week. We will have social media users to vote for their favorite memes on a weekly basis. Weekly winners will then go into the running for the monthly title. Our followers and listeners of our podcast will be encouraged to submit recommendations for weekly awards and they will also be voting for the monthly winners.
As of right this second, there is no real prize for this award but later in the future that could change.
Also, the rules may slightly change as well due to the research that will be involved. Categories may be added as there are so many different kinds of memes and so many deserve the recognition.