#InTheseTweets | Eighth Edition

In These Tweets is a weekly cultural dive into trending topics on Twitter. A collection of snapshot analyses on a variety of moments impacting our world. Sometimes serious, sometimes light, always substantive. We outchea, #InTheseTweets.

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters aka Queen Maxine aka Auntie Maxine has had it up to here (wherever you envision ‘here’ to be) with Donald Trump’s ineptness and expressed so in a hilarious and condemning tweet. The hilarity comes from the first line in which she refers to Trump as a “complete idiot!” There’s no secret that Trump and Waters’ rapport has been contentious (to put it mildly) since the minute he was elected. Waters was among the first politicians in Washington calling for his impeachment and has been a fierce critic of his administration and leadership along the way. Trump has taken more thana few jabs at Rep. Waters mostly laced with racist and sexist undertones. This most recent shot fired from Waters calls Trump out on his initial delay of action in response to the coronavirus and the human toll his inaction has cost already. She ends the tweet by calling on the president to “pray 4 forgiveness” for harm caused, which means that she still at least believes he has some moral fiber that would lead him to atone for his misdirections. This is a generous assumption, so he can’t say that Tee Maxine never gave him anything.

The date March 31, 2020, marks the year anniversary since the hip hop industry, the city of Los Angeles, the music world and the world at large lost the multi-talented Nipsey Hussle. Hussle was tragically gunned down in front of his clothing store in the Crenshaw district of South Central Los Angeles on March 31, 2019. The suspected assailant, Eric Holder, has not gone on trial as of yet for the murder. Hussleposthumously wona Grammy awardat this year’s ceremony in the Best Rap Performance category for the song “Racks In the Middle,” a bittersweet recognition his family accepted in his honor. In this tweet of remembrance, DJ Skee writes about still being able to feel Nip’s presence watching over and how he is doing all that he can do to keep Hussle’s legacy going. The tweet ends with an emoji of the checkered flag and #TMC hashtag, an abbreviation for ‘the marathon continues,’ which is not only the name of the late rapper’s 2011 mixtape but also a call to action for his movement to live on. In these trying and uncertain times, it is of value for us all to remember that our individual lives are part of an ever-evolving marathon and that this moment of calamity will ultimately one day be no more. We can wish that Nipsey was still here to help motivate us to navigate the times we’re in, but we can also take solace in the gems he dropped before his untimely demise, knowing that the course to our victory lap is never fully out of distance.

New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, succinctly and concretely made an argument for women to receive equal pay with a tweet that underscores the risk female medical professionals are taking amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. March 31st is recognized as #EqualPayDay, a recognition that was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. Aside from the fact that gender-based pay equity should no longer be debatable, we are seeing a real-time example of women and men in the medical profession doing equally life-saving work that should unquestionably be compensated equally. Metrics such as work experience and education level can reasonably be used to distinguish between salaries, but gender as a factor is not only an archaic measure of professional value, it puts industries at risk of not hiring the best-qualified people for the job. And right now, with regards to the medical field, we need our best and brightest people to fight to eradicate this pandemic and to be equitably compensated to do so.

While we all sit at home under stay inside directives from local officials, ESPN is delivering its much anticipated docuseries, “The Last Dance”, two months prior to its original date. The 10-part series chronicles the journey of retired NBA megastar/global icon, Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls teammates in their successful quest for their second championship three-peat of the 90s. For basketball fans and sports fans in general, “The Last Dance” has been teased as an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the 1997-98 Bulls team’s historic run and the turmoil they endured along the way. Jordan, one of the league’s all-time fiercest competitors, would go on to retire after the second run of championships with the Bulls and briefly resurface as a player for the Washington Wizards. With legendary teammates such as Scottie Pippen and Steve Kerr already in tow, along with the addition of the eccentric rebound machine that was Dennis Rodman, the Bulls sought to reclaim league dominance temporarily during Jordan’s first “mini” retirement in the 1994-95 season. The early release of the docuseries should be a focal point for many people struggling with the absence of the sports bar environment brought on by social distancing. And it looks to just be a damn good narrative.