If you’re not on Twitter, chances are you still know about what’s popping on the tweets, thanks to Black Twitter, the segment of the social network that regularly gets things trending. From swapping memes and reminiscing using hashtags like #BlackSalonProblems and #ThanksgivingWithBlackFamilies; empowering each other through movements like #BlackBoyJoy, #BlackGirlMagic, and #BlackOutDay; and discussing politics, policy, and justice through tags like #BlackLivesMatter, Black Twitter is constantly at the forefront of what people are talking about online.

Despite its power, many people are still confused about what Black Twitter actually is, so The Daily Show decided to break it down.

With the help of two of Black Twitter’s most outspoken denizens–This Week In Blackness host Elon James White and former EBONY editor Jamilah Lemieux–Roy Wood, Jr. gave an insiders peek into what the community is all about–and what it ain’t.

During The Daily Show segment, Lemieux defined Black Twitter as “an extension of how we communicate in our neighborhoods, in our barbershops, in our churches, in our schools. It is our village.” While Wood quipped, “Think of Black Twitter as Harlem. Black folks made it cool, and now White people are trying to move in.”


Everyone’s definition of Black Twitter differs, but there’s one thing that’s always true: it’s what you make it.

Watch The Daily Show’s take on Black Twitter below.

Are you part of Black Twitter? How would you define it?