‘Black Twitter’ Changed My Life

My Thing Is: I don’t really care what it’s called or how it’s covered. This priceless community gave me my first platform and inspired my career.

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My father, before he passed, prophesied that I would write books that would be read around the world and help people. And, you guessed it—he was right.

My first book (I've now written two) is titled Pervis Principles Volume One: A Daily Meditation Mini-Book. Geared toward teens and young adults, it offers daily messages for inspiration and reflection, just like the ones I'd been providing online.

Soon after it was published, a follower of mine asked me to come speak at her school and conduct a workshop. That led to the opportunity to deliver a graduation speech. Keep in mind that this all began on Twitter—"black Twitter," to be exact.

Next, I got a chance to speak at Yale University through a Twitter connection. It's also what brought me to that jail program I mentioned, where I'm a life coach. Never had I thought that I would discover my career and passion all from social media.

I'm in awe when I think of the strong presence African Americans have on Twitter, and the potential for connections and supporting one another that's at our fingertips and has already provided so many with that introduction, friendship or platform they never would have had access to without it.

Sure, I laugh at the tweets making fun of celebrities and what my student would call "ratchet" stuff. But more important, I treasure Twitter as a place for self-exploration and valuable networking.

That's why I'm so much less concerned about what people say about this tool than I am about how we can use it. Love it or hate it, black Twitter changed my life.

Pervis Taylor III is an author, life coach and speaker. He's the author of Pervis Principles Volume 1 and Pervis Principles Volume 2 and creator of the related mobile app I-Inspire. He resides in New York City. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

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