The Catch Up: What You Missed This Week In Social Media Land

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Jada Pinkett Smith; Rashid Polo of Vine; Gerald "Slink" Johnson as Black Jesus

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This week was filled with the good, the bad and the ugly. Jada Pinkett Smith stood up for rape victim Jada from Houston, Time tried to explain what the word “bae” means and Christian groups spoke out against a new show entitled Black Jesus.

1.     #JusticeforJada

Jada Pinkett Smith stood in solidarity with the 16-year-old Jada from Houston whose rape went viral. The actress posted a supportive message on her Facebook account which read, "This could be you, me or any woman or girl that we know. What do we plan to do about this ugly epidemic? #justiceforjada." She revealed in an interview with Us magazine earlier this week that this story hits close to home as her niece was recently given a date-rape drug. She had a heart-to-heart conversation with her niece and daughter soon after on how they can protect themselves.

2. Cissy Houston puts her foot down.

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Singer Cissy Houston and daughter, singer Whitney Houston, in 2010

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Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston’s mother, isn’t happy with Lifetime’s decision to continue the production of her daughter’s biopic despite her family’s objections. “Please, please let her rest,” she said.

3. Not your ordinary reality show — or so they say.

Speaking of Lifetime, the network is entering the over-saturated market of reality television featuring black people. Lifetime claims that this won’t be like “Love & Hip-Hop” or “Basketball Wives.” Instead, it will feature an affluent group of African American friends with the moniker Black American Princesses and Princes. Let’s cross our fingers on this one.

4. The blue wall of silence should be demolished.

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Screenshot of video footage of police attempting to handcuff Eric Garner that shows an officer apparently placing him in a choke hold on July 17, 2014.

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Since Eric Garner’s lethal arrest was caught on video and gone viral, many people have shared their outrage on social media. PoliceOne.com is giving police officers an outlet to show support for those officers who were involved in the death of Garner, who was killed after a New York cop reportedly used an illegal choke hold on Garner.

5. Exposing racial profilers one Vine at a time.

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SCREENSHOT OF RASHID POLO VINE VIDEO

Nineteen-year-old Vine user Rashid Polo has become popular on the Internet by exposing employees who follow him in stores with the app that allows you to upload 6-second videos. ““If it keeps happening, I’m going to be forced to record it,” he told Hollywood Reporter.

6. Who learned what “bae” means this week?

Time magazine explained what they think the colloquial term “bae” means earlier this week and Twitter had a field day coming up with other stories Time will try to cover next with the hashtag #TimeTitles. The Root had an idea of which slang terms Time will try to define next so we helped them out with this handy guide.

7. Black Jesus has a lot of people up in arms.

Aaron McGruder, creator of The Boondocks, is facing some backlash from Christian groups for his new show Black Jesus. The show is a comedy which takes a satirical look at Jesus — or a man who thinks he’s Jesus — as a black man who uses profanities, smokes weed and turns water into “wine-yac.” The show airs on Adult Swim Aug. 7.

Taryn Finley is a summer intern at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

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