Happy post-Valentine’s Day, mazel tov and bonne journée to you all! Despite the ongoing craziness of Donald Drumpf and American politics, new music and the burgeoning world revolution — we are going to continue to champion the best and brightest minds behind the cultural phenomenon known as #BlackTwitter. Last year, we kicked off the franchise, Faces of Black Twitter, to chronicle those influencers who make you laugh, retweet, get out and march and join in those popular challenges we all know and love.
With that said, allow us to introduce you to the one, the only, Darian Symoné Harvin, better known around the inters-of-nets as the Culture Curator. Host of the really dope podcast, Am I Allowed To Like Anything, Darian has put in work with some of the titans of the music journalism biz as part of the HRDCVR crew with Danyel Smith and Elliott Wilson. Through hard work, in-depth interviews and real talk, Darian brings her brand of no-frills + extraordinary insight to deliver thoughtful content to a burgeoning audience. In addition to her work as a digger of the truth at BuzzFeed, Darian Symoné Harvin is quickly becoming a recognizable force to be reckoned with in these digital streets.
With almost 4k followers, this member since March 2009 has a portfolio that would make an old person envious. As this month’s subject for Faces of Black Twitter, Darian Symoné Harvin hips us to how she became a trusted voice, what’s the difference between her online and her IRL and why she regrets her Beyoncé tweet.
Okayplayer: What does the term “Black Twitter” mean to you? Is it empowering? Does it limit who you are?
Darian Symoné Harvin: #BlackTwitter, to me, is an expression to the world. It is a reminder that not only do our voices exist on the internet and IRL, but we are not afraid to use them. Our minds, our talents are ours to own and influence the American pop culture as we are so responsible for. #BlackTwitter, we administer the litmus test. We test the pH scale and set the agenda, as varied as it may be. In regards to news, #BlackTwitter provides context — by way of our voices — to the stories that involve us, or should involve us.
OKP: Do you share your government name with your followers? If so, why? If not, why?
DSH: I do. I started using my entire name on Facebook when I was in high school. Then, people started using it in real life. It almost became a sign of respect amongst my peers (I went to a mostly white, all girls Catholic high school), but also a fresh way for people to get to know me. It just stuck.
OKP: What is the main difference between who you are in real life and your online persona?
DSH: The biggest difference is that I think I am still trying to figure out what I want others to know about me via the Internet. There are so many people who have found their voice and their tribe, but I am still doing that. I think #BlackTwitter can help your growth as a person. It exposes you to new ideas, literature, art and ways of thinking for you to agree, disagree with or reflect on.
But in real life, I think I have a solid grounding of who I am, what I value and what my strengths and weaknesses are. So, I guess, figuring out how I would like to communicate that to Twitter is an ongoing goal of mine. I most certainly do better in spaces that allow me to express myself via audio and video.
OKP: How does “Black Twitter” affect your life and professional career?
DSH: #BlackTwitter has affected my life in that it has given me more joy. Witnessing community in this way has affected my life in good ways. I wonder how it would have affected how I viewed myself, say, if #BlackTwitter existed when I was in high school.
OKP: How did you become such a trusted source of information/news/comedy/etc. on Twitter?