Faces Of Black Twitter: Meet Reggie Ossé
Photo of Reggie Ossé taken by Shayan Asgharnia for Okayplayer.
Happy New Year, mazel tov and bonne journée to you all! Despite the craziness of last week’s inauguration, first press conference and Women’s March — we are going to continue to championing 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, Reggie Ossé, better known around the inters-of-nets as Combat Jack. Host of the number one hip-hop podcast going right now, Reg has evolved into the Charlie Rose of The Culture through hard work, in-depth interviews and real talk. His longevity has influenced others in the game to join into the mix from Noreaga‘s Drink Champs to Joe Budden‘s I’ll Name This Podcast Later — Reggie Ossé has quickly become the Godfather of the Gangsta Podcast.
With almost 35k followers, this member since July 2008 has a portfolio that would make a millennial envious. A show on Complex, tons of press in publications such as Ad Week and NPR and a recurring role on the creative production channel, Dinner Land TV — Reg has leverage his considerable experience as the lawyer for Roc-A-Fella Records into a career documenting the legends and legacies of hip-hop’s finest personalities. As this month’s returning subject, Reggie Ossé breaks down what #BlackTwitter means to him, how he became an influential member and why he continues to challenge those who have a stereotypical perception of those on #BlackTwitter.
Okayplayer: What does the term “Black Twitter” mean to you? Is it empowering? Does it limit who you are?
Reggie Ossé: #BlackTwitter is the digital safe space in which people of color and all of our spiritual kinfolk of all colors can convene and discuss issues which are unapologetically black. Social justice, #BlackLivesMatter, what dat mouf do?, Bron Bron’s hairline, what did Wale say now? #BlackTwitter is the virtual barbershop and hair salon that takes centuries of our behind-the-doors discourse and prominently places it on the world’s stage. #BlackTwitter is incredibly empowering.
I had a friend who experienced a traumatic experience in which her daughter, a young black girl, was physically attacked by a volunteer teacher’s assistant, a white woman, here in a public school in Brooklyn. The school was naturally very lenient in how it handled the white woman, so were the local authorities. I brought this issue to #BlackTwitter and got an assist from Deray McKesson, who retweeted my tweets. Soon after, local news sources picked up on the story, which I believe led to the arrest of said white woman. Just to be a part of the process which led to the arrest of a white woman for physically attacking a black child was empowering in that, if you push hard enough and within the right circles, justice can happen.