Just as America was learning that the 2020 election had officially come to an end on Saturday, a different kind of vote was getting underway.
Media coverage of the historic moment began to saturate social media, lighting up timelines across the globe with the news that Joe Biden had officially defeated Donald Trump‘s campaign to be re-elected, clearing the way for Kamala Harris to become the first vice president-elect who is Black.
But while the usual suspects like the Associated Press, the New York Times and the Washington Post weighed in with their stories that were topped with variations of standard “Biden Beats Trump” headlines, another news outlet took a decidedly different tack: “Hot Damn Joe, Here We Vote Again! Kandy-Korn-Kolored Disenfranchiser-In-Chief Donald Trump Dragged From White House By His Flimsy Faux Follicles As Adjudicatory Americans Bang The Gavel On His Raggedy-Ass Presidency.”
Yes, Bossip went there. And not a single lie was detected.
The headline unofficially earned Bossip the distinction of having the best headline covering Biden and Harris’ election.
While no formal votes were taken or tallied, the results couldn’t be any clearer after the tweet — posted a mere minutes after CNN broke the news — garnered more than 21,000 likes and 13,000 retweets, and counting.
For anybody unfamiliar with Bossip — one of NewsOne’s sister sites under the iOne Digital umbrella of online properties — the premier destination for the latest in all things African American pop culture and entertainment is renowned for its social media headlines. But on Saturday, it outdid itself even by its standards. And plenty of people took notice.
When NY Mag’s Vulture called Jason “Jah” Lee — an associate editor at Bossip better known by his social media handle of the Hip-Hop Obama — to learn more, he broke down his headline-writing prowess perfectly:
“‘Hot damn, Joe, here we vote again’ is just a Lil’ Kim reference, Lee explained. “I like doing headlines where people will react to it and be like, I really sang this headline.”
And the “candy corn” part? “To me,” he said, “it was an obvious one, plus candy corn is nasty as hell. Don’t nobody want no damn candy corn. I obviously took the ‘candy corn-colored’ and made them all K’s. So, people can take what they want from that part.”
After adequately addressing the racist-in-chief hatred, no Trump tweet would be complete without taking note of the losing president’s, um, creatively combed coif.
“’Dragged out of the White House by his flimsy faux follicles,’” Lee continued, is “a Donald Trump hair joke. I felt the opportunity to squeeze in some more alliteration, which everybody is always a fan of. The image of a political cartoon of Donald Trump being dragged out of the oval office by his hair is kind of what was on my mind.”
Janee Bolden, the senior content director for pop culture at iOne Digital, said Lee has continued to outdo himself with his signature magic touch.
“It almost goes without saying that within the last few years it’s expected that no cultural conversation is complete without a BOSSIP headline,” Bolden told NewsOne on Monday. “I’m proud of all of our editors, particularly Jason Lee, who with his latest contribution continues to raise the bar.”
Lee, for his part, told NewsOne he took extra special care with Saturday’s headline knowing there would be added eyeballs on it.
“In my entire Bossip career I have only felt legitimate pressure to deliver a superlative headline twice,” he said Monday. “Both were this year. First is when Donald Trump contracted COVID-19 and then again on Thursday when the clamoring for our election-calling headline grew louder and louder. Ultimately, I’m glad that the people were pleased and that we didn’t let them down.”
The best thing about Bossip’s headlines, though? They’re far from a one-shot deal and routinely provide a gift that keeps on giving. Visit the site now and its Twitter feed for further proof of that undeniable fact.
Notable Black Folks Who Have Contracted The Coronavirus
1. Usain Bolt, Olympic gold medalist
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2. Gil Bailey, radio pioneer2 of 41
3. Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta mayorSource:Getty 3 of 41
4. Herman Cain, former presidential candidateSource:Getty 4 of 41
5. Ben CarsonSource:Getty 5 of 41
6. Manu DibangoSource:Getty 6 of 41
7. Dennis Dickson7 of 41
8. Kevin DurantSource:Getty 8 of 41
9. Larry Edgeworth
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Prayers to the family of NBC’s Larry Edgeworth 💔🙏🏽 and my former colleagues at 30 Rock. He died after testing positive for #coronavirus. Larry would always offer to help me ...even after I moved to CBS. He just wanted to see another brother win. #IAmMyBrothersKeeper Rest 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/TyXbiHs30d— DeMarco Morgan (@DeMarcoReports) March 20, 2020
10. Kenneth "Babyface" EdmondsSource:Getty 10 of 41
11. Idris and Sabrina Dhowre Elba
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This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
12. Patrick Ewing, basketball legendSource:Getty 12 of 41
13. Ronald Fenty, Rihanna's dadSource:Getty 13 of 41
14. Vivica A. Fox, actressSource:Getty 14 of 41
15. Jimmy Glenn, legendary boxing trainerSource:Getty 15 of 41
16. Rudy Gobert
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17. Lee Green
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It is with much sadness to inform all in my SJU family that we lost Lee Green to Covid-19 today. A Parade All-American who played 3 years at #SJUBB Lee was our warrior on those teams. A true lock em up defender that relished shutting down the best opponents. RIP Lee🙏🏻 #gone2soon pic.twitter.com/X4TIPbVvoU— Ron Linfonte (@SJU5) March 24, 2020
18. Charles Gregory, Tyler Perry's makeup artrist
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19. Lewis Hamilton, Formula One driverSource:Getty 19 of 41
20. Samuel Hargress Jr., owner of legendary Harlem nightclub
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Thank You for your friendship Sam! 💔#RIP💔 Harlem's Paris Blues Jazz Club has been a celebrated local music joint since 1969, playing live jazz and blues nightly. It's owner and manager, Mr. Samuel Hargress Jr., has been in the club nearly every day for the past 51 years. 💫🔥💫 pic.twitter.com/oSM9Cbzzdb— B Michael (@bmichaelAmerica) April 15, 2020
21. Mike Huckaby, techno music pioneer and DJ
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R.I.P Mike Huckaby. You will forever continue to change so many peoples lives with your music, technique and mentoring. These clips of Huck are from ‘Detroit The Blueprint Of Techno’ 💔 pic.twitter.com/8t8c83Uy2K— Dark Entries Records (@darkentriesrecs) April 25, 2020
22. Callum Hudson-OdoiSource:Getty 22 of 41
23. DL Hughley, comedian23 of 41
24. Ahmed Ismail Hussein, Somali singer, 92
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BREAKING: One of Somalia’s greatest artists has died in London after contracting Corona Virus. Ahmed Ismail Hussein “Hudeydi” known as the “King of Oud” has been in hospital for four days. He was 92. pic.twitter.com/iCii8vYVVv— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) April 8, 2020
25. Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, former White House butler
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Tonight on @fox5dc at 10p -— ShawnYancy (@ShawnYancyTV) May 20, 2020
He served at the pleasure of 11 U.S. Presidents... during his 55 years at the White House.
Last weekend, he passed from COVID-19.
My exclusive interview with the granddaughter of White House butler, Wilson Jerman is next! pic.twitter.com/SBiXbQLiud
26. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
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27. Brad "Scarface" JordanSource:Getty 27 of 41
28. DeAndre Jordan, NBA starSource:Getty 28 of 41
29. James Mahoney, pulmonologist
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Dr. James Mahoney at University Hospital of Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/SXBxNlzApr— Lieutenant Kijé (@BrianLemaire2) May 19, 2020
30. Ellis Marsalis Jr.Source:Getty 30 of 41
31. DeRay McKessonSource:Getty 31 of 41
32. Von MillerSource:Getty 32 of 41
33. Donovan Mitchell
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34. Lloyd Porter, small business owner in Brooklyn
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Devastated to hear Lloyd Porter has pass away from covid19. Lloyd was a pillar in Brooklyn. His coffee shop Breadstuy is where I met some of my closest friends. He sometimes hired people with records that couldn't easily find work. He believed in community. Rest well Brother— Blitz Bazawule (@BlitzAmbassador) May 7, 2020
35. Wallace RoneySource:Getty 35 of 41
36. Marcus Smart36 of 41
37. Troy Sneed, gospel singerSource:Getty 37 of 41
38. Oliver "DJ Black N Mild" Stokes Jr.
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New Orleans bounce DJ and radio personality Black N Mild has died after testing positive for coronavirus. For the past 25 years, he also deejayed at countless clubs, parties and other private events across the southeast. pic.twitter.com/2e6mnKhiXQ— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) March 21, 2020
39. Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes39 of 41
40. Karl-Anthony Towns' parents, Jacqueline Cruz and Karl-Anthony Towns Sr.40 of 41
41. Juan Williams, Fox News HostSource:Getty 41 of 41
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