With all apologies to dogs, memes truly are Man’s best friend. They’re there to cheer you up when you’re down. They convey your emotions when you don’t have the words. They can shut someone down or boost someone up, as the situation dictates. And best of all, they won’t hump your leg.
And if memes are like dogs, then Black Twitter is like a premier breeder, where top-tier memes are born and then adopted by the masses, allowed to run free and bring pleasure to everyone in the world. Just don’t let them lick you on the mouth. Here are some of the best memes ever from Black Twitter…and from regular Twitter, but with black people in them.
Confused Nick Young expresses bewilderment at life's most puzzling scenarios, courtesy of life's most puzzling professional basketball players.
Supa Hot Fire parodies over-the-top rap battle reactions and can be useful when someone delivers a particularly brutal roast about your mama.
Black Guy on the Phone, AKA black Republican Martin Baker, is the epitome of the uptight, "I want to speak to your manager" type you never want to eat with in a restaurant.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Reaction is a line drawing of the astrophysicist with his hands up as a sarcastic expression of apprehension when dealing with such an obvious "badass."
Yo Dawg is a play on Xzibit's Pimp My Ride hosting gig, where he put ridiculously extravagant things in junky cars that probably got stolen within a month's time, so the meme has him putting things in other things with no discernable usefulness.
From the movie Friday, Bye Felicia is a convenient way to dismiss someone -- in meme form or as a hashtag.
Crying Jordan is a photo of a tearful Michael Jordan from his Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It's Photoshopped into images to make fun of people (usually sports-related) who've just suffered a painful loss. Basically kicking 'em while they're down.
Y'all Got Any More is a photo of Dave Chappelle as crackhead Tyrone Biggums from The Chappelle Show. On the show, he was asking for crack, but the meme is used to express any burning desire for something scarce.
Michael Jackson Eating Popcorn is a gif grabbed from the "Thriller" video that expresses the pure spectator joy of watching a particularly juicy interaction online. May be accompanied by the message "I CAME HERE TO READ THE COMMENTS."
Confused Black Girl expresses the exasperated feeling you experience when something frustrating happens or someone does something incredibly nonsensical.
The artwork for Nicki' Minaj's "Anaconda" made perhaps a bigger impression than the song itself, and the rapper's "buns" found themselves Photoshopped into all sorts of scenes and situations, from the Sistine Chapel to the Statue of Liberty.
Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) dispenses deep, mind-blowing wisdom in The Matrix, and the What If I Told You meme pokes fun at it by having him drop knowledge on trivial topics.
Inspired by Kanye West's legendary storming of the stage to protest Taylor Swift's MTV Video Award win over Beyonce, Imma Let You Finish features Kanye interrupting all sorts of people and events as only he can.
Skeptical Third World Kid pokes fun at "First World" luxuries and at humanitarian efforts in the Third World, with this suspicious boy giving a lady the side-eye as he asks a question typically beginning with "So, you're telling me..."
Aretha Franklin's Hat commemorates the distinctive hat the iconic singer wore during her performance at Barrack Obama's 2009 inauguration by Photoshopping it on various people, animals and objects. And Vulcans.
My Momma Said is a photo of a young Cardi B with hand on hip in a precocious manner, inspiring people to imagine her blurting out demands or boldly revealing sensitive information with the knowledge that her momma's got her back.
Successful Black Man pokes fun at African-American stereotypes by featuring a common stereotype in a caption above the photo of a black man and then undercutting it with a caption below the picture that shows the statement to be innocuous.
That's Racist is a gif of a little boy yelling the titular phrase, which comes in handy on the Internet because, well, you know.
Squinting Woman is relatable in that her bent-over, squinty-eyed look expresses a range of emotions we've all felt, from exhaustion to utter confusion.
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