American Privilege; Marijuana Chokes Chances of Olympic Competitor Sha’Carri Richardson

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By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion

THC is not classified as a performance enhancing substance. Why is she being punished? A portion of the nation in uproar.

In an age that marijuana production and recreational use becomes more normal as each day passes, someone, somehow, seems to experience negative, life-changing scrutiny over consuming the herb. 

This time, Olympic trial participant, Sha’Carri Richardson fell into the spotlight of controversy as she tested positive for THC, after securing her spot in the 100m dash at a blazing 10.86 seconds. A sentimental victory for the twenty one year old. In an interview, Richardson mentioned that she’d lost her mother shortly before competition; a reasonable circumstance for aided relief.

“We all have our different struggles. We all have our different things we del with. But to put on a face, to have to go in front of the world and put on a face to hide my pain, I don’t know… Who am I to tell you how to cope when you’re dealing with pain or deal with a struggle you’ve never experienced before?”

Sha’Carri Richardson, NBC’s Today Show

Richardson mentioned to have visited the US state of Oregon recently, where reefer is prohibited recreationally; a regional factor, but globally?

That’s the point I’m reaching to communicate here.

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Twitter Spaces Etiquette

Written by JannahB
EIC, The Bold Opinion

I despise telling grown folks how to behave, but I’ve got good reason this time.

If you haven’t heard by now, Twitter Spaces is Twitter’s new audio drop in chat feature. The feature is still in beta and hasn’t rolled out fully to the public yet. So for the new comers and people still learning the field, here are a few pointers to show how you should work it.

Hosting A Space

Each week, new Twitter users are gaining access to host their own Space. As an audio host to your followers and others, it’s important to keep in mind the following points to lead to a successful, engaging experience.

1) Welcome new listeners periodically 
Show some proper hospitality for your Space. The more welcome your guests feel, the longer their willing to stick around, speak, and provide value to your Space.

2)  Be Vocal
You’re the host. Announce your presence and verbally update you Space with current and past topics so listeners can keep up with the conversation.

3) Don’t Be Afraid To Moderate
Again, it’s your Space and you’re the host.  Keep things orderly by watching speakers overtaking themselves, keeping track of time, maintain a peacefully equal Space, and be mindful of your speaker panel and hot mics.

 

Sharing A Space

I get it, Twitter Spaces is new and exciting and you want to get the best experience possible. However, as a participant in someone else’s Space, it’s helpful to keep in mind a few good practices to enhance the experience.

1) Introductions
When you jump into a Space, you automatically become a listener and won’t have speaker privileges until the host grants you access. Show your presence by throwing up a wave emoji to the Space and mutual followers. If you come in a speaker, verbally announce your presence, in turn, by introducing yourself and thanking the host for hosting the Space.

2)  Fully Utilize Participation Tools
While you’re in a Space, don’t be afraid to use your emojis to express that you’re keeping up with the conversation. You may also post a Tweet to the billboard as a talking point for the Space. To do that, find a relevant tweet, tap the share icon, and tap the option to add the Tweet to the host’s Space.  For bonus points, share out the Space to your timeline and show your followers you’re participating in that Space.

3) Watch Your Speaking Time
As a guest speaker in someone else’s Space, be mindful of the time you spend running your mouth and make room for others to respond to the topic (unless you’re being interviewed). It’s also a good practice to be mindful of your hot mic, so mute yourself when you’re not talking. Nobody wants to hear your cats fighting or rattling dishes in the background because the mics are super sensitive.

4) Bow Out Gracefully
When you’re ready to leave the space and you’ve been an active speaker, it’s polite to announce your departure, if you can help it, and thank the host for hosting the Space.

Again, Twitter Spaces is new and it’s important to learn something and have fun!

Here are other Twitter Spaces topics:
– “Twitter Spaces Is Better Than Clubhouse”
– “Four Ways To Best Utilize Twitter Spaces”

Four Ways To Best Utilize Twitter Spaces

Written By JannahB
EIC, The Bold Opinion

Drive engagement and have fun.

If you haven’t heard by now, Twitter Spaces is Twitter’s new audio drop-in chat feature. The trailblazing social media feature is still in beta testing mode and hasn’t fully rolled out to the masses yet. So for Twitter users still exploring, here are a few pointers to drive engagement, be effective, and have fun as a host.

1) Topical Conversation 
This is the most common type of Space. Conversation with reasonable context is the best way to communicate with others. Hosting a Space with good, quality convo will keep listeners engaged and speakers active. Interviews are cool, but group conversation is way better!

2)  Interviews
I’m a super journalism fan, and whenever I can get a good interview with someone for content purposes, I’ll jump right at it. Twitter Spaces is a great place for journalists to interview their subjects in an easily accessible fashion. It also gives the public to hear words straight from the horse’s mouth, so there’s no confusion or misquotes.

3) Game Night
The idea of an audio-only game night with “strangers” seems awkward, but you’ll be surprised at how many random participants who’re looking for interaction you’ll get while hosting a virtual game night via Twitter Spaces. Brands like FamFoolery provide amazing trivia and engage with you without leaving the Twitter app

4)  Music Party
Music is a universal language. Feature your favorite playlist to host your own dance party and allow your listeners to become verbally non-committed and just vibe out. Be your Space’s DJ, take requests via DM, and create a place for people to virtually escape.

Here are other Twitter Spaces topics:
– “Twitter Spaces Is Better Than Clubhouse
– “Twitter Spaces Etiquette
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