Black beauty vloggers VickyLogan and RavenElyse, who both have large followings on YouTube, are in a bit of hot water after a series of tweets (some dating back to 2011) have resurfaced. The tweets, compiled by Tumblr user The Pro Black Girl, consistently cast black women in a negative light.
While we can’t be certain what prompted these tweets, Vicky Logan issued the following statement to BGLH:
In response to the tweets, I must say that I can’t defend them and for that I apologize. To be honest, when I tweeted them, I was not as mature as I am today, my Twitter page was not a large platform for me back then so the only people who interacting with me there were my friends who, at the time, talked and joked around in the same ways I did. Quite honestly, there are many people in my community I have encountered who make statements like that sarcastingly or jokingly on a daily basis, of course that does not make it right, but it’s the truth. Those tweets are only a product of what I’ve grown up hearing and seeing in the media and in real life, not from people of other races, but from people of color. I also admit that at times I used Twitter as a means to vent about my personal experiences which wasn’t mature, because venting often ends in saying things you don’t mean.
Regardless of the reason for the tweets, I’ve matured a lot since then, I’ve become more aware of my influence and the gravity of my words on social media. As an African American woman myself, I am aware that those posts do not uplift nor do they represent myself or any other persons that belong to my culture. In reality, I am very supportive of my fellow African Americans, particularly young women. That is apparent through my support shown to other women of color on YouTube, my support of black owned businesses and through the service I do in my own community through my church, which is predominantly black and is considered a black owned business as well. My family is black, my husband is black, the majority of my friends are black, so I obviously don’t have any hatred towards black people, I never have, I just didn’t filter my thoughts correctly or represent myself well in those particular tweets. At any point in time, we have all done or said something we are not proud of. But today, I aim to have a much more professional and positive presence on social media and I try to exhibit that in every way I possibly can. Those tweets are not a representation of who I am today as a whole, but all I can do is move forward and let my actions speak for themselves, and I hope that people can understand that and see that I’ve grown, matured, and I plan to continue to uplift and bring positivity to our community as much as I can.
Also…I humbly and sincerely apologize to anyone who took those tweets to heart and were offended by them. It is never my intention to offend or hurt anyone, especially people who look like me and have had the same struggles I’ve had dealing with being a minority. In order for our people to affect change in the world we first have to be confident in each other and uplift one another. I hope that people learn from my mistakes and watch their words, watch what they say and how they say it. I also hope that people take their presence on social media more seriously, and hold themselves accountable for the things they do and say. Be aware of how you represent others and yourself, you never know who is watching!
RavenElyse has not responded to our request for a statement, however, she addresses the comments in these videos:
Both Vicky and Raven have issued these video apologies. Watch Vicky’s video here and Raven’s video here: