Twitter With The Stars

Celebrities on Twitter
ESSENCE.COM May, 15, 2009

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The Twitter phenomenon has changed the way we communicate. Everybody’s doing it, from Oprah to Diddy. Even ESSENCE has joined the fun (check us out below). Keep clicking to find out what some of our favorite stars are “tweeting.”

Lauren London
What She’s Tweeting: “Hop out the bed turned my swag on. Took a look in the mirror and got scared. Made a hair appt today.”
Why She’s Worth Following: This Cali girl always has an inspiring quote or song to share with the world. And she also keeps it real. Lauren also isn’t giving those pregnancy rumors with Lil’ Wayne any energy.
Catch Her @: MsLaurenLondon

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What He’s Tweeting: The quirky—“Oh s***! I’ve never had jello and ice cream. Have you?”
The crazy—"At the pool party in Vegas!! [Skin] everywhere!!"
Why He’s Worth Following: Part press release, part party diary, Diddy’s tweets straddle the line between TMI and can’t get enough. He also answers questions of fans who may not ever have gotten to the mogul. Now we know his favorite cereal is Frosted Flakes and other “P.Twitty” facts.
Catch Him @: iamdiddy

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What He’s Tweeting: “it’s 5:54 am in LA! more RADIO! Stevie Wonder In 1 hour n 21minutes! did u hear Me!!! STEVIEWONDER!!!!!”
Why He’s Worth Following: Yes, our favorite stars get starstruck too. Maxwell is quick to shout out his fans and keeps followers posted on his comings and goings as he works the media circuit in preparation for his much-anticipated new album.
Catch Him @: MAXWELL

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What She’s Tweeting: “Got to hug Whoopi. Haven’t seen her since????! What a fun night.”
Why She’s Worth Following: After many stars fought hard to reach a million followers, Ms. Oprah Winfrey easily glided to the coveted mark not long after signing on. She quickly squashes rumors and shares details on her personal life, from dinner plans to how she’s unwinding.
Catch Her @: Oprah

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What He’s Tweeting: “Shootin a espn commercial with the legendary, the great, the one and only Drum roll pls Digga digga digga doom doom Tiger woods”
Why He’s Worth Following: Along with seeing what life is really like for professional athletes, we also get to see Shaq’s philosophical side. He had this to say last week: “If con is the opposite of pro, then is congress the opposite of progress? Things dat make u go uumh. Did I spell uumh right?”
Catch Him @: THE_REAL_SHAQ

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What She’s Tweeting (to Estelle): “Damn. Me and my ex are so awkwardly pleasantly cool.”
Why She’s Worth Following: She has certainly stepped out of big sis Beyoncé’s shadow and tweets about everything from her love of bathtubs, to reflections on getting pregnant at 17, to messages to her famous friends (QuestLove from The Roots is one of her good Twitter buddies).
Catch Her @: solangeknowles

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What She’s Tweeting: “I can’t believe it’s over. Home birth, no painkillers, about five hours, she was a little past due date, but I didn’t mind waiting. Breath.”
Why She’s Worth Following: They’re not many things more personal than giving birth, and Badu shared the experience with thousands of friends, fans and artists around the globe. Talk about a special delivery.
Catch Her @: fatbellybella

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What He’s Tweeting: “Good morning. Oatmeal is very good for us, smashing some down right now!! I know, who cares? Random twit addiction syndrome.”
Why He’s Worth Following: Get intimate with our favorite London native, as the sexy actor shares clips of his new music and reveals how he really feels about all those flashing lights (not his thing.) Thanks to his tweets, we know he’s in Scotland filming his new film and is staying in touch with fellow Brits Estelle and former Floetry songstress Marsha Ambrosius.
Catch Him @: driis

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What He’s Tweeting: “How about a n**** was tryin to stick me up last night. When we were warned I told him that it would just be practice 4 him, all I had was $40.”
Why He’s Worth Following: It’s like a 24-hour stand-up show. We don’t suggest checking him at work because you may burst out laughing with his funny stories, like saving fried chicken in his back pocket for the next day because it was so good, or lying about dropping his friend’s brush in the toilet.
Catch Him @: KevinHart4real

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What She’s Tweeting: “wendy williams is showin me love on the radio right now.lots.that means alot to me.yup.sure does.i’m human.”
Why She’s Worth Following: If you send Chrisette a tweet, you have a good chance of hearing back from her. And you could even help her write a song as she posts lyrics as they come and encourages input.
Catch Her @: epiphanygirl

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Catch Him @: tavissmiley
What He’s Tweeting: “Who are you going for tonight: Lakers, Rockets or Maxwell on my PBS show?”
Why He’s Worth Following: Tavis Smiley has a nice balance, mixing his personality with PR tweets on his latest projects, which include some interesting PBS specials.
Who: Tavis Smiley

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What She’s Tweeting: “At the salon in DC gettin the hurr did by Ms. Ava. The sun has inspired me to try a little color today. Can u guess? Nails next.”
Why She’s Worth Following: This songbird isn’t caught up in the Hollywood scene and spends as much time as she can with family and friends.
Catch Her @: MISSMYA

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What He’s Tweeting: “Long day on the set. Martin Lawrence and Tracy Morgan were really funny.”
Why He’s Worth Following: Chris Rock has only tweeted twice, so we figure if we get more fans urging him, he will return. Our funny bones are already tingling at the thought of a movie starring him, Martin Lawrence and Tracy Morgan.
Catch Him @:ImChrisRock

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What He’s Tweeting: “Me and Gabrielle Union are at a restaurant in Miami toasting to her fake baby!”
Why He’s Worth Following: Besides setting the record straight on celebrity rumors (like Gabby being pregnant), Ludacris is using his page as an open forum on the differences between men and women for his upcoming album, “Battle of the Sexes.” One of his recent questions got heated as fans debated whether it’s okay to receive a gift from your ex.
Catch Him @: ludajuice

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What She’s Tweeting: “2 middle aged ladies just “chillin, reasoning” on a random roadside bench. BK is GORGEOUS when its nice out!”
Why She’s Worth Following: This British invasion is taking us along as she searches for her American Boy. She is quick to reply to fans and friends and we appreciate her giving Erykah Badu a nudge to return to tweeting.
Catch Her @: EstelleDarlings

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Why They’re Worth Following: These two take their friendship off the set of “The Game,” as they send messages back and forth on Twitter, keeping us posted on what’s next for the show.
Catch Him @: hoseachanchez
Catch Her @: TiaMowry

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Why They’re Worth Following: These newlyweds remind us that celebs are just like the rest of us, as Talib tweets to his bride to DVR certain shows, and she posts pictures from their recent wedding.
Catch Him @: RealTalibKweli
Catch Her @: DJEQUE

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What He’s Tweeting: “Never spent the night in the hospital. So happy to be back home. Hand is still swollen like a dope fiend.”
Catch Him @: UncleRUSH

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Catch Him @:EstelleDarlings
What He’s Tweeting: “cool… I recorded a bunch of music and doing a lot spot dates… Releasing album this summer.. TV show on A&E…”
Why He’s Worth Following:
Life.com crowned Hammer the celebrity Twitter king for his more than 3,000 updates. Along with promoting his new projects, Hammer also shows off his family and uses his page to uplift women, like his Respect Women Wednesday salute.

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What She’s Tweeting: “Why no GA theme song? Time. It takes 30 seconds out of the show and we wanna use it for story. But we did love the theme song…”
Why She’s Worth Following: Well, there’s only one Black woman behind a top national highly-rated network show, and she’s living her life like it’s golden. Get your questions to the mastermind behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and learn how she’s enjoying her downtime between seasons.
Catch Her @:shondarhimes

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What He’s Tweeting: “yabadaba watz tha deal ma twizzle?!?!? still on tour whos comn out to charlotte, nc today?!?!”
Why He’s Worth Following: Because Snoop’s tweets are written just like he talks, his banter makes for some funny stuff. He posts every day and most mornings he begins with the message of “wake and bake.” Hmmm . . .
Catch Him @: snoopdogg

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What She’s Tweeting: “Oprah show great fun today… LOVE robin thicke, Cameron diaz movie My Sisters Keeper—wow. My weekend plans beyonce and jamie foxx movies.”
Why She’s Worth Following: Oprah’s BFF is getting in on the Twitter fun and it’s fun to watch her get in the swing of things like a cool aunt, asking her buddy Oprah for help to learn the system.
Catch Her @:kinggayle

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Catch Him @:LTLline
Twitter Taste:
Why He’s Worth Following: Commentator Tavis Smiley has a nice balance as he mixes his personality with PR tweets on his latest projects, which include some interesting PBS specials. And guess we can’t call it name dropping, like he’s been doing lately with Maxwell, when he actually knows the people.

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What He’s Tweeting: “waitn on ant to get bk wit dis kfc. so i can try dis chiken people been goin crazy 4. jd said its crazy!!!!”
Why He’s Worth Following: Bow Wow is pretty entertaining. He banters with NBA baller Dwight Howard and uses Twitter to get at Busta Rhymes to find out what’s poppin’. Trying to mack a Hollywood socialite, the young rapper moved too fast and posted his personal info for his 23,000 followers to see. He had to change his number. Whoops!
Catch Him @: lamborghinibow

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What She’s Tweeting: “I just found my earring in the nachos!!! think I’m faded”
Why She’s Worth Following: Wonder what life is like for a new artist on the scene? Here’s your front-row seat, as she rants about everything from her frustrations with sound equipment to the rumors on her “diva” antics.
Catch Her @: MissKeriBaby

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What She’s Tweeting: “This album Puff has done!! Is truly amazing!!! Kidzzzz understand we have shifted!!!…fun times ahead!
Why She’s Worth Following: The choreographer has completely embraced the phrase that made her famous on MTV’s “Making the Band,” BoomKack, and is candid on brushing off her haters and looking forward to the future. Our condolences go out to her for the recent passing of her father.
Catch Her @: BoomKack

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Catch Him @:EstelleDarlings
Twitter Taste: “Me and Gabriel Union are at a restaurant in Miami toasting to her fake baby!”
Why He’s Worth Following: Commentator Tavis Smiley has a nice balance as he mixes his personality with PR tweets on his latest projects, which include some interesting PBS specials. And guess we can’t call it name dropping, like he’s been doing lately with Maxwell, when he actually knows the people.

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Catch Him @:EstelleDarlings
Twitter Taste: “Me and Gabriel Union are at a restaurant in Miami toasting to her fake baby!”
Why He’s Worth Following: Commentator Tavis Smiley has a nice balance as he mixes his personality with PR tweets on his latest projects, which include some interesting PBS specials. And guess we can’t call it name dropping, like he’s been doing lately with Maxwell, when he actually knows the people.

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Catch Her @: MissKeriBaby
Twitter Taste: “This album Puff has done!! Is truly amazing!!! Kidzzzz understand we have shifted!!!…fun times ahead! Cap come to life!!!!!!!
Why She’s Worth Following: She has certainly stepped out of big sis Beyonce’s shadow and holds nothing back in her twittering from quirky posts including her love of bathtubs and personal ones like reflections on getting pregnant at 17, to messages to her famous friends, with plenty to QuestLove from The Roots.

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What She’s Tweeting: “Don’t let the smooth taste fool u. all that paparazzi and airbrusing aside…I still go to the Dominican girls Uptown for a $40 hairdo! lol”
Why She’s Worth Following: Star Jones stopped blogging shortly after she started last year, but has found her groove with Twitter. She quickly reintroduces herself as “An American Lawyer Chick who is FREE, BLACK and GROWN.” She discusses news stories that catch her eye and gives the latest on her comings and goings. And if you’re wondering why she’s on, well, here’s her answer, "If anyone asks why Star is on Twitter say: ‘She is splendid at loving life and passionately sharing it with all of us.’ "
Catch Her @: StarJonesEsq

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