This photo taken Aug. 11, 2013 shows Kimberly C. Ellis talking about Black Twitter at Freedom Corner in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. Black Twitter is a small but growing corner of the social media giant where an unabashedly black spin on life gets served up 140 characters at a time. Black Twitter holds court on pretty much everything from President Barack Obama to the latest TV reality show antics. But don't get it twisted. Black Twitter can turn activist quickly. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Here's an online force that's growing: Black Twitter.

It's a corner of the social media giant where an unabashedly black spin on life gets served up — 140 characters at a time on the popular micro-blogging site.

Black Twitter holds court on pretty much everything from President Barack Obama to the latest TV reality show antics.

But it can also turn activist quickly.

When it does, things happen. For instance, tweets helped scuttle a book deal for a juror who helped acquit George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer accused of racially profiling 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and fatally shooting him.

Black Twitter also led to the demise of Zimmerman's attempt to star at celebrity boxing.

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