Who is Tom Joyner, the ‘white man’ trending on Twitter after black woman couldn't recognize former radio host?
Tom Joyner is an African American former radio host, who is famous for running the nationally syndicated shows such as ‘The Tom Joyner Morning Show’ and ‘The Tom Joyner Show’
All it takes social media is one single post or comment to give rise to some of the craziest trends. Today (June 24), one Twitter user shared a video of the R&B singer Fantasia Barrino performing on a show and wrote “The white man is literally me every time I listen to fantasia” referring to the former radio host Tom Joyner, who is standing by the singer.
Several amused internet users were quick to take to the platform to troll the black woman for not recognizing the African American former radio host and calling him a “white man” instead. While one wrote, “The fact that there are Black people who don't know who Tom Joyner is highlights the need for us to educate people on our history. #TomJoyner” Taking a dig at the original tweet about Joyner, another added, “THE WHITE MAN! I’m screaming. Poor Tom Joyner, God just gave him a sprinkle of melanin lol”
Some even called her out for deliberately referring to him as a “white man” to promote her business. Responding to a few mean comments she wrote, “Some people are mad bc I’m promoting my business. At the end of the day if I don’t, who will? Y’all are so quick to try to tear young black women down. We hate to see it.”
Meanwhile, some were highly disappointed in the Twitter user for her lack of knowledge about the legendary radio host. One tweet read, “1) My childhood 2) I work in Radio 3) I used to run the boards for the Tom Joyner Morning Show in Baltimore. So that tweet was layers of disrespect for me. Like girl! Recognize a legend and Black excellence when you see him!!”
For the uninitiated, Joyner is an African American former radio host, who is famous for running the nationally syndicated shows such as ‘The Tom Joyner Morning Show’ and ‘The Tom Joyner Show’, featuring comedy sketches and musical performances by famous artists including Brian McKnight, Patti LaBelle, Earth, Wind and Fire among many others. His show achieved great ratings and was specifically themed for African American viewers.
He has also founded the Tom Joyner Foundation to support historically black colleges and universities. It offers scholarships to students along with several education programs. Meanwhile, Joyner’s parents Frances and Hercules L Joyner attended historically black colleges and his grandfather Oscar was one of the only 3,000 black physicians in the United States.
Joyner has also written ‘Presents How to Prepare for College’ and co-authored ‘I’m Just a DJ but...It Makes Sence to Me’ with Mary Flowers Boyce. He’s made a cameo in films such as ‘The Gospel’ and ‘Madea Goes to Jail’. Joyner is also the recipient of NAB Marconi Radio Award and Humanitarian Award. In 2008, he was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.