‘Can we talk?’: Why Tevin Campbell was trending on Twitter

Do not mess with family.

That was the message from Black Twitter this week after a popular author and social media celebrity offered up some snark at suggestions that ’90s R&B crooner Tevin Campbell perform at a memorial for Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

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Luvvie Ajayi, known as @Luvvie or Awesomely Luvvie, tweeted on Thursday night: “Someone suggested Tevin Campbell to sing at Aretha’s tribute. Under what rock did they pull that name from?”

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To be fair, Ajayi’s thing is offering up her opinions with a raw twist. She is author of I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual.

But her comment regarding Tevin Campbell just went too far—apparently.

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Twitter followers from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay to award-winning author Roxane Gay were not having it, posting defenses of Campbell or video of him performing with heavy hitters and holding his own.

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The backlash became so great that Campbell was trending on Twitter, prompting even Ajayi to take notice.

“Tevin Campbell is trending,” she tweeted on Friday. “Lawdt. I KNOW he can blow but I haven’t heard his name in awhile. People took my tweet and acted like I called his mama a sinner. I ain’t say he can’t sing. Folks added all that stuff to that one tweet. Chisos.”

Responded Twitter user BK Titanji, @Boghuma, “Your tweet was mean spirited and uncalled for girl and yes you questioned his talent. People have a lot of memories tied to ‘90s R&B and Tevin is royalty of the genre, you deserve all the clap backs you are getting. Know better, do better.”

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As for Campbell, he’s choosing to take the high road, tweeting remembrances of Franklin and thanking his fans:

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He even tweeted a receipt for a meeting with the Queen herself.

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Here he is singing, “Can We Talk.”

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