Quantasia Sharpton (Image source: Facebook/Angel Valentino)

There is an acronym in social media dating known as BBW, or “big beautiful women.” According to multiple online sources, BBWs are plus sized women generally size 14 or greater. Among many in the Black community, the term can also mean “big black woman.”

Many men are attracted to these women with a few pounds and curves, including apparently R&B legend Usher. The singer was accused by Quantasia Sharpton, 21, of knowingly exposing her to herpes during an encounter years ago. Sharpton had just turned 19 when Usher picked Sharpton to go onstage to sing to during his act and later made contact with her after the concert. According to Sharpton, they later had unprotected sex at a hotel and Usher did not make her aware that he had herpes. Sharpton claims she does not have any STD but is suing to compel Usher to let his sex partners know he has an STD.

When Sharpton appeared at a press conference on Monday, Aug. 7, some were shocked that Usher had sex with a woman who has described herself as BBW with a ghetto name in social media postings. Sharpton posted to social media “I go by Angel cause my name is clearly ghetto and hard to pronounce.”

On Twitter, mean tweets that amounted to body shaming soon emerged:

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"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.