Between the New York Post releasing an info graphic called “How to Twerk,” the Oxford dictionary adding twerk to its definitions and the Internet’s reaction to Miley Cyrus twerking at the Video Music Awards there is a peak of viral information on the “new” internet sensation twerking and modern dance.

Twerking, however, was not born on YouTube or popularized by white people all across the Internet and television, at least not at first. It was conceived in the south by Blacks in 1999. According to FUSE TV, twerking “was born out of New Orleans’ bounce music scene, a hip hop sub-genre centered around call-and-response vocals and the endlessly sampled Triggaman beat.” Twerking is as described by the Urban Dictionary as “The act of moving/shaking ones bottom in a circular, up-and-down, and side to side motion”

Twerking became an Internet phenomenon in 2009 and has since risen to peak popularity with celebrities performing the dance in public. Some, however, like Ebony magazine writer Michael Arceneaux, aren’t happy about the southern Black history of the craze being forgotten. In his article “Dear Twerk Thieves and Ratchet Robbers” he writes, “I’m not about to spend 800 or so words ruing the day that Miley Cyrus took ‘twerk’ mainstream and ruined it for those who, as Beyoncé recently put it, have ‘been doing this since the 90’s with DJ Jubilee. ”

Twerking may have only recently become popular amongst people Black and white heritage but it has, for a long time, only been a part of Black culture. Even the original “twerk team” music YouTube video was performed and filmed by African American girls from Atlanta which according to BlackDemoraphics.com has an African American population of at least 1.7 million.