Several news outlets covered the reunion including HuffPost, CNN, CBS, The Daily Mail, Mashable, USA Today, BuzzFeed and more. On November 26th, Twitter published a Moments page about the response to the story.
On November 22nd, Hinton tweeted photographs of the previous Thanksgivings with Dench along with a new photograph for 2018. Within 48 hours, the tweet gained over 551,000 likes and 125,000 retweets. The following day, a screenshot of the tweet was posted to /r/BlackPeopleTwitter with the title “This is the kinda positivity I need in my life right now,” which received upwards of 58,000 points (86% upvoted) and 1,000 comments over the next 24 hours.
2016, 2017…… 2018 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/0ZNA54uGAS
— Jamal Hinton (@kingjamal08) November 23, 2018
On November 23rd, Hinton uploaded a video in which he arrives at Dench’s house, where they paticipated in a Q&A (shown below).
Lonnie Dench’s Death
On April 8th, 2020, Jamal Hinton tweeted that Lonnie, the husband of Wanda Dench, had died of COVID-19. Earlier that week, Hiton tweeted that the two had been hospitalized with the COVID-19 and pneumonia. He wrote, “As some of you may have already found out tonight Lonnie did not make it… he passed away Sunday morning but Wanda told me all the love and support he was receiving put a huge smile on his face so I thank every single one of you guys for that!” The tweet received more than 300,000 likes and 73,000 retweets (shown below).