Sunday, August 29, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Most black people on this side of the world did not, as we all well know, choose to come here. We won't get into that. We had no choice in the languages we speak. Some lucky ones got the romance languages, the rest of us got German's slightly less harsh cousin, English. (Hey, at least it wasn't German!) Since these languages were forced upon us, we obviously had to adopt them. But since black people are bound by the principle of "doin' me," we do not speak the languages in their proper (whatever that means!) forms-- we took them and made them or own. With English in particular, simply put, the structure of the language does not fit black people's aesthetic. English is a rather ugly sounding language, we're all aware. Black people try to make up for this by at least making it sound cool.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Everyone likes fried chicken. Everyone likes watermelon. Black people like mentholated cigarettes. It's probably one of the only stereotypes that is actually true. Try and think of a black person you know who smokes cigarettes and would turn down a menthol or doesn't like menthols. Hipsters don't count. (Do they make menthol Parliaments, though?)
Sunday, June 20, 2010
"Hate on me, hater, now or later"-- Jill Scott
In life, there will inevitably be those people who dislike you. It could be your fault—you could be a lame or just an asshole. But in certain situations, people hate you for reasons out of your control: talent, beauty, intelligence, flyness, success, impeccable swagger— any of these could serve as a cause for hateration. While some people are bothered by the fact they may be hated on for such petty reasons, black people do not share this concern. Ever resilient, black people are used to experiencing a degree of hostility for their existence, so haters ain’t nothin’. In fact, black people have come to grow fond of haters, I would go so far as to say after “real people,” haters are the group most beloved by black people.
Having haters has a myriad of implications/meanings:
- Black people love to feel important. Having haters means that there are people out there who think you are important enough to be watched. Naturally, people pay no mind to those they deem unimportant—they don’t even think about them! A hater immediately alerts a black person that he or she is on someone’s radar without even trying.
- You have an emotional affect on the hater, which means you have power.
- Assurance that a black person is coming correct.
- Probably the best implication: having haters means there is always going to be a present and attentive audience to witness a black person’s triumps, which are further sweetened by the fact that that black person now has an opportunity to do another favorite black people activity: boasting.
- Haters add fuel to the fire. Once a black person knows he or she has haters, they also know they are probably going to just grow more fabulous, starting the cycle of hate over again.
Black people can barely contain their excitement when they find out they have haters. It’s like finally getting that reparations check in the mail—there are so many exciting things to do with the money! So it is with haters— there are so many reactions a black person can have, but the most popular ones are:
• Acknowledgement: To let the haters know we see them.
•Dismissal: Oftimes followed by acknowledgement.
•Encouragement: Let the hater know to continue hating
•Gratitude: Thanking haters for making their success possible
•Affection: Showing love to haters for abovementioned success.
No matter the nature of the hate or the subsequent reaction, one thing says the same: the black person continues in the action/s that caused the hate in the first place.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I've noticed that other blogs with the same/similar titles and the same/similar objectives have not been as popular or well written as this one is about to be (oh, snap!) This is a blog that tries to examine (in the most hilarious of ways) cultural phenomena enjoyed by Black people affected by the diaspora. living mainly in the North America/ the Caribbean. So, stuff Black Americans/ West Indians (sometimes) like. As fabulous as it would be to explore what black people living in England or in Brazil like, I really have no idea as my life experience is not part of that narrative. But I'm sure those niggas like the same things we do anyways.