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2017 Has Basically Been The Empire Strikes Back (With MAGA And Mayonnaise), But Here’s Some Shit To Look Forward To

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Apparently unsatisfied with the 500-year-long winning streak White America is on, God decided to allow king-sized pack of Spearmint Chewing Gum with sentience Tom Brady and Darth Belichick (and their bottomless supply of impressive and indistinguishable “first picks in a Stormfront fantasy football league”-ass wide receivers) to pull a Super Bowl victory out of their asses, beating a Falcons team that no one outside of Atlanta gave a fuck about until Black America collectively adopted them like 72 hours ago.

You could argue that this streak is God’s punishment to Black people for inventing the Kappas. Personally, I think it’s just a big-ass propaganda plan by the big homie Yahweh so that White people become convinced God is White, die (of natural causes, of course), and then die again from shock after walking through the pearly gates and seeing that He looks exactly like Rasheed Wallace.

Anyway, although the landscape may seem dark and cloudy, clearer skies are near, as there are quite a few sure victories this year that we can look forward to, including…

1. The NBA playoffs

While the NFL continues to exist as an six-month-long MAGA infomercial, where you can’t wipe your ass without running into American flag bukkake (ht Huny) or unabashed Trump supporters or how the game turns the brains of its players into fried eggs and bologna hash or how one simple protest by one increasingly irrelevant player disrupted and upset NFL culture so much that the entire league lost ratings because of it, the NBA exists as its admittedly imperfect but exponentially more progressive counterpart, where the (predominately Black) players actually have a voice and the celebration of diversity and inclusion isn’t just a focus-grouped pr stunt but is infused in its culture.

I mean, whether you agree with his methods or not, can you imagine an NFL player basically pulling his dick out and waving it at the team’s general manager and owner the way Lebron did last month? Or an NFL coach (White or Black) being as outspoken against Trump and racism and White privilege as Gregg Popovich

It always intrigues me when people come out with, “I’m tired of talking about that” or “Do we have to talk about race again?” And the answer is you’re damned right we do. Because it’s always there, and it’s systemic in the sense that when you talk about opportunity it’s not about “Well, if you lace up your shoes and you work hard, then you can have the American dream.” That’s a bunch of hogwash. If you were born white, you automatically have a monstrous advantage educationally, economically, culturally in this society and all the systemic roadblocks that exist, whether it’s in a judicial sense, a neighborhood sense with laws, zoning, education, we have huge problems in that regard that are very complicated, but take leadership, time, and real concern to try to solve.”

“We have a president of the United States who spent four or five years disparaging and trying to [delegitimize] our president. And we know that was a big fake. But still, [he] felt for some reason it had to be done. I can still remember a paraphrase close to a quote ‘investigators were sent to Hawaii and you cannot believe what they found.’ Well, that was a lie. So if it’s being discussed and perpetrated at that level, you’ve got a national problem.”

and Steve Kerr

“I would just say that as someone whose family member was a victim of terrorism, having lost my father, if we’re trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country, (it’s) really going against what the principles of what our country’s about and creating fear. It’s the wrong way to go about it. If anything, we could be breeding anger and terror and so I’m completely against what’s happening. I think it’s shocking. Horrible idea, and I feel for all the people who are affected, families are being torn apart. I worry in the big picture to what it means to the security of the world. It’s going about it completely opposite. You wanna solve terror, you wanna solve crime, it’s just not the way to do it.”

…have been?

Also, while I’m sure Trump has already texted Brady and Belichick about the Patriots’ upcoming White House visit — in fact, that might be literally the only thing he’s done all day — I wouldn’t be surprised if whoever wins the NBA championship just says “fuck it” and boycotts that bitch.

2. The Oscars

Although I wouldn’t put it past the Academy to continue their infatuation with La La Land and allow them to sweep each of the awards, 2017 is poised to be the Blackest Oscars Ever. And you know the entire night is going to be a prolonged subtweet of Darth Cheeto. And you know this is gonna piss him off so much that he’ll tweet “Movies are overrated! Sad! Silent pictures are better!” and he might not even allow Melania to make any collect calls home.

3. Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer

I know we’re supposed to be more discerning with cookout invites now, but Melissa McCarthy has at least earned a lifetime invite to my game nights and spades parties.

4. The ongoing debate about whether Darth Cheeto knows more words or Black people

We know he knows somewhere between 10 to 15 different words. We also know he knows like six Black people. So I guess the question is are there seven or eight Black people out there that he secretly knows? If not, the clear answer is words. He knows a little bit more words than he does Black people. (Unless, of course, you count n-words. Which…my head just exploded.)

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Hugh Akston

    Missing Timmy on the floor this year but hopefully The Claw can step it up

    Pop will always be Pop

    Spurs all the way

    The heck is lalalalalalaa?

  • BrothasKeeper

    Damon, you have turned Kappa shade into an art form. I ardently await the day that you express in an article the genesis of your Nupe-specific disdain.

    • Val
      • BrothasKeeper

        Aw man…..that was anticlimactic! I’m gonna continue to revel in the fantasy that a cane-twirling, falsetto-voiced, Klay Thompson lookin’ a $$ negroid snaked his girl back in the day.

        • L8Comer

          Lolol me too. Tall tales are more fun. I heard he tried to join them and they snubbed him for someone with a better shimmy.

          • Tam

            Like how you are shaking it for Pops?

            • L8Comer

              Huh?

              • Tam

                Referring a gif you posted the other day..hehehehe

                • L8Comer

                  Ohhh, lol. That was for me ;)

                  • Tam

                    uh huh

          • BrothasKeeper

            And deeper cleavage in a V-neck sweater.

    • MsSula

      Y’all were not here during the years of the Delta shade. I am sure he will move on to another Divine 9 soon enough. Lol.

      • BrothasKeeper

        LoL. I like (most) Deltas.

        • BK — take it back!

          • BrothasKeeper

            But they’re so……nice. ?

            • You said most. It should be all. :)

              • BrothasKeeper

                Well…..I’ve met a few, let’s say, unscrupulous ones.

  • Hugh Akston

    I’m still salty though how the best movie for me last year doesn’t even get a mentioned

    Queen of katwe should be out soon go pick it up

    • BrothasKeeper

      Thank you for not saying Chiraq.

      • cyanic

        You didn’t find it the least bit entertaining?

        • BrothasKeeper

          I did, actually. Spike couldn’t decide if he wanted to make School Daze, Clockers, Do The Right Thing, or She’s Gotta Have It, so I found the movie kinda scattershot. I do enjoy looking at Teyonah Parris, though. She is……a blessing.

      • Hugh Akston

        lol I somewhat enjoy it but I got irritated with the cursing felt almost everyone had an f bo mb in there

    • Cleojonz

      I loved Queen of Katwe but I don’t think it was awards material. It was just a really cute movie you could actually let your kids see too.

      • Hugh Akston

        ?? ?

    • Negro Libre

      Deadpool got no love either…

      But Suicide Squad did lmao

      https://media4.giphy.com/media/l0MYDGA3Du1hBR4xG/giphy.gif

      • Hugh Akston

        Yeah suicide squad was meh

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          It was bad, not just meh!

          • Catfish Jenkins

            It was Warner Bros. messing ish up. The movie was supposed to be Rated R, but Warner was afraid of losing money, thus the mess of a movie we got.

            With Deadpool doing what it did, and Logan getting R (in Canada, if it’s rated 18A, then we know it will be rough), I think there’s gonna be a slew of adult comic movies coming out.

            • Brooklyn_Bruin

              Bad editing, bad acting. Bad script. Even if David Ayer got to shoot his vision, the movie would have been horrible.

              There are a couple of brutal takedowns on YouTube that explain the horror.

              It’s so bad it needs professional explanation. There is basically a language to film and this movie decided to just bang on the keyboard and send it for a grade.

      • Cleojonz

        I didn’t see Suicide Squad but heard it didn’t live up to expectations. Deadpool however was brilliant in it’s vulgarity. I can’t wait for a sequel.

    • did birth of a nation get any oscar nominations?

      • Hugh Akston

        Not that I’m aware

        The only movie I wanted to see in theaters that I didn’t get a chance to…it was pulled by the 2nd 3rd week I think in my local theater bought it on DVD

  • I’m a San Antonio native and a die-hard Spurs fan, 96% because of Pop. He may be one of my favorite people ever. The other 4% is half Tim and half Robinson. And I look at it this way: If not for Pop…

  • Trill Mickelson

    I swear Pop is the most woke white dude since John Brown.

  • Tam
    • miss t-lee

      He lives here. He’s always on the local news.

      • Tam

        So you know him T?

        • miss t-lee

          Not personally.

        • miss t-lee

          His family recently did a gofundme for him, so he can stay in his home with round the clock care.
          https://www.gofundme.com/Help-Richard-Overton

          • BrothasKeeper

            Shooooo, it looks like he and his piece be out at the bingo parlor or parking at Lake Travis in his F100!

            • miss t-lee

              LMAO

      • TheUnsungStoryteller

        He’s in Houston???

        • Tam

          Austin

        • miss t-lee

          No, he’s in Austin.

    • BrothasKeeper

      I got a little sweat in my left eye.
      I’d sit and just listen to him for as long as he wants to talk. The things he’s seen and done.

      • Tam

        Good inspiration for your student BK

      • Catfish Jenkins

        I’m about to tear up myself. This is life. I only hope to have his type of essence should I reach 70, much less 109.

    • This is the cat you wanna gravitate to at the family reunions.
      Love this dude.

      • Tam

        Yeah stories for days

        • He needs a documentary.

          • Tam

            Yes. I so agree. I wonder if Ava Duvernay can be contacted

    • Negro Libre

      Wow:

      109 years old and eating ice cream and canned food, smoking cigars, waking up 1:00 – 3:00 am in the morning and drinking 4 cups of coffee:

      Life >>>> Empirical Data from Researchers.

  • Ille Jay

    Hey, I was just about to order myself a spicy corn…you know with the Chile Powder and other seasonings, like they do it down here close to the border. And wouldn’t you know, I found out they put Mayonnaise on that b!tch…my concept of all that is tasty about Mexican fare was called into question this weekend. Smh
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cfe2952e6dd353ce76d9199b792a9e8e3c311a6c75ab3dc5e39d4c578efd05fd.jpg

    • miss t-lee

      It’s good with the mayo man.
      Trust me.

      • Ille Jay

        But why no Butter, or something else tasty? Mayo?

        • miss t-lee

          I don’t make the rules man.
          All I know is I tried it that way and I was surprised. It’s all love.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      It’s crema, not mayonnaise. Closer to creme fraiche/sour cream than mayo

      • L8Comer

        I knew it couldn’t be mayo cuz I like that corn and I hate mayo

      • Ille Jay

        Ok, I actually sought out a Latina homegirl and she didn’t even hip me to that…she just was like, “You don’t like Mayonnaise?”…like that stuff was golden!? Crema I can work with. Thanks.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          We was just talking about grits this morning. That’s not my culture so I hadn’t made them before, but a lot of (black American) people hadn’t made grits from scratch either.

          Got me to thinking that I’d never made porridge either.

          • I’m half African-American, half West Indian and 100% don’t really mess with either grits or porridge. Fight me.

          • Ille Jay

            I’ve done grits…from scratch and instant. Don’t put no sugar on them thangs tho! Haha…they had a VSB blog about that in the last year I remember. I’m team Savory!

      • Crema is different from mayo. Trust me, from a mayo hater, I’d much prefer crema.

    • Negro Libre

      I’ve never had a gyro before, or at least not in about 20 years. A gyro spot had just opened down the street and the one with lamb was getting good reviews on yelp. So I got in and I guess in retrospect, I should have said no, but I let them put the white sauce on it. I might as well had mayo and any other godforsaken sauce that white people put on food to ruin it.

      Such a waste of junk food.

      • Ille Jay

        The Tzaziki Sauce? I Fuxx w/that…it’s actually seasoned and has flavor…I can understand the aversion though. I switch it up sometimes w/tahini sauce or oil as well.

      • miss t-lee

        Tzatziki sauce is yogurt though.
        Mmmmm.

  • The reason the NBA is more progressive is that it’s the sport that costs the least money to get into. Granted, you need a basic budget for a decent gym and coaches, but past that, it’s an open playing field. As a result, White kids who could possibly do well in basketball get shunted towards sports where fewer people of color play. As a result, past a low level of basketball, dealing with all sorts of colors and national backgrounds is simply the cost of doing business. Being tolerant is the different between playing basketball and playing lacrosse.

    Also, glad I’m not the only one who finds the WR core of the Patriots suspiciously like the Celtics roster in the Larry Bird Era. Or like the Red Sox before they said screw it and signed 872 different Dominican players. I’m not against White wide receivers (whaddup Wayne Chrebet), but that many seems like a conspiracy.

    I’m nonplussed by Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer. It’s not bad, but I can take it or leave it.

    • Digital_Underground

      The NBA almost HAS to be progressive. Of all the major sports it is more individual driven than any other. The players are the stars, not the teams. And the dynamics of the game give brothers a huge leg up at excelling at the game itself. Put those two together and the head of the league has to be black people friendly. Plus, a much larger percentage of the fan base is black compared to the other major sports.

      For the NBA, being progressive makes good business sense.

      • Right, it can not be understated how personality driven the league is. It’s why no one likes to cover the Spurs despite them playing great basketball because of how nondescript everyone on the team has been for near 20 years now.

        • Hugh Akston

          That’s why I love that team

          Used to be a big Pacers fan only because of Reggie but that block though broke my young heart ?

        • Val

          Yeah, I bet Tim Duncan was a barrel of laughs to cover for journalists.

        • miss t-lee

          They can be nondescript as they wanna be, as long as they keep kicking azz on the court.

          • I actually like that the Spurs behave like the Borg. When they are winning it makes them more intimidating to me. Washing people with no emotion has its way of getting to people. #ifhedieshedies

            • That’s why I’ve always loved this commercial. It’s intimidating in a subtle way:
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUmuEDO2gFA

              • Cleojonz

                Extra point for having Shook Ones as the music.

            • miss t-lee

              Indeed Wu. Indeed.
              I like that my squad keeps the drama to a minimum.

      • Duff Soviet Union

        Comparing NBA twitter to NFL twitter is jarring. NBA twitter is generally awesome, while NFL twitter is a bunch of mouth breathers with egg / dog / flag / bald eagle avi’s.

        I think the point you make about individualism vs “the culture” is why progressives are far more drawn to the NBA than NFL is a good one.

        I’m still kind of in disbelief about what Pop said. He’s 100% right, but to see a white guy with respect and power actually say that is jarring. But hey, maybe people will actually listen now that it’s coming from a white guy instead of those lazy, excuse making Black people.

        • Madam CJ_Skywalker

          Honestly, the sad reality maybe that this type of talk has to come from a white man with power and respect. Otherwise yt’s act like systematic racism is this mythical creature only poc’s chose to walk up on…

    • Negro Libre

      I’ve spent a lot of time living in white and black neighborhoods, and the fact is that white kids simply don’t play basketball as much as black kids do. Most white kids who play basketball, only play it seasonably and do it to look good on their resume so they can get into a college. Most black kids who play ball and eventually go into the NBA, are playing it all the time, for many it’s a matter of life and death.

      Also in most white neighborhoods I’ve seen or known, the basketball hoops are always either poorly well-kept since no one uses them and their vines growing around the outdoor hoops, or they’re way too clean, with the rims looking like they’ve never been touched. It’s the non-curricular playing of basketball as opposed to the curricular and professional aspects that makes the difference. It’s the same reason why Brazil dominates soccer, the kids all play soccer, and they play all the time, with or without a working soccer ball.

      Yeah, they might have more money and can afford the camps and the training, but they don’t have the hunger, passion and much more so the competition. When the gaps are so huge between those who end up being able to play and those that can’t, you’re forced to be tolerant due to competition? These people don’t want And1 taking talent away from the NBA or other global FIBA-certified nations.

      That being said, I disagree with what most people have been saying about the Pats. People who’ve followed the team, know for most of the Brady/Belichick era, the team has mostly been dominated by Black Players. It’s just over recent years where these athletically gifted white guys became a vocal part of the team. When is it a matter of diversity vs. a matter of talent? As for diversity, if it’s a major issue, I think it has more to do with New England coaching staff, in which case, I’ll agree, you def have a point in your suspicion.

      • Great point about how courts are in White neighborhoods. I remember moving to the suburbs in New Jersey, hoping to get some run in with the locals…and playing against Newark and Elizabeth guys that just happened to work in the area. At least I got some run in with talent with 96% less risk of gun play (because obviously they had jobs that paid well enough to maintain a car for a 20 miles commute each way every day).

        I wouldn’t go so far as the Patriots don’t have any White players. They’re only slightly more White than the rest of the league. However, when those differences are at such a high profile, it is striking.

        • Negro Libre

          Nah, I’m just saying it’s a recent thing. I remember watching their games after Wes Welker started getting shine during the Randy Moss era, and all of a sudden all these athletic white dudes started popping out of nowhere. It wasn’t always a thing.

          Furthermore, if I was black and I won a ring with the Pats, I’d leave as soon as I could: It’s cold, they pay below average for proven talent and c. it’s effing New England, where everywhere shuts down after 2:00 am.

          • Hugh Akston

            Life isn’t rough out here mayn lol

    • I swear Bill B was gave the white receiver from Clemson, Renfro a phone call after the national championship game and mumbled “You work for me now.” and hung up. Bomani joked the Pats get all of their receivers from the Don Hutson society.

      • It’s funny, because it’s true. I don’t know what Randy Moss and Deion Branch did to Belichek, but there ain’t been a Black wide receiver on the Patriots since them. Also, Wayne Chrebet needs to have all those Patriot wide receivers as pall bearers at his funeral. Chrebet brought the White wide receiver back big time. Also, dude could catch ANYTHING thrown his way.

    • Cleojonz

      This whole post read to me like grumble grumble grumble. What’s eating you Todd?

      • What’s circling my mind in this football environment is Christian McCaffrey going through the NFL Draft process. Catch him on YouTube, but he’s already a walking stereotype buster, like an Aryan Reggie Bush. That said, I’m afraid of the BS that’s going to circle him, particularly with the alt-right circling around looking for a Great White Hope. It’s a shame, because he’s one of those generational talents that’s just fun to watch.

        • Cleojonz

          That is a shame. I’m sure you’re right about those types choosing him as their hero for all the wrong reasons.

  • [Insert Creative Name Here]

    Shoutout to jeopardy for having a category about the Blacksonian. Shoutout to the contestants for not avoiding it. Shoutout to Alex for encouraging people to go to the museum.

    • BatmansExWife

      Yes!!! I loved it, especially when Alex encouraged everyone to attend. I felt the category was too easy, but yea, I was happy.

      • [Insert Creative Name Here]

        Easily made up for the defending champ losing. She was so good!

    • fedup

      Conundrum: The museum ‘s Director has asked folks not to refer to it as “Blacksonian”. However, its now commonly referred to as such, and honestly, I kind of like it. It’s like when you find the one real down girl in the first semester of 9th grade, and she becomes your “cousin” for life. I kind of feel that way about the museum, and it just ain’t family without a nickname. The acronym is unpronounceable, “home” isn’t usable (because the phrase you’d have to utter if someone asked you where you were going is already taken, and shouldnt’t be co-opted), and both DeDe and CeCe are taken. So what’s left?

      Blacksonian.

      But, what say you good people? Use it or nawl?

      • LMNOP

        I think if they didn’t want people to use a shortened version, they should have named it something shorter, like The Black History Museum.

        • fedup

          Good point. Easy to say and remember.

        • cedriclathan

          Just like they’d get more black people liking classical music if they shortened the names. “That was Statavinski’s Opus #9 in D major by the Prussion National Symphony.” You can’t remember all that crap while you’re driving in the car and you can’t write it down.

          • Gibbous

            Truth!! And you certainly can’t tell anybody else about it either!

        • Cleojonz

          Seriously. Black people are good for shortening the names of things or giving nicknames. What did they expect?

      • BrothasKeeper

        I like Blacksonian. It’s esoteric, like a family member’s nickname.

        • miss t-lee

          Yes!

        • Janelle Doe

          I am expecting to see this as a child’s name in the near future now
          :-)

          • BrothasKeeper

            Like, an actual name on a birth certificate?

            • Brother Mouzone

              I mean, Jermaine Jackson has a child named Jermajesty for God sake! Yes, we WILL twist, contort, and create some names for yo azz.

              • Blueberry01

                I had a student named O’Majesty.

          • Cleojonz

            I’m sure it already exists lol.

            • Rewind4ThatBehind

              Never underestimate the speed of Black people to contort the English language…we will do it!

        • Catfish Jenkins

          Dontavius Blacksonian Jackson.

      • L8Comer

        Calling it the blacksonian is so black tho. And wanting us to call it the national museum of African American history and culture or whatever its called is so black too. Two different generations of blackness. Do other peoples elders have a sense of humor?

        I’m calling it the blacksonian unless they give me 1) some very compelling reason why I shouldn’t, and 2) a good substitute.

        Anyway, we aren’t African American anymore. we’re black now.

        • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

          Been Black, always gonna be Black.

          • L8Comer

            Always be that way

        • Cheech

          I called it that the other day and my wife and son both looked at me in shock and told me to stop being racist.

          • L8Comer

            Bahahaha ??? fear of being called racist has non black people so shook that sometimes they go overboard with the PC. I think it’s fine for the whole family to call it that, but that’s just me. If u walk into the museum announcing how excited u are to be at the blacksonian u might get some strange looks Lolol.

            • Cheech

              If I ever get in, I’m pretty sure I’m just going to call it the museum.
              This was a family conversation in the kitchen at home. Neither of them had heard that name before, and I think they thought I just made it up and was being flip.

              • L8Comer

                Lolol, I can see that then. So did u tell them how u found the name?

                • Cheech

                  Yeah. Which got an understanding nod but also an eyeroll meaning, “you mean your online friends that you spend so much time with?”

                  • BrothasKeeper

                    Tell Mrs. Cheech she can join in the shenanigations!

                  • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

                    Oh, you get that too.

                    • LMNOP

                      I call VSB “reading the news.”

                    • Cheech

                      I got away with “checking my email” for awhile, but then she concluded nobody get that much email.

                    • LMNOP

                      Tell that to my 19,000 unread emails.

                    • grownandsexy2

                      And my 27,000 plus and counting. Lol

                  • L8Comer

                    Lol ??

                  • miss t-lee

                    Haha. ?

                  • Blueberry01

                    Uh oh, I sense a little jealousy.

            • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

              People fumbling over themselves not to be racist and others doing there best to prove racism is good. No in between. Strange times in which we live.

              • L8Comer

                I know. Racism aside, what happened to the moderates in this country? Everyone is either far left or far right.

                • Duff Soviet Union

                  The Democrat party is pretty much filled with moderates. I think a lot on the left are sick of how useless they are and are moving away from them.

            • grownandsexy2

              One of my white co-workers related to his wife that I attended the Congressional Black Caucus convention. Wife says “no dear, it’s the African-American convention. Lol

              • L8Comer

                Lmao! “Black lives matter” , “no dear. African American lives matter ??”

              • Kylroy

                I remember a White American attempting to gauge the Black population of London by asking how many “African-Americans” lived there, and being puzzled by the response of “maybe 100?”

                • Mr. Mooggyy

                  Pure befuddlement!!! I would have asked them to repeat that so I could record it!

          • miss t-lee

            Uh oh…lol

          • Cleojonz

            HA HA HA kids are soooo sensitive to this stuff. (I guess that’s a good thing) One time I had some Merengue on in the car pretty loud and my daughter wanted me to turn it down because there just happened to be some Spanish dudes walking by so it was racist.

          • fedup

            Wow. Such differences! I don’t at ALL feel that’s racist. I feel the complete opposite. I really like the fact that only “Blacksonian” will ever sound good, and cool at the same time. Really! When the one that comes up to celebrate the lives and contributions of Latinos to the country, it’ll have to have a completely different type of nickname, or a pronounceable acronym in order to sound as good. Only “Blacksonian” can sound good and still retain the complete explanation of what it is in the “sonian” part of the equation.

            This all might seem petty, but as a people who’ve had to deal with everything under the sun being stolen from us, the fact that you can’t steal this makes me happy.

            • Rewind4ThatBehind

              Yea I’m sticking with Blacksonian

            • Brother Mouzone

              Thumbs up to BLACKSONIAN!

          • Rewind4ThatBehind

            But you’re like the coolest non-racist ever though……….

          • Blueberry01

            Technically, you’re half light-skinned, Cheech, so your family needs to adjust to your comfort with the vernacular.

        • “we’re black now”

          I’ve been black since ’79. It just feels right. I love it when white folks are faced with the conundrum of using “black” or “African American” as if the wrong phrase starts a riot and a go-fund me for Sal so he can fix his window.

          • grownandsexy2

            Back in the day blacks were offended by being called black. They were used to being referred to as negro. Now, negro is considered dated. I notice that young kids are confused when they start daycare/school and learn the colors black and brown. They expect black people to look like the black color in the crayon box.

            • Cleojonz

              This little boy my brother played with down the street from us, they were Italian immigrants. He had to be about 8 and he grilled me about why were were called black when really our skin was brown? He could not wrap his head around it.

              • grownandsexy2

                Same way with my granddaughter. lol

            • Rewind4ThatBehind

              To this day, I’m still confused as to why we cannot refer to ourselves as Black & Brown.

              I’m chocolately…lemme be brown when I say I wanna be brown!

              • Brother Mouzone

                I think east Indians and dark Hispanics took those already.

                • fedup

                  This is true

                • Rewind4ThatBehind

                  They did. I’ll fight them for it.

              • grownandsexy2

                My own granddaughter was one of those confused kids when she started to learn colors. She thought we looked brown, not black, like the crayon in the crayon box. I heard one young man say he would be offended if he were referred to as black; He didn’t want to be referred to as a color. I don’t have a problem with being referred to as black, or African-American. I’m an American of African descent. But some of us have a problem with that. But check this out. Interesting take.

                http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/20/why-african-american-is-a-patronizing-even-racist-term/

                • Rewind4ThatBehind

                  I do not like the term African-American. It’s a cop out. At all times, and does not refer to all of us. I’m of Caribbean descent. When I’m called out, it’s like snuffing out my Caribbean heritage and telling me I’m only linked to a big continent I’ve never been to.

                  I can understand not wanting to be referred to as a color either, however Black is fine to me. I think what will always be the issue is how tribal our species is, and our need to compartmentalize, separate, label, and conform humanity into ideas we can avid by instead of just moving past that.

            • Cheech

              Steve Biko was once asked by a judge, “why do you call yourselves black? You’re really more brown, aren’t you?” He replied, “why do you call yourselves white? You’re really more pink, aren’t you?”

            • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

              My youngest described my wife as beige. She tried to convince to move it to tan, but he wouldn’t budge. My wife swears she is darker than she really is.

              • grownandsexy2

                Or as the little boy in a commercial that used to air described it, “ecru.” lol

              • Blueberry01

                Lol.

                I know she’s Jamaican, but is she black Jamaican?

                • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

                  Yes.

          • Brother Mouzone

            That pregnant pause? Yeah, that always tells me just how comfortable or uncomfortable a 2520 is conversing with or being in the presence of “us folks” lol.

      • grownandsexy2

        I l

    • MsSula

      Jeopardy is like my favorite game show of all time. Alex Trebek is low-key woke!

  • Good peeps of VSB…
    does anyone have a link to jennifer lewis and brandys new clip?

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