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10 Ways That Black Women Stay Winning

It is the season of champions. What do UConn men’s basketball, LeBron James and Charlie Sheen have in common? They are all winning. Do you know who else is winning? White women. More specifically, when it comes to playing for the ultimate title of Wife, white women are the All-Star MVPs 

This paragraph is from “Why White Women Are Winning” — an article published by UPTOWN Magazine last week that gives reasons why white women are, well, “winning” in the game of love while clearly implying that since white women are winning, black women are definitely losing.

As you probably guessed, this created quite a stir in the black blogosphere. In fact, if you google “white women winning,” the first results page will show five different responses to that article written in the past three days, including “Paper Thin: Why the white women are winning argument is a losing one” from the homie Sister Toldja.

(It’ll also show a thread from Yahoo Answers titled “How can us white men start winning back our women once again from other races” — a topic that proves once and for all that everybody is wrong about everything, all of the time.)

Anyway, while the other responses are a bit more reactive and defensive, I thought I’d go a different direction and list ways that black women are in fact winning.

Here’s 10 of them.

1. They’re usually not the protagonists in super shitty romantic comedies

While some might interpret this as proof that black women aren’t as desirable as the Katherine Heigls and Jennifer Anistons of the world, I tend to look at it a different way. You see, because most romantic comedies revolve around thimble-headed white women making thimble-headed white woman decisions, people who’ve seen enough of these movies can’t help but begin to think that, well, all white women must be thimble-headed. This thimble-headed/silly bitch stigma largely escapes black women, a fact which definitely helps them get high scores while playing Words With Friends.

2. Their “window of bangingness” is much, much longer than all other women’s.

Between the fine wines — women who seem to get better looking as they get older (think Halle Berry), the steadies — women who seem to look exactly the same as they did when they were 25 (think Stacey Dash), the seasoning salts — super fine 20 year olds who are now super fine 40 year olds (think Nia Long), the martians — women whose combination of age, fineness, and proportions defy the laws of the universe (think Kenya Moore), the shirleys — legitimately old women who still look like they’ll wear your ass out (think Jenifer Lewis), and the loomers — women who decided to wait until they were 43 to become dimes (think Regina King), it’s not a game with black women’s “aging well” game.

3. Their relationships with their girlfriends are better than any relationship you’ve ever had with anyone.

While the dynamics of the black female/black female close friendship aren’t always perfect or even understandable (still not clear why many women choose to include women that they clearly abhor in their inner circles. Seriously, I think we’ll learn who else shot Kennedy before we get a good answer to that), the otherworldly connections they seem to have is laudable, commendable, and, to be honest, even enviable.

(If I was an asshole I would have said “They’re laudable, commendable, and least until you introduce an appealing man to the equation. Then, all bets and bras are off.” But, since I’m not an asshole, I didn’t say that.)

4. Their hair gives them an easy excuse to not do, well, anything they don’t want to do.

Even if it’s complete bullsh*t, the reverence and respect others have for black women’s hair allows them to use this reverence and respect as a means to cop out of any undesirable task.

Don’t feel like giving head tonight? Just say that the neck motion will make you sweat, and you don’t want to go to work with your hair looking like you were just adopted by a white celebrity.

Don’t feel like staying at work today? Just tell your boss some bullsh*t about how you “need to leave before your ends explode.” Even though he’ll have absolutely no idea what the hell you’re talking about, he’ll let you bounce because he doesn’t want to risk having to go to sensitivity training again.

Don’t feel like staying faithful to your man? Well, every time you visit your secret lover, just tell your man that you’re going to the hairdresser. That’ll give you a 12 hour window to basically do whatever the hell you want, especially since most men prefer not to know why the hell it takes women an entire Wendy’s work shift to get their hair done.

While we’re still on hair, we can’t forget the fact that…

5. They can change their entire identity with one trip to the hairdresser.

While identity changes happen when non-black women switch up their hairstyles, these changes tend to be more superficial. I mean, so you went from blond to brunette and people take you more seriously. Whoopdy f*cking do. That still won’t get you into Heaven. But a black woman can alter everything from the type of music people assume she listens to the types of men who’ll approach her (and what they say when they approach) just from going from perm to natural.

6. Everyone assumes they’re automatically great cooks, great dancers, competent singers, soulful, community-minded, full of wisdom, unflappable, and sincere.

In fact, the only thing black women ever have to “prove” is whether or not she’s angry, able to find a man, able to keep a man, able to think like a man and act like a lady, and able to find the one eligible, attractive, and available man in the sea of HIV-infected, middle school dropout, homosexual atheist rapist goons she has to choose from.

7. They’re given carte blanche to beat their kids in public.

If little “Johnny Whitemommy” took out his d*ck and started peeing on the mannequins in J Crew, the most he’d probably receive from his mom would be a slight scold and a half-assed teachable lesson. (“Remember Johnny, if you pee in public, at least try to pee in the mannequin’s pocket next time so it doesn’t spill everywhere”)

Why? Well, as soon as the first drop of Johnny’s urine hit the ground, the PC police would have been poised and ready to attack; thumbs ready to call CYS on speed dial while they’re paying close attention to how Johnny’s mom reacts.

On the other hand, black women have no such worry, and in a similar situation, they’d be free to drop kick and punt little Jaheim as far as they’d please.

8. Other races of men write songs specifically about them.

From the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” to Fleetwood Mac/Santana’s “Black Magic Woman,” history is filled with examples of non-black artists writing songs directly inspired by black women. Whether this is fetishization or homage (or somewhere in between) is debatable, but the fact that both of these songs are about 150,000 times cooler than Mighty Casey’s “White Girls” isn’t.

9. They have magical vaginas.

What exactly makes their vaginas magic? Well, that’s the only way to explain how the same woman can produce one kid who looks like Blake Griffin and another who looks like Eddie Griffin.

10. They’re not black men.

Which means that they’re approximately 1752% more likely to stay alive long enough to read this entire list.

Anyway, I’m sure I forgot a few. Can you think of any other ways that sistas stay winning?

The carpet is yours.

—The Champ

***Just in case you missed it, here’s a video recap of “Three Deez” our book signing/anniversary party in D.C. Shout-out to Tim at Jamos Studios for the production***

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Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for and EBONY Magazine. And a founding editor for 1839. 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 Or don't. Whatever.

  • Forgot Sade homie. She’s 50 and still gorgeous in mind, body and spirit.

  • Now this is gonna be good…

  • bhillboy37

    11. They have a way of turning their narcissistic behavior into a preference or character trait.

  • Mo-VSS

    Number 5 is the truth. Cab asked me just today why I don’t look the same in any of my AVI’s. The hair, chico…the hair never lies ;)

    Anyway, I can’t speak for all black women but reasons why I stay winning are as follows:

    1. White women want to be me. (and you know this maaaaannn, said in my Chris Tucker from Friday voice) LOL, I have had more than my fair share of white women who marveled at my hair, ass, intellect, swag (ugh, hate that word) and personality to know that they’re thinking “if I were black, she’s the type of black woman I’d want to be.” Ha, ha!

    2. I’m an every-woman. I cook, clean, take care of kids well, clean up even better, look good in lingerie, am mother approved, desired by fathers, write well, and love hard. Oh and did I mention that I look good? Yeah, all that.

    It’s late and that’s all I have for now. But, I’m interested to see what others have to say.

  • “Especially since most men prefer not to know why the hell it takes women an entire Wendy’s work shift to get their hair done.”

    I’ve been trying to figure this out since the age of 9, when I’d get my haircut done faster than my mom could get her hair done. (We went to the same unisex barber/beauty salon.) I would move around and have a 5 minute cut take a half-hour, and I’d still get done faster than my moms. So I just let it be…

  • If we have successfully shown we’re not angry, at work we can get away with snark and insults so long as we smiles.

    If we show up to work on time regularly, people give extra points because they expect us to be late.

    We can make other people uncomfortable by eluding to them offending us in some way. Example: Black woman gets sick to her stomach from a gluten allergy, vomits in the bathroom, but if anyone mentions the possibility of her being pregnant, they’re racist and classist. Two for one!

    People will give us what we want while we’re smiling with just a glint of ‘angry Black woman’ behind our pupils. They want to avoid her at all costs. They will give us the refund as we stand there with nary receipt or original packaging.

    If we play the damsel in distress game–one successfully perfected by white women–people are so caught off guard, confused, and defeated.

  • Simba.Africanna

    11. Curves: ain’t NOTHING like a black woman! Nothing!!
    ’nuff said!

    12. Confidence: It can get outta hand sometimes when you start half-steppin’ (read: attitude) but for the most part, sistas have confidence & that sh!t is sexy like a mutha. Black women can say exactly they want in expressive ways (verbally or using body language). That’s why you don’t see allo that wrist-splitting or bulimia-type body/image disorders.
    They got it & they know it….matter-of-fact they’ll let you know it!

  • Black women gt carte blanche to say the most racist sh*t ever… at least I’ve heard. *whistes and walks away*

  • Andi

    11. People of other races are automatically afraid of them. Even if you’ve never thrown a punch in your life – it’s assumed you can and will beat someone down. You don’t have to lift a finger :)

    S/N Love the video! And dude at 1:07 is cute…

  • eazy

    11. She gave birth to me.

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