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Shit Bougie Black People Love: 30. Jesse Williams

You probably know Jesse Williams as one of the guys on one of those Shonda Rhimes shows that airs before another Shonda Rhimes show. Or perhaps as the racially ambiguous guy who really, really, really, really digs Ciroc.

This, however, would mean that you’re not a Bougie Black Person. Because, if you were a Bougie Black Person, Jesse Williams wouldn’t just be a TV doctor and bottle service vodka pitchman to you. If you were a Bougie Black Girl, he would be “EVERYTHING!!!” And, if you were a Bougie Black Guy, he would be the guy whose tweets you retweet and articles you’d share so Bougie Black Girls could hopefully bestow the “EVERYTHING!!!” title on you.

How Williams received “EVERYTHING!!!” status is no mystery. He is very outspoken with racial issues, even regularly using words like “disabuse” and “intersectionality” and “can’t” when tweeting and/or speaking. This in itself is great, but not particularly remarkable, as many are very outspoken about racial issues. What makes it remarkable is that Williams has green eyes and very nice abs. And it’s generally assumed that Black men with green eyes and very nice abs are only concerned about their woes and Under Armour, so Williams exists as a paradox. He also has a Black wife. Which, again, is great, but not particularly rare. There are many people with Black wives, including even several Black men. But Williams has green eyes and very nice abs, so having a Black wife has engendered some to bestow him with unicorn status. And “unicorn status” is the first step to “EVERYTHING!!!” land.

When you combine these factors with his African-American studies degree and his tendency to grow full beards — both Bougie Black status markers — Williams represents the apex of Bougie Blacktivity. Unambiguously, unapologetically, and articulately pro-Black. While still making time to day party with Eva Pigford.

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.

  • dadumdee

    Jesse Williams is good peoples. I haven’t seen him since we snuck in to the NFC divisional playoffs in 2004, Eagles v. Packers. He is actually holding back. That is one educated, militant, focused young brother.

    • Foxylady242

      spill the tea please lol

  • Cleojonz

    I have become a fan of Jesse Williams out of his activism, not any of his acting. I might have seen 5 minutes of a Grey’s episode he was in at some point. He is smart, conscious and beautiful inside and out (or it would seem) So what’s not to love?

    AND his wife is a civilian who looks like the rest of us on this site. He can do no wrong in my eyes.

    • Val

      Yeah, I’m just finding out he’s on a Shonda Rhimes show while reading this post. I only know him through social media as well.

      • miss t-lee

        Word?!

        • Val

          Yep. I don’t watch any of Shonda Rhimes’ shows.

          • miss t-lee

            Gotcha.
            He was in a few movies before Grey’s, but definitely easy to miss him.

            • orchid921

              He’s in one of my favorite movies, “Cabin in the Woods.” It’s an AMAZING horror flick and it’s directed by the same guy who did “The Avengers.” Check it out!

              • miss t-lee

                Hmmmm. Never saw that one. I’ll have to check it out! Good look.

      • Tristan

        I dont watch the show but he looks like someone who’d play a nurse

        • mochazina

          dang, that’s rough!!! his character’s a grandson and son of a surgeon, and himself a surgeon and chairman of the hospital board. LOL

          • Tristan

            Anything possible in Shondaland

          • MALynn

            With a bleeding heart, not spoiled brat rich. He did leave the black girl with natural hair for the white chick tho…can’t be perfect.

            • Still mad about it tbh. He left the white chick at the end of last season though, so… I still have a chance.

            • Boo Radley

              But it was true loooove. That wedding scene gave me all kinds of feels.

              • ??Jessica??

                No we shall not discuss that scene!!! He should have never left his black ride or die for……. her!!!!

        • #AntiLightskinness

        • Boo Radley

          He’s a plastic surgeon…with a heart. Also, his mom is played by Debbie Gibson.

          • mochazina

            Allen. Debbie Allen. LOL

            • Boo Radley

              Child…coffee, Lord, coffee. Thanks. LOL!

    • Vanity in Peril

      Just realized her face in this pic and my thumb are the same size. I’m so damn disrespectful.

      • Cleojonz

        HA HA is it bad that I had to put my thumb up to the picture to see? And you are not wrong and I’m just as disrespectful lol.

        • Mayborn7

          I did the same damn thing. It filled my heart with joy.

      • miss t-lee

        hey there, Petty White.

        • MysteryMeat

          Haahaa @pettywhite

    • TD

      Same here about becoming a fan from his activism. I haven’t watched Grey’s since the 3rd or 4th season. Jesse is officially my “cousin”. Love him!

    • HeyBooHey

      Honestly, I’ve never seen him act anything. Literally, nothing. I forgot that was his profession cuz I just look at his pictures and read his tweets with desire in my heart and lust in my loins. Bless his wife for having that daily view

      • Damon Young

        I just look at his pictures and read his tweets with desire in my heart and lust in my loins

        you and your lustfilled loins needs to get a room.

        • HeyBooHey

          *hangs head* I thought this was a safe place to express myself. But fine….

          • Jerry Jones

            LOL!!! you’re cute..;-)

      • SaneN85

        If you haven’t seen Cabin in the Woods, you should.

      • Testifying!

    • Tristan

      She bought low….lightskinned negro who left a cushy teaching gig to act, how many yall taking that leap?

      • Damon Young

        “She bought low….lightskinned negro who left a cushy teaching gig to act, how many yall taking that leap?”

        actually laughed aloud at this

      • miss t-lee

        Leave.

      • You seem upset Good sir

      • HeyBooHey

        LOL at you lobbing all this Jesse shade today. Who didn’t give you a hug this morning Tristan?!?

        • Tristan

          Lol wasnt shade…im all for the erudite being mainstream

          • Clifford CJ Tate

            So you know I had to google erudite!! LLS You learn something new everyday! Or, at least, YOU SHOULD!! LLS

      • LyricMeThis

        If he is talking that activism and he is not just talking about it but he is being about it and he got that glint in his eye….. I am willing to take that leap!

      • ursanegro

        yep. not many people get in on the ground floor like that.

        she probably said, “well, you have your teaching license so we’ll still have that if this acting thing doesn’t work out.”

      • Cleojonz

        Man you must not know any teachers. I’m married to one. Cushy? Pfft!

      • Dee

        You right!

      • Brooklyn_Bruin

        I love how brand new these Nubians be sometimes.

      • Cori Hoston

        She saw something in him….she prolly hit him with the “you got a face that needs to be in pictures”… He so fine…I’d pay his rent…well at least his cable bill…well maybe his phone bill

      • enemy of progress lmfao

      • There is hilarity in your shade but I feel quite incommodious at the timing of it considering how much I adore this brother.

    • Asiyah

      oh she’s very pretty!

    • PSA:

      @ All fine VSB’s, I’m an average looking VSS who is probably fertile (idk), and has a degree, and is gainfully employed, and has no STD’s, I am single. Please inquire within.

      *****No unattractive VSB soliciting please******

      • Nick Peters

        Aren’t you the only one who lives in North Carolina?

        • Why does this matter for you?

          • Nick Peters

            your right…I forgot people don’t like me on VSB

            • Andie

              I like you buddy!!!

        • Lee

          Long time lurker with a crazy late reply, but I rep NC.

      • Vanity in Peril

        Snickers at “inquire within”

        I’ll see myself out.

      • Tristan

        You and Malik having trouble?

        • Malik is my backup plan in case we’re both still unmarried at 45.

          • LadyIbaka

            Sooo, Malik is a Drake?! Friend zoned for life??

        • Just trying to experience being a cuckold.

      • h.h.h.
      • LadyIbaka

        Can you please make a list of the fine VSB’s….

        • We all got our pictures up. You know which ones.

          • LadyIbaka

            there is only ONE that I know of…..

            • speak on it

              • LadyIbaka

                Jay.

        • HeyBooHey

          Can all the single VSBs show themselves for this list?

        • Brass Tacks

          All im saying is, I better make it on somebody’s d*mn list. IMO

        • Sure, as soon as the single ones stop hiding behind their blank avis

          • kid video

            I find it difficult to believe you have a hard time finding a date, much less a S/O…good luck wit that.

            That convo we had about a year ago was too short…u may feel different.

            • h.h.h.

              it’s one thing to find ‘a date’

              it’s another thing to find ‘a match’

              #YafeelMeNahMeanKnowWhatimSayinYoooo

            • I have had offers on occasion, but I don’t just say “yes” to a date because someone thinks I’m aesthetically pleasing.

      • Beauty In Truth

        No shame! Gurl you betta’ get whatcha’ won’t in this here life!

      • JB

        Does Disqus have DM??

    • mochazina
      • He’s as fine as frog hair. And broody looking too. Mmmmmmhhhmmm – his wife is cute. Love her hair.

    • ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  • miss t-lee

    Far from bougie, but the boy been fine, since fine, was fine.

    His looks, plus his passionate stand on social issues, and his intelligence?

    Hurricane.

    • HeyBooHey

      “His looks, plus his passionate stand on social issues, and his intelligence?”

      The trifecta that makes that man errythang. And that just ups the fact he’s is ALLA the fine, including the finest of fine. Just….*sigh*

      • miss t-lee

        Hallelu.

    • Boo Radley

      …flood. I’ll be in the corner.

  • QueLoQue

    I don’t know that this is strictly a Bougie Black thing. I think a lot of Black people like Jesse Williams because he’s one of the few Black celebrities who will speak up about Black issues , where most Black celebrities would stay quiet at best. He’s eloquent, and doesn’t let the threat of lost profits censor him. Being lightskin with green eyes definitely doesn’t hurt though.

    • Tristan

      He’s the bizarro felon bae

      • mochazina

        iChoked LAUGHING at this

      • NKORigible

        wow. What did Jesse Williams do to you? You’re on fire! lol

  • Myalogy

    Hi, am black and bougie and I am very happy to be here!

    • MzzPeaches

      Welcome! *Throws the VSB glitter*

    • miss t-lee

      I read this in Eddie Murphy’s voice from Coming To America.
      I’m sorry…lol

      • PunchDrunkLove

        I had to say it over in my head in that voice, then I sniggled

        • miss t-lee

          Yupppp.

  • Val

    Welp, the next time VSB does a list of people with really Black sounding names Jesse Williams should be on that list. And in the top five.

    • Dcetstyle

      I know right. His name is Jesse, there are very few blacker names. And I could not love him more.

      • Nick Peters

        Ving

        • miss t-lee

          That ain’t even Ving’s name.

          • Nick Peters

            Fine….

            LeCharles Bentley

          • Val

            Lol Right. His first name is ‘Irving’. Lol

            • miss t-lee

              YUPPPPP.

        • Val

          Yeah, no. I mean if you had said, I don’t know, something like ‘Maceo’, then yes. But Ving Rhames doesn’t sound like a stereotypical Black name at all.

    • Tristan

      Jesse Williams sounds like a used car dealer that gives out his cards at the cookout

      • NKORigible

        LMAO. Stop.

    • He has the name of an old black deacon who makes moonshine on the side.

      • Siante
        • LMAOOOOOOO *SCREAMINGGGGG*

          Who uncles are these!?!?!?!?!

          • Siante

            kev on stage is an absolute mess. You must not had seen the funeral service he held for Tamar’s edges smh- a mess.

      • HeyBooHey

        Because I almost spit out my fruit, you gotta pack up and leave LOL

      • NKORigible

        LOL! Why???

  • Vanity in Peril

    Social justice bae numero uno (David Banner is numero dos) IS urrryting. Activating ovary explosion sequence in t minus 10, 9, 8, 7…

    • miss t-lee

      David was number one in my book until he went full hotep.
      Twas a sad day.

      • MzzPeaches

        Does that mean he renounces all the music he put out previously? Cause ‘Like a Pimp’ is still a classic for me.

        • miss t-lee

          Well, he went on this twitter tirade about how women shouldn’t dress a certain way, because it’s the same as throwing meat in a lion’s den and everyone started reminding him of all his song lyrics.
          He’s currently under review, cuz I can’t listen to his songs and jam like I used to.

          • What was his response to people bringing up his lyrics?

            • miss t-lee

              Basically stop worrying about old sh*t.

              • hmmm

                • miss t-lee

                  I linked the article above.

                  • He went full “fass-tailed” girls, huh? I guess dudes have no level of self-control.

                    • miss t-lee

                      Sure did.
                      Yup. You’re all boorish cavemen. The lot of you!

              • Siante

                ugh, I hate it when men pull that argument- it’s not old sh*t if it bears relevance to your present foolishness lol

                • miss t-lee

                  He had amnesia, and folks had to remind him real quick like.

          • HeyBooHey

            David needs a corner to rest himself in smh. I swear, people get bowties and glasses and forget the trap beats from whence they came. So would he now say that “Play” was a song of feminism and women owning their sexuality or did he denounce that track too?

            • miss t-lee

              Girl…I couldn’t even begin to try to figure out that thought process.

            • MysteryMeat

              Swear to god I think I heard him say in an interview that “Play” was inspired by women because at the end of the day, they are the ones in control.

              Or something like that

          • Vanity in Peril

            Problematic arsed…

            • miss t-lee

              Totally.

        • Tristan

          Cuz real guhls get down on da flo

          • Cori Hoston

            We do

        • Cori Hoston

          Like a pimp is classic for me hath killt me dead ma’am…dead

          • MzzPeaches

            It is! Good memories off that one lol

      • You never go full hotep!

        • miss t-lee

          Never!

        • Nick Peters

          full hotep?

      • Vanity in Peril

        I had no idea he went full hotep. This is quite a dark day

      • You knew it was coming.

        • miss t-lee

          Once he was on CNN with that Col Sanders getup, I knew something was awry.

      • Who’s David?

        • miss t-lee

          David Banner.

    • Tristan

      I dont think Banner is that smart *shrug*

      • QueLoQue

        He’s a half step above an Ankh N*gga

        • Tristan

          Once you get past the novelty that this is the dude who made like a Pimp on CNN you see he doesnt have much to say

        • ChiChi

          HAHAHAHA

    • inYOface

      cause when a man backtracks “everything that is the reason I even know him” … then that just makes me say … now how old is he? and where is his PR people? cause he is going to need someone to write his speeches before he is allowed to speak in public again – #IJS

  • MzzPeaches

    http://media.giphy.com/media/nSkSSyuLhjG5a/giphy.gif

    Sums up all my thoughts regarding Jesse Williams. #Everything!!!

    • miss t-lee
      • TeeChantel

        Lol! Get ’em, T

        • miss t-lee

          Hehehehehehhe.

      • MzzPeaches

        Might as well throw both legs up a la Cookie Lyon and tell him “Take these cookies!” lol

        • miss t-lee

          Couldn’t find that gif…lol!

          • DebraKayeII

            i got u in my stash #dontjudge

            • miss t-lee

              GOOD LOOKING OUT!!!! YAS!

    • HeyBooHey

      #ditto but mine are then followed by a bite of the lip

  • TeeChantel

    I’m definitely a fan of Jessie Williams – mainly for his activism and his intelligence and, lawd, he’s FOINE. YOU CAN ALSO ADD EXTRA O’s FOR EXTRA FOINESS………

  • He’s cool.

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