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Still Black: 7 Things I Learned While Watching CNN’s Black In America 2

black-in-americaI’d love to venture deep into my soul to discuss how deeply moved I was by CNN’s Black in America 2 presentation, but much like the first one, it just wasn’t that deep.  In fact, I didn’t even expect it to be.  It’s CNN.  I only watched it because I know people expected me to watch it because people expected me to say something about it.

I do this for my culture.

And just in case you weren’t sure, we’re still Black.  Same sh*t, different toilet.

Anyway, despite it not really being anything more than a surface level look at the fact there are indeed Black people in America (who knew?) who do different things, I still managed to learn some things from this special.

Buckle up Susie.

1)  Apparently, most of us are still stuck in quite craptastic circumstances.

Okay, I didn’t really learn that from the special.  I mean it was broadcast front and center, but still, I been done knewed that.  Still worth mentioning in case you just so happened to have done forgot that.

2)  Malaak Compton-Rock looks much better than I remember

Including me and my girl, there were 4 other people at my house watching the special and everybody, save one person, was shocked by how much better she looks than we’d remembered.  Of course, I also noted that her profile is quite froggy.  Take that as you want.

3)  Apparently there are still a lot of Black men with waves in their head.

I was never one of those guys who could get the waves and was always jealous of those chumps people.  Ole boy who run’s the Capitol Prep school in Connecticut (his name escapes me), well, his waves were on like 100 percent TCB meets Duke status.  Quite impressed was I.

4)  Very well to-do Black people are very protective of their circle.

It’s an almost defensive, we’ve earned this spot so step up gangsta, stance.  But don’t think you’re gettin in here.  I don’t have a problem with this on its face, I’m just not part of the club and probably never will be.  Though I guess you are probably forced to defend your status to other people who haven’t quite made it.  Crabs in the barrel I suppose.

5)  I also don’t care to hear the problems that wealthy people have, black, brown, yellow, or Haitian..

That might be an unpopular stance as I realize everybody has problems, it’s hard for me to feel bad for anybody whose sole problem is actually caring what somebody else says.  I’m broke and I pretty much give two sh*ts what most people have to say about me.  Then again, when you’re worried about paying bills, other folks problems with you seem a little less than important.

6)  Getting into college can be a very emotional moment for some people.

Much like many other people like me, I took getting into college for granted.  I mean hell, for me it wasn’t ‘will I get into college?’, it was which college won’t I get accepted to and where am I going.  It was a very privileged standpoint I was in.  To see the young lady from CT cry at getting accepted into a college I’d never heard of was kind of humbling for me.  Just one of those things I realize it’s easy to take for granted when I didn’t have to struggle for my whole life.  That was a moment I was pretty glad to have seen: somebody who’s been through hell finally see some light at the other end.

7)  Despite being exactly who’s apart of the group, I’ll never be apart of the upper-echelon Black America circle (piggybacking off of number 4).

Save being Greek, I’m the type of guy who’d be in the Jack and Jill’s and would be apart of the book Our Kind of People (one of the most eye opening books of my life, then again, I never even heard of Jack & Jill, Boule, Links, etc until I got to college), except I never will be because until I got to college, nobody I knew was apart of that world.  It’s a weird feeling realizing that en entire Black population of people just like you exists…without you.  Very weird dichotomy.

Those are just a few of the observations I made while watching BiA2.  I mostly saw the second half since during the first half, me and two of my boys got into a very loud debate about whether or not Michael Jackson was really the greatest entertainer of all time.  And much like the news of the past 3 weeks, Michael Jackson trumps all.

And yes, he is.

Anyway, good citizens of VSB, what did you learn, if anything, from watching Black in America 2 with Soledad O’Brien, perhaps the whitest Black woman in history?

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIRL, HE A 3

Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future.

  • Gemmie’s Got A Tan

    hmmmm… lemme see….

    wait… i almost had it….

    i know there had to have been something i learned….

    oh well. maybe it’ll come to me after i sleep on it. nite nite!!!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Gemmie’s Got A Tan,

      “maybe it’ll come to me after i sleep on it”

      ***filed under “statements that the champ would have prefaced with “no homo” if he uttered them sometime between 1999 and 2001″***

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Gemmie’s Got A Tan,

      “maybe it’ll come to me after i sleep on it”

      ***filed under “statements that the champ would have prefaced with “no homo” if he uttered them sometime between 1999 and 2001″***

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Gemmie’s Got A Tan, girl you know you learned something, even if it was that Black men still use Duke and rock wave caps to sleep religiously.

      • Gemmie’s Got A Tan

        @Panama Jackson,

        i actually see lots of brothas in pgh that do. so… it wasn’t anything new, ya dig??

        • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

          @Gemmie’s Got A Tan,
          4real west coast too not so much in the summer but yea niggs still stay with the brush in tha back pocket

          • Gemmie’s Got A Tan

            @BLUNTBLAZER,

            LOL whenever i’m home in cali and a guy friend picks me up in his car, i always gotta watch out as to not sit on his damn brush!

          • Gemmie’s Got A Tan

            @BLUNTBLAZER,

            LOL whenever i’m home in cali and a guy friend picks me up in his car, i always gotta watch out as to not sit on his damn brush!

        • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

          @Gemmie’s Got A Tan,
          4real west coast too not so much in the summer but yea niggs still stay with the brush in tha back pocket

      • Gemmie’s Got A Tan

        @Panama Jackson,

        i actually see lots of brothas in pgh that do. so… it wasn’t anything new, ya dig??

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Gemmie’s Got A Tan, girl you know you learned something, even if it was that Black men still use Duke and rock wave caps to sleep religiously.

  • Gemmie’s Got A Tan

    hmmmm… lemme see….

    wait… i almost had it….

    i know there had to have been something i learned….

    oh well. maybe it’ll come to me after i sleep on it. nite nite!!!

  • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

    Only saw last segment of Black in America and Iunno bout y’all but I dug it. That was super positive. Don’t know what the rest of it was like though.

    But question. Does MLT seem like another Black elite club (like Jack & Jill) or can us reg’lah folks get our feet in that door?

    • http://lizburr.com Liz

      @Thuggie Luvvie, Most people in MLT already come from good colleges with good grades. Regular Black folks CAN go to good colleges and get good grades (me, for example), but typically what type of Black person usually does? ….The elite ones.

      One of my friends from MLT said it best to me: “Keep in mind they let in people like [them] who probably don’t need MLT & reject others who do, so MLT can keep their averages high.”

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

        @Liz,

        ““Keep in mind they let in people like [them] who probably don’t need MLT & reject others who do, so MLT can keep their averages high.”

        And THIS is what I’m asking. If MLT folks are the ones whose parents could probably get them the same connects as being an MLT alum would, then what about the rest of us who did go to good colleges and got good grades but don’t have any top connections?

        • http://lizburr.com Liz

          @Thuggie Luvvie, I don’t know, I still think MLT is merit based just as I believe the elite school admissions are merit based. I think MLT exists to whip young professional kids into shape to compete at very tough business schools (notice in the segments they talked about Kellogg, Stern, harvard, uChicago and they were all people in their mid-20s.)

          At the end of the day it’s STILL hard to get into the elite b school’s as a black person, wherever you come from (rich or poor). Furthermore, the higher up you move in any industry, the more likely you will 1) be discriminated against and 2) need affirmative action programs. Due to this, I think programs like MLT can help you keep a competitive edge.

          • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

            @Liz,
            mlt? jack n jill? i guess i got kicked out before those classes

          • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

            @Liz,
            mlt? jack n jill? i guess i got kicked out before those classes

        • http://lizburr.com Liz

          @Thuggie Luvvie, I don’t know, I still think MLT is merit based just as I believe the elite school admissions are merit based. I think MLT exists to whip young professional kids into shape to compete at very tough business schools (notice in the segments they talked about Kellogg, Stern, harvard, uChicago and they were all people in their mid-20s.)

          At the end of the day it’s STILL hard to get into the elite b school’s as a black person, wherever you come from (rich or poor). Furthermore, the higher up you move in any industry, the more likely you will 1) be discriminated against and 2) need affirmative action programs. Due to this, I think programs like MLT can help you keep a competitive edge.

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

        @Liz,

        ““Keep in mind they let in people like [them] who probably don’t need MLT & reject others who do, so MLT can keep their averages high.”

        And THIS is what I’m asking. If MLT folks are the ones whose parents could probably get them the same connects as being an MLT alum would, then what about the rest of us who did go to good colleges and got good grades but don’t have any top connections?

    • http://lizburr.com Liz

      @Thuggie Luvvie, Most people in MLT already come from good colleges with good grades. Regular Black folks CAN go to good colleges and get good grades (me, for example), but typically what type of Black person usually does? ….The elite ones.

      One of my friends from MLT said it best to me: “Keep in mind they let in people like [them] who probably don’t need MLT & reject others who do, so MLT can keep their averages high.”

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Thuggie Luvvie, the last segment was positive. except it still highlighted the fact that everybody ain’t going to make it, even if you do have the “credentials”.

      hell, i went to school with some of the most well-t0-do Black folks in America and i still don’t know about half of the sh*t these folks are talking about. AND I LIVE IN DC, HOME OF THE BOUGIE NEGRO. politics, power, and black people are around me 24/7 and like brandon st. randy, i personally know a gang of the ninjas that were shown in varying shots of the tuxedo ball…

      …yet, how come i’ve never even heard of it?

      access is a motherf*cker.

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

        @Panama Jackson,

        “access is a motherf*cker”

        A T-shirt I’d rock

        • SouthernGirl

          @Thuggie Luvvie,

          with cute heels and big silver hoops.

        • SouthernGirl

          @Thuggie Luvvie,

          with cute heels and big silver hoops.

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

        @Panama Jackson,

        “access is a motherf*cker”

        A T-shirt I’d rock

      • MizzDustNoffDaHatahzSince96Hall

        @Panama Jackson,

        “…yet, how come i’ve never even heard of it? ”
        Maybe you have to be listed in the Green Book to receive an invitation.

        oh and…

        **side-eye for the “bougie negro” statement…Hater**

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          @MizzDustNoffDaHatahzSince96Hall, side-eye deez.

          but yeah, i find it telling that i cavort with everybody who’d be at that function (i work with all the low-income, powerful Black professionals in DC…lol), and i’d never even heard of it.

          that just ain’t me i guess. and in some sense, i’m kind of happy about that.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          @MizzDustNoffDaHatahzSince96Hall, side-eye deez.

          but yeah, i find it telling that i cavort with everybody who’d be at that function (i work with all the low-income, powerful Black professionals in DC…lol), and i’d never even heard of it.

          that just ain’t me i guess. and in some sense, i’m kind of happy about that.

      • MizzDustNoffDaHatahzSince96Hall

        @Panama Jackson,

        “…yet, how come i’ve never even heard of it? ”
        Maybe you have to be listed in the Green Book to receive an invitation.

        oh and…

        **side-eye for the “bougie negro” statement…Hater**

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Thuggie Luvvie, the last segment was positive. except it still highlighted the fact that everybody ain’t going to make it, even if you do have the “credentials”.

      hell, i went to school with some of the most well-t0-do Black folks in America and i still don’t know about half of the sh*t these folks are talking about. AND I LIVE IN DC, HOME OF THE BOUGIE NEGRO. politics, power, and black people are around me 24/7 and like brandon st. randy, i personally know a gang of the ninjas that were shown in varying shots of the tuxedo ball…

      …yet, how come i’ve never even heard of it?

      access is a motherf*cker.

  • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

    Only saw last segment of Black in America and Iunno bout y’all but I dug it. That was super positive. Don’t know what the rest of it was like though.

    But question. Does MLT seem like another Black elite club (like Jack & Jill) or can us reg’lah folks get our feet in that door?

  • Selah

    Uhmmm… I learned that I don’t like Soledad much as a reporter… her segment of the show upset me… it was more “poor” in america as opposed to “black” in america… kudos to Perry, tho.. the 2nd half of the show was good.

    Oh, I also learned that lil kids living in poverty have blackberrys. Which confuses me. I didn’t even have one til last year. And I’m grownish. And not living in poverty. LOL

    • http://lizburr.com Liz

      @Selah, Soledad igs me too. Did you know she’s part Black? I had NO idea. She often speaks from a perspective as if she isn’t.

      • Selah

        @Liz, is she? Coulda fooled me. Oh wait. She did fool me. lol But really, she had me feeling some kind of way *shrugs*

      • Selah

        @Liz, is she? Coulda fooled me. Oh wait. She did fool me. lol But really, she had me feeling some kind of way *shrugs*

      • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

        @Liz, her NAME igs me.

        “Soledad O’Brien” is just all kinds of mismatched nomenclature. It clangs in my ears

        **channels Smeagol** It hurtses ussss!

      • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

        @Liz, her NAME igs me.

        “Soledad O’Brien” is just all kinds of mismatched nomenclature. It clangs in my ears

        **channels Smeagol** It hurtses ussss!

      • miss t-lee

        @Liz,
        about Soledad
        To quote the great Willie D of the Geto Boys…”you still a n*gga”

      • miss t-lee

        @Liz,
        about Soledad
        To quote the great Willie D of the Geto Boys…”you still a n*gga”

      • http://stickwithyocat.blogspot.com/ V.E.G.

        @Liz,

        I think Soledad often speaks from a perspective of someone who is part black but who is often mistaken for someone who is not, if that makes sense.

        She has never denied her black side. Given her multi-ethnic background, I doubt she was raised in a ‘typical’ black environment. And I think, because of her ethnic ambiguity, she has been privy to some racial commentary that white folks try not to make public.

        • Gemmie’s Got A Tan

          @V.E.G.,

          yeah, i def agree with you Veggie. just becuz Soledad doesn’t LOOK black or was raised in a stereotypical black environment, to me (another mixtie), doesn’t mean she isn’t in touch with her black (or even latino) side.

          i know quite a few ppl who work in broadcast and journalism who have had nothing but good things to say about Ms. O’Brien and that she has always been well connected in black (and “hispanic”) orgs for journalists. the fact that she is actively involved in such groups says a lot to me about how she views herself.

          • http://stickwithyocat.blogspot.com/ V.E.G.

            @Gemmie’s Got A Tan,

            I agree. I have a lot of respect for her. She could have denied a lot about her background. But she embraces it even when folks don’t voluntarily give her her black/Latina card.

          • http://stickwithyocat.blogspot.com/ V.E.G.

            @Gemmie’s Got A Tan,

            I agree. I have a lot of respect for her. She could have denied a lot about her background. But she embraces it even when folks don’t voluntarily give her her black/Latina card.

          • http://lizburr.com Liz

            @Gemmie’s Got A Tan, I don’t think people are disputing her Blackness. I’m not even claiming she’s not “Black enough.” My problem with Soledad is her REPORTING (not even how she is on her personal time) comes across like she’s a white woman on Safari who is just discovering Black-kind for the first time. Literally her narration is what annoys me. Soledad we know you are Black too, why this Christopher Columbus tone in your voice?

          • http://lizburr.com Liz

            @Gemmie’s Got A Tan, I don’t think people are disputing her Blackness. I’m not even claiming she’s not “Black enough.” My problem with Soledad is her REPORTING (not even how she is on her personal time) comes across like she’s a white woman on Safari who is just discovering Black-kind for the first time. Literally her narration is what annoys me. Soledad we know you are Black too, why this Christopher Columbus tone in your voice?

          • http://www.hanselman.com/blog/CategoryView.aspx?category=Africa Scott Hanselman

            @Gemmie’s Got A Tan,

            I agree with Liz…she nails it. *Hi Liz*

            I have a problem with Soledad’s Reporting. The fact that she is mixed and elite from birth is what it is. You don’t choose your parents.

            But during the Africa segment it was like she was one of these “poor-folks tours.” Folks with money like to take vacations to places without money then give away some money so they feel better. I appreciate what Malaak is trying to do opening kids eyes up, but do they need to *focus* on the shanties in Soweto? I’ve been to Soweto, I’ve lived in South Africa (my wife’s family is there and we stay with them for a month each year) and there is a Black Middle Class in Africa that in underrepresented in the media. Rather than taking those kids to buy pencils for a lucky few, why not introduce the kids to some folks who’ve come up in Soweto and accomplished something. Show them that it’s possible. Don’t just take them on a tour of ‘look how some folks got it worse than you.’

            I gotta say, as someone whose been deep into African culture for a decade (I’m white) I’ve just about had it with the simplistic few that America (White *and* Black folks) have about Africa. It ain’t a country, people. Not everyone lives in a shack. Diversity wasn’t represented in that segment.

          • http://www.hanselman.com/blog/CategoryView.aspx?category=Africa Scott Hanselman

            @Gemmie’s Got A Tan,

            I agree with Liz…she nails it. *Hi Liz*

            I have a problem with Soledad’s Reporting. The fact that she is mixed and elite from birth is what it is. You don’t choose your parents.

            But during the Africa segment it was like she was one of these “poor-folks tours.” Folks with money like to take vacations to places without money then give away some money so they feel better. I appreciate what Malaak is trying to do opening kids eyes up, but do they need to *focus* on the shanties in Soweto? I’ve been to Soweto, I’ve lived in South Africa (my wife’s family is there and we stay with them for a month each year) and there is a Black Middle Class in Africa that in underrepresented in the media. Rather than taking those kids to buy pencils for a lucky few, why not introduce the kids to some folks who’ve come up in Soweto and accomplished something. Show them that it’s possible. Don’t just take them on a tour of ‘look how some folks got it worse than you.’

            I gotta say, as someone whose been deep into African culture for a decade (I’m white) I’ve just about had it with the simplistic few that America (White *and* Black folks) have about Africa. It ain’t a country, people. Not everyone lives in a shack. Diversity wasn’t represented in that segment.

          • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com BlackBerry Molasses

            @Scott Hanselman,

            I love what you said. Thank you.

          • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com BlackBerry Molasses

            @Scott Hanselman,

            I love what you said. Thank you.

        • Gemmie’s Got A Tan

          @V.E.G.,

          yeah, i def agree with you Veggie. just becuz Soledad doesn’t LOOK black or was raised in a stereotypical black environment, to me (another mixtie), doesn’t mean she isn’t in touch with her black (or even latino) side.

          i know quite a few ppl who work in broadcast and journalism who have had nothing but good things to say about Ms. O’Brien and that she has always been well connected in black (and “hispanic”) orgs for journalists. the fact that she is actively involved in such groups says a lot to me about how she views herself.

      • http://stickwithyocat.blogspot.com/ V.E.G.

        @Liz,

        I think Soledad often speaks from a perspective of someone who is part black but who is often mistaken for someone who is not, if that makes sense.

        She has never denied her black side. Given her multi-ethnic background, I doubt she was raised in a ‘typical’ black environment. And I think, because of her ethnic ambiguity, she has been privy to some racial commentary that white folks try not to make public.

    • http://lizburr.com Liz

      @Selah, Soledad igs me too. Did you know she’s part Black? I had NO idea. She often speaks from a perspective as if she isn’t.

    • miss t-lee

      @Selah,
      “Oh, I also learned that lil kids living in poverty have blackberrys. Which confuses me. I didn’t even have one til last year. And I’m grownish. And not living in poverty. LOL”

      Hell, I don’t have one now….lmao

      • Complex Simplicity

        @miss t-lee, Co-sign! Where do “poor” people get money to buy Blackberries? I work everyday, and I STILL don’t have a black berry.

        • miss t-lee

          @Complex Simplicity,
          Hahah!!!
          I got a few cousins who don’t even work and got much nicer ish than I have. I ask myself daily WTF am I doing wrong. :)

          • Gemmie’s Got A Tan

            @miss t-lee,

            lmao you and me both!! i mean, i am living just above the poverty line as a grad student (which my dad points out to me regularly). there’s got to be an easier way to make the pennies i’m earning.

          • Gemmie’s Got A Tan

            @miss t-lee,

            lmao you and me both!! i mean, i am living just above the poverty line as a grad student (which my dad points out to me regularly). there’s got to be an easier way to make the pennies i’m earning.

        • miss t-lee

          @Complex Simplicity,
          Hahah!!!
          I got a few cousins who don’t even work and got much nicer ish than I have. I ask myself daily WTF am I doing wrong. :)

        • Ivy St.

          @Complex Simplicity,
          “Where do “poor” people get money to buy Blackberries?”
          ON that note, one of the women in S. Africa had a tv screen bigger than mine. I want to know where or how she got such a big tv.

          • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

            @Ivy St.,

            “ON that note, one of the women in S. Africa had a tv screen bigger than mine. I want to know where or how she got such a big tv.”

            Yea cuz u kno how Africans cant possibly have a place to get big screen TVs since ain’t no BestBuy’s in the Sub-Sahara. o_O GOH w/ that.

            JBSKFSF

          • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

            @Ivy St.,

            “ON that note, one of the women in S. Africa had a tv screen bigger than mine. I want to know where or how she got such a big tv.”

            Yea cuz u kno how Africans cant possibly have a place to get big screen TVs since ain’t no BestBuy’s in the Sub-Sahara. o_O GOH w/ that.

            JBSKFSF

          • http://stickwithyocat.blogspot.com/ V.E.G.

            @Ivy St.,

            “I want to know where or how she got such a big tv.”

            When I was in Kenya, my friend’s family had not one, not two, but THREE big screen plasma tv’s in their seven bedroom house.

            Not every body in Africa is living in a hut, hon.

            No offense, but comments like this are one of the reasons there is tension between Black Americans and black folk from the rest of the diaspora (and, honestly, America and the rest of the world)…we constantly show how much we don’t know.

          • http://stickwithyocat.blogspot.com/ V.E.G.

            @Ivy St.,

            “I want to know where or how she got such a big tv.”

            When I was in Kenya, my friend’s family had not one, not two, but THREE big screen plasma tv’s in their seven bedroom house.

            Not every body in Africa is living in a hut, hon.

            No offense, but comments like this are one of the reasons there is tension between Black Americans and black folk from the rest of the diaspora (and, honestly, America and the rest of the world)…we constantly show how much we don’t know.

          • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

            @VEG,

            “No offense, but comments like this are one of the reasons there is tension between Black Americans and black folk from the rest of the diaspora (and, honestly, America and the rest of the world)…we constantly show how much we don’t know.”

            Thank u. File it under “Things that piss Luvvie off quick”. When educated Black folks are asking “Where did a South African Woman get a big tv from?”, how do we expect white folks to realize we DON’T all live in shacks and have lions in our backyards?

          • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

            @VEG,

            “No offense, but comments like this are one of the reasons there is tension between Black Americans and black folk from the rest of the diaspora (and, honestly, America and the rest of the world)…we constantly show how much we don’t know.”

            Thank u. File it under “Things that piss Luvvie off quick”. When educated Black folks are asking “Where did a South African Woman get a big tv from?”, how do we expect white folks to realize we DON’T all live in shacks and have lions in our backyards?

          • http://stickwithyocat.blogspot.com/ V.E.G.

            @Thuggie Luvvie,

            You are Nigerian. WE ALL KNOW there is no wildlife there. lol.

            Tulia, simba!

          • http://stickwithyocat.blogspot.com/ V.E.G.

            @Thuggie Luvvie,

            You are Nigerian. WE ALL KNOW there is no wildlife there. lol.

            Tulia, simba!

          • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

            @VEG,

            Well, seems we don’t ALL know. Folks still hold barbaric & archaic assumptions about African countries, developed or not.

            Oh, and thats Nala to you

          • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

            @VEG,

            Well, seems we don’t ALL know. Folks still hold barbaric & archaic assumptions about African countries, developed or not.

            Oh, and thats Nala to you

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/72/180085824_30b0d1c4d1.jpg overit

            @Ivy St., I want to know where or how she got such a big tv.

            http://www.einnews.com/southern-africa/newsfeed-southern-africa-business

            I don’t expect folks to know or even drop terms like import/export or GDP, but I do think common sense and looking outside worn out generalities is important. South Africa is one of the most developed countries in Africa with a thriving telecommunications system, are you kidding me??

            If anyone is confused as to how Africans have access to tvs and such, please peruse the above link at your leisure, and get to know your play cousins and how they really live. its not all Keep A Child Alive and genocides.

            This is why I said it’s important to know a world outside our own borders, especially people of color.

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/72/180085824_30b0d1c4d1.jpg overit

            @Ivy St., I want to know where or how she got such a big tv.

            http://www.einnews.com/southern-africa/newsfeed-southern-africa-business

            I don’t expect folks to know or even drop terms like import/export or GDP, but I do think common sense and looking outside worn out generalities is important. South Africa is one of the most developed countries in Africa with a thriving telecommunications system, are you kidding me??

            If anyone is confused as to how Africans have access to tvs and such, please peruse the above link at your leisure, and get to know your play cousins and how they really live. its not all Keep A Child Alive and genocides.

            This is why I said it’s important to know a world outside our own borders, especially people of color.

          • Ivy St.

            @VEG and Thuggie Luvvie,
            Both of you should RELAX. Maybe I worded my comment wrong. Let me rephrase, ” WHY is a woman with a large tv seen as poor or needing of extra aid?!?!” Maybe what she needs is to reorganize her priorities. I wasn’t asking where so much(UM DUH)! I didn’t think Best Buy ONLY existed down the street from me. I think it’s sad that you both jumped on my comment the way you did, suggesting some already festering internal conflicts.
            As for the tension between African black and American blacks, I feel like all of your replies to my comment, cause it. I’ve had more than a few Africans tell me that American blacks are lazy and I get the feelings a lot (NOT ALL, relax) of Africans come here and think they are better.
            Take how you want.

          • Ivy St.

            @VEG and Thuggie Luvvie,
            Both of you should RELAX. Maybe I worded my comment wrong. Let me rephrase, ” WHY is a woman with a large tv seen as poor or needing of extra aid?!?!” Maybe what she needs is to reorganize her priorities. I wasn’t asking where so much(UM DUH)! I didn’t think Best Buy ONLY existed down the street from me. I think it’s sad that you both jumped on my comment the way you did, suggesting some already festering internal conflicts.
            As for the tension between African black and American blacks, I feel like all of your replies to my comment, cause it. I’ve had more than a few Africans tell me that American blacks are lazy and I get the feelings a lot (NOT ALL, relax) of Africans come here and think they are better.
            Take how you want.

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

            yeah, seeing a 40 inch flat screen in the living room of the fam that couldnt afford school uniforms was a bit jarring.

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

            yeah, seeing a 40 inch flat screen in the living room of the fam that couldnt afford school uniforms was a bit jarring.

          • http://stickwithyocat.blogspot.com/ V.E.G.

            @Ivy St.,

            If I need to relax, you would best be served by getting a clue.

            And, in case you were confused, I AM a black American. But I am also a child of the world (no hippie) who has stepped outside of the pictures painted for us so that I can see how others around the world live. I suggest you do the same. Northwest has great deals on flights.

            Nice try at trying to rally all the black Americans with the default “oh yea…Africans think they are better” response.

            Let’s be real: most people from other countries have a poor opinion of Americans. That said, I have several friends from around the world and, once you have a meaningful conversation with them, you realize they are no different from you and they definitely don’t think they are better than you.

            I suggest an expansion of your social network. Perhaps you would have benefited from the trip with Malaak and the kids. The more you know, the more you grow.

          • http://stickwithyocat.blogspot.com/ V.E.G.

            @Ivy St.,

            If I need to relax, you would best be served by getting a clue.

            And, in case you were confused, I AM a black American. But I am also a child of the world (no hippie) who has stepped outside of the pictures painted for us so that I can see how others around the world live. I suggest you do the same. Northwest has great deals on flights.

            Nice try at trying to rally all the black Americans with the default “oh yea…Africans think they are better” response.

            Let’s be real: most people from other countries have a poor opinion of Americans. That said, I have several friends from around the world and, once you have a meaningful conversation with them, you realize they are no different from you and they definitely don’t think they are better than you.

            I suggest an expansion of your social network. Perhaps you would have benefited from the trip with Malaak and the kids. The more you know, the more you grow.

          • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

            @Ivy St.,

            So many things wrong w/ this statement so I will do it in bullet points:

            1. You can’t be serious. YOUR original statement of “ON that note, one of the women in S. Africa had a tv screen bigger than mine. I want to know where or how she got such a big tv.” did NOT include all the analyzing that you’re doing now so please don’t act like someone put words in your mouth. Your comment was 1 sentence and ur “explanation” was 15. WOMP.

            b. You projecting our replies to you in disagreement as “festering internal conflicts” is a bit of a leap ain’t it?

            Oh and VEG is American so what disconnect is SHE causing?

            Yeah. Your SADDOWN gift basket will be delivered shortly. With a “Visit the place before you spew nonsense” body lotion.

          • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

            @Ivy St.,

            So many things wrong w/ this statement so I will do it in bullet points:

            1. You can’t be serious. YOUR original statement of “ON that note, one of the women in S. Africa had a tv screen bigger than mine. I want to know where or how she got such a big tv.” did NOT include all the analyzing that you’re doing now so please don’t act like someone put words in your mouth. Your comment was 1 sentence and ur “explanation” was 15. WOMP.

            b. You projecting our replies to you in disagreement as “festering internal conflicts” is a bit of a leap ain’t it?

            Oh and VEG is American so what disconnect is SHE causing?

            Yeah. Your SADDOWN gift basket will be delivered shortly. With a “Visit the place before you spew nonsense” body lotion.

          • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com BlackBerry Molasses

            @V.E.G.,
            I’m chippin in on the crepes Luvvie is getting for you.

          • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com BlackBerry Molasses

            @V.E.G.,
            I’m chippin in on the crepes Luvvie is getting for you.

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

            personally i think all of y’all need jesus, a two-piece from popeyes and some jamba juice.

            there have been much worse comments (and actually given the context of the woman with the big screen TV the comment made total sense) that didn’t garner so near a freakin’ response.

            ivy st. i dont even feel like you worded it wrong. i feel like it hit a soft spot.

            no diss luvvie, cuz you know i love you like a fat kid loves falafel, but this sounds like isaac hayes snuffin’ out south park b/c they went at scientology when he played along when they took shots at other people because it was close to home.

            hell in this same comment thread it was commented how them lil poor ninjas get sidekicks or blackberries. how come no sourpuss over that comment?

            clearly folks who otherwise wouldnt seem to possess such technology did indeed, possess it.

            i think they all got it like i did…the la riots.

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

            personally i think all of y’all need jesus, a two-piece from popeyes and some jamba juice.

            there have been much worse comments (and actually given the context of the woman with the big screen TV the comment made total sense) that didn’t garner so near a freakin’ response.

            ivy st. i dont even feel like you worded it wrong. i feel like it hit a soft spot.

            no diss luvvie, cuz you know i love you like a fat kid loves falafel, but this sounds like isaac hayes snuffin’ out south park b/c they went at scientology when he played along when they took shots at other people because it was close to home.

            hell in this same comment thread it was commented how them lil poor ninjas get sidekicks or blackberries. how come no sourpuss over that comment?

            clearly folks who otherwise wouldnt seem to possess such technology did indeed, possess it.

            i think they all got it like i did…the la riots.

          • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

            @Panama.

            I could ALWAYS go for some Popeye’s.

            And 2. Ivy’s comment was the only one without context. Errone else wondered how po folks got sidekicks. SHE wondered how an African woman got a big TV. There’s a difference.

            But like I said below, iQuit. Have a good day & may your yella skint not get sunburned in the DC heat.

          • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Thuggie Luvvie

            @Panama.

            I could ALWAYS go for some Popeye’s.

            And 2. Ivy’s comment was the only one without context. Errone else wondered how po folks got sidekicks. SHE wondered how an African woman got a big TV. There’s a difference.

            But like I said below, iQuit. Have a good day & may your yella skint not get sunburned in the DC heat.

          • SouthernGirl

            *being messy*

            @Ivy St., PJ,

            oooooooooooooooooh…you got served!

            ….and she forgot ‘cho biscuit.

          • SouthernGirl

            *being messy*

            @Ivy St., PJ,

            oooooooooooooooooh…you got served!

            ….and she forgot ‘cho biscuit.

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

            @Southerngirl, serve deez.

            and Luvvie, i feel you. i’m all about peace and not war.

            especially since i’m such a damn G. i dont play fair. i step on ants. i smuch crickets.

            i even took out a praying mantis once…hope she prayed for salvation!

            p-unit.

            (btw, p-unit sounds like a urinal)

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

            @Southerngirl, serve deez.

            and Luvvie, i feel you. i’m all about peace and not war.

            especially since i’m such a damn G. i dont play fair. i step on ants. i smuch crickets.

            i even took out a praying mantis once…hope she prayed for salvation!

            p-unit.

            (btw, p-unit sounds like a urinal)

          • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

            @Panama,

            “i even took out a praying mantis once…hope she prayed for salvation!”

            *gasp*

            How you gon’ kill a PRAYING MANTIS? It is a gentle and wise creature. And it was PRAYING.

            *throat punch*

            Now I (double-dog) DARE you to say, “throat punch deez” because it shant be pretty.

          • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

            @Panama,

            “i even took out a praying mantis once…hope she prayed for salvation!”

            *gasp*

            How you gon’ kill a PRAYING MANTIS? It is a gentle and wise creature. And it was PRAYING.

            *throat punch*

            Now I (double-dog) DARE you to say, “throat punch deez” because it shant be pretty.

          • http://cookinwitgrease.wordpress.com Chas

            @Ivy St.,

            umm….i missed spotting the big screen tv…but if it was in the house where they couldn’t afford the uniforms and school supplies, that as well as the kid with the BB/sidekick or whatever gets a side-eye from me.

            anyone who can’t “can’t afford” essential items but can somehow attain the unessential, regardless of what continent they live on, seems off to me.

            @V.E.G. ,
            and tho your african friends may not believe they are better than you, i’ve had discussions with africans and haitians whose parents do feel that way. that’s just my experience tho.

            im mad i missed all this today. damn job and responsibilities and sh*t.

          • http://cookinwitgrease.wordpress.com Chas

            @Ivy St.,

            umm….i missed spotting the big screen tv…but if it was in the house where they couldn’t afford the uniforms and school supplies, that as well as the kid with the BB/sidekick or whatever gets a side-eye from me.

            anyone who can’t “can’t afford” essential items but can somehow attain the unessential, regardless of what continent they live on, seems off to me.

            @V.E.G. ,
            and tho your african friends may not believe they are better than you, i’ve had discussions with africans and haitians whose parents do feel that way. that’s just my experience tho.

            im mad i missed all this today. damn job and responsibilities and sh*t.

        • Ivy St.

          @Complex Simplicity,
          “Where do “poor” people get money to buy Blackberries?”
          ON that note, one of the women in S. Africa had a tv screen bigger than mine. I want to know where or how she got such a big tv.

      • Complex Simplicity

        @miss t-lee, Co-sign! Where do “poor” people get money to buy Blackberries? I work everyday, and I STILL don’t have a black berry.

      • BlkBond

        @miss t-lee,

        I’m gonna need you to step your phone game up. iphone? How ELSE are we gonna be able to watch youtube videos of the Black Olympics, white girls & Gucci Mane, and share the Mp3 of Gucci Mane’s ghetto smash “Photoshoot”.

        AYE!

        Bond. BlkBond

        • miss t-lee

          @BlkBond,
          *sniggling*
          I can always count on you to come through with the ridiculous! :)
          Me and AT&T had a fight about 2 years ago, so I’m boycotting. Unless I get a ‘unlocked’ version of a iphone…it’s not happening.

          AYE!!!

          • http://nianaturally.blogspot.com N.I.A. naturally

            @miss t-lee,

            girl, i thought my fight with AT&T was over until I saw my credit report still said I owed those bamas money…money i paid a year ago… i want an iPhone, but I’m waiting for Verizon to make that happen.

          • http://nianaturally.blogspot.com N.I.A. naturally

            @miss t-lee,

            girl, i thought my fight with AT&T was over until I saw my credit report still said I owed those bamas money…money i paid a year ago… i want an iPhone, but I’m waiting for Verizon to make that happen.

          • miss t-lee

            @ N.I.A. naturally ,
            I told them to go ahead and charge that early termination fee to the game.
            Punks.

          • miss t-lee

            @ N.I.A. naturally ,
            I told them to go ahead and charge that early termination fee to the game.
            Punks.

        • miss t-lee

          @BlkBond,
          *sniggling*
          I can always count on you to come through with the ridiculous! :)
          Me and AT&T had a fight about 2 years ago, so I’m boycotting. Unless I get a ‘unlocked’ version of a iphone…it’s not happening.

          AYE!!!

        • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/72/180085824_30b0d1c4d1.jpg overit

          @BlkBond, lmao at the AYE! you always crack me up.

        • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/72/180085824_30b0d1c4d1.jpg overit

          @BlkBond, lmao at the AYE! you always crack me up.

      • BlkBond

        @miss t-lee,

        I’m gonna need you to step your phone game up. iphone? How ELSE are we gonna be able to watch youtube videos of the Black Olympics, white girls & Gucci Mane, and share the Mp3 of Gucci Mane’s ghetto smash “Photoshoot”.

        AYE!

        Bond. BlkBond

    • miss t-lee

      @Selah,
      “Oh, I also learned that lil kids living in poverty have blackberrys. Which confuses me. I didn’t even have one til last year. And I’m grownish. And not living in poverty. LOL”

      Hell, I don’t have one now….lmao

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Selah,

      Oh, I also learned that lil kids living in poverty have blackberrys.

      lol, that actually wasn’t a blackberry. it was a sidekick lx

      • Selah

        @The Champ,

        well shut my mouth and call me corn pone! Looked like a storm to me. Maybe I should just step my phone game up. lol

        • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

          @Selah,
          dnt trip i jus got a cam phone last year ima caveman and fuq geico lol

          • Selah

            @BLUNTBLAZER,

            LOL! the sad thing is, I have a Blackberry – the world biz edition. You’d think I’d be able to spot another one.

            (oh and the edition I have doesnt even have a camera on it. lol)

          • Selah

            @BLUNTBLAZER,

            LOL! the sad thing is, I have a Blackberry – the world biz edition. You’d think I’d be able to spot another one.

            (oh and the edition I have doesnt even have a camera on it. lol)

        • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

          @Selah,
          dnt trip i jus got a cam phone last year ima caveman and fuq geico lol

      • Selah

        @The Champ,

        well shut my mouth and call me corn pone! Looked like a storm to me. Maybe I should just step my phone game up. lol

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Selah,

      Oh, I also learned that lil kids living in poverty have blackberrys.

      lol, that actually wasn’t a blackberry. it was a sidekick lx

    • Ivy St.

      @Selah,
      I agree the second part was the best. I like to see black people doing well. I already knew there were poor blacks every where in the world. It is uplifting and inspirational to see blacks that are out there succeeding and making it to the top. For some,once they make it to the top, they find a way to give back.

    • Ivy St.

      @Selah,
      I agree the second part was the best. I like to see black people doing well. I already knew there were poor blacks every where in the world. It is uplifting and inspirational to see blacks that are out there succeeding and making it to the top. For some,once they make it to the top, they find a way to give back.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Selah, it was a sidekick.

      but let’s be real. them kids live in the hood. you can get anything you want in the hood at a discount. heck, when i was running the club, we used to have folks stop by selling us computers (real ones, not crackhead computers), phones, some dude bought a car, and i like lamp.

      if its one the thing hood isn’t short on, its comeups and technology is definitely the area where come-ups thrive.

      i know people who have entire DVD collections of screeners.

      • Selah

        @Panama Jackson,

        i know what you’re talmbout. I just feel like his mom’s priorities are kinda out of order, IMHO. it being at a discount still means she, or whoever, still had to spend something on it… and as Soledad was oft to point out, they didn’t have much money in the first place.

        • Gemmie’s Got A Tan

          @Selah,

          true that. and you dont have to pay for a lot of technology gadgets after you buy them. if you want that sidekick/blackberry/iphone to work, you gotta continuously pay a phone bill (and unless you got boost mobile or cricket you gon be payin quite a bit)

        • Gemmie’s Got A Tan

          @Selah,

          true that. and you dont have to pay for a lot of technology gadgets after you buy them. if you want that sidekick/blackberry/iphone to work, you gotta continuously pay a phone bill (and unless you got boost mobile or cricket you gon be payin quite a bit)

      • Selah

        @Panama Jackson,

        i know what you’re talmbout. I just feel like his mom’s priorities are kinda out of order, IMHO. it being at a discount still means she, or whoever, still had to spend something on it… and as Soledad was oft to point out, they didn’t have much money in the first place.

      • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

        @Panama Jackson,
        I saw a a guy get car jacked at a stop sign pulled right outa his drop top stang and that car got sold 4 times before sundown real shiiii erytime i saw it, it was missin more an more shi

        • Selah

          @BLUNTBLAZER,

          you need more people. lol

          • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

            @Selah,
            you want phone #’s, addresses, emails ? i got witnesses

          • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

            @Selah,
            you want phone #’s, addresses, emails ? i got witnesses

          • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

            @Selah,

            yeah, he can start with the standing army of the People’s Republic of China.. and he may need the armies of Ottoman Empire.

          • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com blackberry molasses

            @Selah,

            yeah, he can start with the standing army of the People’s Republic of China.. and he may need the armies of Ottoman Empire.

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/72/180085824_30b0d1c4d1.jpg overit

            @Selah, i don’t feel he does. i really believe everything he says, lol.

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/72/180085824_30b0d1c4d1.jpg overit

            @Selah, i don’t feel he does. i really believe everything he says, lol.

        • Selah

          @BLUNTBLAZER,

          you need more people. lol

      • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

        @Panama Jackson,
        I saw a a guy get car jacked at a stop sign pulled right outa his drop top stang and that car got sold 4 times before sundown real shiiii erytime i saw it, it was missin more an more shi

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Selah, it was a sidekick.

      but let’s be real. them kids live in the hood. you can get anything you want in the hood at a discount. heck, when i was running the club, we used to have folks stop by selling us computers (real ones, not crackhead computers), phones, some dude bought a car, and i like lamp.

      if its one the thing hood isn’t short on, its comeups and technology is definitely the area where come-ups thrive.

      i know people who have entire DVD collections of screeners.

  • Selah

    Uhmmm… I learned that I don’t like Soledad much as a reporter… her segment of the show upset me… it was more “poor” in america as opposed to “black” in america… kudos to Perry, tho.. the 2nd half of the show was good.

    Oh, I also learned that lil kids living in poverty have blackberrys. Which confuses me. I didn’t even have one til last year. And I’m grownish. And not living in poverty. LOL

  • http://lizburr.com Liz

    NEGRO YOU ARE NOT BROKE! Quit frontin!!

    I only bring this up to say–mo money mo problems. don’t count the affluent as not broke becasue they have assets. I think everyone can work on the spending management for the income they earn.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Liz, though every can work on money management, i’m still living paycheck to paycheck.

      i was doing that when i didn’t have a well-paying job.

      and i’m not throwing money away.

      i guess my main point is that life’s a b*tch and then you die…

      • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

        @Panama Jackson,
        paycheck to paycheck dam bruh bruh i feel ya
        am i a hater cause i hate on people that got shii like tha “Luniz” said “broke ninjas make the best crooks ya best look ova ya shoulder if you a high roller”

      • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

        @Panama Jackson,
        paycheck to paycheck dam bruh bruh i feel ya
        am i a hater cause i hate on people that got shii like tha “Luniz” said “broke ninjas make the best crooks ya best look ova ya shoulder if you a high roller”

      • http://lizburr.com Liz

        @Panama Jackson, right, but whose to say rich folks aint living paycheck to paycheck too? theyjust hve bigger expenses. I still don’t think you are what most people consider as broke. Yes there are pleny of white americans who are living paycheck to paycheck but in most people’s minds they are not broke, living on govt assistance.

        • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

          @Liz,
          i cant get govt assistance and ima single dad that cant get child support cost of livin in cali is crazy sect 8 list is 15 yrs long affordable housin aint affordable an shii

        • http://www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic BLUNTBLAZER

          @Liz,
          i cant get govt assistance and ima single dad that cant get child support cost of livin in cali is crazy sect 8 list is 15 yrs long affordable housin aint affordable an shii

      • http://lizburr.com Liz

        @Panama Jackson, right, but whose to say rich folks aint living paycheck to paycheck too? theyjust hve bigger expenses. I still don’t think you are what most people consider as broke. Yes there are pleny of white americans who are living paycheck to paycheck but in most people’s minds they are not broke, living on govt assistance.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Liz, though every can work on money management, i’m still living paycheck to paycheck.

      i was doing that when i didn’t have a well-paying job.

      and i’m not throwing money away.

      i guess my main point is that life’s a b*tch and then you die…

    • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

      @Liz,

      “NEGRO YOU ARE NOT BROKE! Quit frontin!!”

      I love how…in a lot of circles, being BROKE is frontin’. It’s so real. You will get side-eyed real quick in some circles if you talk about your condo and not your parent’s basement.

    • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

      @Liz,

      “NEGRO YOU ARE NOT BROKE! Quit frontin!!”

      I love how…in a lot of circles, being BROKE is frontin’. It’s so real. You will get side-eyed real quick in some circles if you talk about your condo and not your parent’s basement.

  • http://lizburr.com Liz

    NEGRO YOU ARE NOT BROKE! Quit frontin!!

    I only bring this up to say–mo money mo problems. don’t count the affluent as not broke becasue they have assets. I think everyone can work on the spending management for the income they earn.

  • shay_d_lady

    I just wanna say “booo” to all the peeps on the we owe it to ourselves to watch Black in America 2 especially with all the “coonery” on tv.. umm how exactly did the special combat that?
    I dont know, i mean at the end of the day we see the struggles of the lower class, and the uppityness of the upper class. but plain ole regular folks like me? halfway between here and there, who meet at the intersection of stereotypes?
    I dont ever see that.. I mean I guess it was a better attempt but like fat Luffa’s jerri curl…it just didnt quite go all the way over…

    • shay_d_lady

      @shay_d_lady, hit send to soon

      but overall it was okay..

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @shay_d_lady,

        are you talking about the curl or the special, or both?

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @shay_d_lady,

        are you talking about the curl or the special, or both?

    • shay_d_lady

      @shay_d_lady, hit send to soon

      but overall it was okay..

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @shay_d_lady, I dont know, i mean at the end of the day we see the struggles of the lower class, and the uppityness of the upper class. but plain ole regular folks like me? halfway between here and there, who meet at the intersection of stereotypes?

      i kind of wonder if any news story is really ready to address this. i mean what do you do when the population looks like the rest of mainstream america? where’s the story to them.

      they’re are black people who are like white people? heavens no. its a much easier story to focus on the extremes b/c people expect those. though i’d guess that quite a few white folks were surprised to see the lady (carlotta myles, i think) with familyspanning generations with grad degrees and old money, etc.

      on a totally unrelated note, i’m listening to After 7 right now…”heat of the moment”

      when’s the last time ANYBODY pulled out an after 7 album?

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @shay_d_lady, I dont know, i mean at the end of the day we see the struggles of the lower class, and the uppityness of the upper class. but plain ole regular folks like me? halfway between here and there, who meet at the intersection of stereotypes?

      i kind of wonder if any news story is really ready to address this. i mean what do you do when the population looks like the rest of mainstream america? where’s the story to them.

      they’re are black people who are like white people? heavens no. its a much easier story to focus on the extremes b/c people expect those. though i’d guess that quite a few white folks were surprised to see the lady (carlotta myles, i think) with familyspanning generations with grad degrees and old money, etc.

      on a totally unrelated note, i’m listening to After 7 right now…”heat of the moment”

      when’s the last time ANYBODY pulled out an after 7 album?

    • BlkBond

      @shay_d_lady,

      The Single Black Female living in Atlanta was a realistic portrayal of the middle. I think her segment was misplaced though–they could have spoke about her experiences as a Black Female in a traditionally male dominated field, they could have spoken about how her ambition affects her social life, etc. Showing her attending MLT was misused time and focus that could have otherwise been more productive and enlightening.

      Bond.

      • Gemmie’s Got A Tan

        @BlkBond,

        i completely agree!!! well said. i was mentioning this very thing to my homegirl. i thought the MLT segment was a snoozer and thought all the good material about Ms Mia was misplaced and ignored. i mean, i’m glad girlfriend is following her dreams and goals in life, but how did she get to where she is today to be able to have the luxury to up and quit her nice paying stable job (when many americans are being laid off) that bought her house and car and will help pay for her MBA??

      • Gemmie’s Got A Tan

        @BlkBond,

        i completely agree!!! well said. i was mentioning this very thing to my homegirl. i thought the MLT segment was a snoozer and thought all the good material about Ms Mia was misplaced and ignored. i mean, i’m glad girlfriend is following her dreams and goals in life, but how did she get to where she is today to be able to have the luxury to up and quit her nice paying stable job (when many americans are being laid off) that bought her house and car and will help pay for her MBA??

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @BlkBond,

        they could have spoke about her experiences as a Black Female in a traditionally male dominated field, they could have spoken about how her ambition affects her social life, etc. Showing her attending MLT was misused time and focus that could have otherwise been more productive and enlightening.

        i agree. i think the cnn specials overall have had good content but bad angles. their hearts are in the right places, but their brains arent

        • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula

          @The Champ,

          their hearts are in the right places, but their brains arent

          Lmbao!

        • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula

          @The Champ,

          their hearts are in the right places, but their brains arent

          Lmbao!

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @BlkBond,

        they could have spoke about her experiences as a Black Female in a traditionally male dominated field, they could have spoken about how her ambition affects her social life, etc. Showing her attending MLT was misused time and focus that could have otherwise been more productive and enlightening.

        i agree. i think the cnn specials overall have had good content but bad angles. their hearts are in the right places, but their brains arent

    • BlkBond

      @shay_d_lady,

      The Single Black Female living in Atlanta was a realistic portrayal of the middle. I think her segment was misplaced though–they could have spoke about her experiences as a Black Female in a traditionally male dominated field, they could have spoken about how her ambition affects her social life, etc. Showing her attending MLT was misused time and focus that could have otherwise been more productive and enlightening.

      Bond.

  • shay_d_lady

    I just wanna say “booo” to all the peeps on the we owe it to ourselves to watch Black in America 2 especially with all the “coonery” on tv.. umm how exactly did the special combat that?
    I dont know, i mean at the end of the day we see the struggles of the lower class, and the uppityness of the upper class. but plain ole regular folks like me? halfway between here and there, who meet at the intersection of stereotypes?
    I dont ever see that.. I mean I guess it was a better attempt but like fat Luffa’s jerri curl…it just didnt quite go all the way over…

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