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The Differences Between Northern Blacks And Southern Blacks

If you can guess where this pic was taken, I'll give you...nothing. Because it's an easy f*cking answer

If you can guess where this pic was taken, I’ll give you…nothing. Because it’s an easy f*cking answer

(A timely blast from the VSB past. Happy Friday.) 

Question of the day: Aside from accents and the always hilarious soda vs pop battle (it’s #teampop all the way, bitch), are there any other behaviors, characteristics, and mores separating Blacks from the north and Blacks from the south?

(Oh, and just to be clear, although the south technically starts once you pass the Mason-Dixon line, I’m going to throw the entire DMV — well, the entire DMV except for the backwoods of Virginia where they breed 400 pound rottweilers and things named “Marcus Vick“ — in with the north.)

This is (obviously) a rhetorical question. Why? Well, OF COURSE there are intraracial regional differences. The only thing left is what I plan to do today — determine exactly what these differences are.

Oh, and before I continue, there’s a couple things I want to add:

1. This “determination” will be completely anecdotal. I’ve done no studies, surveyed no people, and slept with no cousins to understand what it’s like to be from Mississippi. These are just observations I’ve made, that’s all.

2. I realize that limiting this to northern and southern Blacks leaves out midwestern Blacks, west coast Blacks, northwestern Blacks, and n*ggas from Youngstown. If you’re a member of one of those neglected populations, please feel free to add your own observations in the comments.

Anyway, let’s begin.

Southern Blacks are more likely to…

…attend HBCUs, be Greek, attend church, be Baptist, have stupid-ass names that are hybrid combinations of other names (i.e.: “DeLadariusray Jenkins”), get married at a younger age, get married at all, buy expensive American cars, buy cheap-ass American cars and put $35,000 worth of added expense in them, know their fathers, hate White people but date and/or marry interracially, be killed by White rednecks, coordinate outfits, have happier, more fulfilling lives, eat everything on a pig except its eyeballs and anus, buy Steve Harvey books, look like Steve Harvey, be colorstruck and not realize that being colorstruck is a bad thing, breed better women, rock braids/cornrows/locks (the men, at least), be provincial, be socially conservative, be unpretentious, have children, and be generally better people.

On the other hand, northern Blacks seem to be more likely to…

…attend PWIs, scoff at HBCUs while secretly wishing they had decided to attend one instead of paying 75 grand a year to attend some bullsh*t liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, New York, be anything (Muslim, Jewish, Atheist, Laker Fan, etc) but Christian, be smart, have stupid-ass names that have absolutely no connection to anything remotely human name sounding (i.e. “Powerful Godbody Jenkins”), convince themselves that they’ve willingly chosen to stay single, buy European, be cool with white people even though they’d never actually date one, be militant, get killed by white rednecks with billy-clubs and badges, not be decedents of American slaves, rock ceasers, coordinate furniture, have better, more fulfilling lives…on paper, be more worried about how they’re perceivedread Hill Harper books, look like Hill Harper, look like someone who’d date someone who looked like Hill Harper, abstain from pork for no apparent reason, be staunchly liberal and close-minded at the exact same time, be somewhat lame, but migrate to the south and be the sh*t down there, be professional and promiscuous, live generally “better” lives.

Did I miss anything?

—Damon Young (aka “The Champ”)

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.

  • Since I’m from the South and live in the North I’m just going to say this is a hot damn mess and leave it at that

    • Sahel

      Am waiting for the Hip Hop elitists to check in,then it will get real crazy

      • Msdebbs

        Right…cause the “best” rap music only comes from New York…smh

        • Sahel

          Here we go

          • Sandpaper

            I almost did it…

          • Val

            Welp.

        • At least we use more than 20 words in our songs. And apparently, we should have to play Southern music on our radio stations. We get no kinda run down there. LOL

          In all seriousness, I remember when my cousin from down South came North for our grandmother’s funeral. She hadn’t been up in a while, and was confused as h3ll over Hot 97. Not because of the trash they play on the regular, of course, but because there was no real booty shaking music played on the regular. She kept asking “what do you guys dance to?”

          • panamajackson

            Let’s be real, NY ninjas get no run down south b/c there ain’t much coming out of NY. This isnt even a Ny vs South argument. Clearly i’m a hiphop head. And it aint even like cats from NY are just gettin’ blackballed, its just that ain’t much worht listening to coming out of NY. And that’s just real.

            • Medium Meech

              I’m pretty sure I saw people complaining about NY stations not giving NY rappers enough spins and supporting local artists when control dropped. It’s like the visigoths are at the gate.

        • Chris Streetz Poet Bright

          Not the “best” but…better…im bias against any rapper with “lil” or “young” in their name…

          • Msdebbs

            So back dat azz up was not a classic??? lol

            • Chris Streetz Poet Bright

              Classic what? One Mic is a classic….Dead Presidents is a classic…I got love for Juvenile but if I made a 50 greatest hip hop songs of all time…I think u know where im going with this…

        • But it’s true though- the South will never make anything close to a “Mecca And The Soul Brother”, “Illmatic” or “Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”. Mind you, this a Southerner saying this.

          • Yeah. Concepts and deep ideas for music over than for a$$ shaking are not what Southerners do. You need book learning for that. :)

            Oh, on the Illmatic mention…QUEENS!

            • 20th anniversary of “Illmatic” is right around the corner!!!!

              • Chris Streetz Poet Bright

                Side note…u should check out “Elmatic” by Elzhi…a great “reimagining” of illmatic with a live band

                • Great album, man. He came back with a vengeance after being done dirty by Slum Village.

            • Medium Meech

              Hmmm. Rap battle focused on concepts, deep ideas and originality. 3 on 3. For the south I’d take Scareface, Jay Electronica and Andre 3000. Historical bias aside and just going on pure talent, I don’t think the NY could field a team that’s messing with that. Who you got?

              • SuperStrings

                with Cee-lo, TI and Luda as subs.

                • Medium Meech

                  No Takers. After all the tough talk they don’t want it. Makes sense though if you consider how NY responded to K Dot and what Pac did to BIG (NY still isn’t over that, everybody is good with biggie on the West coast, NY dudes still passive aggressive with Pac ). I guess I should have expected it with NY being the Switzerland of hip hop.

                  • Let’s rock. I’ll take the fight. :) And few people in NYC care about Pac one way or another these days. He ran off at the mouth, he got dealt with on wax. It’s the West Coast that brought in the guns.

                    • Medium Meech

                      Like I said, passive aggressive. NY was just indifferent to one of the best to ever do it that pretty much George Bushed your burrows. I’m pretty sure the consensus is that Pac won the wax battle. Nobody really won in the end though. So who you got from NY vs My 3 then?

                    • Rakim and Nas are the first two no doubt. As for the third…Hmmm, I would try Big L first. It isn’t like we lack for options if that doesn’t work out.

                    • Epsilonicus

                      Big L was so dope!!

                    • Medium Meech

                      I think we got this one brah. Your guys have cache, I’ll give you that, but nah. The south gon hold it down!

              • GZA. Yasiin. MF DOOM.

                • Medium Meech

                  Ok, Ok. I like it. But do you honestly think that group is taking down my troika?

                  • Considering I was just opining last week about Jay Electroinca being the greatest rapper ever and specifically over DOOM and Yasiin, it would be a task. I think it’s entirely contingent on who’s in charge of which group. If my team had the RZA to be the dictator over them they would win. Anyone who was lax? I would bet on yours 6 times out of 10.

                    • Medium Meech

                      GOAT? Woooow. I don’t remember somebody else saying that, not you. I mean, you like adventure time and FF7 so I respect your tastes. I think the issue becomes DOOM might have been a little too influenced by Wu for his marginal marginal benefit to the group to be proportional to his talent.

            • pls

              we got outkast though

            • panamajackson

              Yeah, this comment is pure bullsh*t.

        • It honestly does. Outside of albums from Outkast, you could make a top 50 greatest hip hop albums list and not include any southern artists and it would still be a respectable list.

          • You could throw Geto Boys with Outkast, but otherwise, you’re right.

            • Between Native Tongues and the Wu alone you got 15+ albums right there! Enter the Wu, Wu Forever, Supreme Clientele, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Liquid Swords, Tical, Ironman, Tribe’s first 3 albums, De La Soul’s first 4 albums, and Jungle Brothers first 2 albums.

              • panamajackson

                This comment got lost when you said De La’s first four albums. I’m a De La head and that’s just non-sense.

                • I’ll concede Stakes is High. 3 Feet and De La Soul Is Dead though? Naw.

              • BlueWave1

                Only a few of those albums were really great. Just because guys use big words and jazz samples doesn’t mean all their music is good.

          • Chris Streetz Poet Bright

            Lmao….was thinking it but didnt want to say it…

          • Medium Meech

            You see, the problem with this critique is that she said “comes” from new york city, not “came”. The 90s were a good time for NY but it’s time to let it go. Either open a rap museum or get Eryka Badu to start bodying some of your up and comers.

            • ProERA, Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Bishop Nehru???

  • iamnotakata

    Soo… about that description of southern folks…..its kind of legit lmao! This is my professional unlicensed opinion of course.. As a southern brown person, I can cosign the colorism, high attendance of HBCU’s, love for all things pig, trap cars with more expensive accessories then the actual car is worth. Squandering of money on gas guzzling overpriced American cars, and the home made names.. Listen you literally just described Houston in that paragraph lol.

    • Michelle Williams

      “Listen you literally just described Houston in that paragraph lol”

      HA!! Agreed

      I’d also like to add that this is why when Bey says more than 2 sentences in actual impromptu/non-performing/non-scripted format, you are immediately reminded how hood of a name BEYONCE actually is… and thus where her bootylicous/southern roots lie.

      – Signed
      Texas born and bred

      • iamnotakata

        “I’d also like to add that this is why when Bey says more than 2 sentences in actual impromptu/non-performing/non-scripted format, you are immediately reminded how hood of a name BEYONCE actually is… and thus where her bootylicous/southern roots lie.”

        Girl all of this!!!

      • Word. Texas is a different kind of negro than the rest of Southern American Black folk. In my experience, there’s Texas, Louisiana, Maryland (because they’re all kinds of confused) and then there’s everyone else.

    • IcePrincess

      Right! Lol! A “donk” was a car way before it was a booty

  • Erica

    Loved this post, but we have to get a bit more specific about Virginia here. I knoooooow you kinda sorta qualified it w/ the back woods/dog fighting michael vick comment (lol — drive on Rt. 460 east from Petersburg to VA Beach and all you see are black folks homes with dogs like this, and I’m pretty certain they fight em too.), but, it MUST be stated, that there is *Northern* Virginia and then there is the rest. Once you get to Fredericksburg, VIRGINIA (which I qualify as the south) begins. Two different places. Two different mentalities. Two different cultures. Two different everything.

    I’m from Richmond, but went to undergrad at Howard. When I arrived on campus for freshman year, folks told me to join the DMV club. I said “the what club? the department of motor vehicles club?”. Then they informed me that’s the state club all Virginians join. I got there and they played this strange (well, to me at the time) music called “go-go” and ate mambo sauce on chicken wings. I didn’t know what to think! We quickly formed another club….. called the Virginia club, that excluded all folks from the 703 area code, lol.

    I say all this to say, although I’m better about the whole DMV thing now in my late 20 something, professional, post-Howard version of myself… the southern, Richmond version of me still can’t quite let the opportunity pass to make the distinction between the two areas. Can *somebody please* write a post on this or something? settle this debate once and for all?! Because where I’m from, none of what you described about the North applies. :)

    • Charlie

      This made me miss home, the food, the accent. The DMV accent is the perfect mix of north and south. Let me go watch ish DC people say and reminisce.

    • TheInvisibleEnigma

      Northern Virginia gives the entire state the [wildly inaccurate] characterization of being not Southern. I’m positive that people who think Virginia isn’t the South have never actually been to Virginia.

      (This usually comes from folks from further south — my favorite thing about Southerners is that everywhere north of their state is “the North.” I know a girl from GA who says that NC isn’t the South.)

      • caballeroso

        I’m in Houston. People here call people from Dallas Northerners/Yankees

        • afronica

          I *love* how Houston folk seem to downright hate uppity folk from Dallas. Btw, uppity seems to be super-glued to the word Dallas for Houstonians. *tee hee*

          • dabigpodina

            I went to Texas Southern, and the ag was real. Fights and stabbings at intramural between houston and dallas

      • afronica

        *slightly off-topic*

        I’m from Arkansas. I love telling people I’m from there when I meet them because their response tells me everything.
        “Oh, so you’re a Southerner.” = I’m from the South, as well. We will now reminisce about the South for a while.
        “Is that in the midwest somewhere?” = I am not not from the South and have never spent any time there. Also, I am clueless in general.
        lol

        • Medium Meech

          Little Rock stand up!

          • afronica

            Wayment. Are you telling me you’re from Little Rock? Central, Hall High or Parkview? I can’t beelee dis.

            • Medium Meech

              I don’t put my business out there like that, but lets say I didn’t get into any magnet schools.

              • afronica

                Fair enough. Glad to see a little Petit Jean in the house. *head nod*

                • Medium Meech

                  Oops, you were supposed to be able to figure out the answer from that but it appears they are both magnet schools. So the one in the hood. You?

                  • afronica

                    Home of the Tigers and all the History. (-;

                    • Medium Meech

                      Funny, we may know each other. Might have dated.

                    • afronica

                      Your people may know my people (ain’t that always the way?), but I think you’re younger. And once I left, I went back very little. Don’t really go back much now at all.

                      Do you love home, hate it or both?

                    • Medium Meech

                      Not sure if its home for me. I didn’t grow up there. But I appreciate it more now that I’ve left and grown. And I wouldn’t be sure you’re older.

                    • afronica

                      No wonder you don’t sound southern. I was born and raised there. In many ways it was a great place to grow up but I knew I’d be leaving. Think I’m the oldest person on here, but one never knows, do one?

                    • Medium Meech

                      All the places I’ve lived have been in the South, including DC. *Ducks for cover*

                    • afronica

                      I hears ya. When I first came here, I thought DC was northern. The longer I stayed, the more bama (in every sense) it became to me. And I mean that with all kinds of love – except when the native Washingtonians are gritting on me because they think I’m a passing through transplant.

                      You seem more open (vs socially conservative) than a southern guy. Plus your critical thinking faculties seem to be intact. *crouches behind statue in a traffic circle*

                    • Medium Meech

                      Afronica Abdulah Jenkins… you get from behind that statue and apologize to your brothers.

                    • afronica

                      *blushing, curtsies* I apologize for insulting the intellectual acumen of my brethren. *under my breath* But not for the close-minded crack. *sprints away*

                  • afronica

                    I would never have guessed you were southern, never mind from home. You don’t “sound” like it.

        • Shamira

          my ex was from Pine Bluff!

          • afronica

            Wow. Country boy, hunh? You strike me as being NY through and through. He didn’t know *whut* to do with you, I bet!

            • Shamira

              Lol it was definitely an interesting mesh of personalities, lol.

        • *record scratch*
          You’re from Arkansas? But you were repping the D.C. real hard recently!

          • afronica

            Razorback born and raised. Came to the DMV many moons ago. This is home now.

        • KingJames870

          Wooo!! Pig Soooie!!!

    • Asa AoneBest Gillyard

      I classify it as, once I can’t catch a metro back home #ImTooFar lol

    • panamajackson

      I’d like to state for the record that I still hate the DMV nickname for the area. That sh*t started sometime around…the 2002ish time frame and it’s annoyed me since them. I’ve succumbed b/c what choice do I have, but still…

      • Rawtid

        but why do you hate it?

      • TheInvisibleEnigma

        I also hate it, although I’m not sure how much of that is a legitimate gripe or just my disdain for all things DC.

      • Val

        *embarrassed to say I don’t even know what DMV stands for*

    • JAYmatic

      Wow…I’m born and bred in Richmond (Southside) and I’m VERY familiar with Go-Go, lmao. And growing up and being stationed later on in some REAL souther cities, Richmond isnt “truly” a southern city like that. I mean….you have some sensibilities there, but the feel you get isnt truly a “down home” feel.
      At least not to me it isnt.

      • Erica

        ooo you’re from southside? I’m from Chesterfield ! I never knew what go-go was til I got DC, and most of my homies from RVa who went to HU with me didnt either!

        • TheInvisibleEnigma

          I recall hearing occasionally hearing go-go on Richmond radio stations late at night when I was younger.

  • APseudonym

    Daaaaaang…which northerner peed in your cornflakes this morning?

    (And DC- real DC where black people are born and raised, not the one that yuppies move to after college graduation- MD, and VA are DEFINITELY the South.)

    • You got 2 out of 3 right. MD is this weird remix of the North and South. My dad lives there, and I’m confused from block to block as to where I’m at.

    • Rawtid

      MD is def not the south. certain counties are southern—like St Marys etc. But bmore, howard county, pg county, Mo co–Not Southern at all

    • TheInvisibleEnigma

      Maryland is not the South. Nor are we the North.

      • afronica

        And this is why I love MD.

      • Tiana

        MD has to be South. I just moved here from NJ and I’m getting used to the hillbillies and their dusty pick-up trucks.

  • B.Marie

    Yup. Sounds about right to me! #GRITS #bamaborn&raised

    Southern folks will ask you your last name and what HS you attended
    Northerners will ask what your parents do and what college you graduated from

    Southern folks will offer you a plate of food
    Northerners will offer you a drink

    Southern folks will pull over for a funeral procession
    Northerners will curse you for stopping the flow of traffic

    -today’s post is awesome sauce ( honestly this entire week has been great!) and Happy Friday!

    • Jay

      Can’t argue with any of this. Where from in Bama?

      • B.Marie

        Birmingham. The Magic City. You?

        • Sahel

          The stripper magic city,i thought that was in Atlanta.

          • Jay

            Magic City is a strip club in Atlanta… you could say THE strip club.

            • Sahel

              Dang,i was hoping it was an actual city only for strippers

              • Jay

                We could say you’re a dreamer… but you’re not the only one.

            • B.Marie

              until you go to KOD in the ‘other’ Magic City (Miami)

            • IcePrincess

              Meh. Onyx is better imo

              • SuperStrings

                Strip clubs go through phases in The A. It was Strokers for a while. It’s been Onyx for a while now. I think Follies is getting more popular now. It used to be The Blue Flame WAY back in the day (before I came to Atlanta). My favorite was Nikki’s VIP on Stewart though.

                • Lea Thrace

                  Between you and @disqus_Z2tDRaHsWA:disqus’s comments, it has become clear that our next outing needs to be some sort of strip club crawl. LOL!

                  • SuperStrings

                    That’s not a bad idea…it won’t be cheap though.

                    • Medium Meech

                      Can we get photographic confirmation of the icyness and royal lineage implied by iceprincess’ name?

                    • IcePrincess

                      Ha!

                  • afronica

                    *thinks about the IG on that*

                  • Val

                    And people in the south say ‘crawl’. We Northerners ‘hop’. Like bar hop or club hop.

                • IcePrincess

                  Omg my bf is from Stewart ave! He talks about Nikki’s all da time lol

            • *cues “Magic City” by Joe*

          • kidvideo

            The Magic City is a nickname for Birmingham…we had a strip club called Magic City 2…now its called The Palace.

        • Jay

          From Mobile.

        • kidvideo

          Im on the west side…Graymont…went to Ensley…what say you?

          • B.Marie

            Eastside. Tarrant/Inglenook.

            HS: Spent my days at Altamont ( Private school no one knows about) and my afternoons down the street at Woodlawn. Lol.

            • kidvideo

              Ive visited altamont…and stay driving though woodlawn.

              Small city…

              • B.Marie

                Now… …What’s your last name? Gotta make sure you ain’t kinfolk. Lol. I kid.

                • Sahel

                  Ey,that whole sleeping with cousins thing is real ??

                  • B.Marie

                    NO! …………. but if some article came out saying someone married their 5th cousin, I’d ask where they are from and if they are Amish.

                • kidvideo

                  Gotta hook 4 a drink on tha southside…the break or world of beers.

                  • B.Marie

                    Not currently in the state :( If I were, the Break ALL DAY! It was the first place I snuck into, smh…thought I was hot ish for that.

        • Ashley

          Bham! Northside resided. Ramsay. Auburn now!

    • kidvideo

      +1 for HS affiliation.

    • Hey, I may or may not have flipped a funeral procession or two in my day. :) Man, I’m trying to get laid, and you’re f*cking with my action! LOL

    • Epsilonicus

      “Southern folks will ask you your last name and what HS you attendedNortherners will ask what your parents do and what college you graduated from”

      Slightly inaccurate. Baltimore when someone asks you what school, they mean HS.

      • Rawtid

        lol ha! truth

      • Medium Meech

        But what is Baltimore? Architecturally it’s Philly, geographically it’s southern, culturally it’s closest to DC (which is borderline southern).

        • Epsilonicus

          Never never never never never never say Baltimore is culturally close to DC. They are very incredibly different.

          • Medium Meech

            Yeeeeah, I’m kind of from DC so I get the beef. I said closest cause we both know it’s true, and cat’s don’t get that mad unless it’s family.

            • Rog

              I used to think D.C. and Baltimore shared some sort of commonality culture-wise until my first year of college at a school where there was a good portion of Bmore and D.C. folks together, then I realized that from slang, to dress, to music, to chicken boxes despite only being 30 minutes away (basically down the street) the two places are entirely different worlds.

              • Medium Meech

                I see it like this. It’s like Go Go and bmore club music. They aren’t the same musically, but the serve the same role functionally party wise and culturally and it’s not something most people from other places can relate to. DC and bmore are different from each other, but both different from other cities in the same way.

                • Epsilonicus

                  Makes sense.

                  • Medium Meech

                    It’s hard to explain the DC, Bmore, PG county dynamic to people. Dam VSB, can’t let me get away with making a single general statement without providing papers and siting sources.

                    • TheInvisibleEnigma

                      I have a friend in DC (transplant, of course) whom I have explained this to, but to no avail.

                • Rog

                  I agree with that.

          • Asa AoneBest Gillyard

            Nor is it apart of MD. We won’t have that! It’s just BMore. lol

            • Epsilonicus

              Ummmm Bmore is Maryland. Don’t get it twisted.

              • TheInvisibleEnigma

                So is DC in a way, since we ceded the land for it and Virginia took theirs back. Tell someone from DC that it’s the second biggest city in Maryland and watch the hilarity ensue.

                • afronica

                  “Tell someone from DC that it’s the second biggest city in Maryland and watch the hilarity ensue.”

                  You seem like good peoples. Why you trynna commit death by DC native? Bwahaha

              • Carlos Anthony Thomas

                Maryland too is (upper) South! Y’all have “Son’s of the Confederacy” license plates…still bam a!

            • Rawtid

              OMG completely agree..lol i always say it might as well be another state

          • panamajackson

            Yeah, I’d never get this idea either. I’ve always viewed them as worlds apart. It’s actually pretty amazing considering how close we are.

          • LMNOP

            They are geographically close though.

            • Epsilonicus

              Yeah. But you would think they are on opposite coasts with how different they are though

            • afronica

              LMNOP! Where you been, girl? Missed you!

              • LMNOP

                New job with no internet access :(

                • afronica

                  Just glad to see you in the place. Love your free thinkin’ musings.

        • Disgruntled Negress

          finally!! baltimore is way more like philly than anywhere else on the planet… we are the only cities that actually play club (NOT gogo) on the radio and in the club and *everybody* gets down.

      • Carlos Anthony Thomas

        B’more is still the (upper) South!

        • Tony F

          We dont want Baltimore or DC.

    • b sweet

      The funeral thing is real. Full blown procession, 2nd line and block party. We crash funerals they’re so hype

      • pls

        the funeral after party, thoooo

        • shoesandshrimp

          Please don’t forget to bring a box of Church’s chicken

        • We got drunk the night before and of my parents funerals last year.

  • EmmaPA

    I’m from the north living in the South, and the accuracy is hilarious.

  • Msdebbs

    Yasss to all of this. I know someone named Johnetta….my sister has a friend name Darylneshia ( I wish I was lying). Lemme just add a few key elements that make you a true southerner….Love for the super sweet diabetic tea and Bad azz rapper Lil Boosie. Back to my pulled pork sammach….

    • iamnotakata

      Sweet tea is life!

      • Val

        I’m definitely a Northerner because I hate “Sweet tea” or even *Iced Tea. Lol

        *unless it’s mint iced tea

        • kidvideo

          I bet u like that taco sauce thats made in New York City also…lol

          • Val

            Lol

            • kidvideo

              NEW YORK CITY!!!!

              • ratchet d-Ibaka

                I put on for my city, on, on for my city!!

            • Ah, the commercial that butchers the pronunciation in New York City. No one from around here 1) emphasizes the E in New 2) or the R in York or 3) Mentions the word “city” in reference to their hometown except to distinguish it from the larger state.

              • LMNOP

                A lot of New Yorkers seem to not really acknowledge that there is an upstate, and it’s not all jails. Reminds me of a friend of mine who grew up in New York and said she would never move back, but she might consider moving upstate, like to Yonkers.

                • Word on the shifting definitions of Upstate. I tend to break “everything north of NYC” into 3 spheres: the NY Metro Area (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange), the NY Sphere of Influence (think the Catskills, the Hudson Valley and Albany) where the culture is clearly NYC influenced thanks to hundreds of years of transplants and then the rest of Upstate North and West of I-88, or what I like to call “crazy people who leech off of our tax money to support their dying economy, but then blame NYC for all of their problems”.

                  • LMNOP

                    That’s how the state does it for civil service employees too. NYC, NY Metro, downstate (south of albany, I think) and upstate.

                    • That makes sense. If you look at cost of living, that’s how it works out as well. And if you want to have fun with someone from the Hudson Valley, ask them about their cost of living and watch an afternoon drift away. :)

          • ratchet d-Ibaka

            Let me tell you what is life, eh! Mexican mangos with hot sauce and line sauce. Lord Jesus take the darn wheel!

            • miss t-lee

              With lemon juice and chili powder? Listen!

              • ratchet d-Ibaka

                Yazzzzz!

                • miss t-lee

                  Already!

          • panamajackson

            This made me laugh out loud.

        • Msdebbs

          What is a mint iced tea? I swear California is a different planet.

          • Sahel

            Val is a transplant,is she not. It must be a NY drink

          • IcePrincess

            Go to whole foods or fresh market. Go to the back wall where the bottled drinks are. It’s one called Honest Tea mint tea. Disclaimer: it’s not really sweet, jus barely sweet.

          • Val

            Try it, Debbs. It’s good.

        • IcePrincess

          Have you tried the Honest Tea bottled tea line? Their mint tea is EVERYTHING

          • miss t-lee

            Yeah. It’s terrible. :(

          • LeeLee

            I used to be a social media consultant for Honest Tea headquarters in Maryland. I was filling in for someone on maternity leave. Nicest CEO! Even though I was a temp, he knew me by name. I am officially hooked on their Heavenly Lemon Tulsi Tea. It tastes even better when you warm it up.

          • Val

            Yep, good stuff.

          • Epsilonicus

            Honest Tea actually tastes like real tea.

        • LMNOP

          I love iced tea, but sweet tea is nasty, it’s like drinking syrup. I have a pretty serious. sweet tooth too, but sweet tea is just too much.

        • ForeverCC

          i have been talked about at work meetings, family reunions, and every church function for not liking sweet or iced tea. lol

          • Val

            And, at some Southerners homes that’s all they have to offer you besides tap water. Lol. Can’t be rude so you accept it and just take tiny sips.

            • dmcmillian72

              Girl… Forget that! I have friends who I have to cut their tea in half with water if I’m gonna drink it! …IN HALF!!!

          • afronica

            Back home when I said I didn’t like sweet tea, I’d get a “Mmmhmm” or a “You don’t say?” as they handed me a glass brimming with ice and sweet tea.

      • miss t-lee

        YASSSSSS

    • IcePrincess

      I went to school in DC wit a Cynkeithia

    • Kevyn T. Wooden

      lol. i hear ya. *sips dr pepper*

    • Renegade04

      FREE BOOSIE!!!……wait he’s free. Now what do us southerners arbitrarily shout out??

    • Ashley

      Boosie Boo!!!!

  • kidvideo

    Im a down south dude wit up north tendencies…

    Went to a HBCU…dont eat much pork.
    Grew up baptist…not very religous.
    Never joined a frat…Never got a chance to visit The Tunnel.

    • Jay

      Same here…
      From the southernmost city in Alabama… attended high school and college in Alaska
      Love ribs and fried chicken… hate sweet tea and potato salad
      Love Outkast, Big K.R.I.T., and UGK… Jay-z and Nas=favorite rappers of all time
      Spent my whole childhood in church(Jehovah’s Witness, A.M.E. Zion, and Pentacostal… not religious at all
      Love thick, down to earth women… big natural hair and intellectual/artsy/funny women are my weakness

      • Msdebbs

        Alaska??

        • Jay

          yep

          • kidvideo

            Aint Joker tha Bailbondsman from that way?

            • panamajackson

              My man was straight up outta Anchorage! Im surprised we aint see Mario Chalmers in the video.

    • Val

      *whispers to KidVid, you don’t join frats, you pledge*

      • kidvideo

        Point taken.

  • Val

    *thinking this post is definitely one of Champ’s all-time best*

    Lol@ Southerners more likely to look like Steve Harvey!

    • This is true. Brothers down south tend to rock that over-sized rainbow skittle suit look with alligator shoes and snake-skin belts. SMH.

      I do wish the brothers down south would connect with a good tailor, get their suits fitted, and stop the tacky madness.

      • Val

        Yeah those zoot suits with the two-tone shoes are not the business.

        • Man, I LIKE those! :)

          • pls

            og playas

      • Msdebbs

        Don’t forget the gold tooth/teeth..

        • IcePrincess

          Hey, I like grillz!

      • The irony of the places in the south selling horrid suits is that they all have names like “New York Fashion”.

        • Val

          Lol! OMG. That is so true.

    • Jay

      Definitely. I think it was one of the first posts that I had ever read on VSB.

    • pls

      ALL my friends had on a zoot suits at prom. what is a tux?!

  • Southern black people tend to own property(our home, condo, or small business). Northern blacks tend to rent everything.

    Southern black people tend to have more disposable income than northern blacks.

    Southern black people enjoy the benefits of a lower cost of living while northern blacks work like Hebrew slaves to keep up with the high cost of living.

    Southern black people tend to throw better parties, mixers, BBQs, and other various social events than northern blacks; we can thank the superior party music of southern hip-hop/soul-music and the unencumbered attitude possessed by most southern black people for that one.

    • Val

      *thinks someone ought to tell Mental M that Friday’s posts are fun posts*

    • Msdebbs

      “Southern black people tend to throw better parties” CRAB BOIL!!!!!!

      • afronica

        FISH FRY!!! BAR-B-QUE!!!

    • Word u just gon declare war on the north like that

    • LMNOP

      I think the owning vs renting thing is about prices. It’s easier to own a home in the south, because they cost less.

    • “Southern black people tend to have more disposable income than northern blacks.”

      *sees this comment while typing on a Hewlett Packard tablet with Beats By Dr. Dre audio installed in*

    • Sandpaper

      “Southern black people tend to throw better parties, mixers, BBQs, and other various social events than northern blacks”

      Yep. We will sincerely ask about your parents and make you take a plate for them when you leave.

    • LeeLee

      “Southern black people tend to throw better parties, mixers, BBQs, and other various social events than northern blacks.”

      YES!

      It takes me a minute to warm up, but Southern folks do like to make you comfortable. And Ques. I”ve never dated a Que, but they get my vote for the friendliest frat ever! Especially Ques that pledged down south. When they had their centennial in DC, me and my girls crashed at least two parties and I had the best conversations with them! And they are some vicious flirts, too :)

      I”m from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, which is definitely ‘southern’ then went to schools in Baltimore (very Northern in my opinion) and then Chicago (why do so many native Chitowners have kinfolk from Mississippi?)

      Having said all that, there is something about guys from the Midwest. They are usually tall or tall-ish, hardworking and smart without bragging about being smart. Down to earth. *considers moving back just in time for summertime Chi”

      • Brother Mouzone

        Having said all that, there is something about guys from the Midwest. They are usually tall or tall-ish, hardworking and smart without bragging about being smart. Down to earth. *considers moving back just in time for summertime Chi”


        I resemble that remark.. : )

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