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This Embrace Between Brian Tyree Henry and Keith Stanfield Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

Between Moonlight’s win and Tracee Ellis Ross going Peak Tracee Ellis Ross with her win and her speech and her joy and her dress (and her dress and her dress and her dress) and Issa Rae not winning (yet) but reminding us that we probably should get used to seeing her at these types of events and nominated for those types of awards and Viola Davis teaching America that we’ve been doing collard greens wrong this entire time and us (Black people) turning the repeated Hidden Fences gaffes into a thing, last night’s Golden Globes had quite a few candidates for the Blackest Thing that ever happened this week. Including, of course, Meryl Streep using her privilege and her position to make a room full of White people quite uncomfortable, which might have been the Blackest thing a White person has done in public since Mike Dean produced The Diary. 

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But while Streep’s speech was an example of what we need White people to do to prevent Trumpian politics to be some sort of normalized status quo, the embrace between Brian Tyree Henry and Keith Stanfield — ecstatic and vulnerable and visibly verklempt while watching Donald Glover accept his award for Best Actor (Television Series Musical or Comedy) — is an example of what we need to do to survive and thrive over these next four years.

It’s apropos that the image of these two men hugging each other would come a week after two of the biggest stories in pop culture were the levels to the fallout from Kim Burrell’s homophobic comments and the analog, Taco-Bell-beef beef between Soulja Boy and Chris Brown. Because you couldn’t find two better stories to articulate the type of toxic, regressive, and just plain fucking dangerous mores and beliefs about sexuality and masculinity that need to be taken out to a barn and shot in the fucking face, and you can’t find a better image to exemplify the type of love and embrace that needs to be loved and embraced than what Henry and Stanfield did last night. When I saw those two men — those friends and colleagues celebrating their friend and colleague — I saw two men who were free. Free to enjoy, embrace, and encourage each other without any care of how it might be interpreted. Free to just be, and willing to fight for that freedom. Free to be in love with your friend, a person who happens to be a man, with a love that reflects the ideal of genuine platonic love, which is to “inspire the mind and the soul and direct one’s attention to spiritual things.” Ultimately, this was the progressive evolution and distillation of “fuck them other niggas cause I’m down with my niggas.

And this is our path. Of course, we’ll continue to protest and disrupt and defend and protect and battle and bleed. But this is it. This is the type of love that’s worth fighting for to cultivate, shield, and maintain. This is who we need to be with each other. With a love that’s not unconditional — you need to earn this shit to receive it — but is unencumbered and unconcerned when it’s earned, given, and received.

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.

  • Courtney Wheeler

    As a black woman in the entertainment industry…last night meant everything to me. Black excellence is taking center stage. Makes me want to cry..

    ps…I’m even willing to try Meryl Streep’s collard greens.

    • miss t-lee

      Viola concerned me talking about BBQ sauce in hers…lol

      • Cleojonz

        IKR? Like eww who’s collards got BBQ sauce in them. I’m going to assume she meant hot sauce.

        • miss t-lee

          IDK mayne…I can only go buy what she said onstage…lol

      • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

        Ugh
        ETA: can’t eat everybody’s cooking

        • miss t-lee

          Shol’ can’t.

      • Courtney Wheeler

        I’ve never heard of BBQ sauce in greens in my life but since Viola is a queen I would also try her collards. haha

        • miss t-lee

          Ha!!! Definitely a new one on me.

      • JBusy

        I understand this sounds like Viola said she intentionally and directly puts BBQ sauce on her greens. While I’ve never done such a thing and probably never will for several reasons, I have had moments where ribs or some other BBQ meat shared a plate with greens and the two intermingled and, as usual, synergized my plate. So, I’m not too shocked.

        • miss t-lee

          LMAO.

  • Sigma_Since 93

    Question for the crew. Are we in the minority when it comes to appreciating Black Men being free to enjoy, embrace, and encourage each other without any care of how it might be interpreted? I remember this picture had folks in their feelings. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b261951d89eb9f9fb3ad313b210831c7032a22e40c3dfb7f7a626a6496f66dd2.jpg

    • Yes. This site has had many painful and necessary arguments (the Nate Parker threads) to identify and remedy the toxic masculinity within our ranks. And there’s always a willingness to revisit the arguments. Many of us have amended our positions. Most are open to listening, and I think a few just remain silent.

    • TeeChantel

      Guess it depends on how often you see it. I grew up in a household where men embracing each other happened quite frequently. My father hugged my brother. Uncles/nephews hugged each other, etc. To me, it is rather endearing.

      • miss t-lee

        I’m the same way, because my Pops was like that with my brothers, and my nephew.

        • I don’t think my daddy and I ever said “I love you!” too each other but we knew it was the case. Never saw him shed a tear until the morning after my mama passed but there was a lot of old school love in place. #gruntingandsuch

          • miss t-lee

            I understand. My grandfather was like that with my Pops and all of us grandkids too. Just that old school mentality.
            My Pops said first time he saw him cry was when my cousin passed away, she was 2 and was born with a heart condition. My Pops was like 25 then.

      • Yeah, my pops and mama’s brothers (I call ’em my uncles.) weren’t huggers or emotive but I gladly show my boys love.

        Still don’t emote well but it’s a growth process.

        • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

          Same, but my sons get all of the love, hugs, etc.

          • True. I was look happy looking at my brother holding and loving on his new born son.

          • Tam

            Thought that was just a West Indian thing. The good thing is I see younger parents expressing openly and vocally their love for their kids.

            • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

              My family was/is very emotionaless. My wife does a joke where she mimics my family being happy, sad, angry and uses the same expression for each one.

              • Tam

                That is my family. I try to express love openly and vocally to my little cousins. Hence why I ‘spoil’ them.

            • Madam CJ_Skywalker

              “Thought that was just a West Indian thing.”
              Throw Nigerians in there too

      • MsSula

        I come from a family of huggers. We hug period.

      • grownandsexy2

        My dad definitely wasn’t a hugger. Growing up, I can’t think of any of the men I knew (family or otherwise) to be huggers. They were afraid of showing any type of bonding/affection. Because the “F” word would be floating around sooner rather than later. And that was a fate worse than death. My mother dared hold my brother’s hand crossing the street because it was “let that boy’s hand go, you don’t want to make him a “f _ _ _ _t.” Better he get hit in traffic I guess.

        • Mine either. If my dad hugged me, even now, I’d be positive he was dying. He just wasn’t that dude. But after visiting his old hood in Buffalo, I kinda understood.

          • grownandsexy2

            If my dad hugged me, even now, I’d be positive he was dying”

            This made me lol. My dad wasn’t a hugger, but I knew he loved me. His way of showing affection was nuzzling my forehead.

    • I don’t recall seeing that picture before. I suppose question was raised due to the fact that it looks h o m o s e x u a l? I’ve seen much more questionable things in rap videos. More toxic masculinity I guess.

      I can’t say that we are or we aren’t because I always put on for my boys and many of the dudes I’ve connected with on here.

      I remember when Bey dropped “Lemonade” and the query of could black men create or want the melanated Y chromosome version of the popular drink and many of us were ambivalent about the prospects of such. I think it boils down to varying levels with us due to all of our emotional and behavioral baggage. In all I don’t see it as a bad thing.

    • miss t-lee

      “I remember this picture had folks in their feelings.”

      Also.
      And that’s sad.

      • I really don’t remember that. Was that after Creed or Fruitville?

        • miss t-lee

          I think it was after Creed came out.

          • Wow. Let me guess: it was a hair ball of #softhands and #hurtgirl twitter?

            • miss t-lee

              LOL basically.

              • It’s nothing worse than when “all black women are mean and all you ninjas is g a y” twitter converge.

      • Mary Burrell

        Shakes head

    • Valerie

      I just didn’t like the picture nor do I like Michael B Jordan.

    • Cleojonz

      Yes, unfortunately we are. I saw a picture on FB not that long ago where a teenaged/young adult son was lounging with his dad in a sort of similar embrace and people on there were losing their minds calling it inappropriate.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      That’s just s bad pic. That is a power relationship between Wallace and ol boy and it doesn’t show brotherhood.

      • LMNOP

        It really doesn’t. It looks like he’s about to hold his head down to *redacted.*

        And not in a respectful, consensual way.

        • Sigma_Since 93

          You can look at it that why if you choose to. I palm my son’s heads just like this and shake it when they’ve done something awesome or when I’m giving encouragement.

          • LMNOP

            Now that you say that, that seems like a very normal way to interpret this picture, as affectionate.

            It’s like I just failed a Rorschach’s test.

            • Sigma_Since 93

              You didn’t fail; we just have this conditioning where

              women’s affection = ok

              men’s affection = bad

              Black men’s affection = oh hayle naw!

          • Brooklyn_Bruin

            1) Look at their facial expressions

            And also

            2) Consider your statement, father to son is not their relationship.

            I’m not saying phobia, or lack of platonic love, but this photo is not a great illustration of the fellowship that you can share.

            One’s mind does not need to go black deplorable to see that this is not a flattering photo.

            • Sigma_Since 93

              They have said they are like brothers. I don’t see the problem with the pic because my sons do it to one another. They got it from me so I know they got it honest.

            • Madam CJ_Skywalker

              I agree. My younger brothers are way more affectionate with each other than I am (older sister) with either of them so I see male affection often.
              But when my brothers show it, their faces actually reflect the love/joy/ playfulness of the moment.
              I don’t feel any way about the photo, but they prolly coulda picked a better one.
              The Rae Scremmurd seemed to be a bigger deal, which idg. I loved this cover.
              https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/74afae0e3aeb134436b40234896af4a539d8b11f5849c2b5e31197940b0c0fd8.jpg

      • Sigma_Since 93

        Spin is everything. Willard Smith has been palming his wife’s bootay in public for years; some see playful love and others see a male exerting his dominance.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          It’s both in that case, but most of all it’s tacky.

          Putting your chick on the spot like that means she has to defend your savage actions.

          And the next level of the game is that awkward pda then fight up then makeup Chex.

          Couples can have their patterns

    • I LOVE this picture and posted a long soapbox rant on Facebook about “the black male masculinity is so fragile…” The absences of black fathers from the 80/90 generation has messed up the young male psyche.

      (And yes, I know they are missing for a number {including the prison industrial complex} And yes, I know black fathers are the most involved 2000+ era}

    • grownandsexy2

      Although much ado is made by us, I don’t believe we’re in the minority when it comes to the appreciation of men and public displays of affection/bonding/encouragement. I haven’t seen any evidence to suggest that other groups are okay with it.

    • I remember that kerfuffle. That was some dumb ish.

    • Negro Libre

      On it’s own, no problem.

      By the time social media creeps in and pours narcissistic gasoline on it…

      People start acting like a miracle is happening:

      http://esq.h-cdn.co/assets/cm/15/06/54d459e6c7ad4_-_accomplishedenchantinghellbender.gif

    • Mary Burrell

      I thought folks being in their feelings about this were silly.

  • MsSula

    The #HiddenFences and #GoldenGlobesError hashtags have me in tears.

    Coming to Atlanta #HiddenFences #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/dC5I67QT2m— Travon Free (@Travon) January 9, 2017

    The Dreamgirl and The Frog #HiddenFences pic.twitter.com/wDlGZYufgG— baby carrot ? (@KaeKAEsadilla) January 9, 2017

    • Strawberry03

      I’m surprised they didn’t call it Hidden N*ggers.

  • TeeChantel

    I loved every minute of this right right here. I’m glad they panned the camera in on Brian Tyree (who’s bae) and Keith (who’s also bae) on that embrace because it is absolutely what we needed to see these days. They are also seem like they are close friends in real life too… it reminds me of the Gabrielle Union, Taraji Henson, Regina Hall, La La Anthony circle – when one wins we all win.

    Also, to see Atlanta get the recognition it deserved (because the show amazing) was the icing on the cake as well. I’m definitely excited to see where they’re going to take the show in the second season.

    • To see them get a standing O right off the bat, was beautiful.

    • Nik White

      I’m not on FB but wondered if my VSB fam was watching and screaming like I was?

    • Strawberry03

      Keith is definitely bae…

  • IAmMikeBrown

    #Blackmagic. We are second to none. I’m trying to figure something out, though: is Viola such a phenomenal actress that when she was telling the story of Meryl Streep fixing collards, she made you picture Meryl Streep, or is Meryl Streep such a great actress that you could actually picture saying the things Viola recounted?

    • TeeChantel

      Definitely the former. Did you hear the folks in the audience immediately quiet down as soon as Viola walked onstage. She is such a presence and a wonderful storyteller. She just makes the room stand still.

      • IAmMikeBrown

        She’s commanding. And her walk is so purposeful!

      • Cleojonz

        I saw a tweet last night that said from now on can we only give lifetime achievement awards to people that Viola Davis loves so she can do all the speeches? Lol.

        • miss t-lee

          I want her to narrate my day to day.

          • Gimme Morgan Freeman. Hey can answer the door, my phone, haters at work, bill collectors….

            • miss t-lee

              LMAO!
              Another good choice.

    • NonyaB?

      Getchu just one human being to talk as lovingly, eloquently, compellingly about you in this life and you’ve won.

  • Tish Harris

    Thank you for the Mike Dean and The Diary reference. My respect for you has reached a level words cannot explained.

  • Glo

    People always shouting out romantic black love, but platonic black love needs to be promoted just as much. I love this so much.

    • King Beauregard

      White men, in particular, are taught to be too tough for genuine emotions except in carefully-portioned doses. It is a weakness that smart people should not adopt.

      • Maybe it’s the reason why they’re so eager to tear other people apart. Accentuate aggressive emotions over the tender ones.

        • King Beauregard

          As very smart people have suggested, when you’re too busy proving that you’re too tough to be someone else’s victim — and certainly not “weak” enough to be mistaken for a homersexual — it doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for nurturing empathy in one’s self.

          • Agreed. I deleted my previous comment because I felt it was just being too harsh. But you’ve summed up my view better than I could.

            • King Beauregard

              I wasn’t sure why you deleted the post so I didn’t want to reference it exactly, but yes, I wholeheartedly agree with what you said. I know I am kind of paranoid about which emotions I display, and it pushes back in my head to the emotions I’m willing to acknowledge. That can’t be healthy.

              • I feel that what you think is private and inconsequential and what you say or do means you’re giving force to ideas. So in written form, and when I speak, I tend to choose my words carefully.

                • King Beauregard

                  Yes. I’ve got more stupid notions rattling around in my head, it’s up to me to screen what I let out into the world.

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      • is it a weakness to keep emotions in check/balanced?

        • Glo

          Not always, but there is a strength in allowing yourself to be vulnerable.

          • i guess it’s about where one is vunerable, even if it’s only to/for themselves.

        • King Beauregard

          Depends on the emotions. Do you feel uncomfortable telling your kid you love them? If so, you just might be a white person.

          • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

            I cackled

          • between that and my abnormal love of mayo…i might just be of the Caucasus

          • LMNOP

            I think discomfort being affectionate with kids has more to do with age and generation than race.

            • King Beauregard

              It’s entirely possible. I don’t know that white folks are learning to be better about it, though.

              • scotsims

                It appears many have gotten worse.

          • fedup

            My son and I tell each other that we love each other every day. Unsolicited. And we hug. Tightly.

            I was an adult before I can remember hearing my mother tell me that she loved me. She never gave us hugs or kisses as kids, even when I kissed her. Deep down, I knew she loved me. But I still questioned it.

            • Dayum. I can’t imagine….my parents were the opposite of that.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          Only in these safe spaces is holding back considered a weakness.

          Out in the real world though?

          Half these folks grimace (or guffaw) when little Bobby White III says “F U Mom.”

          It’s a very particular and agenda serving desire for “real emotions”.

          It ain’t “toxic masculinity” that turns men into stone, it’s reality.

          Women and children that are weak get taken care of. Men that are weak get crushed.

          We wish it was one way, but it’s the other

            • Furious Styles

              I was waiting on this.

          • Gibbous

            Women and childen that are weak are often crushed as well. IJS

            • Brooklyn_Bruin

              And we sympathize with them, go out of our way to help. The society is always looking for more ways to help women and children.

              Men know that we won’t ever get the same consideration, so we enforce this brutal code on each other. And if it is harmful to individual men, doesn’t matter as long as the group survives.

              On the yellow line headed up to Target. On some DC trains, there are eight seats set aside for the elderly and disabled.

              This particular day, six women and one couple had taken all the seats. The ladies ranged mostly youngish but some middle aged women, but the couple was deep into their 60’s.

              I’m standing deeper into the car. Keeping an eye out for rogue republicans.

              We get to gallery place and no one moves.

              Pregnant woman gets on the train. She looked at all three seats, and naan woman would give her any eye contact.

              The wife in the couple prods the husband to rise. Cane in hand, he gets up, and the pregnant woman seats herself and promptly gets on her phone.

              Another moment in the life of a man. And this was a “good” man.

              • Msmoss

                Dude, when I was pregnant, ONLY women young and old ever gave me a seat. It was always able bodied guys staring at their phones who pretended not to notice my giant tum. I call BS on this lament of yours. Women and children are the poorest and most disadvantaged, always, read any stat. And women take care of men all day and all our lives, so much that it’s become invisible.

                • Co-sign…I was catching a flight to NYC with my 4mo, her car seat stroller and diaper bag.. not ONE MAN HELPED ME….it was ALL WOMEN. They even commented about the dudes being wack for not budging.. the sky caps didn’t help either.

              • Gibbous

                Black and Brown children are seen as adults, regardless of their age. Very few people “see” them as children or go out of their way to help. The poor are also stigmatized. If a child looks a little raggedy, few people step in or step up. ( plenty of research to back this up)

                Standing up for others in the train is more of a cultural thing. Depends on where you’re from and how you were raised. As a Black woman, I would have stood up for either the pregnant lady OR the gentleman with the cane, but that’s the way I roll.

                Also, if the pregnant lady was black, there is plenty of evidence that would show why white men and women didn’t offer her their seats.

          • Furious Styles

            “It’s a very particular and agenda serving desire for “real emotions”.

            Remember the convo awhile back about men crying at their weddings? Case in point.

        • Negro Libre

          No…but Freud.

          Ever since Freud claimed that the repression of emotions could lead to neurosis there’s been sets of people who have claimed that the vast expression of emotions and passions aren’t just empowering, but also revolutionary. His rationale and arguments for reaching such a conclusion, but his conclusions are still accepted by a good number of people.

          That being said, it’s also a human thing I guess, we like stressing, for no reason…

          http://img.picturequotes.com/2/507/506108/trust-me-when-you-mind-your-own-business-life-is-way-less-stressful-quote-1.jpg

          • Strawberry03

            Do you subscribe to other psychological schools of thought, or only psychoanalysis?

            • Negro Libre

              No not really, I despise both the behavioralist and psychoanalytic though, for reasons not worth getting into.

              • Raspberry04

                How do the others rank? I’d never guess you’d be so heavily rooted in psychoanalysis. (Or, was it that you worked with a psychoanalyst? I can’t remember.)

                I definitely thought you’d lean more in the cognitive direction – and dabble in the humanistic on the weekends.

                • Negro Libre

                  I actually am not, I spent about two years in it, but I had ambitions to going into it based off my studies in undergrad (I read Freud heavily in undergrad) then I started working in the field and realized that immigrants from African and Hispanic countries who had a common sense approach to dealing with people, had better results with clients than those who had their multiple degrees in psychoanalytic approaches…then again, I had always had an engineer’s mind (from my father) so I’ve always been a results-oriented person, which probably is what would eventually alienate me from the field of mental health to be honest.

                  As for cognitive and humanistic, I did delve with them later for a bit, my largest amount of time was spent in behaviorist approaches as opposed to humanistic or cognitive though. That being said, I think the premises of most of these approaches are wrong, since they proclaim to be based on science, but in practice are based on philosophy. This is why most of their theories don’t work in practice, and my experience working in the field and seeing amateurs getting better results than professionals, was what made me ultimately walk away from it. When amateurs can get better results in a profession, that usually means the success of the industry is not based on results, but rather obscurity.

                  • Raspberry04

                    Amateurs as in non-licensed professionals (e.g. psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, etc.) or people who didn’t subscribe to the psychoanalytic ideology?

                    Which common sense approaches were employed by AA and Hispanic people that were not employed by the White people?

                    Also, do think their cultural biases – especially when dealing with AA and Hispanic immigrants – played a role in the ineffective treatment? If so, how significant?

                    Do you feel like therapy (in any form) is effective, at all? Has it been effective for you?

                    • Negro Libre

                      1. It was amateurs in the field, non-licensed and not-educated in the field. They were loads of them, and outside of the nurses, they were generally the most ill-equipped to deal with clients or handling crises, with them, which was good chunk of was the job was all about.

                      2. It’s hard to break it down into any particular approach, outside of the fact that they treated clients like they’d treat everyone else, regardless of their traumatic experiences.

                      3. I think cultural ignorance helped them. They obeyed rules and broke policy when it didn’t make sense to do so. My experience with clients was to show that the most effective approach towards was that of respect and standards as opposed to flat out comforting and empathy, as was generally the approach that we were expected to have. These places were also lowkey dangerous, we had a teenage client, who was a schizophrenic who would randomly have this desire to tackle people randomly. In a 3-day weekend, he put 10 people out of work and straight to the clinic 3 miles from the mental hospital.

                      4. Therapy is effective if you know what you’re looking for I suppose; I’m just not convinced that it’s that much more an upgrade in effectiveness than spending time in solitude, meditating, talking to a priest, getting out of one’s comfort zone etc. I’m not saying therapy is worse than any of these things, just saying from a practical standpoint, it’s not as scientific as people on the outside think it is.

                    • Raspberry04

                      1. TF? So, wait a minute, NL. Please explain how the unlicensed, ill-equipped, non
                      -professionals were MORE effective when dealing with your clients.

                      2. Hmm…now, this suggests that their ineffectiveness was due to the ignorance of their clients’ specific needs and not the result of psychological theory employed. (White people have been giving subpar effort across all systems, since Jesus’s birth.)

                      3. How would cultural ignorance have helped them if it wasn’t ultimately helping their clients – or at the very least, went against rational judgment/protocol? Was it helping them claim “white people ignorance disease”?

                      Based upon what you’ve described it seems that these white people honestly didn’t care about their clients’ welfare. If they did, they would have employed the necessary strategies (within their given psychological framework) to aid in their client’s recovery.

                      BTW, thank you for demonstrating respect, yet following standards. ?

                      Also, would you say that this hospital was for mild to severe cases? Mr. Green Mile definitely seems like an extreme case.)

                      4. I beg to differ, especially if you’re basing it totally off of your negative experiences at one hospital.

                      Have you ever worked in another mental health setting? If so, any similarities or differences?

                      Yes, all of those suggestions are helpful (I’ve never done a confessional, though. Have you?); but, there are some instances when you’re not able to will yourself to do those things. Because…depression.

                      I got a question for you, Mr. Engineer Mind. What made you want to explore a social science in the first place?

      • Ms.

        Oh, I didn’t read the whole article. Was it about WHITE MEN?

    • TheUnsungStoryteller

      I agree. It’s not always about a romantic relationship. I crave to see more images of brotherhood. And not just frats (nothing wrong with it, though). It would be nice to see a show like Girlfriends, but with black men. Maybe the Best Man becomes a show…

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  • Nothing says you are free like standing in a room full of rich White people and giving a shout out to Migos.

    • HouseOfBonnets

      A personal goal added to my life if we’re being honest.

    • Strawberry03

      He was killing me, “I’d like to thank Atlanta, I mean Black people in general”.

  • King Beauregard

    This photo from the Wizard World comics convention brought me more delight than I can entirely process:

    http://comicsalliance.com/files/2017/01/IMG_7005.jpg?w=630&h=0&zc=1&s=0&a=t&q=89

    I think it’s that she’s happy to own cosplaying a character whose biggest character trait is that she’s happy to own who she is.

    • Valerie

      *takes notes for Halloween costume*

      • King Beauregard

        Just about any sweater will do, it’s not like Mabel Pines wears a single Charlie Brown-esque top.

        But you’re probably going to need glitter. How much? ALL of it.

        • Valerie

          I’m taking notes of being a nerdy female character for Halloween, might not be Mabel Pines. I think the idea is cute. ALSO I HATE GLITTER. It gets everywhere and is hard to clean lol

          • King Beauregard

            Anything that is shiny or lights up is fine instead of glitter. If you can find stars that light up, those would be the gold standard.

          • RaeRae

            I work at a high school and during homecoming week we had a mathlete vs. athlete day. I rolled with the mathletes. It was quite the look. Have fun!

    • Sigma_Since 93

      Mabel from Gravity Falls!!!

    • Next July, there’s going to be a Black Geek Convention: http://blerdcon.com/ It’s going to be fun to watch.

      • Jennifer

        !!!!!!!!

    • FarbissinaPunim

      I love me some Mabel.

  • This speech was awesome. The only think that could have been better is speech is saying, “I want to thank Black people…” mic drop. Ans deriously, I don’t know if the best part was that he thanked black people AND Migos for Bad and Bourgeois OR the fact that 91.5 percent of the room didn’t know who/what he was referencing.

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