Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Welcome to the Bouge of it all

bou·gie Pronunciation: \ˈbü-ˌzhē, -ˌjē\ From Wikipedia & Merriam-Webster ya’ll: Bourgeoisie is a classification used in analyzing human societies to describe a social class of people. Historically, the bourgeoisie comes from the middle classes whose status or power came from employment, education, and wealth. In urban pop culture, the word bourgeoisie is shortened to "bougie.”

Adjective meaning extravagant, often to the point of snobbery. Usually used in relation to the conspicuous consumption of the urban upper-middle class.

I'm electing to remove the negative stereotype of bouge and embrace the beauty. Allow me to present (if I may)...

THE BOUGE RULES (what puts the bouge in bougie)
  1. Bougie is more than a way of life, it's a state of mind
  2. Bougie does not equal stuck-up, siddity & pretty... unless it does
  3. There's nothing wrong with being bougie if your heart is true to the bouge
  4. If you are true to the bouge, people will hate on you. You won't care, you are too busy being bougie
  5. You can be born bougie, you can marry into bougie and you can evolve into bougie
  6. You can be bougie and hood but not at the same time
  7. You are no longer bougie if you are completely ghetto (fabulous or not)
  8. You can be broke and bougie but bouge works better with bank
  9. Bouge brings responsibility. Do not shame your bouge brothers and sisters lest you be kicked up out the bouge circle
  10. Bouge is old school people, we don't hate... we congratulate.

So what do you think, is it possible to be "just a little bit" bouge? Can someone be too bouge? When is bougie a bad thing?

P.S. Don't hate on the picture, that is my bouge fam from back in the day.


deed said...

black 'n bougie... the stigma lifted... i raise a glass!!!!!!

OneChele said...

@deed "Clink-clink" toasting back ;-)

Velinda Miller said...

I love all the people in that picture. I love that I am working my way into bougie. I love that you are my family. I just simply love you!

BAP, Interrupted said...

I think if you are born bougie you it stays with you, not matter what your life experiences may become. I would also add you have to maintain your bougie, you can't rest on your bougie laurels.

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OneChele said...

Thanks BrownBetty, I went out to BlogsHerColor and joined!

Nepenthe said...

LOL.. this needs to be made into a pamphlet and circulated to the masses.

Well said. :]


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