Thursday, November 03, 2011

My Black Card ain't like yours...

Black CardA card given to all African American people just for being black. The card must be renewed annually by pledging loyalty to any number of pre-approved black causes or by scaring an undisclosed amount of white people, preferable in upperclass areas or in states like Connecticut. We have not ascertained it's usefulness and/or worth.

Case One: I quote from my email, "Chele, you can't be clowning Herman Cain. He's one of us and we should support him. I get that you're bougie but don't get your black card pulled."

You know what? If my Black Card is in anyway tied to the lyrical stylings of Herman "Did I Do That" Cain, you can have it back. Call the Negreaux Validation Committee and tell them to get on the case because I cannot with Hermie. And I certainly don't give two shakes of a damn about Citizen Cain over President Obeezy. Yeah no. Obama was never (ever ever) in danger of losing my vote to the Pizza King.

Case Two: From my tweets, "Why aren't you backing Reed Between the Lines? We finally have bougie black folks on TV and you won't support it? C'mon!" Second tweet, "You have to watch some BET just to keep your blackness up."

It's great that there is a bougenificent fam on TV. And I swearforeGod I tried like hell to like the show. But I don't. It's missing something. A live audience, a spark of sumthin' sumthin', I don't know but it's not there. I love Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcolm Jamal Huxtable (yes I know his real name) but their cuteness isn't carrying the show. Her wardrobe and his tight shirts are pleasant to look at but not so entertaining for a half hour.

If it were my show, I would have revamped the premise. I would have made her a single mom just divorced with the twins who meets Malcolm and has to decide if he's worth making an emotional investment. The growth of how they ascended to bougenificence would be far more entertaining but maybe that's just me.

If the regular watching of BET impacts my blackness, allow me to go all exotic and declare myself Guyanese-Southern. Just make up my own dang race. 

Case Three: From my Facebook mail, "You should get a reality show. You'd be so much better than NeNe."
Me, "Which one is NeNe? You know I don't keep up with all that."
"Girl, are you sure you're black? Every black girl knows NeNe. You gotta at least watch Housewives!"

Ur, uh - what rule book is that in? Did the NAACP set up an #OccupyRealityTV movement did Rev. Al march for countrywide recognition of NeNe? What are the chances that I sell fewer books or hire less people because I don't watch any of the HouseWifery shows? I'd say nil. NTTAWWT (Not That There's Anything Wrong With That). 

All of this commentary on my endangered black status has lead me to the conclusion that mayhaps the Black Cards come in different levels of Blackness? For sure there's an Honorary Black Card, and then maybe there's Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond level Blackness. Or is it more of a coffee scale? Latte, Caramel Macchiato, Mocha, Expresso? Le Bougie Shrug.

BougieLand, besides affirmation action and Michelle Obama's hair are there set issues that black people are expected to care about simply because we're black? Are we the only race that does this? Do share and explain. 

189 comments:

Angel Blanca said...

*cue rant*

Case One: Um, really? The author of that post does realize that no one needs to "clown" someone, who obviously feels that he's a clown all by himself, right? I mean, the jokes, the song parodies, the "drip, drip, drip" way in which he's addressing serious allegations of sexual harassment, if those aren't the elements of his own clowndom, then what is? Buh-bye.

Case Two: That really would make an excellent sitcom...or at least plot to another book, which I might add, I need more of in my life *cough, cough* because I can't really understand why I have to wait until the second or third J-month in 2012 for my fix. #IJS.  Perhaps you should gather with your fellow authors and do a weekly telenovella on YouTube or something, because I miss your work.  No pressure, though.

Case Three: "Girl, are you sure you're black? Every black girl knows NeNe. You gotta at least watch Housewives!" No. I know OF her because I use Twitter and folks talk about those shows, but she could walk past me, holler my name, trip me, and show me ID, and I would not know her. Of course, the same is true for about 99.9999999999999999999999999% of black folks, no matter how popular or how regularly they appear on television, in movies, in videos, in tabloids, etc.  If this is the standard of blackness, I don't meet it, never have, and probably never will.

I wish there were issues that we cared about as an expression of our race, but then again, I get so tired of always being representative of every black person, as if I can prove or disprove anything for ALL black people. UGH!  If we could get those "reality TV" folks to show us caring about issues of undereducation and unemployment and HIV/AIDS and establishing wealth for generations and communities  (not conspicuous consumption), I would probably be down with those shows and those people, but this trading in stereotypes? Not having it.

*end rant*

michaeldavis said...

First of all, to whom would we entrust the judgeship of Le Black Card (or in my case El Black Card)?  Their behavior needs to be observed and validated, and if BET shows up in their top five channels watched...automatic disqualification.

As far as Cain...with that line of thinking I guess most white people are wrong for not liking Palin? We get caught up in this "must support all" movement, which encourages some of the behavior you see.

And as far as BET, I wouldn't watch it if Pres O was doing an exclusive on there. Now if Sanaa Lathan is on there with him, I might sneak a peek.. YEAH I MIGHT.

thinklikeRiley said...

To properly maintain a Black Card, all you have to do is be born black and claim it.
That is all.
The rest is on some ole bullshiggity.

rozb said...

Case Number 1 I don't care that Herman Cain looks like a deacon in my church. I cannot support ratched. It does not matter the skin color. I will not have it with ham. I cannot take it with a yam. I will not put it on toast with jam. No Ma'am. And Herman Cain is ratched. Whoever co-signs and supports his "I'ont need to know about the world and the actual workings of this country to be President" and his ever-evolving revelations of past harassment, along with his Marlboro man shady-assed campaign manager, just because he is Black needs to be let out early from real life. Plus he sings spirituals at events at the drop of a hat. For real tho? Just go inhabit a really big-A bubble. KThnksBye!

Case Number 2 Watching this show with what seems to be random-assed laugh tracks, is painful. The "twins" have no chemistry (aren't we tired of the smirky, smart-assed teen by now?), and the forced storylines, I saw nothing appealing. Yeah - well - Malcolm in the wife-beater and Tracee's gorgeous wardrobe aside - there is nothing to hint at the back story, and why they are they way they are.  Just. Not. Feeling. It.

Case Number 3 Please see Case Number 1 as far as ratched. I have to say I do not watch most of these "reality" shows. Any show that starts off with the title with "Real" and uses the word "Wives", when for the most part there are no "Real" "Wives" in the show gets hardcore side-eye from me >_>. I just cannot give hours of my life that I cannot get back watching women degrade, backstab, and beat the crap out of each other just for attention. And this is the stuff I catch on The Soup!

My possession of the coveted "Black Card" is based on what I do to be a positive role model in supporting my people. I will not support activities that degrade Black women, nor will I bash Black men to further an agenda. I cannot co-sign with crapstorm that is BET, especially with the half-assed attempts at programming and the support of hot garbage. And no random Black person will ever have the right to pull my card.

rozb said...

Angel - you are awesome. That is all.

Think P. Smart said...

I've had people threaten my Black card but I ignore them because I'm on Titanium Black Card status.  Here are a few things that makes me a lifetime card carrying member:

Born in NYC
Raised in Detroit for 12 years
Attended Howard University
Pledged Delta
Can cook soul food
Has relatives who live in Alabama towns so small, 1-800-Flowers can't deliver to them

My Blackness has nothing to do with what television shows I watch.  Nor does it have to do with negative stereotypes.

MsJamie14 said...

Herman Cain: Color me confused. Folks are really taking him seriously as a candidate? Especially those who knock the amount of the President's political experience.

Reed Between the Lines: The problem with the show...Tracee Ross is just another reincarnation of Joan Clayton. And for a psychiatrist, shouldn't she have less neurosis?

I do watch the Housewives... so I guess my card is safe. o_O  I guess the question would be if I would ever entertain responding to such questions about my black card email, Facebook or Twitter? I guess I would only to give them the "pligga neeze!" face.

Grace said...

First of all, that Bougie Black Card is awesomeness. I had to click on it to read all the funny stuff you have on there. I want one. Anyway, one of my pet peeves is when people try and define the level of blackness you should act on.
Case One - Herman Cain is ajoke and a bad one at that. No one should be supporting him. Black, White or otherwise.
Case Two - Never seen it. But your plot sounds awesome
Case Three - Those damn housewives (who have neither houses nor wife status) are killing us.

I'll take Caramel Macchiato level. Thank you.

mojitochica said...

I'm with you on 1 and 3. I like RBTL. It's great to halfway pay attention to at work.

Lady4Real said...

I think Black Card's have varying levels and you can chose your level at random, like right now I am pulling out my card and amping it up to gold status because I'm about to go off up in Bougieland.

TO ALL THE IGNANT, NON-SOPHISTICATED ,STUPID, GHETTO, RIDICULOUS 'BLACK'FOLK WHO WANT TO QUESTION THE BLACKNESS OF MY AWESOME, TERRIFIC, SUPER TALENTED, QUICK WITTED, BEAUTIFUL COUSIN, KICK ROCKS WITH FLIP FLOPS ON, WHILE SIPPIN ON RED KOOL-AID DOWN THE MIDDLE OF MLK BLVD!!!!!

Now I dial back my black card to Diamond level and say that as a people we have this fight everyday. But I think all cultures have their sects, white's have rednecks, working class and snobs. Not sure about our Latino brothers and sisters but please believe that as an American every race has class issues, that is our society. I can be bougie at one moment and ghetto as hell the next, depends on the circumstances. My blackness is not defined by other people, it is defined by the fact that I was born African-American and that right there makes my Black Card ALWAYS valid. Chele you are just a diamond in everything that you do, and diamonds aren't found everywhere, these people are mad because they are lumps of coal and lumps of coal wish they could be diamonds but they just aren't.

Lady4Real said...

Case One: I ain't political worth a damn but I can say hecky naw to Hermy C
Case Two: I watch my fair share of BET and I just can't with Reed Between the Lines, I don't see anything worth reading about
Case Three: I'm guilty as hell for being a Real Housewives of ATL fan, it's my guilty pleasure, but there is a reason that it is a guilty pleasure, the show is damn crazy, and belongs in the S.n.O.B files for sure, but it cracks me up.

rozb said...

This is why family is important - you have somebody tough to have your back!

Johnny_Lollipop said...

1) I can't take any candidate, race aside, seriously when they start singing old negro spirituals in response to sexual misconduct accusations at press conferences.

2) I don't have cable (don't watch enough TV to justify the cost) so I don't know anything about "Reed Between the Lines", but simply because it's on BET I'll assume it suffers from mediocre production.  Even if I had cable I wouldn't spend the few precious hours of TV time I get during the week to watch something that is likely to lead me on a letter writing campaign demanding that BET compensate me for my wasted time.

3) I have managed to catch NeNe and her illustrious representation of ratchet ass women trying to move into the social and economic elite circles of black ATL.  I'm starting to think that all of us who watch this show and contribute to her celebrity should have our black cards snatched, shredded, burned, and buried.  

Anyway, my black card status has always been shaky, but isn't that the case for all of us with just a little bit of sense?

CaliGirlED said...

First let me say that I am befuddled with those 3 cases above because if they are reasons to get your Black Card snatched, then mine is long gone! Herman Cain ain't worth a cuss word, I don't watch Reed Between the Lines (didn't know what it was about til Chele talked about it in Case 2) and have never watched any of the Housewives shows (though I do know who Nene is).  Oh well!

*says to self* "Befuddled? Where did you get that word from?" LOL

Foxy Brown said...

*whispers* who is nene?

GrownAzzMan said...

Miss me with all of this, especially the Herman Cain part.

bashowell said...

I question anyone's sanity who is in any way supportive of Herman Cain. 

I only watch BET once a year to see the ratchedness that is the awards show...no not that one...the other one...yeah that...

I do watch the Housewives shows and reality tv and know who who all the people are and whatnot.

People are just too much w/pulling the black card.  The way you talk, what you wear, what you eat, having a degree...  Borrowing a word from my roommate that is just ridiculi.

CaliGirlED said...

I don't watch BET either. And the only way I was able to tolerate the BET Awards was because of the commentary on Twitter. Otherwise I probably wouldn't have made through the first commercial break, or even known it was on for that matter.

GrownAzzMan said...

Props for the Dr. Seuss homage...

GrownAzzMan said...

"Case One - Herman Cain is ajoke and a bad one at that. No one should be supporting him. Black, White or otherwise."

This is everything!

Jennifer said...

Hmm, sure is quiet around BL compared to yesterday... :)

Jokes aside, I don't have to support Herman Cain just cuz he is black.  In fact, I have a wee problem with folks who only voted for Obama because of his race.  Yes, I am so glad more folks made their way to the voting booth as a result of 2008's election, but I hope they also started watching a little more CNN... looked at the actual plans these candidates propose, and made sure they know what they're truly voting for.
The black card.... man, thats like bad memories of grade school.  Talk/walk/dress *this* way, huh?  I define me, not others.

David Parrish, Jr.(Inkognegro) said...

Um.  er...

I would NEVER question the Bouge of the Grand Imperial M.Geezy...But these People she surrounds herself with?  Iono Bout them.  

These 1966 vintage Black rules are Not hot in the Streets. 

NatashaHunter said...

I akin the black card to the RushCard or the BabyPhat card: If you are doing what you are supposed to do you don't need, nor have a use for it.

THEY can keep that ish my My Natasha Hunter card gets me everywhere I need to be.

blackprofessor said...

My blackness is not defined by other people, it is defined by the fact
that I was born African-American and that right there makes my Black
Card ALWAYS valid - This all day!

OSHH said...

Anyone who thinks you must support something or someone JUST because of, and solely based on race,
is a fool. Things like integrity, quality, character etc trump race any day of the week.

taut_7 said...

as far as your examples i watched one of the most hilarious daily shows last night. republicans really feel that "their blacks" are better than democratic "blacks". cain? he's a clown in my opinion. and the thing is a lot of people actually feel he's "blacker" than obama. if being black means supporting him then i'll defect.

i've never seen an episode of housewives, bball sidepieces or anything of the sort. i know a good amount of men who do. i'm not knocking y'all. if you want to fill your mind and time with mindless dribble then be my guest. 

i don't dislike reed between the lines. i'm not in love with it either. i'll continue to watch for now

other things that my "black card" could be snatched for:

-i've never seen the color purple.
-i don't like ciroc. is it me or are black people overly excited about flavored liquor?
-i don't like greens or seafood.

Just_A_Thought1218 said...

Love the card! And if that member since date is accurate, then we share the same birthday. I knew you were a Cap, didn't know you were THAT awesome tho, lol!

I cannot believe people had the nerve to send you that crap.  Are they new? And clearly the cannot be serious.  If my blackness is dependent on blind allegiance to and support of the highest levels of ratchedry and bullshiggity, then I can let the blackness go.  Shoot, half the people I met in FL thought I was a puerto rican or dominican claiming black because I was ashamed that I didn't speak spanish, so I'm sure I can get adopted into another culture if necessary.

Case 1: I would have promptly responded with "oh, so you support black people no matter what? Even the DC sniper? Or Clarence Thomas?  But not Anita Hill?  I bet you were one of the people who doubted Obama until he won the Iowa primary too, because your blackness criteria made room for Clinton and his wife by proxy, but not an actual black man who worked to better the lives of black people. Typical."

Case 2:  I spread the news about the premiere and watched the show's first four episodes.  I went above and beyond the call of duty for that snoozefest.  Just because the show is not cringingly painful does not mean that it is good, or worthy of my support.

Case 3: Laser beam side eye for that one. the same one claiming NeNe as a paragon of black womanhood would be hot as fish grease if someone stereotyped them as an angry black woman.

Anywho, I get sick and tired of black people policing blackness over the most ridiculous reasons. If it's not skin color, then it's "urbanness" or "inner-city-ness", or poverty, or any other negative stereotype. I refuse to define black as the worst or most negatively associated traits of our culture.

Just_A_Thought1218 said...

I akin the black card to the RushCard or the BabyPhat card: If you are doing what you are supposed to do you don't need, nor have a use for it.

THIS

CaliGirlED said...

"And no random Black person will ever have the right to pull my card."...Qualifications please and thank you.

Mykeia said...

Good day all.
1.  I love the picture with this, priceless.
2.  Al Sharpton has stated, "Yes, Herman Cain is black, southern and baptist but that does not mean he will get my vote...any day" Does the good revvy-rev get his black card pulled?  Is he less loyal to black people for his thoughts?  I don't think so.  Herman does not represent all of us, it's as simple as that.
3.  I have not watched the show or BET, hell I don't have cable...BET = the measure of your blackness?  How and for why?
4. NeNe is everything I try to tell my young cousins not to be, I just can't with her, I just can't.
5. The value of the blackcard, the million dollar question.

Who is on the committee that determines your blackness?  I have some people that I want to trade out...

CaliGirlED said...

"Has relatives who live in Alabama towns so small, 1-800-Flowers can't deliver to them." I quit you forever!!!

rozb said...

He is like some badly jacked-up bedtime story...

Mykeia said...

Dead at My Natasha Hunter card gets me everywhere I need to be.

Just_A_Thought1218 said...

You cannot be bougie and not like seafood! LOL just kidding. But I feel an allergy is the only thing that should come between a person and seared scallops. Or grilled shrimp. Or, to keep it all the way funky, a steaming pile of crawfish straight from the crab boil pot with some spicy potatoes, corn on the cob, and sausage.

rozb said...

"...bball sidepieces..."

*DEAD*

motown_skater said...

 if being black means supporting him then i'll defect.... ditto!

-i've never seen the color purple. *gasp*

-i don't like greens or seafood.  *gasp*  nothing to do with your blackness i just thought about the seafood boil i enjoy on new year's day...lol

my card would get snatched b/c  i think black eyed peas are the worst although some eat them for "good luck" for the new year.

taut_7 said...

well i was born and raised in maryland so i grew up on seafood. all types. around 13 my tastes changed. one thing that didn't make the cut was seafood. i'm not even going to get into how i don't eat most potato products which the number one being baked potatoes. 

Lady Ngo said...

Oh, the idiotic ideal that we have to support any and everything black people say/do because we are also black. Nah, Mr. Cain doesn't have my support in the least.

I didn't even know that Reed between whatever show had even started. I kept seeing the commercials but i wasn't impressed or interested. The only time i turn to BET is for The Game and when they play a movie i might wanna watch.

I've never so much as seen an episode of any housewife program except basketball wives (not LA) which i count as one of my guilty pleasures.

taut_7 said...

thing is none of my brother or my father eats seafood. thats 5 of us. my sister and my mom love it.

Johnny_Lollipop said...

Black people are excited about moscato, so it's no wonder so many love Ciroc in all of it's terribleness. 

Johnny_Lollipop said...

The poverty and "inner-city-ness" is what annoys me with some black people, especially when they start talking to me like I understand what the heck they're talking about.  Sorry, I can't relate.   I don't have a bunch of tales about dodging bullets, ghetto rigging furniture, or eating sugar sandwiches.

Miz JJ said...

I do what I want. It's black because I am black & doing it. Fin.

Earthangel172 said...

I don't care if Herman Cain is black; he's a tea party favorite so he gets MAJOR shade from me.

I'm LOVE Tracee Ellis Ross (ok, I'm partial b/c we share the same bday) and Theo (LOL) but iCant with "Reed Between the Lines". It bores me to death and I keep thinking Tracee is "Joan". Their love is cute but feels a little forced. There's too many "messages" and I feel it's too soon for all of that. But what do I know?

Last but not least, I watch all of the RH series but I can't stand Nene. If liking Nene is any indication of my blackness then you can have my black card back.

I'm not a fan of stereotypes. I can't count how many times I've had to school black and white folks on the many facets of the black experience. If you start a sentence with "All black people...." or "Why do black people...", then you have lost my attention forever.

Patricia Woodside said...

This is definitely my (first) laugh for the day.  Levels of Blackcards?  Yeah, we need them.  How can we get all twisted by white people trying to force us to be a monolith when we do that nonsense to ourselves?  So much for celebrating diversity within the Black community.

1 -- Totally with you on HC.  No chance he would ever get my vote.
2 -- Reed Between the Lines?  Poor casting (lose those kids!)  and worse chemistry.  Dooms most shows, BET or not.
3 -- Sorry, I do know who NeNe is and have watched the RHOA.  But if they weren't bad enough, the Basketball wives have completely soured me on any Black reality shows.

Earthangel172 said...

I don't care if Herman Cain is black; he's a tea party favorite so he gets MAJOR shade from me.

I'm LOVE Tracee Ellis Ross (ok, I'm partial b/c we share the same bday) and Theo (LOL) but iCant with "Reed Between the Lines". It bores me to death. Plus, I keep thinking Tracee is "Joan". Their love is cute but feels a little forced. There's too many "messages" and I feel it's too soon for all of that. But what do I know?

Last but not least, I watch all of the RH series but I can't stand Nene. If liking Nene is any indication of my blackness then you can have my black card back.

I'm not a fan of stereotypes. I can't count how many times I've had to school black and white folks on the many facets of the black experience. If you start a sentence with "All black people...." or "Why do black people...", then you have lost my attention forever.

maureen said...

1. I never  understood this argument;  these are the same folks that would chide you for supporting POTUS b/c he is black. Speaking of POTUS, he got heat for not supporting  former Gov. Patterson. I remember seeing something along the lines "how dare he not support  1st NY black  Gov?" What  da hell?  Politics is all about strategic planning. These folks that just found politics when Obama came to the office kills me.

2. This might sound crazy,  I emailed Oprah producers once  telling them they should check  you out. The dialogue you had on yesterday's post could be seen somewhere on TV.... BET  needs it.

OSHH said...

Ciroc is not a premium vodka, it's bootleg not even as good of a quality as Absolute, it's light in the ass compared to a true premium vodka like Grey Goose. If you want flavor, add some Malibu etc to Grey Goose.

Dr. Peppa said...

I don't like collard greens.
I don't understand the McRib.
Grape & Watermelon flavored things give me a headache.
Fantasia hops up and down on my last good nerve.

*turns in Black Card*

Diana said...

Well, I'm not black but my coworker said she was "giving me a temporary black card because you're so cool" - I took some offense but shrugged it off.

Earthangel172 said...

"Plus he sings spirituals at events at the drop of a hat. For real tho?"

This drives me batty! WDDDA????

"Watching this show with what seems to be random-assed laugh tracks, is
painful. The "twins" have no chemistry (aren't we tired of the smirky,
smart-assed teen by now?), and the forced storylines, I saw nothing
appealing. Yeah - well - Malcolm in the wife-beater and Tracee's
gorgeous wardrobe aside - there is nothing to hint at the back story,
and why they are they way they are.  Just. Not. Feeling. It."

All of this!

MeetCharlieL said...

I think we need to flip the script.
Let's pull Herman's, BET's and Nene's black cards instead. Shall we?

Earthangel172 said...

#cosign

Earthangel172 said...

"I think all cultures have their sects, white's have rednecks, working
class and snobs. Not sure about our Latino brothers and sisters but
please believe that as an American every race has class issues, that is
our society. I can be bougie at one moment and ghetto as hell the next,
depends on the circumstances."

This is the ish I try to get people to understand. You can't pin point what is a black or white thing. In my findings, it all boils down to the class systems in each community. I had "heated fellowship" with a co-worker recently who thought that being African, Afro-Caribbean and African-American was all the same thing. I didn't have time to school her on the cultural differences of all three but suffice it say that I was frustrated as hell when that convo was over. This is why TRAVEL is so important! Over I'm done ranting...

Earthangel172 said...

"1) I can't take any candidate, race aside, seriously when they start
singing old negro spirituals in response to sexual misconduct
accusations at press conferences."

::fist bump::

NoNotPinkett said...

Case 1—All skinfolk ain’t kinfolk.  
Case 2—Never seen this show (don’t have cable), but I’m still missing “Roc” & “South Central”. “The Game” started out as good TV, but it jumped the shark with its move to BET. Maybe TVOne would’ve been a better choice.
Case 3—I can’t lie, reality shows of all kinds are my TV junkfood. I binge on the staged confrontations, and then I purge with “60 Minutes”.
I keep my “black card” on me at all times, though, so I’m not worried. J

CaliGirlED said...

 I'm starting to think that all of us who watch this show and contribute
to her celebrity should have our black cards snatched, shredded, burned,
and buried...LOL!!!

Anyway, my black card status has always been shaky, but isn't that the case for all of us with just a little bit of sense?...True!

md_KG said...

I'm with you on the seafood. They just make me nauseous for some reason. The only exception is fish (tuna, cod, salmon sometimes) but it would have to be spicy.

Earthangel172 said...

republicans really feel that "their blacks" are better than democratic "blacks".

And I have never understood that! I especially love it when you're debating with them and they quote some random ass chain email and then say "well he/she is black...." as if that somehow validates their agenda. Please miss me with that bull.

CaliGirlED said...

"ridiculi"...The plural of ridiculous? LOVE IT!!!

Earthangel172 said...

my card would get snatched b/c  i think black eyed peas are the worst
although some eat them for "good luck" for the new year.

*gasp*

Gotta have my black eyed peas! Color Me KountryGhetto...LOL

OneChele said...

Yes. January 18 extra stubborn Capricorn ;-)

Earthangel172 said...

::hollers::

I get that a lot too. Didn't grow up bougie but I never lived in the hood either. #suburbanmilitarybrat

Earthangel172 said...

I would have promptly responded with "oh, so you support black people no
matter what? Even the DC sniper? Or Clarence Thomas?  But not Anita
Hill?  I bet you were one of the people who doubted Obama until he won
the Iowa primary too, because your blackness criteria made room for
Clinton and his wife by proxy, but not an actual black man who worked to
better the lives of black people. Typical."

#checkmate

Earthangel172 said...

"These folks that just found politics when Obama came to the office kills me."

IKR?!

CaliGirlED said...

Well just tell my story why don't you! After gracefully crossing the 30 year old threshold, I became deathly allergic to shellfish. We're talking swollen face hives ambulance closing throat and steroids for a week! All dat!!! I think that broke my heart more than my 3 failed loves! Yeah, because I'm still not over the shellfish thing. And every now and then I eat a shrimp or two or bowl of gumbo. I be scratchin...but 2 Benedryls put me right to sleep.

CaliGirlED said...

What do you eat???

BklynBajan said...

So Awesome I had to repeat it in case reader skipped over it:

If we could get those "reality TV" folks to show us caring about issues of undereducation and unemployment and HIV/AIDS and establishing wealth for generations and communities (not conspicuous consumption), I would probably be down with those shows and those people, but this trading in stereotypes? Not having it.
#teamAngel!

CaliGirlED said...

I stand corrected! I do watch BET every now and again when I watch a few episodes of The Game. Thanks Lady Ngo for reminding me of that!

CaliGirlED said...

If the McRib is a qualifier, then I cut up my card and will deny ever having it!

GuessImJay said...

I saw where that one crazy blonde chick said "Our blacks are better than their blacks"
***crickets***
Does she have ownership papers we need to discuss?
#GiveUsFree

BlackButterfly said...

I was born black and my blackness is not to be based on stereotypes even by other black folks. THE END

Herman Cain is a freaking catastrophe because he is unprepared, unfocused and would be unbelievably caustic to the American people just like Bachmann, Romney, Paul and Perry and his blackness isn't going to make me blind to that.

BET- I can't do it.  I saw clips of Reed Between the Lines and although I love Tracee and Malcolm there IS something missing.  I would much rather see it with the premise Chele proposed and  if it wasn't on BET.

I know of NeNe and I can't watch that show or any of the other ones that I see people talking about online.  It's just not my thing.  If my black card needs to be revoked because of it?  Revoke on.

taut_7 said...

honestly both vodkas are trash to me. russians invented vodka. they do it best. when vodka was my preferred alcohol of choice i was heavy into stolichnaya. advertising and celebrity endorsement does not make a drink good.

taut_7 said...

i don't like grey goose either. i feel like rappers bastardized that brand as well.

taut_7 said...

i love all other meats. my favorite is a nice porter house steak or fried/baked pork chops. i love broccoli, green peppers and onions for some reason. i also have a thing for pineapples, tangerines, grapes  and strawberries.  

motown_skater said...

woo-wee bless yo' heart and yo' tastebuds! *said with my fake southern drawl cause i'm just as northern and city as i wanna be*   i was the kid stuck at the table until my mother got tired of looking at me b/c i just could not get them down....LOLOL....

NoNotPinkett said...

I'm with you on RHOA's crazy, but Kandi's presence makes me feel (slightly) less guilty. She seems to be the only one who's really reality-based.

md_KG said...

The issue is people always feel the need to classify and put one in a box. In this case it just happens to be race, or should I say intra-race). I'll drill down a level more and throw in nationality. Nationality & ethnic group identity can be such sensitive issues. As someone who grew up in Nigeria, went to college here and now living here in the U.S., I find that I'm constantly being questioned (directly or indirectly) about my Nigerian-ness & American-ness  so sometimes it feels like I'm neither here nor there and straddling two worlds. Whatever. I am who I am and be who I be....wait, what?

Case 1: Herman Cain, I won't even dignify this with a response. He needs to disappear immediatamente.

Case 2: BET needs to be extinct. That. Is. All.

Case 3: I got nothing.

*drops mic & exits stage left*

Earthangel172 said...

Agreed. The good stuff has minimal distillation so that it doesn't lose its unique flavor.

maureen said...

Sir!  I can't with Ann Coulter..

Foxy Brown said...

ok, now that i have some time to comment, the following are reasons why my black card gets snatched:

-i don't eat beef or pork (and i'm not muslim, otherwise i would get a pass)
-don't like hot sauce, unless it's marie sharp's (a belizean hot sauce)
-i don't eat seafood (shellfish and bottom feeders)
-i love sushi
-black eyed peas are the devil's handiwork
-i prefer jack daniel's over paul masson or e&j
-i regularly attend synagogue (cause black ppl can't be jewish, right?)
-i haven't watched BET since donnie simpson was on there

however, i get points for
-being natural (sisterlocs)
-being an hbcu alum

MsJamie14 said...

Well, someone out there must like Herman Cain. If there is any black folk who would, it would be a bougie one. Wonder if we've got some closet Cain fans reading today. LOL

La said...

If this is the criteria for being black, they can come snatch my black card too. I wouldn’t support Cain if he was running against a panda bear. BET is hardly a reflection of me or my black experience. And if I were interested in watching black women holler and fight with each other, I would just go home and hang out with my family and friends, lol. And if that's not enough: I don't eat greens. Or watermelon. I have never seen The Color Purple in full. *hands over black card gladly*

I think what I hate most about the "black card" convo is the assignment of shallow, stereotypical traits to a group of people that are NOT a monolith. If not watching the piss-poor writing and ice cold chemistry between Joan and Theo makes me not black, I am good with that. Because I am pretty sure the only people judging me based on silly things like that are the ones I don’t care about no way.

And DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED on giving out “ghetto passes” to white folk who can do simple stuff like dance on beat. You don’t see no white people handing out no “privilege passes”, entitling black and brown people to good credit and the benefit of the doubt with law enforcement, do you?

Btw, Herman Cain is not black. He is pure coon, through and through.

La said...

I am thoroughly convinced the McRib ain't nothing but the devil.

blackprofessor said...

My black card has been questionable for almost 20 years! Ever since I started
eating sushi and God forbid, I DETEST Tyler Perry!  Jokes aside, there is no monolithic group of Black people. If we as a people would relax and recognize that the Black experience is as varied as the human experience we might actually solve some of the ills in our community.

I am like Descartes - I am black, therefore I am.

The_A said...

Did you notice only "Their blacks" seem to have an issue with that statement. "Our blacks" where you  at  SonSon???!!

To save time & prevent the hijack thread comments, the only TV worth watching is Modern Family not a Negro to be seen until last night.  The whole black card debate is as worthless as the skin color, natural/chem hair, proper English/slang, dating preferences, HBCU, etc, etc debates.

Each to his own.

The_A is out!

Earthangel172 said...

"And DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED on giving out “ghetto passes” to white
folk who can do simple stuff like dance on beat. You don’t see no white
people handing out no “privilege passes”, entitling black and brown
people to good credit and the benefit of the doubt with law enforcement,
do you?"

Chuch! (misspelling is intentional)

La said...

"bball sidepieces" *high five* lol

Earthangel172 said...

LMAO!!!

Cookie points for attempting the southern drawl though.

La said...

I would have liked this comment anyway, but I was sold at Howard. Hey Bison fam!

La said...

"I will not have it with ham. I cannot take it with a yam. I will not put it on toast with jam. No Ma'am."

*falls outta my chair and rolls under my desk LMAO*

SingLikeSassy said...

1. As a working journalist, I can't comment on Mr. Cain on this or any other public forum.

2. I forgot they had a show. And I really don't care for MJW so I was never watching that.

3. Sadly, I do know who NeNe is.

So I guess I'm black-ish? O_o

CaliGirlED said...

I like Ketel One. Have you ever had Trump Vodka? It's pretty smooth.

CaliGirlED said...

Well is stubbornness a dual sign characteristic or is it January babies? #StubbornStruggles

rozb said...

Herman Cain can't even get his family to make appearances with him. I'ont think he has any fans here...

His wife looks like she may be bougie, and she probably stays shaking her head at him.

HoneyB. said...

I cut my card in half. It's in an envelope in my boudoir chest. If I glue it back, I'll let you know.

Ms_Toni said...

Wait. WHO SENT YOU THESE EMAILS??? All of em need to be escorted from the paint, expeditiously. If Blackness is being qualified by supporting a political candidate solely by his race and not by his views, supporting a show with a Black cast even if you don't like it, and having to watch the Househeauxs of Homieville, then MLK is throwing his hands up right now.

Nawl, homies. Can't pay the five.

CaliGirlED said...

"If we as a people would relax and recognize that the Black experience
is as varied as the human experience we might actually solve some of the
ills in our community."...I Have A Dream!

Jennifer said...

"All skinfolk ain't kinfolk."  I dig that
*stealing as I type*

rozb said...

Although I am a greens lover, I can see how some folks are not feeling them. Not everyone can clean and cook them. Just sayin'...

The McRib is nothing but pig lips and other parts compressed into the shape of ribs. I cannot consume this, even on a bet.

Welch's grape juice and watermelon Jolly Ranchers are the business.

Fantasia screaming and Jennifer Hudson hollering "IT'S A NEW DAY!" makes me wanna scream and wall slide at the same time.

Your Black Card ownership is fine...ain't nobody qualified to tell you whether you are Black enough. Just being who you are is enough.

motown_skater said...

Btw, Herman Cain is not black. He is pure coon, through and through.

oh my god i was not expecting that!!!  

*note to self do not drink water and read BnB comments, the chances of you choking are high...LOL

Lady4Real said...

Totally miss me with black-eyed peas. I volunteered for an @$$ whippin' once because I refused to eat them. Yuck

Think P. Smart said...

My great-aunt passed.  My mom ordered flowers online.  They called her back and was like, "Yeah so here's the thing, we'ont even have anyone who'll be able to deliver there."  I had to call the funeral home--who doesn't have call waiting, and ask them for the name and number of a local florist.  I suspect they were all housed in the same building.

Think P. Smart said...

Bi-SON!

rozb said...

"Yeah, because I'm still not over the shellfish thing. And every now and
then I eat a shrimp or two or bowl of gumbo. I be scratchin...but 2
Benedryls put me right to sleep.
"

And this has put me over the top! Reminds me of when Smokey says "I got mind control over Debo. When he here, I be quiet, but when he leave, I be talkin' again."

Oohh! I can quote Friday! This should secure my Black Card for quite some time!

motown_skater said...

1. cain is the repub flavor of the month and that's about to change b/c of his scandal. 

2. haven't seen "read between the line", but i have watched "are we there yet" (on the internet don't have cable) and will say ice cube does a good job with that show (imo).  cube fan, yay yay!!!

3. nothing for ya other than disgrace.

rozb said...

Does it come in an orange bottle with a side-swept hairpiece?

La said...

"Househeauxs of Homieville" LMAO! Y'all are on a roll today.

rozb said...

That's probably like when a White person says "You're not like other Black people I know." That happened once and when I finished diggin' in that A, they probably thought "She is JUST like other Black people I know!" You shoulda told her where she could put her temporary card...

Black or White, don't let anyone get away with trying to be slick slipping racist crap by you by diminishing who you are.

rozb said...

Pull their cards, give them wedgies, and send them away.

maureen said...

*dead*

CaliGirlED said...

Ok it's really wrong for you to say your great-aunt passed and then follow up with that story! I want to give condolences and I'm LMAO!!!

CaliGirlED said...

Right Roz, that's where I got that from! I love Friday!

CaliGirlED said...

 You and ASmith are the absolute worse!!! LMAO

CaliGirlED said...

Wedgies though, Roz? LOL

CaliGirlED said...

"Btw, Herman Cain is not black. He is pure coon, through and through."...This is so wrong and right at the same time, all I can do is SMH!

ASmith said...

Commenter of the day award goes here.

*places award next to La's seat*

SOON as I get my privilege pass, y'all will be the first to know.  Until then, let's hold up on giving those hood passes out all willy nilly.

Marioned said...

Black folk and white folk need to realize we are not a monlithic group!! 
But growing up/living in America,  most Black folk know at least a  little about  Jesus, Martin Luther King, and now Barack Obama.  Everything else is up for grabs.

And Ann Coulter "our Blacks are better" comment sounds like something from slavery.  "Our Blacks can pick more cotton then yours."  But it is par for the course for her. She will say anything to remain relevant and in the news wth her racist comments! 

CaliGirlED said...

ASmith, can we give Ms Toni the New Term of the Day award?

"Househeauxs of Homieville" *dies*

CaliGirlED said...

ALL of what you said!!!

bashowell said...

Yeah I grew up in Maryland and have no idea what to do w/a crab.  I'd get less of a reaction telling them my role model is Anton LaVey.  People usually back off when I tell them it was because of the church I grew up in. 

bashowell said...

Lol yup!

Veronica Miller said...

H.U.!!!!

taut_7 said...

jack daniels is my favorite drink. funny thing is i lived like 30 minutes from the distillery for 7 years and never went. smh

taut_7 said...

ketel one is cool. never had trump. probably won't at this point. vodka is nasty to me now. which comes a long way from when i used to drink it straight.

taut_7 said...

scallops? *throws up in my mouth a little*

MidWestDominicana said...

I just did the "Becky" hair flip! You are soooo right on target with this!! Fer sure!

taut_7 said...

its been so long since i've had crabs. all that work for a little bit of meat? naw. i'll take beef, pork, chicken or goat.

Veronica Miller said...

People have been trying to pull my black card ever since I came out the womb. I'm mad pale, my hair's curly and I speak American English - Non-Regional Dialect (thanks, Broadcaster Daddy). Never mind I have roots in Alabama and Jamaica and went to Howard. Peeps have tried to yank my card for simply showing up. So I barely even pay attention to it anymore.

I will say all the above scenarios are HIGH-larious... because of ANY of those statements came out of the mouth of white (or non-black) person, people would be freedom marching all over Facebook. I have to laugh to keep from sneering too, because I'm like, dude, at our age now... still? REALLY?

I'll quote one of my fellow melanin-challenged colleagues and say this -- The black experience happens when I show up. So, uh yeah. There.

Earthangel172 said...

LMAO!

Veronica Miller said...

Lawd, don't get me started on Tyler Perry tho. That debate almost got me booted out of a friend's dinner. *files nails*

Veronica Miller said...

C'MON SOMEBODY!!! *praise dances*

Earthangel172 said...

LOL!!! Sad.

Veronica Miller said...

You're my new best friend.

Veronica Miller said...

Don't get me started on moscato... DON'T GET ME STARTED ON MOSCATO!!!

Negreaux out here drinking moscato with steak an' sh*t.

Veronica Miller said...

Yes. YES. #win.

MidWestDominicana said...

Omg...moscato is the scourge of grapes everywhere. Who thought it was a good idea?

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

PAUSE!

Case One: I quote from my email, "Chele, you can't be clowning
Herman Cain. He's one of us and we should support him. I get that you're
bougie but don't get your black card pulled."


F*** THAT NOISE! I don't care if we're of the same colour, or the same race, etc; I do NOT support bullshyt! It's that "we must support our fellow black folks in everything, no matter what" why some of our neighbourhoods have fallen below the cracks. Too busy 'keeping it real' to root out trouble. >_<

*goes back to reading*

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

"I was born black and my blackness is not to be based on stereotypes even by other black folks. THE END"

- Thank You, Amen, and So Let It BE!

Lady4Real said...

taut_7 and bashowell y'all are killing me, lol. I'm Baltimore born and raised and don't know what I would do if I couldn't have crabs, shrimp or a crabcake. How about Corned Beef Sandwiches? there has got to be something Maryland you do love and eat :(  j/k

taut_7 said...

wait, is baltimore REALLY part of maryland? j/k it is like its own little country though. three of my line brothers are from bmore so i spent a good deal of time there. i like 4 wings and fries with mambo sauce from the carryout. lol 

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

I'm allergic as hell to shellfish, so I have to watch with disgust/envy as my friends scarf down bags of shrimp like coke at a rock concert.

C Nelson said...

You know, I was going to ask "what's wrong with Fantasia? I love classical music." And then I read your comment. So I guess that says all that needs to be said about that, and I'm now going to forget that Fantasia means anything but the movie I gave my niece and nephew to get them hooked on music. (Still hoping they'll pick up instruments; my sibs and I are a string quartet between us.)

Just_A_Thought1218 said...

See, this is why nobody likes scientists.  Always judgemental and whatnot ;-)

C Nelson said...

If I have to conform to any of those things to be black, I'm gonna make my maternal grandparents claim me as (East) Indian despite the skin and hair, because that is some idiocy. You know what? I speak the Queen's English by default. I play a gosh-darned violin. I prefer classical to pop and almost all rap. I'm far more likely to eat a steak than ribs or barbecue anything, I won't touch collard greens unless they're standing in for spinach in my callaloo, and, uhh, given a choice between watermelon and red pears, mangoes, or nectarines ... let's say I've only eaten watermelon twice in the last decade. All these things? They're part of the black experience now if they never were before, because a black child grew up into a black woman who does them. Anyone who doesn't like that can get over it. As my mother would say: who like me can't buy me, and who don't like me can't sell me. (No matter what Coulter's spewing this week!)

bashowell said...

Lol @ corned beef sandwiches.  If it's in a reuben... 

C Nelson said...

I'm allergic to shellfish, but even before I developed that allergy, you wouldn't have found me eating crawfish ever. Crab and shrimp, if I knew what they'd been feeding on, but not crawfish or lobster.

The Bunni said...

BI-SON!!  U KNOW!!

rozb said...

Now see? You are cultured, talented, and all of that. If anyone should have a Black Card, it should be you...

michaeldavis said...

EXACTLY

michaeldavis said...

sidenote: I wish Chappelle Show was still on TV...between the Real Sidepieces of Atlanta and Cain he'd have material for days

Natasha said...

4 wings and mambo sauce is DC not Bmore :)! 

michaeldavis said...

I hate collard greens.
The McRib is made with 45% grade B Panda and fibers used in gym mats and shoes (the last part IS fact)
Grape or Red Kool Aid over everythang.. watermelon ? Nahhh
Fantasia works my nerve like Prince plays a guitar

michaeldavis said...

and don't vote in any election other than Presidential and wonder why the country is en de toilette

michaeldavis said...

you forgot "some of my best friends are black."  Or when something related to US happens in the public eye, they run to you for your opinion.  Nah..I'm busy right now.

michaeldavis said...

I have a bunch of tales like that. But we are diverse people and shouldn't be stereotyped

michaeldavis said...

$20 off coupon at Morey's Toupees on 45th Ave with every purchase

michaeldavis said...

first off, Ciroc is FAKE vodka...it's made with grapes meaning it's cheap.  Anybody that knows vodka realizes it's cheap. The only time I drink it is if I'm at a club and that's what people bought for their table.

CaliGirlED said...

Well I like it dammit! LOL!!! But I don't drink it with my dinner.

CaliGirlED said...

 "Or when something related to US happens in the public eye, they run to you for your opinion."...This urks my soul!!!

CaliGirlED said...

 "...freedom marching all over Facebook"...You Stupid!!!

CaliGirlED said...

 "As my mother would say: who like me can't buy me, and who don't like me can't sell me."...And there it is there! Damn!!!

rozb said...

The McRib doesn't burn - it melts.

rozb said...

"I don't have a bunch of tales about dodging bullets, ghetto rigging furniture, or eating sugar sandwiches.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!  But for real tho, I have eaten the occasional sugar sandwich, modified when rolled in butter and cinnamon. Aaannnndddd...grew up with all plastic-covered furniture at times, but no bullet-dodging.

It takes all kinds...

But I came up from that and have move forward! *pats afro and moon walks to the right*

JojoRaze said...

I liked this post just for the Lean on Me reference w/ "expeditiously"!

JojoRaze said...

I heard that Ann Coulter mess and thought "Didn't the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments relieve white folks of owning black people?"

rozb said...

Er umm uh...it is for desserts, right?

Oh well - I am gonna claim it. I LOVE MOSCATO! And its red cousin Roscato. I guess it's the new millennium Ripple, perhaps.      

rozb said...

Twitter was the only thing that got me watching that ratchedness. Twitter was funny as Hell that night!

AnnaRenee said...

I wonder if white folks have a white card, and if they worry about it being pulled when they listen to hip hop or date bougie black girls or even ghetto black girls (there's no in between) or eat red velvet cake or chicken and waffles?
I'm not talking about the Klan, we know how they roll.
We talk so much about this "card"

Earthangel172 said...

Mine too!

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

"or eat red velvet cake..."

*head tilt*  Word?

BklynBajan said...

Boondocks tried to expose this years ago: (lets see if the link works if not look up Boondocks BET on youtube)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frNxrg3ePvE&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL5388A11A6F329D49

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

That whole episode is one of my favourites in the series, and, yes, I do believe that the message went right over a lot of people's heads.

GammasWorld said...

I gave up my Black card years ago when I openly sang along with Rod Stewart, The Eagles, and Wings -- I was known as the girl that liked "White" music.  I will still sing along with America as much as I will the 5th Dimension.    I pick my music like I pick my books -- "just about anything goes as long as I like it".   Anywho:
Case 1:  Cain  *Crickets* o_o -- let's move on. Case 2:  The show strikes me as a Huxtable wanna be -- just updated for the year 2011.    
Case 3:  Yeah I know NeNe and nem.  I'm not proud of that but it is my truth.    In my defense even a #HotMessTV lover like myself couldn't take the Football or Basketball Wives.  

Until I can have a Black Card as depicted, I'm good.  

BklynBajan said...

Girl go pick your card back up.

#teamJonBonJovi :)

GammasWorld said...

Girl I'm thinking of using "It's My Life" as my birthday song this year LOL 

Alvin Milton said...

'Chele I'm right there with you.

Cain: No.

Read Between the Lines: 
What lines. Its shockingly lacking in appeal to me. Malcolm Jamal Warner is on the same level as Darius McCrary to me but what do I know. And Joan wasn't even the most appealing girlfriend to me so I could really care less. Now if they put Toni on a show I'd watch the #$%# out of that.

The next NeNe comment is definitely a stroke/slap type comment though it seems inadvertent.

And if these 3 things are the yardstick by which Blackness is measured then I friends am disconnected from the Black experience.

Brenda Kay said...

My Black Card status is once again in front of the probation board after I was caught opening the door for the UPS man wearing my favorite Jeff Gordon #24 tee shirt. Yes, I'm a NASCAR fan. If that package delivery had come two days earlier, I would have been caught wearing my signed Antron Brown NHRA Top Fuel tee shirt. :-D

CaliGirlED said...

My favorite song by Journey is Open Arms. I will sing that like it's the last time I'll hear it! I need to get that back in my rotation because I've forgotten some of the words.

MelaninEnriched said...

I think my Black card BEEN expired and I don't think I'll be eligible for renewal anytime soon. I'm good though; I don't need a black card, unless it's literally a black card.

Brenda Kay said...

*With head bowed and eyes downcast, quietly confesses that when the UPS man showed up to the door, I was singing along (quite loudly) to Madonna's greatest hits CD. :-D

Bougie Girl said...

My black card got pulled a long time ago when I performed AC/DC on karaoke night in a local bar. Anyway, I believe in supporting black-owned businesses and positive things in our community. However, we need to make sure as Black people that we keep our standards highs so that we can support each other based on quality and not just race alone. Besides, didn't Martin Luther King Jr. and others fight and die so that we could be judged by the content of our character?

rozb said...

One of my favorite songs is Just the Way You Are - the Billy Joel version. I go all lounge singer with that one. And you can't tell me I ain't doin' it.

rozb said...

Like the Dave Chappelle Show's Racial Draft!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDfcbaSGzwA&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL69E429A0389E799B

Jeannette said...

My Black Card has always been in question when i tell people my background. Oh well.  Just up until 10 years ago people didn't know what a Dominican was.  I just happen to be one that KNOWS that my people are Black unlike some other Dominicans.  With that being said, many times I prefer being around my Latino folk because Latinos come out to have a good time, not with the screw face on all the time.  So I keep my Black card home sometimes.  LOL

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

"However, we need to make sure as Black people that we keep our standards
highs so that we can support each other based on quality and not just
race alone." THANK YOU!

Nadette said...

The McRib is made with 45% grade B Panda and fibers used in gym mats and shoes (the last part IS fact)<-----Sir, with that comment, iDIED!

*returns to work now, tears in eyes*

GammasWorld said...

*whispers* but it's a good CD isn't it?  I love it! LOL

Jcamara05 said...

"If it were my show, I would have revamped the premise. I would have made her a single mom just divorced with the twins who meets Malcolm and has to decide if he's worth making an emotional investment. The growth of how they ascended to bougenificence would be far more entertaining but maybe that's just me." 
Ah, you've put your finger on it OneChele. I watched Reed Between the Lines and wanted to like it, but it's just boring. 

It's missing a major conflict or tension to keep it exciting. I think they wrote it that way to mimic the Cosby Show, which wasn't about drama either - but the chemistry between Cliff and Claire was awesome and Cliff's character was funny enough to carry the show. 

I don't see why they made Malcolm Jamal a stay at home dad/online English professor. They cut off so many episode ideas by doing that -- the show would be a little more interesting had they followed him at work as a  prof at NYU teaching multicultural undergrads - it could have been a reference to A different world. 

Hopefully they can spice things up soon. 

rikyrah said...

Cain is a modern day MINSTREL.

when I read that he broke out in song AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, that was my last Black nerve with him.

Reed Between the Lines - don't like it. and, I've given it a lot of tries.

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