Random Bouge - RIP Aaliyah, Spike, Ebonics, Mexico and more

Bougie Confession... I got nothing today. Nada. Zip. Goose Egg. And my brain is not cooperating. You know what that means... it's Random Thought day on BnB.

1. I stayed up into the wee hours of the night to watch the entire If God is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise documentary on HBO. Spike Lee, I believe, has truly found his voice with this series. I found myself elated, saddened and left frustrated by what was shown. I don't know what the answer for New Orleans is - but someone has got to do better than this.

2. Since Raylene and Tariq messed up There Goes My Baby for me, I had to get a new theme song. Currently rolling with Donell Jones' new cut: Love Like This.

3. Next in my WDDDA files: Tourists in Mexico want to experience an illegal border crossing, visit slums and take a human trafficking tour. No shade, but I will guaran-damn-tee none of those tourists are of African descent. We have no desire to pretend to break for freedom or get sold into slavery. :-/ It's all fun and games until some blonde girl gets kidnapped for real. Idiots.

4. How cute are the Obamas on date night?

5. RIP Aaliyah - I was such a fan. And I believe the Ciara/Rihanna/Letoyas are poor (very poor) imitations. Yeah I said it. Lord knows she was one of the few who knew how to be sexy without coming across skanky. And she could actually sing. Rest in Peace, Baby Girl. A little flashback with Rock the Boat:

6. Last but not least: Ebonics is NOT a language. I don't care what anyone tries to tell me. I call bullshiggity. So all those years learning Spanish, French and Italian were a waste, huh? I guess I should have minored in AAVE. Check this from MSNBC:
Federal agents are seeking to hire Ebonics translators to help interpret wiretapped conversations involving targets of undercover drug investigations.
The Drug Enforcement Administration recently sent memos asking companies that provide translation services to help it find nine translators in the Southeast who are fluent in Ebonics, Special Agent Michael Sanders said Monday.
Ebonics, which is also known as African American Vernacular English, has been described by the psychologist who coined the term as the combination of English vocabulary with African language structure.
Some DEA agents already help translate Ebonics, Sanders said. But he said wasn't sure if the agency has ever hired outside Ebonics experts as contractors.
Any comments, thoughts, random insights of your own to share?