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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tweets From #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou, Part II (culture, childhood memories, food, music, hair styles etc.)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part series of selected examples of tweets from the April 16, 2014. twitter thread entitled #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou. That twitter thread was started by Feminista Jonea in response to producer/singer Pharrell's comments on the Oprah Winfrey television show that he was a "New Black":
"In April during an interview with Oprah, super producer Pharrell Williams christened himself a New Black, saying: "The New Black doesn't blame other races for our issues. The New Black dreams and realizes that it's not a pigmentation; it's a mentality. And it's either going to work for you, or it's going to work against you. And you've got to pick the side you're gonna be on." Pharrell's comments were met with equal parts side-eye and praise across the internet (Feminista Jones created the hilariously on-point hashtag #whatkindofblackareyou that set Twitter aflame for 24 hours). People were curious, if a bit confused. What exactly was a New Black, and who appointed Pharrell king?" http://gawker.com/the-curious-case-of-the-new-black-a-conversation-1649462578.

Part II of this series quotes tweets from the top tweets portion of #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou that focus on culture (food, hair styles & hair care, childhood memories, & other life experiences).

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/03/examples-of-tweets-from.html for Part I.

Part I quotes selected top tweets from #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou. Those tweets focus on race (including skin color), racism, and sexual orientation.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, historical, folkloric, and sociological purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to @FeministaJones for starting this twitter thread that showcases Black diversity. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in these posts.

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WHY I DECIDED TO PUBLISH THIS SERIES
As a community folklorist who is interested in documenting Black cultures, I believe that some comments from twitter threads are of folkloric (historical, cultural) value as they reflect commenters' opinions, reminiscences, values, and viewpoints. Also, I believe that- similarly to
to YouTube comment threads- groups of tweets are easier to access and study on blogs than they are on their source sites. Furthermore, (again similarly to YouTube comment threads), twitter threads such as #whatkindofblackareyou often include profanity and sexually explicit matter which may or may not be germane to the subject/s being discussed.

I chose the examples included in these posts for various reasons - because the comments reminded me of my experiences, or presented information about other Black experiences, or because the comments appeared to me to be representative of different opinions about being Black in the United States and elsewhere, and/or because I liked the way a comment was written or what the comment said.

I'm aware that other people quoting comments from that twitter thread might select other examples rather than the ones that I selected.

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DISCLAIMER
This pancocojams series excludes sexually explicit content and uses a bracketed "profanity delected" note for those words so that this content might be available for use in schools. Unfortunately, this series doesn't include any of the (what I consider to high quality) pictures or videos that are included in that twitter thread.

No total number of top tweets that are found in "#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou and I didn't count the number of tweets that were included on that thread. However, I believe that these tweets are representative of those top tweets.

These posts aren't meant to be an overview of the "New Black" term. Visit http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2014/04/pharrell-seemingly-forgets-racism-still-exists-hes-new-black, http://www.teabreakfast.com/newblack-epidemic/ and http://www.randomhouse.com/rhpg/features/tracymorgan/excerpt.php "Introduction to Book I Am The New Black by Tracy Morgan for additional information and comments about the multiple meanings of "New Black" and varied Black reactions to that term. WARNING – Some of the comment sections of those articles contain profanity.

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SELECTED COMMENTS FROM https://twitter.com/hashtag/whatkindofblackareyou

All of these comments are from April 16, 2014.

These comments focus on culture (childhood memories, hair styles, language (code switching), food, music, and other life experiences).

The comments are presented in chronological order with the earliest comments given first. These comments may not be in consecutive order. Numbers are assigned for referencing purposes only. NUMBERS TO BE ADDED

With the exception of the tweet mentioning Hillman college, these tweets are given without any explanations.

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Jai Priestess ‏@JChiron18
I got yelled at in a different language at home black
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou?

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ItchyAreola ‏@radrebellion
Don't invite me to your Thanksgiving if you don't have homemade mac n cheese kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou?

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Mikki Kendall ‏@Karnythia
"Hope and the dream of our enslaved ancestors means education isn't optional" speeches every week #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Jai Priestess ‏@JChiron18
My accent changes when I'm around family black

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Thumbelina DeBarge ‏@VicTORIousGable
I'm "when we get in this store, you better not ask for nothing" black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Tahir Jetter ‏@tahirtweets
@CorporateBarbie @MeLaMachinko Reborn Fruit of Islam Kinda Black #whatkindofblackareyou

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Vanessa K. De Luca ‏@Vanessa_KDeLuca
#WhatKindofBlackAreYou I am that that "erudite as I wanna be but don't get it twisted because I will go there if you make me" kinda Black

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Khadijah J Here2Slay ‏@Pundit_AcadEMIC
I'm slay yo' ass with a calm voice & smile on my face kind of Black #WhatKindofBlackAreYou

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Adam D ‏@AD_Renaissance
I'm the "what do you mean you don't know how to play spades" kind of Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Clifton M. Lê Lòúp ‏@seabethree
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou Patti LaBelle taking 15 minutes to sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" kind of Black. And me singing right along w/her

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The Journalista ‏@thejournalista
I'm "who made the greens" and "who made the potato salad" black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Clifton M. Lê Lòúp ‏@seabethree
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou the it's raining so turn off the lights, don't take a shower, & don't use the house phone type of Black

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Stereo Williams ‏@stereowilliams  West Haverstraw, NY
#WhatKindofBlackAreYou That "I save all plastic cups from every fast food joint for eternity" kind of black

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Mikki Kendall ‏@Karnythia
Sunday repast, don't touch a stranger's cooking if you don't know her house is clean, who made the rolls? #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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ItchyAreola ‏@radrebellion
I can appreciate Stevie, Luther and Lil Boosie at the same damn time kind of Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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The Unorthodox Duck ‏@GeauxGabby
Im "where yo fine cousin at" type Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Steph B-More™ ‏@StephBMore
Southern accent at home, proper accent at work type of black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Karsh ‏@karsh
I'm "skreet" and "skrimps" Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Pepe Sylvia ‏@edot__
I'm "I can't come outside bc momma felt the the back of the tv and it was hot and my homework wasn't finished." Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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The Unorthodox Duck ‏@GeauxGabby
YES GAWD “@ambuh_nichole: I'm, I pat my head instead of scratching it because I gotta get a perm tomorrow black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou”

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "of course I make mac and cheese from scratch" kinda Black

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golden girl ‏@blowticious
I can say an entire paragraph with one look. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Godly Queen ‏@kitschisland
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou I'm switch to my mother-tongue when I'm angry kinda black.

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Miss. A Denise ‏@PartlyRetha
Unapologetically "sassy" and I give no [profanity deleted] about trying to dispel this stereotype #whatkindofblackareyou

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♎ ‏@kchamomile
My side eye will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about yourself. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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golden girl ‏@blowticious
I can make a dollar out of fifteen cents. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Reagan Gomez ‏@ReaganGomez
I'm Scarlett, I just braided ur hair with beads....don't let the kids @ school be playing all up in ur head" black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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ItchyAreola ‏@radrebellion
Life Ain't Been No Crystal Stair kind of Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Jai Priestess ‏@JChiron18
Mom pressed my hair with a comb heated over open flames black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou?

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Pepe Sylvia ‏@edot__
I'm "Didn't realize using mason and jelly jars as glasses was uncommon until I visited other people's houses." Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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C'era I'jel ‏@Kill__Switch
my grandma was the "you better stay in or out! letting all of my air out -.-" type of black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Reagan Gomez ‏@ReaganGomez
I'm "grandma comes with her holy oil to bless it (get spirits out) whenever you move to a new place" kind of black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Bondye ‏@HYFRchrilliams
whatkindofblackareyou one who eats both sweet potato AND pumpkin pie.

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golden girl ‏@blowticious
I know how to catfight nonviolently with a smile.
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Petty White. ‏@TheEightFour
"Lawd, Aunt Alma finna get up and say some words? We gon be here all day" #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Big T ‏@abbywarhol
"Storm coming, turn off that tv, and them lights, get off my phone, too" #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Elle La Negra ‏@FireinFreetown
I'm "my momma just braided my hair so we can't play that game today" Black #whatkindofBlackareyou

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Wunderbae ‏@LancelotPrice
#WhatKindofBlackAreYou

Listens to Puccini, Beyoncé, Big Freedia and Verdi within moments of each other kinda Black.

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Rah ‏@rhazybaby
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou Be there at 6:30 means I'm leaving my house at 6:40 type

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Chance ‏@BlewThisCHANCE
"My mother don't like no dishes in her sink" black #whatkindofblackareyou

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Zakiya Naema Jackson ‏@ZakiyaNaemaJack
I'm wearing my hair natural cause I want to not cause anyone thinks I should or shouldn't #whatkindofblackareyou

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Mikki Kendall ‏@Karnythia
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou Braid my hair, take off my earrings, somebody hold my purse kind of black.

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hilly. ‏@CityofLimes
I'm, *kisses teeth* type Black. #whatkindofBlackareyou?

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marcussimmonscc ‏@marcussimmonscc
I'm that "got spanked with everything from hair combs to towels to switches" kind of black #whatkindofblackareyou

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Joyce Bell ‏@Joyce_Bell
I'm the party all Saturday night & singing in the choir on Sunday morning kind of black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Tayo Akin ‏@NaijaNupe_
“@ReaganGomez: "No you cannot eat in your room, in front of the tv, only at the table so don't ask" black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou”�� my mom

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Mikki Kendall ‏@Karnythia
I'm "macaroni & cheese comes from the oven not from a box" #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Reagan Gomez ‏@ReaganGomez
"CAUSE I SAID SO" black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Boo Boo Kitty ‏@JamelleMyBelle
The "No, you cannot touch my hair" kind. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Salt ‏@vashtiknight
"Going the wrong way during the Cupid Shuffle" black. #whatkindofblackareyou"

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Timbo Slice ‏@HelloNurse_
Getting this degree for my mama Blk #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Africana WomaNINJA ‏@MelanieCoMcCoy
I'm that "you betta recognize who you are speaking to" kinda Black #whatkindofblackareyou

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Hassan Wanini ‏@Hassan_Wanini
Coconut oil is for the skin AND the food kind of black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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M. ‏@_MTil
I'm "won't leave the house without carmex or vaseline" black

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Legend of Chocolate ‏@bigsister_ALUM
High school got metal detectors but not enough books...Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "Ting, Red Stripe, Wray & Nephews, callaloo & saltfish, bun & cheese, curry or jerk chicken" kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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le Pete ‏@_ritahawk
I'm the "don't show off in front of your LIL friends and get embarrassed," black.. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Jai Priestess ‏@JChiron18
Wish I could jump double dutch black
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou?

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G.A.S. ‏@ScoobieBeKnowin
I'm the "fry some catfish then put the grease in the oven and save it for the next time" type of black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Africana WomaNINJA ‏@MelanieCoMcCoy
I'm that "natural hair and daishikis don't make you aware or conscious" kind of Black
#whatkindofblackareyou

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
@Pundit_AcadEMIC I am oxtails, rice & peas, festivals, sorrel wine, fried fish, curry goat and gizzada kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Jai Priestess ‏@JChiron18
"Fix yuh face" black
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou?

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Amy Farrah Fowler ‏@MamaCynicsBaby
"If it's cold, then it is NOT a vacation spot" black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Petty White. ‏@TheEightFour
"Take them school clothes off and start on that homework" #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Donnalee ‏@DonnaTruly
I'm "the party isn't over till we do the wobble" kind of black #whatkindofblackareyou?

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Jack Bandit ‏@intrepid_heroin
"Gotten my hair pressed in more kitchens than beauty parlors" black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Honey Vee ‏@loveritsv
“@Lushology: Refers to all the elders in my life as "Auntie and Uncle" Black #whatkindofblackareyou” and ppl your age as cousins

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‏@lilmissaquarius
The "off beat clapping in church" black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Courtney Sierra ‏@seecourttype
I'm that "yes I listen to all types of music" kind of black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Corporate Thug ‏@cubicle_bc
yes sir, no sir, yes ma'am, no ma,am to all my elders type of black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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N E G U S ‏@MalcolmTooXtra
"Yes I know my father and no I'm not the first one in my family to go to college" black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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5'6 and blessed ‏@TeeRaySays
the "lost when people talk about songs that aren't rap" type of black #whatkindofblackareyou

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Stephanie Humphrey ‏@TechLifeSteph Philadelphia, PA
"My mom JUST stopped saving chicken/fish grease in a jar on the stove" Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Petty White. ‏@TheEightFour
"I don't care WHAT Keisha's mama lets her do! Does Keisha live in this house?" #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Blerd Trekkie =/\= ‏@BlerdTrekkie
I'm the "Can't drink grape juice without thinking of Communion Sunday" sort of Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Jeff Swagwell ‏@primetimeRYNE
i'm "use a little laundry detergent until we get some more dishwashing liquid" type black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Donnalee ‏@DonnaTruly
I'm "vaseline will get rid of that ashiness better than lotion" kind of black #whatkindofblackareyou?

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm a "Ferrol Compound and Detol in the house during childhood" kinda Black. Jamaicans know wah gwan. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Ella Septima-Hamer ‏@Jbrous14
#whatkindofblackareyou NWA, Public Enemy, De La Soul, MC Lyte, Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, Wu Tang Clan, The Roots, Black

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Jack Bandit ‏@intrepid_heroin
"Not from the hood, but know it well" black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Austin Channing ‏@austinchanning
I'm 'sitting on the porch and the next car that comes by is mine' kinda black #whatkindofblackareyou

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Pablo#ONLINE ‏@IAm_ITKGH
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou The type that'll call Cherry Kool-aid "Red"

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Lana Kane ‏@NeesiaaTrends
I love fried chicken and soul food, grape soda and watermelon and it's not b/c I am Black it's because they're GOOD #whatkindofBlackareyou

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Donnalee ‏@DonnaTruly
I'm Alice & Toni & Zadie & Edwidge & Chimimanda & Jamaica - reading kind of black. #whatkindofblackareyou?

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "'Keep Ya Head Up', 'U.N.I.T.Y.' & The Color Purple were my introduction to womanism in adolescence" kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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elisabeth. ‏@elisabethepps
The only college I wanted to apply to was Hillman. #whatkindofblackareyou
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"Hillman"= a fictitious college on the Black television sit-com "A Different World"

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T. Rap Brown ‏@change_thoughts  Washington, DC
I'm the bring your own snacks to the movies kinda BLACK... #whatkindofblackareyou

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Gi ‏@LuxSunnshine
"Don't let nobody play in your hair" kinda black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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afropoetic ‏@angstyblkwoman
I'm "THAT'S MY JAM!!!" whenever any song comes on kinda black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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elisabeth. ‏@elisabethepps
I recited Phenomenal Woman at a talent show or And Still I Rise at a cotillion... bc all good little black girls did. #whatkindofblackareyou

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Jenifer Daniels, APR ‏@jentrification
namaste and om kind #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Tenderoni ‏@Sensitive__Thug
I'm the "My momma said I can't hang out with y'all until she meets y'all mommas" type of black

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elisabeth. ‏@elisabethepps
Jack & Jill >>> Girl/Boy Scouts. I know all about the Links & the Boule, even tho white kids were clueless. #whatkindofblackareyou

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elisabeth. ‏@elisabethepps
My sorority/fraternity affiliation only *began* in college, it didn't end there... #whatkindofblackareyou

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ItchyAreola ‏@radrebellion
Asking the teachers why we can't learn more about Africa in this world history class kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Jack Bandit ‏@intrepid_heroin
"Love and Hip Hop is trash" black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Trapunzel ‏@SunitaAppleBaum
I'm the sophisticated when necessary but ratchet with my friends type of black , also considered sophistiratchet #whatkindofblackareyou

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Yve ‏@yvethepoet
Mwen pale Kreyol, je parle français, calling cousins: auntie and uncle out of respect for age kind of black. #whatkindofblackareyou

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Elle La Negra ‏@FireinFreetown
I'm 'roll my eyes til they get stuck if you tell me Kwanzaa is made up like ALL holidays aren't' Black #whatkindofblackareyou

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Gucci Ma'am La Flare ‏@_CakeBawse
I'm "keep a random drawer of ketchup, soy sauce packets, and takeout menus" Black #whatkindofBlackareyou

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Bougie Black Girl ‏@BougieBlackGurl
Stayed wondering why everyone caught to holy ghost in church except you. #whatkindofblackareyou

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Shelby Ivey Christie ‏@bronze_bombSHEL
I'm "take that meat out the freezer & there better not be dishes in the sink when I get home!" kinda Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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elisabeth. ‏@elisabethepps
I didn't know white Barbies or Cabbage Patch dolls even *existed* til I was ~7yo bc my mom only bought me black ones. #whatkindofblackareyou

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phoenicianoire ‏@yolandanocturn
That all black hair is good hair black #whatkindofblackareyou

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Poisson d'Avril ‏@ShakExcellence • Apr 16
I'm the "never talk back to your parents cause they'll smack the [profanity deleted] outta you if you do so" kind of black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Erato ‏@Layla_D_
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou.. just went to a bible study session for the free muffins & coffee even though i'm a apathetic agnostic kinda black..

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Africana WomaNINJA ‏@MelanieCoMcCoy
I'm that "I will give you the shade face if you are out of order" kind of Black #whatkindofblackareyou

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Amí Jolie ‏@Jessica_Geaux
First time I got to choose whether or not I went to church was when I got to college #whatkindofblackareyou

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "curl up and watch Wattstax, When We Were Kings, Freedom Riders & The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" kinda Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Africana WomaNINJA ‏@MelanieCoMcCoy
“@_rebelYEL: I listen to Janelle Monae, but I won't shame you if you listen to Nicki Minaj type black. #whatkindofblackareyou” THIS

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JabbarLewis ‏@JabbarLewis
I'm the bring your own popcorn, water, snacks to the movies kinda black.. #whatkindofblackareyou

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100 emoji ‏@Breliloquy
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

The when getting my hair done "almost done" meant 2 hours from now after a break and a whole nother meal kind

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Bougie Black Girl ‏@BougieBlackGurl
Had two sets of clothes. School clothes & play clothes. Don't let your momma catch you in your school clothes. #whatkindofblackareyou

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elisabeth. ‏@elisabethepps
Collard greens and black eyes peas every New Year... or is that just a southern thing? #whatkindofblackareyou

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elisabeth. ‏@elisabethepps
We got detention in Sunday School & Vacation Bible School for doing "tongues" impersonations. #whatkindofblackareyou

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Bougie Black Girl ‏@BougieBlackGurl
Wore goodie barrettes & had a color for every outfit.We kept ours in a Royal Dansk Cookies tin #whatkindofblackareyou

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Tyrese Johnson ‏@Pants_So_Short
"Grown folk table" black #whatkindofblackareyou

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Black Jon Snow ‏@thirdeyesquints
I'm that Gil Scott fused with Lupe disguised as Drake featuring Gambino, Badu, 3 Stacks and The Roots kind of black. #whatkindofblackareyou

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elisabeth. ‏@elisabethepps
The wooly-haired Jesus on my grandmother's living room wall was black. (Her JFK was white tho.) #whatkindofblackareyou

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Brian McLight
I am "keep every plastic bag I get from the sto under the kitchen sink" kinda black #whatkindofBlackareyou

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lemony snickette. ‏@CourtJusBChilln
I'm that old school hiphop head, vibe to Neo soul kind of black #whatkindofblackareyou

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*elisabeth. ‏@elisabethepps
Other families went to national parks on summer vacation; we went to my father's fraternity convention. #whatkindofblackareyou

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Wrathful Negrita ‏@love_gatherer
I'm when the music stop someone yells out "NO MUSIC" and we all clap along in unison black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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CHRIS BROWN ‏@FUTUREPLANSSS
i'm "i actually know what young thug is saying" black #whatkindofblackareyou

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Rashad Timmons ‏@rashadtimmons
I am that still have so much more to learn, experience, see, feel, share, dare, dream, accomplish kind of black.

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elisabeth. ‏@elisabethepps
My redbone mother had to set her fine hair on perm rods to impersonate an afro, but the dashiki was real. #whatkindofblackareyou

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Baeyoncé♥ ‏@afrococos
The "I'm not ashamed of my natural hair" kind of black #WhatKindofBlackAreYou

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juice. ‏@Mila_Eff
I can never find my name on any gift shop souvenirs. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Soul Bossa Nova ‏@yeathatTerrence
#WhatKindofBlackAreYou The type that can give a speech in the King's English but go back to the hood and turn that switch off

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P.i.M.P $ean™ ‏@OriginalBigSean
"Never disrespect my mama no matter how mad she make me" Black #whatkindofblackareyou

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Yaayaa Maria ‏@AmbitiousDoll93
My fro rises to the sun black . #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou "

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seminal minded ‏@Tariksalim88
"the kind that says hiphop saved my life but I'll be damned if I don't critique it's pathology as a grown man kind" #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Johnny JamBoogié ‏@iKickClouds_
"Keeping a collection of plastic bags inside of plastic bags" Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Donnalee ‏@DonnaTruly
I'm the "Praise the Lord but pass the ammunition" kind of black #whatkindofblackareyou

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jollof conoisseur ‏@eyekomology
Sit in the front of class and block ya vision of the PowerPoint slides with my fro kind of black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Moo ‏@SeanMilkshakes
Me too #thestruggle RT @DonnaTruly: I'm "vaseline will get rid of that ashiness better than lotion" kind of black #whatkindofblackareyou?

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elisabeth. ‏@elisabethepps
As a child I knew the address & phone number of our local black-owned funeral home by heart... thanks to church fans. #whatkindofblackareyou

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duduzile za mabaso ‏@uzamantungwa
if I can pronounce Lhuillier then you can pronounce Zamantungwa. #whatkindofblackareyou

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erythræan ‏@mielakay
expect to be corrected if you mispronounce my name, and no you can't give me a nickname because it's easier black

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Bougie Black Girl ‏@BougieBlackGurl
The kind who loves seeing Black women call each other sister regardless of who she is or where she is from #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Rainbow Peace Pie ‏@Resa_Resa23
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou you an ya friends put ya $ together so everyone can get something at the store black

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elisabeth. ‏@elisabethepps
We never got out of church service or a barbershop/ beauty salon in under 4 hours... on a good day. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Erica P. ‏@orchidassassin
I guess that's #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou I am; I am a "Fried chicken as valid, unapologetic self-care" Black.

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Shaughn ‏@Shaughn_A
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou
One with no baby mama drama cuz being fruitful & multiplying still requires standards.

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GrooveSDC ‏@GrooveSDC
The kind who realizes educated Black people who work hard and take care of their family is the norm not the exception #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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CampbellX ‏@CampbellX
#whatkindofblackareyou the kind that can speak Patois and the Queen's english and thinks both are valid. Y' get mi!

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The Buzzcast ‏@BuzzWorthyRadio
The. End! RT @FeministaJones: #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou
I watch "my stories" not "soap operas"

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This concludes Part II of this series.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tweets From #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou, Part I (race, racism, politics, & sexual orientation)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part I of a two part series of selected examples of tweets from the April 16, 2014 twitter thread entitled "#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou". That twitter thread was started by Feminista Jonea in response to producer/singer Pharrell's comments on the Oprah Winfrey television show that he was a "New Black":
"In April during an interview with Oprah, super producer Pharrell Williams christened himself a New Black, saying: "The New Black doesn't blame other races for our issues. The New Black dreams and realizes that it's not a pigmentation; it's a mentality. And it's either going to work for you, or it's going to work against you. And you've got to pick the side you're gonna be on." Pharrell's comments were met with equal parts side-eye and praise across the internet (Feminista Jones created the hilariously on-point hashtag #whatkindofblackareyou that set Twitter aflame for 24 hours). People were curious, if a bit confused. What exactly was a New Black, and who appointed Pharrell king?" http://gawker.com/the-curious-case-of-the-new-black-a-conversation-1649462578.

Part I of this series quotes selected top tweets from #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou that focus on race, racism, and sexual orientation.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/03/tweets-from-whatkindofblackareyou-part.html for Part II.

Part II of this series quotes selected top tweets from #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou that focus on culture (childhood memories, hair styles, language (code switching), food, music, and other life experiences).

The content of this post is presented for cultural, historical, and sociological purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to @FeministaJones for starting this twitter thread that showcases Black diversity. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in these posts.

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WHY I DECIDED TO PUBLISH THIS SERIES
As a community folklorist who is interested in documenting Black cultures, I believe that some comments from twitter threads are of folkloric (historical, cultural) value as they reflect commenters' opinions, reminiscences, values, and viewpoints. Also, I believe that- similarly to
to YouTube comment threads- groups of tweets are easier to access and study on blogs than they are on their source sites. Furthermore, (again similarly to YouTube comment threads), twitter threads such as #whatkindofblackareyou often include profanity and sexually explicit matter which may or may not be germane to the subject/s being discussed.

I chose the examples included in these posts for various reasons - because the comments reminded me of my experiences, or presented information about other Black experiences, or because the comments appeared to me to be representative of different opinions about being Black in the United States and elsewhere, and/or because I liked the way a comment was written or what the comment said.

I'm aware that other people quoting comments from that twitter thread might select other examples rather than the ones that I selected.

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DISCLAIMER
This pancocojams series excludes sexually explicit content and uses a bracketed "profanity delected" note for those words so that this content might be available for use in schools. Unfortunately, this series doesn't include any of the (what I consider to high quality) pictures or videos that are included in that twitter thread.

No total number of top tweets that are found in "#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou and I didn't count the number of tweets that were included on that thread. However, I believe that these tweets are representative of those top tweets.

These posts aren't meant to be an overview of the "New Black" term. Visit http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2014/04/pharrell-seemingly-forgets-racism-still-exists-hes-new-black, http://www.teabreakfast.com/newblack-epidemic/ and http://www.randomhouse.com/rhpg/features/tracymorgan/excerpt.php "Introduction to Book I Am The New Black by Tracy Morgan for additional information and comments about the multiple meanings of "New Black" and varied Black reactions to that term. WARNING – Some of the comment sections of those articles contain profanity.

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SELECTED COMMENTS FROM https://twitter.com/hashtag/whatkindofblackareyou

All of these comments are from April 16, 2014 and focus on race, racism, politics, and/or sexual orientation.

These comments are presented in chronological order with the earliest comments given first. They comments may not be in consecutive order. Numbers are assigned for referencing purposes only. NUMBERS TO BE ADDED

With the exception of the comment about Murray's shoe polish, these tweets are given without any explanations.

neiman marcus garvey ‏@Niyohs
When people find out both of my parents ID as black they have a moment where they don't know what to do anymore Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Fed-Up Short Chick. ‏@thewayoftheid
I'm "you're going to co-opt everything but the burden" black. *drops mic* #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Black sunshine ‏@Royce_the_52
The kind that doesn't separate being gay and black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Fine Print ‏@Adamant_Yves
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou - I can't (and I won't) separate my queerness from my blackness or my blackness from my queerness.

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N'jaila Rhee ‏@BlasianBytch
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou Pointing out that I'm mixed isn't a compliment Black

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Karsh ‏@karsh
Not to mention capital B on Black Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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nealcarter ‏@nealcarter
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou I am not your magical negro of blackness type of black

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Rashad Timmons ‏@rashadtimmons
I am that black is beautiful, black is enduring, black is unapologetic, black is proud kind of black.

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Bassey ‏@Basseyworld
"@udeebee: #WhatKindOFBlackAreYou

In Nigeria, I'm considered fair-skinned, in America I'm too dark for that category" (girl!!!)

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm the "nah, I don't wanna discuss my weekends on Monday mornings at the water cooler with White ppl" kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "define myself for myself so I won't be crunched into other people's fantasies for me & eaten alive" kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm a "phenomenal woman, who still rises" kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Melnea Cass ‏@Cassie_Ashantae
Lol s/o to @FeministaJones for the #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou hashtag. It hilariously shows the multiplicity of Black identity & images.

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Michael A. Coughlin ‏@ABereanOne
The type who believes we r all 1 race with many beautiful shades exhibiting our Creator's intelligence and Goodness. #whatkindofblackareyou

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W.E.B DemBois ‏@Phil_Cosby_
I'm Murray's black #whatkindofblackareyou
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"Murray's" is a brand of black shoe polish.

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Petty Crocker ‏@iSankofa
"We the only black people in here" black #whatkindofblackareyou

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Tevin Chris† ‏@TEVINCHRIS
I'm the "wait, what do you mean by I don't sound black" kind of black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Mikki Kendall ‏@Karnythia
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou Every month is Black History month kind of black

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Black sunshine ‏@Royce_the_52
The kind that wishes there were more movies around black superheroes #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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M. ‏@_MTil
I'm "I don't care if I get darker. I'ma stand out in the sun and get my Nubian glow on" black #whatkindofblackareyou

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Patrick Deveaux ‏@JNathonpatrick
@ReaganGomez @DonaldGlover "Drive slow and look forward when you pass the cops'" kinda black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Istahil Ibrahim ‏@istahil88
I'm the kind that can already tell that this hashtag will be co-opted by White folks any minute now... #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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G ‏@ineedaGee
I'm the "does it really matter what race I am?" type of person #whatkindofblackareyou

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm Sojourner, Harriet, Ida, Ella, Fannie, Dorothy, Rosa, Assata, Angela, Betty, Coretta & Shirley kinda Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Filho de Horus ‏@SageSaturn
I'm the "gentrification sounds an awful lot like settler colonialism and Manifest Destiny" kinda Black
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Equality lol ‏@BARACKOMARCUS
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou "u talk white" black

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "mutual side eyes with BW in public when random Whites try to skip us in line at Starbucks" kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Goldman Blacks, MBA ‏@MandingoRFC
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou that enjoys the reaction when racists realize you're smarter than them lol

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your fav ‏@fakerapper
#whatkindofblackareyou a brilliant and fine ass black man who happened to be assigned female at birth

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Hind Makki ‏@HindMakki
The kind of black who looks Desi, has a white accent, wraps her scarf Arab-style & is straight from Africa #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Rashad Timmons ‏@rashadtimmons
I am that Assata Shakur, Fannie Lou, Angela Davis, Sojourner Truth kind of black.

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Bondye ‏@HYFRchrilliams
#whatkindofblackareyou ignores the "does race even matter" Blacks kind of Black.

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Empathize This ‏@empathizethis
RT @FeministaJones: #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

*hears story of a crime on the news*
*silently prays it isn't a Black person* Black

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Patrick ‏@PresidentPat East Lansing, MI
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

Stop looking at me when the Professor is discussing Black issues kind of Black.

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Bougie Black Girl ‏@BougieBlackGurl
#whatkindofblackareyou I'm the kind that refuses to be placed in your boxes to be indexed & categorized. I'm limitless. I'm my kind of Black

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "root for the talented Black girl who will be voted off the reality show regardless" kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Meme ‏@_AverageJoaan
"No I'm not on an athletic team..I have an academic scholarship" black

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "highest grade on the exam and smirk as disillusioned Whites wonder why they got a B" kinda Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Hind Makki ‏@HindMakki
The kind who doesn't present as black to folks who think in stereotypes, but fully identifies as such #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Tryst ‏@aurikarma
I'm "all I gotta do is stay Black and die" type of Black. #whatkindofblackareyou

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Morgen ‏@MorgenBromell
#whatkindofblackareyou "Not your token, not your teacher, not your mammy" black

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Jeff Swagwell ‏@primetimeRYNE
i'm "always root for the black family on Family Feud" type black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
@radrebellion Thus, I'm "rolling my eyes at media predictability, objectification and lack of ethics" kinda Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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NO LIMIT SOLDIER ‏@THE_SKINNY_1
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou militant with a purpose

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Queen Amber ‏@DaretoBeGLAM
i'm the whatever kind of black I want to be when I want to be it you can't label my blackness because it just is... #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Elle La Negra ‏@FireinFreetown
I'm own a Black business and frequent Black businesses Black. Ujamaa is year round Black #whatkindofBlackareyou

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Mrs. Carter Show. ‏@elledub_1920
I'm "I thought you were white cuz you sounded white on the phone" Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Hannah Giorgis ‏@ethiopienne
I'm injera-eatin, side-eyein, don't-you-dare-try-to-mobilize-me-against-any-other-part-of-the-diaspora Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Brandon ‏@JealousCloud
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou
The kind that always gets asked for directions in Spanish.

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nealcarter ‏@nealcarter
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou I'm letter from Birmingham jail type of black

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JJ ‏@Jay_J__13
is there really a trending topic called #whatkindofblackareyou, I'm the kind of black that just like everyone else .......Human

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Tamara ‏@LibertarianSass
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou the kind that rejects litmus tests to determine how "black" people are

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Tamara ‏@LibertarianSass
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou in all likelihood probably somewhere in between Carlton & Condoleeza

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Black Girl Problems ‏@BlkGirl_Problms
I'm the "stand united or fall divided" black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Shaughn ‏@Shaughn_A
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou
One who wld rather be taught to fish instead of begging for govt to hand me fish lifelong.

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Sula Peace ‏@Deuce_exMachina
"Saying you like me BECAUSE I'm lightskinned will get you cut off immediately" Black #Whatkindofblackareyou

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Crommunist ‏@Crommunist
I'm a "no but where are you REALLY from?" kind of black. A "yeah but you're not REALLY black" kind of black.

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Reagan Gomez ‏@ReaganGomez
I'm "Hey, do you tan? Nah sweetie I woke up like this." kind of black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "without justice there can be no love" kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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GrooveSDC ‏@GrooveSDC Fresno, CA
The kind who thinks its odd the same people who tell me to "get over" slavery can't "get over" a Black President #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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sarah ‏@lazyteenafi
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou i am the very rare white skin black

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Ayana✨ ‏@5ft_yana
I'm the "Why do you talk like a white girl?" kind of black... NO, I just speak properly! ���� #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Bené ‏@beneviera
This RT @lesellele: I'm 'your respectability politics will not save you and it will not keep our children safe' Black #whatkindofblackareyou

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K ‏@_brwnsgr
Unapologetically black, beautiful black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Bougie Black Girl ‏@BougieBlackGurl
I am ambitious, driven, politically savvy & proud to be Black kind of Black. The kind of Black that scares you #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Dr. DiY ‏@Ms_Talleyy
"@MelanieCoMcCoy: I'm that "Black women supporting other Black women without putting down Black men" kind of Black #whatkindofblackareyou"

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Baeyoncé♥ ‏@afrococos
The "stop the lightskin vs. brownskin vs. darkskin mess, you're all black" kind of black #WhatKindofBlackAreYou

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Bougie Black Girl ‏@BougieBlackGurl
The kind who loves seeing Black women call each other sister regardless of who she is or where she is from #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Bougie Black Girl ‏@BougieBlackGurl
The kind of Black of celebrates the diversity of experiences and opinions of all Blacks. We are not monolithic. #whatkindofblackareyou

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#FeedArt by ‏@DangerousLee
I'm Cameroon/Congo, Benin/Togo, Ivory Coast/Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou?

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Lovely Coconuts ‏@sim91simma
Resisting the system in the midst of being in The system type black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Bougie Black Girl ‏@BougieBlackGurl

I am the kind of Black who loves being Black. #whatkindofblackareyou

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Logan Anderson ‏@LoganD_Anderson
I'm the "sick and tired of being told Im not black because I'm not 'hood' or 'ghetto'" kind. YOU dont dictate MY race #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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A Soldier of the Art ‏@SelinaNBrown
I am the kind of black, that don't want to be, the only black person in the room... #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Book Wop ‏@Jsullhart
#Whatkindofblackareyou
I'm the Jesus didn't look like a homeless white man kind of black

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Rashad Timmons ‏@rashadtimmons
I am that fight against racism, capitalism, patriarchy, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia kind of black.
#WhatKindofBlackAreYou

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LAUREN ‏@lalaurennerual
#WhatKindofBlackAreYou that "too black for the whites, too white for the blacks" kind of black

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Trudy ‏@thetrudz
I'm "thank @FeministaJones for #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou tag; rejects anti-Black binary of new/old Black when 'new = ahistorical'" kinda Black.

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afropoetic ‏@angstyblkwoman
Smart enough to know that Black people talking AMONG themselves ABOUT themselves isn't racist kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Baeyoncé♥ ‏@afrococos
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou The “just because we’re friends, doesn’t mean you’re allowed to use the n word” kind of black

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Brandon ‏@JealousCloud
#WhatKindOfBlackAreYou
The all encompassing, refuse to be labeled, kind.

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Queen Amber ‏@DaretoBeGLAM
I'm that being pro-black doesn't mean being anti everything else kind of black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Africana WomaNINJA ‏@MelanieCoMcCoy
I'm that "post-racialism is a joke" kind of Black
#whatkindofblackareyou

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Hannah Giorgis ‏@ethiopienne
I'm "not gonna play into your educational respectability politics but will read you for filth" kinda Black #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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ItchyAreola ‏@radrebellion
I'm the OF COURSE there's a #whatkindofwhiteareyou cause whites copy EVERYTHING Blacks do kinda Black. #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Seven Videos Of Zambian Singer/Musician Mathew Tembo

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases seven videos of Zambian singer/musician Mathew Tembo and his bands. Information about Matthew Tembo is also included in this post.

The content of this post is provided for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic reasons.

All copyright remains with their owners.

Thanks to Mathew Tembo and all other musicians who are featured in these videos. Thanks also to the producers of these videos and their publishers on YouTube and thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.

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INFORMATION ABOUT MATTHEW TEMBO
From https://africaonlineprblog.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/profile-mathew-tembo-and-the-afro-routes/
Mathew Tembo is an award-winning Afro-Pop musician hailing from Zambia in Southern Africa. He is an important ambassador of Zambian music culture both in Zambia where he is from and abroad.

Tembo has toured and recorded all over the world. While touring in Europe, he produced hits including “Nelar” and “Kumalya Ndimu”, both from his second album “Save My Soul” a reggae album which was recorded in the Netherlands in 2001. He was awarded best Afro-fusion for the song “Nandunge” from the album, “Anthem”, his first album to feature Zambian traditional instruments, at the 2008 Born and Bred Awards in Zambia.

Originally a reggae singer only, he began playing Afro-Pop when he had an eye-opening experience while touring Europe in 2004. When he was doing a presentation about the music he played then at the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark, one of the professors from the conservatory asked him why he played reggae and not African music when he was from Africa. From that experience, a whole new world of musical possibilities came to life for him. On return home that same year, he began a self-taught exploration of traditional Zambian/African instruments such as the silimba (a home made marimba), which he made himself, kalimba (mbira/thumb piano), and kalumbu (a one-stringed instrument). Incorporating the use of these instruments into his original compositions, Mathew sings mostly in Chinsenga (language of Nsenga people) and Chichewa (music of the Chewa people) and weaves syncopation, repetition, polyrhythm and call-and-response into his music creating an enjoyable yet powerful style he calls Chachacha (redemption songs)."...
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Click http://www.reverbnation.com/mathewtembo for more information about Mathew Tembo.

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FEATURED VIDEOS
These examples are presented in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube with the oldest dated examples given first.

Example #1: Mathew Tembo Marimba



Mathew Tembo, Uploaded on Jul 22, 2007

Rehearsal at home
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Here's a comment from Mathew Tembo regarding the name of the musical instrument he is playing:
Mathew Tembo, 2011
"It is called a silimba actually. From the Western part of Zambia."

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Example #2: Mathew Tembo - Nandunge



urbansedated Uploaded on Nov 11, 2008

Mathew Tembo & The Dark Black - Nandunge

From the new album 'Anthem' - available from www.urbansedated.com
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According to the Amazon page for this record http://www.amazon.com/Nandunge-They-Are-Liars/dp/B002S9TG42, "Nandunge" means "They Are Liars". This song is credited to Mathew Tembo And The Dark Black featuring Chileswe And Cactus.

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Example #3: Mathew Tembo - Ndatopa Nazo



UCmediaproducties Uploaded on Jan 25, 2009

Zambian musician Mathew Tembo with the song 'Ndatopa Nazo' from his latest album 'Anthem'.
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According to the Amazon page for this record, http://www.amazon.com/Ndatopa-Nazo-Im-Tired/dp/B002S9TG7E, "Ndatopa Nazo" means "I'm Tired". This song is credited to Mathew Tembo And The Dark Black featuring Chileswe And Cactus

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Example #4: "Dadi" by Mathew Tembo



Holly Hickling Uploaded on May 23, 2011

Music Video released in Zambia in 2010
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Here's a comment that explains the story behind this song:
Holly Hickling, 2011
"This song is about a girl from a village whose parents die and she goes to stay in the big city with her Aunt and Uncle, her new "Mami" and "Dadi" with the promises that they'll take her to school. But the Uncle starts abusing her. The chorus is the little girl telling "Dadi" that when "Mami" comes home, she's going to tell her that he has been touching her."

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Example #5: Mathew Tembo-Nela



Mathew Tembo Published on May 18, 2013

This "Nela" version features Zambian traditional instruments: Kalimba and Kalumbu
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In 2013 Mathew Tembo posted these lyrics for "Nela" in the discussion thread for this video [I reformatted the lyrics for this post.]

I know you wont believe anything about what I am saying.
I know I am the one to blame for all this pain
I did not know what it was to love somebody
I did not know that it hurt you so.
I was far away from home when you needed a shoulder to cry on
I went looking for our lives, yours and mine
True, true, true, there was no communication.
And so you thought it was infatuation
Am I a victim of circumstance? no, no
Please forgive me, nela
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I reformatted this comment for this post.
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Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-oYJeK6Dmk for a 2007 video of Mathew Tembo singing this song. That video's title is "Nellar". "Nela" is a female name.

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Example #6: Mathew Tembo : Selofoni , released in 2011



Mathew Tembo, Published on Apr 15, 2014

This song is about how easy it has become to tell lies on the phone. From Mathew's current CD "Dadi".
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Selofoni = "cellphone"

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Example #7: Mathew Tembo Kumalya Ndimu avi



Mathew Tembo Published on Apr 14, 2014

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Monday, March 23, 2015

"Take It Easy, Greasy" & "Dan, The Back Door Man" (sound files & lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases Lil Johnson's "Take It Easy, Greasy" and Georgia White "Dan, The Back Door Man".

Both of these songs are examples of African American "dirty Blues" from the mid 1930s. Information about "dirty Blues" is included in this post along with the two featured song files, information about those songs' vocalists/writers, song lyrics, and comments about some of the meaning of certain phrases are also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Lil Johnson and Georgia White for their musical legacies. Thanks also to the publishers of these examples on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT DIRTY BLUES
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_blues
"Dirty blues encompasses forms of blues music, that deal with socially taboo subjects, including sexual acts and/or references to drug use of some kind. Due to the sometimes graphic subject matter, such music was often banned from radio and only available on a jukebox. The style was most popular in the years before World War II and had a revival in the 1960s.[1]

Many songs used innuendo, slang terms, or double entendres, such as Lil Johnson's "Press My Button (Ring My Bell)" ("Come on baby, let's have some fun / Just put your hot dog in my bun"). However, some were very explicit. The most extreme examples were rarely recorded at all, Lucille Bogan's obscene song Shave 'em Dry (1935) being a rare example ("by far the most explict blues song preserved at a commercial pre-war recording session").[2]"...
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That Wikipedia page includes a list of "dirty Blues" records with their recording dates.

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INFORMATION ABOUT LIL JOHNSON
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lil_Johnson_(blues_singer)
"Lil Johnson (dates and places of birth and death unknown) was an African American singer, who recorded bawdy blues and hokum songs in the 1920s and 1930s.

Her origins and early life are not known. She first recorded in Chicago in 1929, accompanied by pianists Montana Taylor and Charles Avery on five songs including "Rock That Thing". She did not return to the recording studio until 1935, when her more risqué songs included "Get 'Em from the Peanut Man (Hot Nuts)", "Anybody Want to Buy My Cabbage?", and "Press My Button (Ring My Bell)" … She also recorded a version of "Keep A-Knockin'",[1] a song that later became a hit for Little Richard....

In 1936 and 1937, she recorded over 40 songs, mostly on the Vocalion label, some featuring Big Bill Broonzy on guitar and Lee Collins on trumpet....

All her songs were sung in a vigorous and sometimes abrasive way, and have been anthologized on many later blues collections.
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Note: I'm not sure whether Lil Johnson's song
Take It Easy, Greasy" was recorded before Georgia White's song "Dan, The Back Door Man" that includes that line".

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SHOWCASE EXAMPLE: Lil Johnson - Take It Easy Greasy



Grammercy Records Published on Feb 7, 2013

Lil Johnson - Take It Easy Greasy
From The Album: Those Dirty Blues Volume 4

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LYRICS - TAKE IT EASY, GREASY
(Lil Johnson)

Take it easy greasy, love me 'till I get enough
Take it easy greasy, now baby don't you get so rough
Hug me honey, squeeze me tight
You need not hurry ''cause you got all night, so
Take it easy greasy, love me 'till I get enough (I got to have it)
Love me till I get enough

Take it easy greasy, love me till I get enough
Take it easy greasy, now baby don't you get so rough
I'm going down town to old Butcher Beat
''cause I want to piece of his good old meat, so
Take it easy greasy, love me 'till I get enough (I got to have it)
Love me till I get enough

Take it easy greasy, love me till I get enough
Take it easy greasy, now baby don't you get so rough
I call you this morning about half past two
Now tell me daddy what you going to do, so
Take it easy greasy, love me 'till I get enough (I got to have it)
Love me till I get enough

Take it easy greasy, love me till I get enough
Take it easy greasy, now baby don't you get so rough
Sweet as candy in a candy shop
It's just your sweet sweet lollipop, so
Take it easy greasy, love me 'till I get enough (I got to have it)
Love me till I get enough

Take it easy greasy, love me till I get enough
Take it easy greasy, now baby don't you get so rough
The jaybird say to the pecker wood,
Now I'll let you peck just like a pecker should, but
Take it easy greasy, love me 'till I get enough (I got to have it)
Love me till I get enough

Songwriters: LIL JOHNSON
http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/lil+johnson/take+it+easy+greasy_20318267.html
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"Take it easy, greasy" may have been a vernacular saying among 1930s African Americans before this song-and Georgia White's song "Dan, The Back Door Man"- where it is also found. My guess is that "greasy" was an informal general referent for Black males who "conked" their hair, and, by extension, those Black males who didn't have that hair style.

"The conk (derived from congolene, a hair straightener gel made from lye) was a hairstyle popular among African-American men from the 1920s to the 1960s". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conk
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Hair that was conked ("processed") was greasy.

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INFORMATION ABOUT GEORGIA WHITE
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_White
"Georgia White (March 9, 1903 – c.1980) was an African American blues singer, most prolific in the 1930s and 1940s.

Little is known of her early life. By the late 1920s she was singing in clubs in Chicago, and she made her first recording, "When You're Smiling, the Whole World Smiles With You," with Jimmie Noone's orchestra in 1930. She returned to the studio in 1935, and over the next six years recorded over 100 tracks for Decca Records, usually accompanied by the pianist Richard M. Jones and also, in the late 1930s, by guitarist Lonnie Johnson.[1]

She also recorded under the name Georgia Lawson. Tracks included "I'll Keep Sitting on It," "Take Me for a Buggy Ride," "Mama Knows What Papa Wants When Papa's Feeling Blue," and "Hot Nuts." Her best-known song was "You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now."[1]

White formed an all-women band in the 1940s, and also performed with Bumble Bee Slim. She joined Big Bill Broonzy's Laughing Trio in 1949 as pianist. "She was very easy to get along with," said Broonzy. "Real friendly."[1] She was a club singer in the 1950s, finally performing in 1959 in Chicago."...

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SHOWCASE EXAMPLE: Dan The Backdoor Man Georgia White.mov



Sue Gray Published on Feb 17, 2013

Georgia White 1936 - 1937 [recorded May 1936]

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LYRICS -DAN, THE BACK DOOR MAN
(Georgia White)

Take it easy.
Squeeze me tight.
Take your time.
You got all night.
Take it easy, greasy,
Like Dan, the back door man.

Take it easy.
Now that’s right.
Got to take it.
It won’t bite.
Take it easy, greasy,
Like Dan the back door man.

Now, baby you got it.
Give me your tongue.
Keep it right there.
Now ,baby you got it.
See what you’ve done.
But I don’t care.

Kiss me baby
Call it square.
Some day maybe
You’ll play fair.
Take it easy, greasy,
Like Dan, the back door man.

[instrumental]

Take it easy.
Squeeze me tight
Take your time
You have all night
Take it easy, greasy.
Like Dan, the back door man.
Take it easy.
Now that’s right
Can’t you take it
It won’t bite
Take it easy, greasy,
Like Dan the back door man.

Now, baby you got it.
Give me your tongue.
Keep it right there.
Now, baby you got it.
See what you’ve done.
But I don’t care.

Kiss me baby.
Call it square.
Some day maybe
You’ll play fair.
Take it easy, greasy,
Like Dan, the back door man
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This is my transcription of these lyrics from that recording. Additions and corrections are welcome.
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What the phrase "Dan, the back door man" means:
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixty_Minute_Man
..."Bragging about sexual prowess was a feature of the "hokum" style of early blues recordings. The reference to "Dan" (alternatively, "Jim Dandy") dates back at least to minstrel shows in the nineteenth century. A common reference was to "Dan, the Back Door Man" - the lover of a married woman who would leave her house by the back door - as in a song of that title recorded by Georgia White in 1937."
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What "call it square" means:
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/call+square
"call something square

to pronounce a debt or obligation to have been paid, balanced, or ended. Thanks for the hundred bucks. I think we can call it square now."

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