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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Four Article Excerpts About Black Trail Rides (Creole Trail Rides) In The United States

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post presents four online article excerpts about Black trail rides in the United States.

The content of this post is presented for historical and socio-cultural purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.
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Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2021/08/three-youtube-videos-of-black-folks.html for the closely related pancocojams post entitled 
Three YouTube Videos Of Black (Folks) Trail Rides In The Southern United States".

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WHAT "BLACK TRAIL RIDES" MEANS
The term "Black Trail Rides" refers to horse and motor bike trail riding gatherings in the United States that are organized and mostly attended by Black Americans. 

Black Trail Ride gatherings/events are mostly located in the Southern region of the United States. 
In Louisiana and Texas, these Black trail riding gatherings/events are called "Creole Trail Rides".

The food that is served and the music that is played and danced at these gatherings are from African American culture.

Black Trail Rides are a continuation of and an evolution of the historical Black Cowboys and Cowgirls in the United States, a history and lifestyles that are largely unknown by most Americans.   

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ARTICLE EXCERPTS
These excerpts are given in no particular order and are numbered for referencing purposes only.

These article excerpts are reprinted without their photographs.

EXCERPT #1
From https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/sep/21/creole-cowboys-calvert-texas-louisiana

In Texas and Louisiana, a potent mix of zydeco, hip-hop and horses keeps an often overlooked tradition alive

by Joel Balsam in Calvert, Texas, with pictures by Stephanie Foden, September 21, 2018
"Pickup trucks started pouring into the tiny town of Calvert, smack in the middle of Texas’s four metropoles. Some pulled wagons with horses peeking out of the metal bars. Others dragged flatbed trolleys stacked with speakers, a barbecue and a portable toilet.

Inside the vehicles, urbanites from Dallas and Houston slipped off their baseball caps and threw on their cowboy hats, swapping their shoes or flip-flops for cowboy boots.

The occasion was a Creole trail ride, a country party that features a procession, zydeco music, dancing and feasting that runs every weekend through spring and fall in Louisiana and east Texas. Trail rides date back decades, but if you’ve never heard of one before, you aren’t entirely at fault – there are centuries of revisionist history to blame for that.

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Who do you think of when you think of a cowboy? A gun-slinging John Wayne type? Some historians believe that well before Hollywood distorted our view of what a cowboy looks like, French-speaking slaves from Africa – later clumped in with the cultural mishmash known as Creoles – rode horses in Louisiana.

Some even say the term “cowboy” derives from slave owners commanding to “go tend to the cow, boy,” though Andrew Sluyter, a history professor at Louisiana State University and the author of Black Ranching Frontiers, said there’s no hard evidence for that theory.

“Enslaved cowboys, vachères, in French, of African origin herded the cattle on the first French ranches established in south-west Louisiana, in the valley of Bayou Teche near Lafayette in the early 1760s, before the Acadians/Cajuns arrived,” Sluyter said. “Unlike their French masters, the Africans had long experienced herding cattle in the Sahel zone of west Africa.”

Prohibited from joining white-only rodeos, freed slaves and landowning Creoles practiced their own cowboy culture. At some point in the last half-century – no one can be sure – that culture started to take the form of trail rides. As oil work popped up in Texas, Creoles from Louisiana moved west, bringing their culture, and trail rides, along with them

In the past decade, trail rides have surged in popularity, thanks in part to how hip-hop has infused with the washboard and accordion rhythms of zydeco. What were once a traditional country gatherings have transformed into huge festivals with attendees numbering in the thousands, often attracting city-dwellers far detached from their Creole roots.a

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As trail rides have grown in popularity there has been controversy.

In 2010, St Landry Parish in Louisiana moved to ban the Step-N-Strut trail ride, an event so big it’s referred to as the Creole Woodstock. The town council said it was responding to complaints about the mess left after the ride – but the ban was accused of being discriminatory. Why ban trail rides when Cajun Mardi Gras – which attracts crowds as numerous and rowdy – is permitted?

The town eventually decided to regulate the number of attendees for trail rides and Mardi Gras, which was seen as a victory.

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Wearing a cowboy hat with a hole in the top exposing his smooth bald head, Calvert native Robert Brown, 46, said trail rides are very different from when he first started going as a toddler. Back then, there weren’t as many people. “Why? Because it wasn’t as popular,” he said. “Now everybody wants to be a cowboy.”

As an MC rapped in front of a boisterous crowd late into the night, Brown admitted he prefers the zydeco country line dancing of his youth, but he’s OK with younger people throwing their music into the mix. “We’ve made black trail rides our own. It’s the way we do,” he said. “Even though I don’t like a lot of this stuff, it’s still taking the legacy on.”

When asked about whether he’s faced any discrimination being a black cowboy in Texas, Brown said people are mostly surprised. “They feel like black people aren’t supposed to be cowboys – it’s a white thing,” he said.

But that makes him want to celebrate his culture, and trail rides, all the more. “The reasons we honor being a black cowboy is because of all the struggles we went through. Not just a black cowboy, to be a cowboy. To be respected.”

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EXCERPT #2
From https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/creole-trail-black-cowboy-history

Creole trail rides highlight black cowboy history

JOEL BALSAM, 25 January 2021
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On any given weekend in towns across Louisiana and Texas, hooves click-clack on pavement and wagons blast infectious zydeco rhythms. Holding the horse's reins in one hand, and a cold beer in the other, is a long line of cowboys. Not the John Wayne-type typically seen in Hollywood westerns, but African American men and women, celebrating their culture on a Creole trail ride.

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Creole trail ride history

No one knows exactly when trail rides first began, but they have surged in popularity in the last decade as urbanites skip the clubs in favor of these wildly fun parties in the dusty countryside. The first trail rides were organized by black Creoles – descendants of Africans and the French or Spanish colonizers who settled the area before it was part of the US – who were excluded from white cowboy culture.

t’s thought that West Africans enslaved by the French in the Lafayette area of Louisiana in the 1760s were among the original American cowboys – horse-riding cattle herders – then known as vachères, a Creole term from the French for cow. Some historians say as many as one in four cowboys in early America were black. Yet the image of an African American riding on horseback has largely been omitted from popular culture, save for a few movies like Django Unchained and Blazing Saddles, or songs like Bob Marley's “Buffalo Soldier,” an ode to the all-black 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army.

Traditionally, trail rides included only members of the local community – family, friends and members of cowboy associations – but Paul Scott, the coordinator of Step-N-Strut, a three-day trail ride commonly known as the Creole Woodstock, said when outsiders come, regulars fall all over themselves trying to welcome them. …

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Yee-haw, zydeco style

After a few hours riding along the trail, the fun is far from over. A campsite is set up, where southern soul, country and zydeco (Creole music that typically features the accordion, fiddle and washboard) will begin to play as horses are given some much-needed rest. Hip-hop has also made its way into the trail riding world, albeit with some controversy – some object to it being untraditional and say it makes people too rowdy. Despite the pushback, a pulsing, unique blend of hip-hop and zydeco music is one of the main reasons for the recent increase in the popularity of trail rides.

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How to find a trail ride

While the majority of trail rides are held in Louisiana and East Texas, you'll also find some in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Georgia and North Carolina. The best way to find one is by visiting the Zydeco Events website. Otherwise, find one on Facebook by searching the phrase “trail ride” and the place you're looking to go.

Two of the biggest are Step-N-Strut, which attracts as many as 3000 people over three days in November, and Four Horsemen, which can see as many 7000 people. But you don't need to go to the biggest trail rides to have a great time. “Some of them might not be super super big, but all of them are super, super fun,” Scott says.”

This article was originally published in October 2018 and updated in January 2021.”

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ARTICLE EXCERPT #3 
From https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/historic-trail-ride-black-cowboys-cowgirls-houston-rodeo/  Through a Historic Trail Ride, Black Cowboys and Cowgirls Take Ownership of Their Role in History

The annual journey to the Houston Rodeo offers a corrective to the reductionist narrative that pop culture has long perpetuated

By Cat Cardenas, March 2020
"One overcast December morning at the 7W Youth Riding Club stables, in Tomball, Myrtis Dightman Jr. peers out from the brim of his black cowboy hat. “Mr. Myrtis,” as he’s known around the ranch, watches a group of children, most of them under ten years old, brushing bits of straw from their horses’ chestnut-colored coats. Among them is two-year-old Wynter Wilkins. Wearing a pink cowboy hat, she excitedly blurts out her horse’s name: “Summer!” Her grandfather, Larry Wilkins, scoops her up and places her in the saddle. Four members of the riding club—Major Wilson and tween siblings Javian, Jammarian, and Jayden Henderson, who have been riding horses since they were Wynter’s age—look on as they prepare to saddle up.

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As the trail boss of the Prairie View Trail Ride Association, named for the historically black university, Dightman Jr. has made it his mission to ensure that future generations of black children appreciate the patience and labor that go into being a cowboy. Since its founding, in 1957, the association—composed of seven local trail groups, including the 7W Youth club—has helmed Texas’s oldest African American trail ride, an annual 88-mile procession running from Hempstead to Houston. Along with several other trail rides, it signals the beginning of the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The Houston Rodeo, which takes place this year from March 3 to 22, held its first trail ride in 1952 and included only 4 men on horseback. The following year, 80 people signed up to participate in the first Salt Grass Trail Ride, the route still known as “the granddaddy of ’em all,” which traces a path from Brenham to Houston. Other groups from across the state began riding to the rodeo. These days, more than 3,000 riders from twelve separate trail riding groups cover over 1,300 miles en route to Houston. Last year, the PVTRA’s caravan of roughly 250 included riders on horses, plus mules and wagons.

The group, which also does trail rides year-round, began gearing up for this year’s rodeo in early November, beginning with wagon inspections. The unwieldy wood-framed vehicles that carry the cowboys’ gear for the journey are susceptible to termites and wood rot, and repairs must often be handled by specialists. In the weeks leading up to the rodeo, the 7W Youth Riding Club meets more frequently, and participants start to “leg up” (cowboy talk for “warm up”) their horses in preparation for “the big ride.”

On Sunday, February 23, the cowboys will roll out from Hempstead toward their first stop on the six-day journey to the rodeo: Prairie View A&M University. This first leg—between thirteen and fifteen miles—is intentionally short; that way, the riders can confirm everything is in shape for the rest of the journey. Over the next few days, they’ll visit local schools (many kids in the PVTRA get permission to take off school that week), teaching students about the group’s history. In the event’s 63 years, traditions like a joint chili cookoff with Prairie View A&M and a dance contest with members of the Community of Faith Church, on the north side of Houston, have become an important part of the trail ride.”…

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ARTICLE EXCERPT #4
From https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/houston-is-blending-zydeco-with-hip-hop/
"Houston Music’s Latest Subgenre: Trail-riding Rap"
Houston rap is now world-famous, but the city’s less-famous trail rides have birthed a new style.

By John Nova Lomax, November 2017
“Country rap,” as the genre is referred to on the trail ride, was a natural product of musical evolution, but while Houston rap is now world-famous, trail rides that celebrate African American cowboy culture have remained something of a local secret. Texas trail rides begin with a Friday evening campout featuring a DJ or a band, then continue into Saturday with the ride itself: a long caravan of horseback riders and decorated party wagons, each with a DJ aboard, blasting a mix of zydeco, blues, hip-hop, and a sprinkling of honky-tonk. (Some of the party wagons are pulled by big ol’ pickup trucks, but in the traditional rides, more of the wagons are wood-wheeled and pulled by mule teams.) After the ride, another show on Saturday night features zydeco, Southern soul, or, in Baldenna’s case, country rap: songs, like “Need Me a Cowgirl,” “Trailride in My City,” and “Party Wagon Rock,” that could come only from Houston.

The wooded backstreets leading to Bruno’s Triangle 7 Arena one rainy Saturday night last spring were resonant with croaking toads in the ditches and fragrant with smoking barbecue, so isolated from urban life that I almost forgot I was only eleven miles northeast of Houston’s skyscrapers. On any given weekend, all around Houston and deep into South Louisiana, fans have sought the beloved, decades-old traditions of a zydeco trail ride. But after I followed the thump of deep bass into a wood-paneled lodge, where revelers were congregating around indoor picnic tables, the modern era became evident. On a threadbare stage, all alone save for a DJ, stood Baldenna Tha King, the 33-year-old inventor and current standard-bearer of Houston music’s latest subgenre: trail-riding rap.

I arrive just in time for one of his hits, “Saddle Up.”

Saddle up, and move ’em out,

I’m headed to the trail ride and it’s about to go down.

Camp out tonight, and we leave about three,

If you’re lookin’ for me, homey, you know where I’ll be.

[…]

Zydeco continues to thrive because it absorbs newer styles—Clifton Chenier brought in blues and rock and roll; Buckwheat Zydeco and Beau Jocque added soul and funk—all while retaining its own syncopated accordion and rubboard essence. (Counter to the modern narrative of Texas urbanization, the horse-culture themes underpinning the genre keep getting stronger.)

Hip-hop was zydeco’s next challenge: it would have to absorb rap or become increasingly irrelevant. In the mid-nineties, Houston-based artists like J. Paul Jr. began tinkering with this fusion; later, some artists rapped about standard topics over zydeco music. But Baldenna is the first to rap almost exclusively about zydeco subject matter—even, sometimes, with no backing zydeco track. Like Ritchie Valens, the pioneer of Chicano rock, Baldenna is doing something unique: arranging the structures of hip-hop and zydeco to create something new.

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…Every generation since Clifton Chenier has seen its lamenting traditionalists. In the eighties, Chenier purists accused Buckwheat Zydeco of heresy; Buckwheat’s fans accused Beau Jocque of the same in the nineties. Baldenna has a lot of respect for the music’s Louisiana roots. But he is proud that Houston leads modern zydeco. “Not saying [traditionalists will] be content with their genre not being in the same lane, but in Houston, we’re always trying to do something different in everything we do,” he said. “We always lookin’ to take it up a notch.”"...

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Three YouTube Videos Of Black (Folks) Trail Rides In The Southern United States


The Christian Science Monitor, Oct 28, 2019

Picture a cowboy. You'll probably think of young men with wide-brimmed hats and spurred boots riding through a dusty frontier town. You probably don’t picture thousands of mostly black men and women riding through rural east Texas, blasting country and rap music.

Yet that's what descended on Columbus, Texas, this August. The gatherings, known as Creole trail rides, are growing increasingly popular across the U.S. Part horse-riding, part rodeo, and part dancing to zydeco, trail rides are rooted in the often overlooked history of black cowboys in the American west. And today, these rides also serve to build up the black community.

Follow us down the 10-mile trail to experience this unique culture, and a different image of the iconic cowboy.
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Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2021/08/four-article-excerpts-about-black-trail.html for the closely related pancocojams post entitled  "
Four Article Excerpts About Black Trail Rides (Creole Trail Rides) In The United States".

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Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post showcases three YouTube videos of Black (American) Trail Ride events.

The content of this  post is presented for socio-cultural and entertainment purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to the sponsors of these Trail Rides and thanks to all those who are featured in this post. Thanks also to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

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SHOWCASE VIDEO #2: Solo Slab Annual Trailride '19


WildJ Brown, 

Woodworth, LA Sept. 28, 2019


Earnest Kelly, August 9, 2020

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Why You Should Include Racial Demographics When You Collect & Share Examples Of Children's Rhymes

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post presents the reasons why I believe that it is important to include racial/ethnic demographics when collecting and/or sharing examples of children's rhymes and cheers.

The Addendum to this pancocojams post presents hyperlinks to pancocojams posts that provide examples of contemporary children's rhymes & cheers which include a racial/ethnic* referent or racial/ethnic referents. 

The content of this post is presented for socio-cultural purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.
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* "Ethnic" in this post refers to Latino/a (Hispanic) as it is used in the United States. People who are Latino/a  (Hispanic) can be of any race.

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MY OVERARCHING REASON FOR INCLUDING RACIAL DEMOGRAPHICS
A person collecting and/or sharing children's rhymes and cheers should document as much demographics as possible just as she/he would do when collecting other folkloric material. Demographic information includes the race/ethnicity of the person or people who are chanting/performing the example, the gender, geograhic location, and the date the example was collected as well as information about when and how the person first learned that example. The collector should also document any accompanying performance activity that was performed while chanting this example.

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REASONS WHY I BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE RACIAL/ETHNIC DEMOGRAPHICS WHEN COLLECTING AND/OR SHARING EXAMPLES OF CHILDREN'S RHYMES AND CHEERS

(These reasons are given in no particular order.)

Including racial demographics

1. helps document/demonstrate that racial group’s creativity 

Children's rhymes/cheers are just as legitimate examples of a population's culturial expression as are other genres of music and oral or written compositions that are created by and for adults. 


I begin with this point because I remember some of my teachers in school (in the 1950s and 1960s) saying that "Black people never created anything". They said this while teaching a curriculam-including history and English literature- that was entirely White or mostly White.

2. helps document/demonstrate the chanter’s attitudes and/or some of that racial group’s attitudes & opinions about their race/ethnicity

3. helps document/demonstrate the chanter’s attitude & opinions and/or some of that racial group’s attitude about other people’s race/ethnicity

4. helps document/demonstrate the chanter’s attitude & opinions and and/or some of that racial group’s attitude about other things in their world (i.e. gender, parents, romantic relationships etc.)

5. 
helps document/demonstrate what slang and other things were/are interesting to specific populations during that time period

6. helps explain the meaning of certain slang words and saying which are found in certain rhymes and/or identify a particular person who is mentioned in rhyme

For instance, the word "jive" has had a number of slang meanings over time. However, in some examples of  "Hula Hula" cheers that I've come across in the early to mid 2000s, "don't take no jive" means that the person is not going to let anyone "mess over" her (i.e. say or do anything foolish to her or problematic with or for her.

And the line "hangin out with Genuwine" in at least one of those same cheers means "spending time relaxing with the rapper whose stage name is Genuwine.

7. helps document/demonstrate how certain types of rhymes are preferred by certain populations during that time period and how those preferances might have changed over time


8. helps document/demonstrate the same or different preferences for certain types of rhymes among different populations within the same nation in the same time period

For instance, it seems to me that gross out rhymes such as "
Great green gobs of greasy grimey gopher guts" aren't as well known among African Americans as they are among White Americans.

9. helps document/emonstrate how certain performance activities are preferred by certain populations during that time period

For instance, it appears to me that most Black children's rhymes are percussive and include accompanying performance activities such as hand clapping and/or foot stomping (prior to 1970s that performance activity was jump rope rather than hand clapping and/or foot stomping)  

10. helps document/ document how specific rhymes are found in various parts of a nation and in various nations of the world

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ADDENDUM: SOME PANCOCOJAMS POSTS THAT INCLUDE OF CHILDREN'S RHYMES/CHEERS THAT INCLUDE EXAMPLES OF RACE
(Some of these posts include my comments/speculations about why race was/is included in some of examples).  

Conceptualizing, Collecting, & Sharing Contemporary Black Children's Rhymes
http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/06/conceptualizing-collecting-sharing.html

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Race Mentioned In Contemporary Children's Recreational Rhymes
http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2021/04/childrens-recreational-rhymes-that.html

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Selected Examples Of Referents For Black People In Children's Rhymes
http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/06/selected-examples-of-referents-for.html

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The REAL Origin Of The Word "Ungawa" & Various Ways That Word Has Been Used In The USA
http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-real-origins-of-word-ungawa-various.html

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Racialized Versions Of "I Like Coffee I Like Tea"
http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/01/racialized-versions-of-i-like-coffee-i.html

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Examples Of & Comments About The Children's Rhyme "I Like Coffee, I Like Tea, I Like Sitting On A Black Man's Knee"
http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/01/examples-of-comments-about-childrens.html

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The REAL Meanings Of "The Spades Go" & "The Space Go" In Playground Rhymes
http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-real-meaning-of-spades-go-space-go.html


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Thursday, July 29, 2021

A Chronological List Of Fictional Characters Named "Keisha"

 Edited by Azizi Powell  


This pancocojams post presents information about the female name "Keisha".

This pancocojams post also presents a list that I've compiled in chronological order of fictional characters with the name "Keisha" or characters with variants of the name "Keisha" in books, movies, television series, songs, and other mass media products in the United States and in Britain. With one exception, each of these characters are explicitly or implictedly depicted as  
either being African American or Black British.

Citations for these entries are included in this list except for the entries for some of the Hip Hop songs whose lyrics I consider to be sexually explicit and/or violent.   

Please add to this list of fictional characters named Keisha or variants of that name by sharing information in this post's comment section about those characters that I missed.

The content of this post is presented for socio-cultural purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners. 
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Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-racialization-of-female-name-keisha.html for the 2015 pancocojams post entitled "
How The Name "Keisha" & Its Variants Came To Be Considered "Black Names"".

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE NAME "KEISHA"
Excerpt #2
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keisha
"Keisha" is a female given name claimed to be of Hebrew origin, from Keziah.[1] It is considered to be an African-American name in the United States.
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That Wikipedia page provides lists of notable people with the name "Keisha" or variants of that female name.

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Excerpt #2
From https://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/babyname.cgi

For each year, we show the rank for Keisha and a bar representing the popularity of that name. The longer the bar, the more popular the name. The more popular the name in a given year, the numerically lower the rank, with rank 1 being the most popular.

Year       Rank      Popularity of female name Keisha

1997       803                       

1996       625                       

1995       648                       

1994       617                       

1993       593                       

1992       518                       

1991       429                       

1990       397                       

1989       361                       

1988       371                       

1987       325                       

1986       331                       

1985       354                       

1984       410                       

1983       381                       

1982       352                       

1981       330                       

1980       279                       

1979       257                       

1978       246                       

1977       237                       

1976       233                       

1975       241                       

1974       257                       

1973       259                       

1972       303                       

1971       367                       

1970       448                       

1969       543                       

1968       721                       

1967       839                       

Years where ranks are the same does not imply that the number of births are the same. Data are missing for 30 years where the name Keisha is not in the top 1000 most popular names. Name data are from Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.

More information for female name Keisha

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The year when the name Keisha was most popular is 1976. In that year, the number of births is 1027, which represents 0.065 percent of total female births in 1976.
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This data indicates that in spite of the custom of naming fictional female characters "Keisha" to almost automatically denote African American or other Black ancestry, since at least the 1990s  the name "Keisha" isn't all that common in the United States. Furthermore, the name "Keisha" has become less popular since the late 1970s and isn't even in the United States' Social Security Administration's list of the top 1000 names for females. 

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CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF FICTIONAL CHARACTERS NAMED "KEISHA"  OR VARIANTS OF THAT NAME

1992-Keisha is the name of a character in one episode of the American sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper.
https://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/hangin-with-mr-cooper/cast/1000084631/

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1994- Keesha Franklin is a character in the American children’s television series Magic School Bus.
"The Magic School Bus is an American animated children's television series, based on the book series of the same name by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. Running originally from 1994 to 1997, the series received critical acclaim for its use of celebrity voice talent and combining entertainment with an educational series.[1]"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magic_School_Bus_(TV_series) [Read that Wikipedia page for more information on this series’ broadcast history.]

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1995- Keisha is the name of a doll in the Magic Attic Club doll brand and its associated children’s books

 1994- The Magic Begins

The Magic Attic Club line was the brainchild of Gretchen Springer and Jeff McKinnon of Georgetown Collection, a doll company based in Maine. ….

At the time of the MAC dolls' introduction, there was no American Girl of Today doll. …

[…]

1995 Keisha Joins the Club

…Keisha, shown in purple in the picture below, had a new African American face sculpt. She was introduced with her own bedroom collection, holiday dress and three adventure sets, just like the other girls in the club [Megan, Heather and Alison].

…. The colors of the outfits reflect the girls' "favorite colors" which are echoed throughout the other parts of the line, including clothes and furniture.”… http://www.justmagicdolls.com/meet/mac/magicattic.htm
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After several sales of the company to new corporate owners, the production of Magic Attic Club doll line ended in December 2004.

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1998- Kisha is the girlfriend of street criminal named Tommy in the African American movie Belly.
"[Belly is] A slick, enlightening drama about two urban drug dealers (Nas, DMX) who come to a crossroads in their lives and friendship. The absorbing story follows two small-time hoods who hope their New York City street smarts will help them hit it big in Omaha. While one pursues a life of crime, the other's life changes when he becomes a daddy.”… https://www.tvguide.com/movies/belly/2000278885/

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2005- Keisha da Sket is the name of the main character in an online serialized story with that title
..."Keisha the Sket was a story written by Jade LB, who began releasing chapters online in 2005 when she was 13-years-old. The serialised online novel was shared and consumed across the Sony Ericssons and Blackberrys of our teenage years, and became a touchstone of Black British culture. Now, it’s being revalorised in print for the first time under Stormzy’s award-winning publishing imprint, #Merky Books.

While the white-washed postcolonial curriculum of school promises the tired texts of Macbeth and Lord of the Flies, Keisha the Sket rapidly became the serialised online literature favoured by school kids.”….

https://www.dazeddigital.com/life-culture/article/52424/1/merky-books-is-reviving-the-noughties-viral-classic-keisha-the-sket
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-sket” = British derogatory, slang a promiscuous girl or woman [slut]
https://www.dictionary.com/browse/sket

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2007-Keisha Ray is the name of a member of the Double Dutch team that is the focus of the movie Jump In!
“Jump In! is a 2007 Disney Channel Original Movie, which premiered on January 12, 2007. It was released on Disney Channel UK on April 27, 2007. The film, starring Corbin Bleu and Keke Palmer, revolves around a young boxer, Izzy Daniels (Bleu), who trains to follow in his father's footsteps by winning the Golden Glove. When his friend, Mary (Palmer), asks him to substitute for a team member in a Double Dutch tournament, Izzy discovers his new love for the sport."...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jump_In!

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2007- Keisha is a character in Tyler Perry's 2007 Why Did I Get Married?
"Why Did I Get Married?
 is a 2007 American comedy-drama film adaptation written, produced, directed, and starring Tyler Perry. It was inspired by Perry's play of the same name…

The film is about the difficulty of maintaining a solid relationship in modern times. Eight married college friends plus one other non-friend (all of whom have achieved middle to upper class economic status) go to Colorado for their annual week-long reunion, but the mood shifts when one couple's infidelity comes to light.”…. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_Did_I_Get_Married%3F
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The character of Keisha was played by Kaira Akita. Coincidentally actress Keesha Ulricka Sharp played the character “Pam” in that movie.

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2011 - "Keisha's Song" (Her Pain) is a Hip Hop song that was composed by and performed by Kendrick Lamar.
…”Keisha's Song definitely wasn't recorded for the Disney-Channel tweens set. It told the tale of Keisha, a 17-year-old prostitute who got killed by a man after being raped. But at the end of the song, Kendrick revealed that he let his 11-year-old sister listen to it shortly after he recorded it to show her the dangers of prostitution and to try to steer her clear of becoming the next Keisha. Powerful stuff.”… https://www.complex.com/music/2013/08/characters-in-rap-songs/

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2011- Keisha is the main a character in the children’s book Keisha’s Coat written by Marjorie Murrow and illustrated by Joyce Killebrew

“Fun-loving Keisha wants to be noticed, and she has found some unusual ways to get the attention she craves, especially at school. Keisha’s Coat is a story that could spur classroom discussion about children’s need for attention.”… https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/keishas-coat/

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2011 - Keisha Green is a character in the American comedy-drama television series Single Ladies.
"Single Ladies, debuted on May 30, 2011, as a two-hour television film on VH1.[2] Created by Stacy A. Littlejohn and produced by Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment, the series chronicles the lives of three friends—Val, Keisha and April (and later Raquel)—and their relationships.[3] VH1 announced on February 28, 2014, that Single Ladies was canceled.[4][5] It was announced on April 8, 2014, that BET Networks ordered a fourth season which would air on Centric.[6] Single Ladies returned on March 18, 2015 with Melissa De Sousa joining the cast.”… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_Ladies_(TV_series)

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2011 – Starrkeisha is the name of a fictional Black female character who was conceptualized and is performed by Black male vocalist, songwriter, and comedic writer/actor Cameron J. Henderson. The Starrkeisha videos are aired on Cameron J's YouTube channel RandomStructureTV. The first Starrkeisha video entitled "I Need My Child Support Money!- StarrKeisha/Cameron J" was uploaded on YouTube on Jan 15, 2011.

"(S1) I Need My Child Support Money! - StarrKeisha/Cameron J., RandomStructureTV, Jan 15, 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l--wmtJ7Vj8
"The newest edition to RSTV is not only ghetto, but quite trashy and uneducated. I wanted to create a character that can bring some ghetto fabulous flavor to my channel, StarrKeisha definitely does that! Lol!"
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This first video in the Starrkeisha series introduces the characters "Starrkeisha" and her (baby daddy) Cameron J. Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/06/child-support-rap-battle-starrkeisha-vs.html for Part I of a four part pancocojams series on Starrkeisha.

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2012- Keisha Blake (later known as "Natalie") is one of the main characters in a story that is included in the British novel NW by Zadie Smith

“This week’s story, “Permission to Enter,” charts the life of its protagonist, Keisha Blake, and her best friend, Leah Hanwell, neighbors in a housing estate in North West London, from the ages of four to twenty-one. Through a series of numbered vignettes, we watch Keisha’s progression through school and university as she and Leah gradually leave the estate and its expectations behind them.

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The driving forces of this story are class, sex, and education. When Keisha goes away to university, she changes her first name to Natalie, which is something we realize in passing when Leah comes to visit and stumbles over this new name. The story is full of other signifiers of class and status, but they never overwhelm the narrative.” https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/this-week-in-fiction-zadie-smith-3

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2013 - Kisha Davis is a character in the American horror parody movie A Haunted House.
"A Haunted House is a 2013 American found footage parody film directed by Michael Tiddes, written by, produced by and starring Marlon Wayans.[3] Although Wayans said the film was "not exactly a parody" but rather a movie with funny characters doing the opposite of what typical people do in similar horror films,"[4][5] the film pokes fun at the "found footage" horror genre, such as Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside. It was released on January 11, 2013 and was panned by critics, but grossed $60 million against a budget of $2.5 million. A sequel, A Haunted House 2, was released on April 18, 2014.[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Haunted_House#Cast

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2014 -LaKeisha Grant is a recurring/main character in the American television crime drama series Power
"Power is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Courtney A. Kemp in collaboration with Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. It aired on the Starz network from June 7, 2014, to February 9, 2020."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_(TV_series)

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2015- Keisha is a girl who is an aspiring baker and friend of the main character named Ally
..."Fish In The Tree is a middle-grade novel Fish In The Tree written by American author Lynda Mullaly Hunt. It follows the story of a middle-school girl named Ally, who is artistically and mathematically talented but unable to read due to her dyslexia".... https://www.supersummary.com/fish-in-a-tree/summary/

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2016-August 2018: Keisha is the protagonist and narrator of fictional queer and mystery podcast Alice Isn't Deadhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Isn%27t_Dead

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2017- Keisha, (also known as BabyKeisha) is a character in a Roblox roleplay video channel known as ZaiLetsPlay.” The developer is an American woman who emigrated to Britain in 2019. 
https://youtube.fandom.com/wiki/ZaiLetsPlay#:~:text=Zaira%20%22Zai%22%20(born%3A,played%20Minecraft%20and%20The%20Sims.&text=She%20owns%20a%20second%20Ro …
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"The "My Annoying Little Sister (Keisha)" series follows the life of two sisters in the sassy, and feisty Baby Keisha, and the caring, protective Zai through there adventures of trying to find a good home and a good family when everyone in their life seems to keep turning on them. The series is Zai's first ever role-play series, and it launched it's first episode on July 10, 2017.
https://zailetsplay.fandom.com/wiki/My_Annoying_Little_Sister_(Keisha)
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The ZaiLetsPlay video game seies is an exception to all the other entries in this list of fictional characters with the name "Keisha" (or its variants) because no racial or ethnic designation is given to characters in the ZaiLetsPlay video game series. Players can change the skin color of these video characters.

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2018 - Kiesha Williams is a character in the American television drama series The Chi.
"The Chi (pronounced THE-SHY) is an American drama series created by Lena Waithe about life in a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.[4] The pilot was directed by Rick Famuyiwa.[4] It premiered on Showtime on January 7, 2018. On January 30, 2018, Showtime renewed the series for a second season which premiered on April 7, 2019.[5][6] On April 30, 2019, Showtime renewed the series for a third season which premiered on June 21, 2020.[7][8] On May 20, 2019, it was announced that Jason Mitchell would not be returning to the show for season 3 because of "sexual misconduct allegations".[9]

Premise

The Chi is described as following "a fateful turn of events that sends shockwaves through a community on the Southside of Chicago and connects the lives of Emmett, Brandon, Ronnie and Kevin in unexpected ways."[10]

Cast

[…]

Actress Birgundi Baker [is cast] as Kiesha Williams (season 3; recurring seasons 1–2), Kevin's sister.[12]"... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chi

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2019 - Keshia is the main character in the Hip Hop song “Keshia Had A Baby” by YG
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[Lyric Warning, sexually explicit content]

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2019
Keisha is the name of one of the woman who is the central character in the Hip Hop song “Keisha & Becky”

Artists: Russ, Tion Wayne

Featured artists: Aitch, Jay1, Swarmz, Sav'O

Album: T Wayne’s World 3

Released: 2019"
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Lyric Warning: violence, sexually explicit content


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