Saturday, August 11, 2007

Black Consumerism 101

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People Buy What Makes Them Feel Comfortable.
Thats what your boy Birkhold said a coupla weeks ago
and that
quote stays marinating on my mind.

I thought about this while I was on BART yesterday and
I heard a young lady talking about spending $2-300
on her hair.

Now don't get it twisted. Pun intended.
Black women INVEST in they hair.

Having our hair done makes is feel attractive, presentable
and sexy.

But, three hunned dollas? I only wondered
how solvent she was and if she was as willing
to spend as much on books for school or
classes at a community college.

But back to Birkhold. So. If we BUY what makes us feel comfortable
then, when a white kid buys 50 cent, how is that making him/her
feel comfortable?

For me HIP Hop makes me feel:
Angry, PE, Mos Def
Pensive, De La Soul
Reflective, Nas
Restless, Jim Jones
Stoopid, Turf Talk
Nerdy, Doom
Ruthless, Jay

But back to buying what makes us feel comfortable.

That would explain our affinity for RIMS, nails and weaves.

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It was so warm in Oakland today I could smell errry
thang. Swear. I was walking down the street and I
sniffed, and I was like. "Where are the Black Berries?"

Low and behold there they were across the street growing
on the side of the freeway. Smelling like my childhood.

Bugged out right?

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Man arrested for Cauncey Baileys murder now says that he
coerced into the confession.

Devaughndre Broussard, the 19-year-old Your Black Muslim Bakery janitor, said he didn't stalk or kill Bailey and knew nothing about the noted newsman.

Following his arrest, Broussard was taken to the Eastmont Substation where he was questioned by police. But he claims he was beaten and shown a confession he alleges was manufactured by police, he said on camera to KTVU Channel 2.

Homicide Commander Lt. Ersie Joyner III vehemently denied Broussard's allegations.

"The interview was conducted in a professional and ethical manner,"Joyner said. "And the taped confession has him in a nonscripted manner openly discussing the case. He was never physically harmed or threatened in any manner.

"Joyner said this tactic was not unexpected and other suspects in other cases have tried to do similar things.

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Anybody got finding forever.

Gotty said it was like a newer version of Be.

Which I can't evaluate because I only listen
to Resurrection. <<----outta pocket.

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It really is a commercial for pot holders but still. Its goood.
Can't remember the last time I was that CAPTIVATED by a video.

Dwight Spitz is touring in Texas this month.
If you are out
that way, you NEEDS to support.


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Summer is winding down. Is it everything you wanted it to be?

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16 comments:

The Cocoa Lounge said...

LOL @ smelling blackberries from across the street.

As far as the police finding the assassin in the Bailey case...hmmm... I just find it hard to believe that they immediately knew who did it, and where he was lurking practically overnight but I digress.

Love your insightful posts!

Matthew said...

how does 50 make a white kid feel comfortable? i'm glad you asked joe.

white people honestly believe that their hold on things is slipping away. like chris rock said, "White people are losing the country...To WHO?" right, it obviously ain't true but white folks still belive it.

angela davis and du bois have both argued that part of the rationale for lynching came out of white men's desire to keep the labor market to themselves.

so, if we put those two things together, i see no reason why we can't say that 50 makes a white kid feel comfortable because 50s commitment to black on black murder make white people feel like their privilege is safe. "if black folks kill each other, we ain't goin lose the country."

M.Dot. said...

The Cocoa Lounge
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Hey.

You inspired me to start a a fashion blog!

Glad you like here in MM world. Feel free to stop by and make more comments.

M.d.

M.Dot. said...

i see no reason why we can't say that 50 makes a white kid feel comfortable because 50s commitment to black on black murder make white people feel like their privilege is safe. "if black folks kill each other, we ain't goin lose the country."
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Thats too much realness this early in the morning.

I needed another cup of coffee before reading this sh*t.

Anonymous said...

talking about why white people like hip hop? i mean, it's hella different for the backpacker listening to hiero and the frat boy listening to fifty. hip hop reaches us through our relation to oppression; that's the filter through which we listen to this ish.

i think fifty characterizes and plays (to his benefit) off our fetishizisation of the black male as this big dicked jungle thug fuckin-your-little-sister, and for some white kids listening and associating themselves with "black culture" plays into their own insecurities. it makes them feel more masculine, white or black, to identify with a pop-culture archetype of manhood like fifty. blame taking classes with angela davis here at ucsc, but i can't help but see how hood-ass rap is intimately tied to the white patriarchy we've been socialized into.

aye bay bay, aye bay bay.

T DOT said...

But, three hunned dollas? I only wondered
how solvent she was and if she was as willing
to spend as much on books for school or
classes at a community college.
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I love my queens. But seriously, This has ALWAYS bothered me for the longest.

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Anybody got finding forever.

Gotty said it was like a newer version of Be.

Which I can't evaluate because I only listen
to Resurrection. <<----outta pocket.

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Ya gotta give like water for chocolate more love.

Finding Forever: http://laxisawesome.us/ems/Common-Finding_Forever-2007-OSC/

Yeah I'd pretty much call it an updated version of Be. Not as great. Still a solid album.

M.Dot. said...

i mean, it's hella different for the backpacker listening to hiero and the frat boy listening to fifty.
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Hi anony,

Your a beast.
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big dicked jungle thug fuckin-your-little-sister,
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U @ UCSC. Tjen make yo'self known young.


I WAS JUST BY santa cruz today in a city called Alamden. Chu know it?
Mad pretty and warm.

M.dot be ALL THROUGH that bay lately.

Let me find a '66 stang.

I might say BYE to that 718 sh*t.

M.Dot. said...

t.dot.

thank you.

muah.

K1NG said...

When you gonna stop by Stockton tho? haha

I know you noid as fuck...but still...wouldn't that shit be funny if one of your cousins knew me out here?

That Turf Talk shit GREW on me while in Michigan.

I bought that Mm..Food Re-Release last week and Finding Forever is NOT touching Be. I didn't like the production that much, I think Kanye was trying too hard to imitate DILLA.

J!!! said...

Being that I am one of the oldest reader here, does that give me any kind of special Priveldges on this site of any kind???

T DOT said...

Yeah Kanye made an honest attempt.

I'm still sayin it's one of the top 5 releases of '07, probably pick up that grammy too.

She Hate Me said...

Summer is winding down. Is it everything you wanted it to be?
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No.




Take that as you will.

M.Dot. said...

SHM.


DAMN.

All grumpy.

THIS BLOG IS A SITE OF HAPPINESS FOR ME.

THINK I feel a graditude list coming on.

She Hate Me said...

DAMN.

All grumpy.
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Wasn't directed towards you, I've got relationship issues going on.




Just call me Mario from now on.



Hit the blog for an explaination.

M.Dot. said...

I ain't taking it personal.

My plate so full of personal grumpyness Im damn near a smurf.

I also got some love cracking too.

LOL.

She Hate Me said...

I also got some love cracking too.
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Glad to see somebody can still be in the realm of love.




My ass is stuck in the friend zone.

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