Confessions at the Church of James Brown
I follwed my buddies at the Black Nerds Network to a blog called We are respectable negroes. It’s an American blog and I often think that the African-American experience is unique within the realm of black experience to that of Africa or the African Diaspora.
But their recent blog post on ‘Confessions at the Church of James Brown‘ was genius. Pure genius, this post was a beacon out to all black people everywhere who had sins against “things black folk are deemed to love” and my oh my was there an outpouring!
Just because we’re all black doesn’t mean we’re always going to love all things black done by black people and you know what? Thats ok! Individuality rocks!
Some things you have to be American to understand, but others had me rolling on the floor and everybody took their lead from the post author:
“I, Chauncey DeVega, do not like black eyed peas. I, Chauncey DeVega, do not like the television miniseries Roots. I, Chauncey DeVega, do not like the Black Church.“
And he was not alone! My favourite confession snippets (I haven’t copied them verbatim):
O most soulful and holy St. James Brown, If a rapper’s name starts with Lil’ or Young, he is DEAD to me. I hate Black themed romantic comedies with Morris Chestnut or Gabrielle Union. I could give a damn about rims. I want to dance a jig because I realized today that spinning rims played out and nobody is doing that shit anymore. I have a master’s degree, but any piece by Toni Morrison makes my head hurt. Oh, another thing. I don’t feel Kanye West or Ray-J. Amen.
Oh so many… I hate grown ass men , over 20 in matching hat, top, pants and shoes. I hate people wasting money they don’t have on rims. I hate gold /platinum teeth. I HATE hair weaves; and wierd unnatural hair colors like blue, pink, purple…etc. I hate the people that refer to their s/o as their ‘fiance’ without a ring or plans to marry. I hate that too many people think President Obama is their saviour, or the other extreme where his accomplishment hasn’t inspired them to change anything.
It’s not about agreeing or disagreeing, its just about being honest and being real! If you’re in the mood (there are 35 + confessions) have a read, it’ll give you a giggle!