Thursday, September 14, 2006

You might be a Bougie Black person if

1. You detest movies like Soulplane and White chicks.
2. You graduated(or at least made a serious attempt) to get a college degree.
3. You are a black Republican.
4. You have heard of and are familiar with Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman.
5. You have good or decent credit.
6. You have been called an oreo by other black people.
7. White people frequently tell you one of the following:"You are so articulate" "You are very intelligent" "You are different"
8.You love Sex in the City and/or Girlfriends.
9. You have natural hair and can defend your choice to abstain from the creamy crack(relaxer).
10.You have read about or practiced religions other than Islam and Christianity.
11. You have read the Miseducation of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson.
12. You know that Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutain and Jimmy Choo are not some good looking men, but fabulous shoe artists.
13. You look at and enjoy foreign films.
14. You have studied a foreign language.
15. You are a vegetarian.
16. You workout regularly and believe in taking care of your body.
17. You are familiar with spices and seasonings beyond salt,pepper and ketchup.
18. You enjoy going to Museums.
19. You like to drink Wine and Champagne besides Crystal(spell).
20. You are a black woman who has dated outside of your race.
21. You have lived and/or studied in a foreign country.
22. You are a black woman who can pay her own bills. You do not have sex with men so that they can pay your rent or to get your hair and nails done.
23. You use some form of birthcontrol when engaging in sexual activity.
24. You enjoy eating different types of international cuisine
. No chicken boxes and cheese steaks for you.
25. You can wear an outfit from H&M and make it look like Chanel Couture.
26. Some people think you are eccentric.
27. You think that entertainers of today have nothing on
Diahann Carrol and Eartha Kitt .
28. Whenever you see Ghetto Girls performing(acting a fool) in public your blood boils.
29. You think actress Genevieve Nnaji is the most beautiful woman in Nigeria and Omotola has nothing on her.

9 or less- You are little Bougie but at times you still have your ghetto moments. For example, you lick your fingers after eating sushi.
10-18- My dear, no one would know that you come from such humble beginnings. You can hang out with any crowd and feel like you are in your element.
19 or more- Please put down the Vogue magazine. You are so well versed in the ways of the upper class, that you make people from the old moneyed blue blood families look like trailer trash. You must learn how to relate to the common folk.


Anonymous said...

i was about to go into a whole rant about how black people label each other detremental names like "aero" and "bougie" cos we actually want to achieve something but i'll let it slide.
I guess i might be called bougie

beautyinbaltimore said...

@ delot- I want to hear your rant.

Sex and the Sushi said...

Oh this is too funny! I haven’t done/Don’t like/Am not 8, 11, 15, 16 and 21 but HELLZ YES I am sho nuff a card carrying member of the African American Bourgeoisie…with socialist, proletariat leaning of course (¡Viva el Che!)! LMAO! Wait…what? Why ya’ll looking at me like that?

Ms. GD

ERRA said...

You might be a ghetto nigrette if you spell Bergdorf BERGOFF.

Hellllllllllll 2 tha NAW.

Shavonne said...

I'm Bougie. I don't need to take this test see that.

beautyinbaltimore said...

@ sex and sushi-I'm happy u like.
@ shavone- The test is "tongue and cheek". It is something I made up off the top of my head.
@erra- did you get rid of your blog?

solitaire said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!!

This post was hilarious. I could relate to a lot of these.

Anonymous said...

bougie for lyfe baby! i replied hell yeah to all those questions
lol but this is kind of ridiculous, so we should be bougie as opposed to what? ghetto?
mehn i'm a child of God pure and simple lol

nosa101 said...

It's Cristal by the way. And I liked White Chicks and Soul Plane. And Sex and the City and Girlfriends bore me. And only black people tell me i am intelligent. And politics doesn't intrest me. And i learnt French for 5 years and can't speak jack. I think this was stuff was not MADE for me. Also I have no idea who Diahnn Carol or Eartha Kitt are. Well it doesn't matter. I am still as Posh as they come.
@ sex and the sushi, doy you really know what Che Guevara stood for or are you just speaking because you see people wearing his shirts and you heard he was revolutionary. I hope you like Fidel Castro as person too. Because he was good friends with El Che, they did their crap stuff together.

Raymond said...

18 out of 28.

Pretty comprehensive for something off the top of your head.

Anonymous said...

Ok, young blood, I know that this post was for shits and giggles, but I'ma hip you to a few thigs.....

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Main Entry: Bourgeois
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural bourgeois /-"wä(z), -'wä(z)/
1 a : BURGHER b : a middle-class person
2 : a person with social behavior and political views held to be influenced by private-property interest : CAPITALIST
3 plural : BOURGEOISIE

Some Blacks have taken bourgeois to mean "not black", which feeds into their belief that they are not good enough or worthy of being stereotyped as anything other than being poor, low-class, ignorant, immorale baby making machines.

I am bourgeois, and proud. I see the ghetto kings and queens and yes, I am repulsed by the fact they they have chosen to live a stereotype. I don't see black movies just because they are black, never have and never will. I see movies that are good regardless of the cast. By the way Inside Man was excellent, black leading man Denzel Washinton and black director Spike Lee.

A bourgeois person graduates from college, we don't just attend and later drop out. We know wines, eat outside the usual ethnic expectations and we travel regularly. We speak english, and apply ebonics whenever necessary (we are intuned to our audiance).

We know that nappy ain't happy, so yes those of the bourgeois are far more likely to have their hair straightened, or experiment with hair coloring other than black or brown.

Basically we tend not to limit ourselves to what is expected of us as blacks, especially since those expectations are sooo damn low to begin with! The bourgeois expect the best form themselves and those around them. Why settle or underachieve?

TP said...

You said it lovelymonami!

Nneka's world said...

Haha chanel!
Its been a long time, i know very busy, barely have time to update my blog.

Love this post.
Where you came up with this list was HAWT, the genny and omotola one threw me at the end, HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

So...Wise...Sista said...

Yikes! Talk about low expectations...going to college, watching quality TV and shopping outside of Family Dollar constitutes bourgie??? That's some real regular shit!

DivineLavender said...

I am a bouge-ghetto Bitch! LMAO

Gurl...You are funny ass hell!

With my natural hair, sushi eating-ass.

beautyinbaltimore said...

@ sex and sushi-I'm glad I could make you laugh and thanks for the help with youtube.
@ solitare- Your welcome.
@ anonymous- thanks for visting.
@Nosa- I can't please everyone.
@ Raymond- You would be surprised how fast I can think up those tongue and cheek quizes.
@lovely- Yes, I know the dictionary's defintion of Bourgeoisie. Here in Baltimore we define bougie as someone who is more defined and a bit more wordly than trailer park trash and hood chics. The person does not necessarily have to act white since many afrocentric people are bougie. I wrote "make an attempt or graduate" since some people may have to drop out for some time or permanently, because sometimes life throws us a curve ball. Anyway, What do you have against Nappy hair?
@ tp- Yes, she did break it down.
@NNeka- It came from the top of my head. I've just noticed certain behavoir when being around a certain group of people and things I see in myself. I think Omotola and Genevieve are going to be Nigeria's screen legends in time.
@ So wise sister- If you live in Baltimore it does.
@ Divinelavender- I think most of the black women in blogland are a bit bougie so you are not alone.

jsull28fl@yaho said...

damn I'm a fl cracker what should my score be??

Black Girl Interrupted said...

Damn I scored 23 out of 29. I suppose I could be considered bougie, but hey, whatever. It is what it is. I like to think that I don't fit neatly into one category. Yes I'm a college graduate and I'm one of those black people that white people are in awe of because I'm articulate and well read, but put a hot link sandwich with mustard in my face and watch the ghetto emerge :-).

Anonymous said...

Yes. That would be me. :)


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Model Minority said...

13. You look at and enjoy foreign films.

I was looking @ ya list and was gonna hate.

Then I was like FUUUUCK this, this ish is funny.

Sistergirl said...

Oh you guys make me laugh. I never heard of "aero" what in the world is that, and what part of the country are you in.