“Black English is the creation of the black diaspora. Blacks came to the United States chained to each other, but from different tribes: Neither could speak the other’s language. If two black people, at that bitter hour of the world’s history, had been able to speak to each other, the institution of chattel slavery could never have lasted as long as it did. Subsequently, the slave was given, under the eye, and the gun, of his master, Congo Square, and the Bible—or in other words, and under these conditions, the slave began the formation of the black church, and it is within this unprecedented tabernacle that black English began to be formed.This was not, merely, as in the European example, the adoption of a foreign tongue, but an alchemy that transformed ancient elements into a new language: A language comes into existence by means of brutal necessity, and the rules of the language are dictated by what the language must convey.”
—James Baldwin, If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?
The homegirl Sheena Beans posted this a while back and I was greatly amused by it.
Yeah, this is pretty accurate. Especially numbers 1, 2, and 10.
And now that I’ve finished my, uh, “chores” for the weekend, I think it’s time to do number one on the list.
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Tagged beer, champagne, Cognac, The AmeRican Kid, Top 10 Rules of Boozing, vodka, Whisky, Wine
The hilarious Yolie the Jew posted a series of hand-stitched and framed Kanye West tweets that have been made, and are being sold, by an Etsy user named Supervelma. While the tweets are amusing in and of themselves (HuffPo cites the “persian rug with cherub imagery” as “strangely perfect”), there was one that really spoke to me, and it’s the one pictured above: “Sometimes I get emotional over fonts.”
As you should know, my novel Guestlist is coming out in February. What you may not realize is that I’m basically in charge of every aspect of the novel’s design, from its cover to the paper stock to the type of font used for the interior. That last element is something I agonized over for weeks. I even asked my graphic design friends, via Twitter, which font would be the best one to use. In the end, I opted to go with the tried-and-true Garamond.
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Tagged Etsy, GLIST, Guestlist, huffington post, kanye west, Supervelma, Twitter, Yolie the Jew
“Pet names are a persistant remnant of childhood, a reminder that life is not always so serious, so formal, so complicated. They are a reminder, too, that one is not all things to all people.”
—Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
Number one, author Jhumpa Lahiri is fine. Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way …
I introduce myself to damn near everyone as “Jay Fingers.” It’s a college nickname that stuck, and it’s actually served to help me stand out in . While some people do ask if it’s my real name, most realize right away that it’s just a cute little sobriquet and are generally unperturbed by it. There is a small contingent of people, however, who will scoff upon hearing me addressed as “Fingers.” I’ll never forget the young woman who, after I’d be introduced to her by my nickname, sucked her teeth and said, “Well, if that’s what you want to be called.”
She was then immediately scolded by her friends. You see, I was promoting a party and actually hooking them up; they were afraid I would take the insult to heart and leave them standing outside the velvet rope. Luckily, I am not that thin-skinned.