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Seven Things I Thought Watching The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

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Every so often you come across something that is so spot on, so hilarious, so absolutely genius that it recasts thoughts you’d previously had in a new more enlightened way. Such was the case a few months ago when I stumbled upon Issa Rae’s hilarious web-series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.” If you haven’t yet watched ABG you need to do yourself a favor and get up on it. You’ll enjoy this post much more if you’ve already seen the episodes so head over to www.awkwardblackgirl.com watch, then come back and discuss. The series is a sitcom of sorts that follows a twenty something black girl named Jay as she traverses life’s everyday minutia trying to make sense of it all in her own awkward way. Today’s post I want to highlight some of my favorite moments from the series while also discussing some of the things I thought about while watching. Let’s jump right in.

Episode 1: “Burn in Hell N*gga, Burn In, Burn in Hell N*gga” ~Jay

Sam Jackson has had some seriously epic moments in his stellar career. I mean, who can forget him dancing for Ruby Dee in Jungle Fever. If I had to pick my favorite all time Sam Jackson moment, it’s him sitting on the stand on trial for murder in “A Time to Kill” and yelling “Yes they deserved to die and I hope they burn in hell.” That’s damn-near Shakespearean. Given that, you can imagine how much I laughed when Jay flipped that line while writing angry rap lyrics aimed at the guy who broke her heart. Jay’s rapping, in general is hilarious. More importantly, it touches on how we all have our own unique ways of dealing with our emotions. On the rare occasion that my emotions get the best of me, I just turn them off and shut down. Jay writes diss raps… to each their own. How do you deal with extreme emotion?

Episode 2: Office Politics As Usual

One of the things I’ve hated about making my career in corporate america has been that when you work in a corporate, or semi-corporate environment you’re forced to interact, on a daily basis, with people you’d be loathe to deal with in your personal life. In episode 2 jay introduces us to the cast of characters in her office. The one I want to zero in on – because it’s my least favorite person in any professional environment, is the racially insensitive boss. Look, I realize that not everybody grows up around other races so the only relationship some folks have with the blacks is BET and Eyewitness News, but you know what – that’s not my fault. One time, during an end of year review my boss told me that she loved that I came to work dressed impeccably everyday. I wish you all could have been there for the awkward and effusive stuttering that occurred when I responded by asking “Well, what else would you have expected?” Do you guys have folks at your job that you can’t stand?

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Episode 3: “N*ggas love me, I’m on my Kim K.”

Not much to say about episode 3 except that it was absolutely hilarious – particularly that line above. N*ggas do love them some Kim K.

Episode 4: The Kindred Spirit

There’s nothing more awesome than that moment in life where you meet someone who finds you just as awesome as you find them. Call it a BFF, call it a kindred spirt, a spec (for the greeks out there), call it what you want – it’s life altering. In my life, I happen to call that person MrsMost (I don’t really call her MrsMost, but you get the idea). Yall wanna know a secret? I never thought I was funny, or witty till I met MrsMost. I always thought stuff in my head, and cracked myself up, but as my relationship with the Mrs developed and I began to share with the her the hilarity that so often ran around in my head, it was astonishing to me that she actually found me to be funny. To her, I’m like the funniest person on Earth. I love that. In this episode Jay finds her kindred spirit in an Indian co-worker. Have you found your kindred spirit – how did you guys meet?

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Episode 5: The Unrequited Crush

I like to say that I’ve never ever had an unrequited crush, that there’s never been a person who I was interested in that wasn’t also interested in me, but that’s not entirely true. In high school I really liked this girl but everybody liked her. Literally, everybody. She always had a boyfriend and not only did she always have a boyfriend, but she always had a lame-n*gga boyfriend. Isn’t that the worst? Why is it that the folks you like the most always end up with people you know you’re better than? Episode 5 of ABG made me remember my unrequited crush and how much it sucked that I never really made a move. Have you ever had an unrequited crush? Ever have someone you wish you made a move on?

Episode 6: “Oh You Think I’m Playing Trick.”

In episode six we’re once again treated to Jay’s awesome rapping. This time her ire is directed at a co-worker she hates. This had me thinking of my all time favorite diss records. Here’s my top 5:

5. “Oh You Think I’m Playing B*tch” – Jay

4. “The B*tch in Yoo” – Common

3. “Hit Em Up” – Tupac

2. “Who Shot Ya?” -Notorious B.I.G. (I know it wasn’t really directed at Pac, but I thought it was at the time.)

1. “The Takeover”

What are you favorite diss records in Hip-Hop History?

Episode 7: White dudes love black chicks with natural hair.

Earlier this summer I was kickin’ it at one of Brooklyn Museum’s “First Saturday” parties. So I’m getting to know a friend of a friend and she’s telling me how she’d just cut all her hair off and was going natural. In the middle of our conversation this white dude with a weird french-ish accent and a fedora(the kind of white guy who only exists at Brooklyn Museum’s “First Saturdays”) stopped her mid-sentence and said “I’m sorry, but can I just tell you how beautiful you are.” She politely thanked him while showing no interest in further conversation and he went on about his business. She then told me how she’d been approached by more white men in short time she’d been natural than she had been in her entire life. Since then I’ve noticed how often I see white dudes with black women who have natural hair. Episode 7 reminded me of this phenomena while also hilariously pointing out many of the other oddities of interracial dating. This was, by far, my favorite episode. Everything about it was dope, from D’s singing-a** new chick, to the inherent awkwardness of spoken word poetry to the perfectly placed Frank Ocean joint at the end… it’s all just extremely well done.

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Yeah, as you can see, I love The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and I’m sure you guys will too (if you don’t already).What’s really dope is that I’ve heard through the grapevine that they reached their kickstarter goal of raising $30,000, so episode 7 will not be the last episode. Here’s to folks following their dreams. Be sure to head over to www.awkwardblackgirl.com, watch the episodes over and over like I do, buy a t-shirt or two, show her some love and support her art.

Lastly, got some good news this weekend – something I hope I can share with you all soon, till then, you know where I am … low and firing.

**Hey folks. We’re bringing back the comment rating system to see if it affects the site speed like it did before we moved to a new host. If the site remains swift, it shall stay. If SBM turns into a tortoise, it shall go. Just a heads up. -Slim **

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  1. Cosign all up and through this! Just discovered it last week. Could not stop laughing, but only because it is so relatable. Issa Rae is doing it.

  2. Something new I need to check out. I have to hear these raps, might be a good way to work out frustrations lol *added to my list!!!*

  3. I love ABG! My sister actually put me on to the web series. I think its cool that you watch it too & I can definitely relate to each episode. I"m not that "sensitive", but when I'm dealing with extreme emotions, I usually write poems about it.

  4. I love ABG! I have supported her and encourage others to do so. We have to support these great artists out here. What I love about the series, is that it's things we all do and see on a regular basis. Thanks for the article Most! Keep up the great work Issa Rae!

  5. You forgot about Darius the Whisperer. I swear the first day he popped up in the show, iDied. When he came on at the Party episode and was whispering ON THE MIKE… iDied again.

    ABG=Hilarity…. I love it. And I love seeing a black woman making her dream happen for herself, and I love the black women across the country were willing to support and help her do it!

    BTW, they passed their fundraising goal of 30K… and then some. $40K and counting!

    I think this makes a statement to all the big media heads…. if you give us quality programming, we will support it.

    1. I was done when I heard the baby voice ass ninja! And why were people acting like they understood them? And he looked annoyed when she couldn't understand him… lol

      1. I love Darius !!!!

        It's his facial expressions that get me. The way he rolls his eyes like everyone else is deaf.

        I'm so proud of ABG. Issa Rae is fantastic.

        If you enjoy ABG, you should also checkout Fly Guys series.

    2. hahaha Darius Baby Voice is a trip. lol

      i think he just made an FB page.

      the whole ABG series is what's up. I thought I was watching myself in those episodes.

  6. Omg, I love the episodes. I was lmao! Her diss raps were absolutely hilarious. The hallway situation is something I can def relate to! Awkwarddddddd. When I went natural some odd years ago, it was mostly older black men that approach me….and they always call me "my sistah". smh. lol.

    (PS: Hey guys! Havent been on the site in a minute, but I still follow yall on twitter. Love yall!) Ok carry on 🙂

      1. Omg, I literally lol'd at work reading your comment! Yessss, that part had me rolling! Why the hell did they even have that poster up in the first place? lmaoooo. It was also funny when she contributed to ABG's diss raps. Hilarious.

  7. Thanks for putting me on to the series; love it.

    I rarely get bouts of extreme emotion. When I do, I usually end up ranting solo in my room, and maybe shedding a tear or two depending on the situation. Back in the day, I would make a cryptic status update on FB or write a note.

    The one good thing about the job that I recently quit is that the people were great for the most part. At the most, some vaguely annoyed me. My previous manager could be a nut case at times and she would fly off the handle before getting her facts straight. She wasn't too bad with me and always made sure to apologize and try to set things right though, and in return, I was more forgiving than I have been in the past with people like her. I think I was the only one who genuinely liked her, when all was said and done. It was so odd for me, especially as my youngest brother always tells me that I get annoyed too easily.

    I met my kindred spirit in 2004 while headed for an exchange trip. I'd met people in the past that I'd referred to as "best friend," but she was actually my first true friend. I threatened to beat her up just a couple of hours ago. I love that chick. It'd be great to find a guy that I could have as awesome a relationship as we have, with.

    My Unrequited Crush was the first black guy around my age that I encountered in my days in Cambodia. lol My mom teased/teases me to bits because she says he looked/looks like a dinosaur. Something along the lines of Chris Bosh. My "best friend" at the time tried to get us to talk during an International Day event, and I ran away. The next time he came across me and her that day, HE ran away. It's always amusing to remember.

    I didn't get approached by any white guys when I was rocking my fro-puff, just some black guys who wanted to commend me for keeping it au naturel. In my Cambodia days, though, I was getting crushed on by these lil white boys while dreaming about my aforementioned T-Rex. I did crush on a white boy of my own, though. I was Mary to his Joseph at the church play, lol. Matter 'fact, he should've been listed as my Unrequited Crush, part 2. I kinda strung him along, making him think that some other girl was crushing on him while passing him notes that I had authored. Terrible, I know.

        1. I know black people that have lived in Thailand and the Philippines, but you're the first black person I know of that lived in Cambodia. I knew a white guy that taught there, but that's it.

        2. Yeah, there weren't too many of us around at the time. I've heard that there are more now. It was always fun to see the look of surprise on the natives' faces when any one of us addressed them in fluent Khmer.

  8. I <3 the ABG series I'm so glad they got the funding so they can continue to post the hilariousness. I just heard about it a week ago on another website and IMMEDIATELY sent links to everyone I know to show them that I was not alone in my awkwardness. It also reminds me of the MTV series, Daria, which I still watch to this day. I had the crazy boss (who I referred to as Dinosaur…or stupid bish), the annoying coworker (moonface), and the nasty germ-ridden folks. Aww the memories. The justification for stalking had me rolling because one of my friends said the same thing (my actual friend, not me…although I have to agree). I'm so happy you posted this and I'm gonna stop now and watch the newest episode!

    1. I don't know man… I'm not sure it reminded me of Daria and i'm a big Daria fan. Daria had a subtly to it that I don't think will ever be duplicated by anyone. It was truly a sign of the times. It was actually the last time rock music could be respected in its natural form. Shortly after Grunge/Alternative rock, came punk rock and it all went downhill from there. But most of our youth were self-depressed and choosing to be different. I don't know about y'all but up until just recently I haven't seen a more diverse youth movement than what was the mid to late nineties. Daria represented all of that. ABG really reminded me of Curb or Arrested Development. Dry comedy but so applicable to everyone's life.

      1. Sometimes, things are vaguely reminiscent of other things, and not everyone gets that same feeling. It doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the actual subject matter. It's probably because of her generally negative disposition towards others.

      2. My sister put me on Daria and yes the subtle sarcasm could never be duplicated. Kinda reminds me of 80s comedies (i.e. Ghostbusters) with the subtle humor. BTW, i'm not comparing Daria to Ghostbusters.

        I think i've seen an episode of ABG and indeed it was awkward … Lol

  9. I actually stayed up watching this last night and I got all the way up to episode 6. I had to file most of this in the category of "This is why it's great to be Black." Long gone are the days of negro spirituals, they're now replaced with Youtube, Twitter and Bloggery. We wish we could just come out and say some of this in public but we can't, we just don't have that opportunity lol.

    That Kim K line is the funniest thing i've heard in a long time.

    I wanted to add a few diss songs that weren't mentioned that I thought were great:

    1) Wanksta – 50 Cent

    2) In Cold Blood – Rick Ross

    3) Dough is What I Got – Lil' Wayne (Most people don't even realize how much of a diss track this is unless they listen slow.)

    4) 4,3, 2, 1 – Canibus (On LL's own track though?)

  10. Well thank you for introducing me to ABG, I never even knew it existed until you hipped me to it. I know that I will go back through the different episodes. I can't believe I sat here and watched "the date" here at work.

    I know that I've seen this type of thing before, dating white boys etc. I remember doing it myself a long long time ago. Never really could get with the whole white boy scene tho, sorry, it wasn't working for me and never will. Cute show tho, I will definitely revisit.

  11. Most? No love for Ether? One of the greatest come backs of all time. Considering the context that Nas wrote that, how is that not number one? Other than that you list get my co-sign. Gotta throw in Long Kiss Goodnight and those Eminem/Source Magazine disses.

    You 36 in Karate class?

    You guys have good opinions, and I support people on the come up so I will check it out. But I have to keep it real, I'm not sure this is for me. Awkward black girls aren't really for me, I like elegant but down to earth with a fat @$$.

    As for episode seven, natural hair thing is out of control. Topic of every damn conversation. Nothing against the style, just against the 'hype' behind it.

    1. Takeover >>>>>>>>>> Ether

      Ether was random jokes (some were funny) and partial truth muddled in with a dope azz beat.
      Takeover was littered with facts all throughout and just cut deeper as a diss track to me.

      But i'll take facts over jokes any day.

      I can see why people would prefer Ether with the beat and the jokes but really only simple cats think Ether was better.

      1. Jay-z stans want to come up in here, hitting the dislike buttom on my comment, making accusations about God's Son. Slandering my hip hop opinions. I will not stand for it sir.

        Nas did not have jokes, he had facts that he spun. Jay-z just had B.S. opinion. "I showed you your first tek on tour with large professor". Yeah were on tour together, but Jay was talking out his @$$ just as much as Nas. Making false claims and jokes bigging himself up looking for the easy win. Its about the bars, not about which rapper is more successful. So Jay-z talking about how much more money he had/has is not going to bring him a Victory.

        "You were using it wrong/ You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song".

        That was the facts you were talking about? That is a fact? The World Is Yours isn't a hot song? Really? Really? You are trying to tell me that is a fact? But I'm the simple cat. You stanning right now Top5.

        A lot of truth is said in jest:

        "went from Jaz to hanging with Kane, to Irv, to Big" True!

        "O I get it, you Biggie, He's Puffy" True!

        1. But wait, what's wrong with Hanging out with Kane, Irv and BIG? How is that something to diss someone for. And the story about the Tech on tour was true. They were down in DC somewhere, or maybe VA. I watched an interview with a third party that explained the whole thing.

          I've always been a Nas fan and always been a Hov fan. Still love both artists. But I think when you compare songs objectively, the takeover wins. Nas doesn't even really say anything till the third verse of ether.

        2. Aight Cheekz i'll start off with this before you go off talm bout i'm a Jay Stan cuz i think Takeover is better than Ether … I didn't hit the dislike button on you (And now that they back up, don't be crying when somebody drops the red bomb on you when u talkin reckless). Second thing, I have 6 of Nas's actual bought albums in my whip and i also have bought 6 Jay albums, so yeah my opinion isn't biased at all. Just because i don't agree with you doesn't mean i'm a stan for the opposite side … Smh … You're Losing bro.

          And Jay took Nas's hot line and made it a hot song (Rap Game/Crack Game) … Nas doesn't have a hot song off that line cuz he kinda just said the line in passing, but really should've been a full track cuz its a dope concept.

          But looking at both tracks without bias, Most did all the dirty work and summed it up quite well, which is why i give Jay the nod over Nas in this battle and if Takeover isn't gudda enough for you, make moves on "Super Ugly" from Jay.

        3. @Most. No No no. He want FROM JAZ. To Kane. To Irv. Than Big. Technically I think it was Big to Irv, but that is a story for for a different day. The point is he wasn't a real G. He only pretended to be buddy-buddy who ever the hot rapper/mogul was to better help his career. That dropped the person like a disloyal rat with lite whiskers, compared to beans… you get the point. He is a d!ck ridder. Where was he when the feds came down on Murder Inc? Mrs Wallace said Jay-z never comes around to check up on Big's kids or donate to her school and we all know about him and Jaz-o.

          "How many of biggie rhymes are going to come out your fat lips." So true, Ja had to respond later, just to that remark. And I am a Jay fan too, to a degree. But a loss is a loss and he took a loss. The most historic of all time.

          @Top5. Why do ninja take the like button so seriously? It like if you dislike someone its all out war against their block. Still hating on people saying Jay one and I am being bias.

    2. Cheekz, I actually agree with Top5 on this point. I felt like, in one verse Jay accurately summed up where Nas had been, and where he was at that time in his career. It was amazing. I think Nas did the very best he could with Ether… it's a dope song, but it's not as poignant and biting because so much of it is about stuff that has nothing to do with rap. Let's break it down:

      Music Related Lines in Ether:

      I got this, locked since '9-1

      I am the truest, name a rapper that I ain't influenced

      Gave y'all chapters but now I keep my eyes on the Judas

      With Hawaiian Sophie fame, kept my name in his music

      I can handle This for dolo and it's manuscript, just sound stupid

      When KRS already made an album called Blueprint

      First, Biggie's ya man, then you got the nerve to say that you better than Big.

      What's sad is I love you 'cause you're my brother

      You traded your soul for riches

      My child, I've watched you grow up to be famous

      And now I smile like a proud dad, watching his only son that made it

      All I did was gave you a style for you to run with

      Smiling in my face, glad to break bread with the god

      Wearing Jaz chains, no tecs, no cash, no cars

      No jail bars Jigga, no pies, no case

      Just Hawaiian shirts, hanging with little Chase

      You a fan, a phony, a fake, a pussy, a Stan

      Rockefeller died of AIDS, that was the end of his chapter

      And that's the guy y'all chose to name your company after?

      You ass, went from Jaz to hanging with Caine, to Herb, to Big

      And, Eminem murdered you on your own shit

      How much of Biggie's rhymes is gonna come out your fat lips?

      Wanted to be on every last one of my classics

      You pop shit, apologize, nigga, just ask Kiss

      All of the other lines in Ether are pretty much trash. Some are funny, but still, it's all very unspecific, the type of stuff kids say to each other when they're snapping on each other. Now when you compare all of that to:

      I know you missin all the – FAAAAAAAME!

      But along with celebrity comes bout seventy shots to your brain

      Nigga; you a – LAAAAAAAME!

      Youse the fag model for Karl Kani/Esco ads

      Went from, Nasty Nas to Esco's trash

      Had a spark when you started but now you're just garbage

      Fell from top ten to not mentioned at all

      to your bodyguard's "Oochie Wally" verse better than yours

      Matter fact you had the worst flow on the whole fuckin song

      but I know – the sun don't shine, then son don't shine

      That's why your – LAAAAAAAME! – career come to a end

      There's only so long fake thugs can pretend

      Nigga; you ain't live it you witnessed it from your folks pad

      You scribbled in your notepad and created your life

      I showed you your first tec on tour with Large Professor

      (Me, that's who!) Then I heard your album bout your tec on your dresser

      So yeah I sampled your voice, you was usin it wrong

      You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song

      And you ain't get a corn nigga you was gettin fucked and

      I know who I paid God, Serchlite Publishing

      Use your – BRAAAAAAAIN! You said you been in this ten

      I've been in it five – smarten up Nas

      Four albums in ten years nigga? I could divide

      That's one every let's say two, two of them shits was due

      One was – NAHHH, the other was "Illmatic"

      That's a one hot album every ten year average

      And that's so – LAAAAAAAME! Nigga switch up your flow

      Your shit is garbage, but you try and kick knowledge?

      (Get the fuck outta here) You niggaz gon' learn to respect the king

      Don't be the next contestant on that Summer Jam screen

      Jay wrapped Nas' whole career to that point up in 1 verse. And it was all fact. Believe what you will, that verse on The Takeover salvaged Nas' career. He was totally and completely irrelevant at that point. This pushed him to a whole other point musically. Without that verse there is no One Mic, there is no "You're the Man" there is no Ether. Also, I give J more points on The Takeover because he threw the first punch. In rap battles, the guy who goes second has it easier because he knows what he has to do to win. Nas went second, and still, in my mind, came up short. Nas won the battle, because the streets say he won the battle and that's all that really matters. But the fact that he won the battle doesn't mean ether was a great song. It was sufficient. It did it's job. The Takeover was a much better song, and a much better diss record.

      1. @Most.One hot album every ten years?? That is a fact?? One classic album, up to that point, since than he dropped two more gems. But one hot album? A fact?

        1) Sorry but Jay only had one classic up to that point, so who was he to talked trashed. Line them up and compare. Vol 3 may by better than Nasturdamus, is that anything to brag about? It was written bodies Vol 1. and I am does the same to Vol 2.

        2) Jay pulled a fast one on everyone and no one called him out on it. He said in 01, he had been in the game five year and Nas ten. Not true remotely. When Nas said he was ten years, he was counting the time first his debut feature, "Like at the BBQ" which came out in 91 (dough, everyone knows that, sorry for stating the obvious). But when Jay said he had been in the game five years, in 01 HE WAS LYING. His debut album came out in 96, but that was only b/c he couldn't get a deal. He had been in the game since 89! 89! If he was going off debut albums, he should have given Nas a debut date of '94. Not '91.

        3) The question on who went first is debatable. Remember can't believe this was ten years ago, the original Takeover was performed at SummerJan with 3 verses. The only mention of Nas was that "ask Nas he don't want it with Hov." Than Nas came with the Paid in Full freestyle. Than the full takeover, Ether, super ugly. And sometime after that, Jim Jones attempted to smack his kufi off his head.

        4)Horse did not have a better verse than Nas. That statement was asinine.

        5)Karl Kani was popping back in the day. Wasn't it? Not going to lie that and the searchlight publishing actually hurt. But that doesn't stop "You pop sh!t, you apologize, just ask Kiss" That is so true and relevant to the times.

        6) Jay was in a Karate class!! Ok it wasn't Karate, it was boxing or mix martial. But still, there is footage of this guy taking lessons. That isn't childish, that is a good flip. It not even some stuff from his past, Jay put that out there, thinking it would make him look good.

        7)The most important point. Switch up your flow the ish is garbage? Who did '01 Jay-z think he was talking to. He was coming off the worst, must dumbed down writing of his career and he admitted it. Admitted it. Now since than his raps have been very Hov like worthy of his title. But back than he was darn near lazy, a sellout, and brutally shallow.

        1. Four albums in ten years nigga? I could divide

          That’s one every let’s say two, two of them shits was due

          One was – NAHHH, the other was “Illmatic”

          That’s a one hot album every ten year average

          I always had a problem with that line. Illmatic was undoubtedly a classic, but no one can tell me It Was Written was weak. Add to that, a bunch of his music got leaked, which is why Nastradamus was garbage. But many of those songs were released on the Lost Tapes, and that was the best "bootleg and B sides" album ever. Not to mention, Volume 3 was trash.

          I'm on Team Ether. CHeeKZ, I agree with every one of your points. Especially 7. Honestly, I think Jay passed Nas on the GOAT list after American Gangster and Blueprint 3, but Jay had no business calling someone's flow garbage at that time. He and Swiss Beats teamed up to produce some of the lamest sh!t I've ever heard. (JIGGA! JIGGA! And who I'm rollin' with? MY N!GGAZ!) That was port-o-potty level sh!t.

    3. "As for episode seven, natural hair thing is out of control. Topic of every damn conversation. Nothing against the style, just against the ‘hype’ behind it."

      What hype behind it? It's not like it's a natural vs processed thing for everyone. It's just new for a lot of folks and now we have the ability to blog and put things on youtube that help people to figure out what to do with the stuff on their own head.

      I haven't noticed white guys saying things to me so much as people in general. I only got compliments on my hair from friends when I switched up my style or was fresh from the salon. The same amount of white guys hit on me if my hair is straight or natural.

      1. Just seeing this debate. Everyone brings up good points.

        The point I always bring up, is when dudes get destroyed on a track, no one says they got "Takeovered"

        2) Illmatic and IWW were CLASSICS! Period. I Am was a solid album too. Nastadamus was nastradamus, lol. So Jay's "math" was off. The only reason nas was "irrevelant" was because of one bad album. Up until that point, Jay's first album was a classic (that didnt really get the burn when it dropped), vol 1 was a dissapointment, vol 2 was solid, and vol 3 was so/so. I dont count Dynasty as a Jay album, but even that joint was so/so. IWW > RD to me also but thats another debate for another day.

        3) Jay will never have to deal with the Illmatic Curse (which I will write about one day). I do this Jay is the best out and of his era due to his musical consistency, but a lot of ppl have revisionist history when it comes to Hov.

        Good debate

        1. We don't use any quote-ables from 'Ether' though, which is telling enough. I mean unless you think saying 'Gay-Z' is clever. 'We don't believe you, you need more people' is a hip hop staple though.

  12. Ok, so did nobody peeped the nod to Love and Basketball at the party?

    D (in reaction to J's haircut): "I feel gay. No homo!"

    Anyways, ABG is my shat. I can relate to 90% of the awkward stuff that happens on the show. ABG is pure comedy!

    And I need to get a shirt ASAP.

    1. Lol yea I did. She made a Saved the Last Dance parody in that episode as well…. And then the Fresh Prince shout out in the spoken word episode…. Eff u daddy!

  13. "Do you guys have folks at your job that you can’t stand?"

    Who doesn't? Without getting too in detail, I'm the lead inspector (not divulging in what field, regulars here know what I do). I'm working with a new guy that is one of those people who is always talking, but never listening to the other person. Even if he asks you a question, he's not listening to the response; his mind is drifting elsewhere or he's asking another question while you're in mid-sentence explaining the first one. Because of this, when I'm pointing something out and explaining it to him, he's not listening, then three seconds later asks me if I see the thing I JUST POINTED OUT TO HIM! But the worse offense is when he tries explaining things to me, with all of his six months of experience. I'm like, you silly ba$tard, I'm not the lead inspector for one of the largest cities in the United States because I don't know the basics of the field! I don't know how many times I have to bite my tongue with this guy.

    "Have you ever had an unrequited crush? Ever have someone you wish you made a move on?"

    Yes, but I didn't make the move because of the lame-n*gga boyfriend. Of course, if I was with her, someone might view me as the lame-n*gga boyfriend, but this ain't about me.

    "What are you favorite diss records in Hip-Hop History?"

    What? A list of diss records without Ice Cube's No Vaseline and DJ Quik's Dollars and Sense? Cosign with CHeeKZ with Ether.

  14. I LOVE this show! Darius is so funny to me! And her boss when she had those braids in her hair hilarious. Oh and the spoken word part… I mistakenly watched it in public and started dying. The people I was with were asking what was so funny. I had to close it and say nothing because they weren't the right crowd.

      1. I know waaaaay too many people that would be offended by that line, lol… I laughed though, lol… "Praise Jesus"

  15. Oh and I can completely relate to the guy that hated getting emails in Comic Sans font. I was lmao at that because I absolutely HATE IT!!! I mean really, why the HELL did your grown a$$ set your email font settings to Comic Sans at work??? -_- *wooo-saaaahhhhh* Ok, Im fine (sort of)

      1. omg. lmao! thats fine. Its seeing it in work email that really beef my jerky…wait. That sounds wrong on so many levels *shrug* You know what I mean 🙂

  16. *MovesRockandDustSelfOff*

    Hmmmm, I never heard of this, but it definitely sounds like something I need to look into.

  17. this series is hilarious. i've been watching for a while now and i can't wait to see it get picked up so we can all watch on twitter and be play-by-play commentators like us black folks do.

    that "i'm on my Kim K." is a great line. since the Chris Brown line "ladies love me, i'm on my Cool J.." has been in my mind for weeks now. so it's great i can say the woman version now. she's awesome.

    good post. and Ether is a great diss track. along with Tupac's first line from Hit Em Up "first off, f*ck your b*tch, and the clique you claim…" lmbo. love it.

  18. Officially jealous that I can't watch these at work, lol… blocked like a muuuuuuhhhh…

    My natural reaction to extreme emotion, specifically anger, is to completely spaz out…like blow a gasket…somebody is getting hit…or at least layed all the way out. Now, I literally get quiet and eerily calm as I talk myself through how to best handle the situation…since Plan A, my natural instinct, is quite illegal and laying someone out before you've gotten all the facts is just not smart (you could embarrass yourself), lol. Working my plan is therapeutic for me…knowing that I'm working toward a resolution is enough to ease my inner turmoil. If I can't confront it head on, I will write out my thoughts…that does help.

    And I've had plenty unrequited crushes prior to Age 18. Aside from having an "I don't approach men" rule, I've also been labeled unapproachable by so many people that it must be true, lol. I met my most memorable crushes at school (there's one for every school I went to, lol…except MSU). I'm glad nothing transpired with two of them cause neither are my type now (weed head/a bit heavy for my taste). I really haven't had an unrequited crush on someone I see on the regular bases as an adult.

  19. I watched 85% of episode 7 and I can't laugh like I want to because I am at work.

    Yeah people at work… The "big boss" who I refer to as "the devil" (lol) at my job is so racist, condescending….and priveleged. There are so many stories but one day the children I work with were playing with a Mr. Potato Head (remember those?!) In the most cynical manner she tells us that she couldn't afford a Mr. Potato Head growing up, that she had to use a REAL potato. It was so awkward and such a lie! One of those moments when "they" try to "relate" & totally fail.

  20. "I never thought I was funny, or witty till I met MrsMost. I always thought stuff in my head, and cracked myself up, but as my relationship with the Mrs developed and I began to share with the her the hilarity that so often ran around in my head, it was astonishing to me that she actually found me to be funny. To her, I’m like the funniest person on Earth. I love that"

    this is just the sweetest thing I've read in awhile! awwwww!

    I heard of the show a LONG time ago, but I guess I'm still on the late freight. I'll check it out soon.

  21. Love ABG! Love that the show is getting so much love on these here internets! I got the chance to interview Issa Rae and her writing partner Tracy Oliver and they were so cool and down-to-earth and the epitome of taking a chance and following your dreams!

  22. Okay, so I spent my whole lunch break watching them at home.

    I laughed out loud here and there during episodes 1-4…seemed to be a slow start. But, episodes 5-7 locked me in! I absolutely love J's bff…rapping & making beats?! LMBO! And the co-worker crush guy seems to be confused about whether or not he wants the "cute girl" or the girl he actually likes who isn't as cute. I wonder how often this happens to the fellas around here…

    And I can def identify with moving on to the next guy cause the guy you want ain't making his move fast enough and then feeling awkward and confused when the guy you originally wanted gets it together and makes a move. "Do I stick with this guy or sideline him…possibly hurting his feelings…to date the guy I originally liked?" Usually, I stick with the "next guy" cause he liked me enough to make the move when it counted. I wonder what J will do…

    1. Is it that she's the cute girl or the thirsty girl who is throwing herself at him? I think it's a fight between his p*nis and his heart and right now Mr. Peen is winning.

  23. I'd never heard of it but I just sat here and watched every episode. I loved it! The stapler episode was too familiar! It seems like every job I've had somebody is always on my stapler. I went out of my way to buy purple staples so I'd know who had been using my stapler when they turned up in documents I didn't handle. Petty but I got them heifers! lol I also enjoyed the party scene because, though I've not ever been to a party, I'd imagine that I'd be in the same boat as her, not knowing what to do with myself. I found myself rooting for them during the date episode. The black dude who rolled his eyes at her who was there with a white chick himself, just had me rolling. I was just waiting for her commentary when I saw him going in for that kiss. It reminded me of kissing a white boy when I was a teen. He told me he couldn't feel my teeth through my lips. Haha! Anyway, the way it ended was perfect. I'm over here like what's gonna happen now?

      1. Nope. Unless you count birthday parties from when I was like twelve-thirteen. Those were more like church family get togethers.

        1. haha! What in the world does that mean? You're curvy and not straight long legs with a huge gap in the middle?

  24. Episode 7 at the spoken word event: "I had 14 great birthdays without him!" I was done after that, LOL! ABG has a great way of tying in lines from movies and TV shows

  25. I watched all the episodes weeks ago and loved it! It really does give me fuel to do what I really really want to do! PS. Jay is like a cooler version of me . . .

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