Friday, February 12, 2010

Guest Post: A guide to knowing your Beige People.

My next guest blogger for Black History Month represents the West Coast. She has one of the funniest blogs on the web. She also has her own Self-Rental business. If you need an extra light bright person to hang in your crew, give her a call @ 1-800-IM-BEIGE. Without further ado - Tokenbeigechick

I was in San Francisco a couple weeks ago and I met this guy, (we’ll call him Luke), who was from Philadelphia. In the midst of our conversation, I made a joke about somebody once telling me I resembled Prince. Luke then claimed that he had never heard of Prince prior to watching select episodes of the Dave Chappelle Show. He also didn’t get my joke :(

I was stunned and refused to believe this nonsense. Who are you and what planet do you live on where short mystical beige people with musical talent elude your existence? How shameful. However, not too soon after my shock wore off, he rebutted me with, “We’ll have you ever heard of Jim Morrison?” The name sounded familiar, but I’m not going to lie, I had to Google him before I was like, “Oh yeah, THAT white guy.” And of course, this launched a debate. For a brief moment it was very important for the both of us to justify why the other person’s idol was so elusive.

Yes, Luke is white and I’m half black. And although it shouldn’t matter it still remains relevant. I wondered could the only common ground among the races as far as entertainment be Michael Jackson and the rap genre. Are Idols among races only relevant when they are doing something ignorant? Or is race not important and I’m making a similar Kanye West-like bold statement, about how black people don’t know white music and white people just don’t care?

[Insert Kanye shrug here]

Anyway, the state of music over the last decade, as it suffers to deliver quality and inspire, is one thing people of all races could potentially agree on. Therefore, I think that it's important that everyone knows who the artists were before all this musical coonery. In honor of Black History Month I am going to dedicate the rest of this post to a short tutorial of who Prince is...

Meet Prince aka The artist formerly known as Prince: singer, song singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. Favorite color: Purple. Controversial: Yes. Famous for: Purple Rain, ruffles, deep intriguing voice, playa status and permy goodness. Awards: 7 Grammys, A Golden Globe and an Academy Award. Songs you may know: “When Doves Cry,” “Kiss” or go figure, “Purple Rain.”

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Val said...
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Val said...

Prince and Jim Morrison is apples to oranges. Morrison was popular (and alive) 40 years ago. So how is it a fair comparison of musical knowledge?

But if you are at all into music and you're alive now how can you not know who Prince is? He's a crossover artist and one of the biggest stars in the world.

So it sounds like your guys problem isn't being White it's living under a rock.

P.rofessional H.ater D.egree said...

Hmmmm...where do I begin?

My notorious H.A.T.E is usually reserved for Citizen O-No and his rhetorical rants about how great Obama [who happens to be "beige"] and his decrepted alma mater JCSU [which employs a lot of educated beige people].

So I guess that means since he has a ghost writer, I need to hate from the afterlife on you.

First off, I hate beige, tan or any color derivative of khaki. In fact, I hate khaki pants. But I digress. Can I call those people khaki? Probably not. I know how Negroes get offended. And as previously stated, "negro" is on the 2010 Census so don't sue me! Or shoot me! LOL

"Attract money my worst color is light green, my favorite hue is Jay-Z Blue." Jay-Z and he happens to be very beige along with his even beiger wife.

I guess I do know Beige People! Do I win a prize?
Probably not. And I hate it when I don't win.

uglyblackjohn said...

My younger cousins were upset that The Who played the halftime show at the Super Bowl.
"Who are these guys?", they asked.
But when they heard all the songs from all he C.S.I.s they knew exactly "Who" they were.
This isn't really a racial issue so much as it is an "Exposure" issue.

Citizen Ojo said...

Val and UglyBlackJohn - So it's not about race but about what and who you know. Is it possible that this person wasn't expose to certain artists because his parents didn't like them because they were black? Am I reaching???

P.H.D. - yep, can't hate on me today. Guest Post Baby!!!

Val said...


Yeah, you're reaching a bit. If it were a less popular artist then maybe you would be right, but Prince? You really have to go out of your way to not know who Prince is. Don't you think?

Citizen Ojo said...

Val - If they live in Utah on a ranch with no T.V. then yes...ha ha ha