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01 April 2008

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andrew c

OMG. This boy is soooo HOT. I have loved him since "Irreplaceable" and always wanted to know his name.

Tyler Gray

Yes, indeed. Mr. Bobby Roache is one fine man. Tall and chocolate, just like I like them. Glad to see you're back, Rod!

freeleo

Thank you Rod for always giving us something pretty to look at.

JEAN GREY

WHERE ARE THE CLIK PHOTOS!!
LOLLOL
BRING EM ON ROD DARLING!!!

Lang B.

He does have good looks. What's with the N -bomb in the YouTube video? This keeping it hood way of expressing yourself is really lame but then then again he is just a "model."

Conpfreak

Wow, what a small world. He actually a distant cousin of mine. Oh he need to show up at the family reunion lol.

Mark

Lang:

I think the criticism against the use of the n-word (with "a"-ending) is a lost cause and is becoming counterproductive. It's only contributing to a generation gap. No one is required to use it, but why keep on criticizing those who do? That is not accomplishing anything.

Moreover, something interesting is happening with the word. It is nowadays a word that black people are allowed to use but non-blacks are generally not allowed to use (whites in particular are never allowed to use it). Since blackness is increasingly associated in the mind of the public at large with hipness, coolness, power and wealth (talking about top athletes in every sport, music stars, actors, tv personalities, and now politicians - the people that the culture admires), there are a lot of whites who want to get in on a share of all that. They have a desire to be included in what is valued in these times. But they can't use this word. So the right to use the word acquires a value and marks a certain kind of status belonging to those who are allowed to use it. It's not the word that gives status, but having the right to use it marks the fact that the holder of that right is part of a group, you could even say part of a community, that some people cannot and never will be part of. In short, the right to use the n-word is becoming a status symbol, by which I mean a symbol of belonging for those who are allowed to use it and a symbol of exclusion for those who are not.

If that sounds preposterous, compare the development of the word faggot. Gay people per se have no privileged status or cache about them (not that we shouldn't have such a status, but we don't right now), and no one in the gay community is using that word as a symbol of inclusion.

Just a perspective.

Mark

By the way, I am not arguing that it is okay for the word to be normalized or used by everyone no matter who they are. On the contrary, those who use the word without having the privilege to do so should be penalized. I'm just saying that if a young black man or woman chooses to use it colloquially, we should stifle the cringe and, if anything, appreciate that as the world changes, words change too.

Mark

By the way, I am not arguing that it is okay for the word to be normalized or used by everyone no matter who they are. On the contrary, those who use the word without having the privilege to do so should be penalized. I'm just saying that if a young black man or woman chooses to use it colloquially, we should stifle the cringe and, if anything, appreciate that as the world changes, words change too.

DFS

The tone of the voice yes, the way he chooses to express himself, not so much. Guess Im just over the whole "hoodie" thing and all that slang.

Rod McCullom

I'm kind of with Luther and Mark on this one. I heard what he said, and, it went in one ear and out the other. The word in that context (from a model on YouTube) really doesn't bother me that much. But that's just me, I'm not very pc, as most people who read this blog have come to realize.

Rod McCullom

BTW, thanks Freeleo.

Derrick from Philly

Yeah, the young guy is cute all right, but I don't have the slightest idea what he was saying.
I'll put my "black queen" vernacular up against "ghetto" anyday. Black Queen vernacular (a la "Paris Is Burning") is human and creative.

Luther, did you understand anything that cute boy said?

blkbandit

arent there nude pics of him available?

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