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Real Housewives of Atlanta: The reunion was GHETTO as hell

I’m sorry…I really, really didn’t want to speak on the Real Housewives of Atlanta at all. Sure, like a lot of folks out there I watched the show as a guilty little pleasure. You have to admit, it is entertaining television.

I watched the reunion show last night and I must say…they were in rare form. Rare! Oh my goodness. I really thought someone’s weave or wig was going to fly across the screen. Here are my thoughts:

  • Ne Ne saying that the rumors of her bring an ex-stripper are false because she currently strips, but only strips for her husband was one of the best lines of the night.
  • Lisa should have let Ne Ne loose. I would have been ok with her getting one good slap in on Kim. lol
  • Kim, why would you elude to the fact that you are wearing a wig because you have cancer and then take it back in the next few sentences. You sound crazy? I was sitting there thinking…ok…do you have some other terrible disease? Sexually transmitted maybe (I only say that because that was my reaction to the fact she said she didn’t want to talk about it. If you’ll mention cancer but not another disease…what do you have to hide?) Oh, and let me not forget to mention that Dallas Austin has publicly said that he and Kim are not working together and that he was just working with her for TV on his Myspace blog.
  • I love Dwight!!! He is fierce! Note to Bravo: He needs his own show!
  • What was up with the hole in Sheree’s sweater? Did a fight breakout before the taping?
  • Was it just me or was DeShawn a little less perky now she’s gone through the after-show drama and commenting/gossip (online and otherwise) that has surely taken her through the ringer for her extravagance, her servants, and the failed fundraiser?
  • Lisa??? You were the good one, right? What in the world did Kim do to push her buttons. She looked like she was about to take her earrings off and whop Kim’s a**.

Like Flavor Flav’s reality show dating journey, I knew this show was going to be a general train wreck Continue reading

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Graham chronicles The Black Elite again


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/04/08

Lawrence Otis Graham gets the question all the time.  “Are you bougie?”

Photo: Lawrence Otis Graham Web site
Lawrence Otis Graham is touring the country for a series of interviews for his upcoming book, ‘The Our Kind of People 800 Register.’
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June Dobbs Butts (left) talks with her niece, Carol Ann Jackson Miller, about their family history and Lawrence Otis Graham’s upcoming book, ‘The Our Kind of People 800 Register.’ On the wall is a picture of Butts’ mother, Irene T. Dobbs.
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June Dobbs Butts (left) and niece Carol Ann Jackson Miller> are not fans of Graham’s attempt to create a black social registry. ‘My father wouldn’t waste the money to buy this book,’ Butts said. ‘There will be some people who will be impressed by this. But so what? It is all empty.’

For the uninitiated, the word is derived from “bourgeois,” and it’s gained currency in the black culture, both as a compliment or as an insult for those aspiring to a higher class.

As a black man with degrees from Princeton and Harvard who uses “summer” as a verb to explain what he does on Martha’s Vineyard, and who has written extensively about society and class, Graham is used to the question.

“Do I think that there are people who call me that? Yes,” Graham said. “But bougie is middle-class, and I have risen beyond that. I would be lying if I described myself as bougie.”

No matter what you call him, Graham knows how to spark a debate.

Graham is touring the country for a series of interviews for his upcoming book, “The Our Kind of People 800 Register.”

It will be the first national directory of the richest and most socially elite black families and people in America.

Graham said the book is a natural sequel to his “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class,” which looked at the history and traditions of the black elite. He said the new book, due this fall, is an attempt to do what whites have done, which is identify and catalog their social elite.

“The first book talked about the lifestyle,” he said. “But many people said, ‘You neglected to mention the so-and-so family in Charleston.’ So, let me tell you who they are and how they got their money. I am going city by city, family by family, credential by credential.”

Oprah Winfrey, Black Enterprise Publisher Earl Graves and Johnson Publishing’s Linda Johnson Rice likely will make the list.

Russell Simmons, Michael Jordan and Tyler Perry, three of the richest black men in America, probably won’t.

Atlanta’s Usher or Jermaine Dupri? Don’t even think about it. A headline in a recent press release announcing the book read: “Who’s In: Black Doctors, Lawyers, Bankers & Rich Socialites; Who’s Out: Baby Mamas, Basketballers & Ghetto Rap Stars.”

“I know it is going to upset people, but I have an important goal in mind, ” Graham said in a recent interview. “This is about more than finding the 800. I am also trying to address the negative images that seem to pervade the media and mind-set. The only black success stories we seem to want to embrace are athletes, comedians and entertainers.” Continue reading

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