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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: September 03, 2007, 04:13:43 PM »
Hiiiiii all!  :)

Just dropping by to say a quick hello!  We started school a few weeks ago and I ended up dropping off the face of the earth.  Everything is going well and I hope everyone is doing great!

Happy Labor Day (I had school blah!) >:(

Black Law Students / Re: BLACK LOVE
« on: August 13, 2007, 03:14:58 PM »
lol y'all are a trip!

I won't lie...I get all hot and bothered for nerdy boys but one doesn't necessarily have to have a college degree, in my book, to be "nerdy" (i.e. intelligent).  A college education is icing on the cake for me (the higher the education, the more icing...yuuuuuuuum!)

What I really need is: A man that can cook!  I have a high metabolism...I like to eat and the only thing I can make is reservations.

Black Law Students / Re: BLACK LOVE
« on: August 07, 2007, 06:24:37 PM »
Yeah it's just weird -  I never knew what "red" meant until I got down here for undergrad (yeah i felt dumb b/c it's not that hard to figure out).   I bring up the Caribbean thing because it's pretty standard down here.  Almost everyone is from somewhere else.  A lot of Caribbean folks and I remember being in the Bahamas and there it seemed to be a big deal.  Like folks from Haiti were hated on for being dark.  But in Miami, it's not just the fellas that are guilty of this.  It's moreso "hoodish"  women.     

So is it like Japan's fascination w/ blonde hair blue eyed white girls -  a novelty? exotic?

Oh, agreed def annoying

Yeahhhh definitely...everyone is from SOMEWHERE lol!  (Representin' V.I. Massive myself!)  In my experiences, I find that those who were actually raised over here seem to use the distinction more often then those who weren't raised over here.  At my undergraduate school (in Miami), there were big groups of Chinese Jamaicans, Trinidadians of Indian descent, etc. as well as those who were "Afro Caribbean" and many seem to have trouble with our "ethnic" distinctions on forms.  For example, my roommate was Guyanese but raised in the Turks and Caicos Islands and never felt quite comfortable checking the "Black/African-American" box.  However, if it were the only option she would choose either it or "Other".  Perhaps, this could be due to the fact that in many Caribbean nations the majority of people are of African descent and overall, many have "mixed" heritage anyway....despite the hues of their skin.

For instance, many of my Jamaican friends (of different ethnic backgrounds) will identify with being "Jamaican" if you ask them "What are you"?  I can only imagine how they would respond if we asked them to fit themselves into even more "sophisticated" classifications such as "red" "light skin" "dark skin" etc. lol 

However, I do recognize that Caribbean nations do have their own racial/ethnic issues...what country doesn't??  But when it comes to actually being defined by the pigmentation in one's one, in this hemisphere, seems to have us beat lol!

I personally think our usage of the terms "red" "clear" "dark skinned" "light skinned" etc. stem from some warped form of slavery's impact on our own self identification as a people.  I think this is different from what the Japanese do with the blonde hair/blue eyed thing (Good question by the way!!)  The Japanese also prefer being "lighter" than "darker" but their fascination does seem to be due to the fact that is "different" since the Japanese, as a people are soooooooooooooooo homogenous physically.  (Dark hair, small people)  The "Blond hair/Blue eyed" like phenomenon also occurs with other groups...such as those that like hip hop (will dress how they think Black people would "dress"), dancehall/reggae, rock, punk...everything!

Black Law Students / Re: How Come...?
« on: August 06, 2007, 10:29:01 PM »
How come I am going to be off topic for a minute?
How come I think this is the funniest version: ??

Black Law Students / Re: BLACK LOVE
« on: August 06, 2007, 09:01:06 PM »
In miami, there have been quite a few "color struck"  folks down here. Both male and female.  "Hey red"  "lightbright"
 I wondering why that is.  I think it has something to do with that a lot of black folks are from the Caribbean. 

Yup!  In my county of is not unusual for guys, who may not know one's name, to refer to females as "red", "brown" or "black".  (When using these distinctions...I have always been called "black".)

It is interesting that you bring up the Caribbean factor because I do not think that the Caribbean nations have the same issues with race as we (Americans) do. 

I am not sure where the practice stems from...but it is definitely annoying lol

Black Law Students / Re: How Come...?
« on: August 05, 2007, 11:40:59 PM »
how come i hate law and order criminal intent
how come detective dude just knows everything about everything
how come "i found the murder weapon"
how come "it's a sword that the ancient Summarians used to cut the foreskins of baby boys"
how come "so our killer works XYZ museum which is the only one in the world that carries that collection"
how come whateva' columbo
how come change the channel to law and order special victims

How come lol??
How come I am sooooo with you!?
How come that dude is severely annoying...knowing everything that has ever happened?
How come womp on him when we change the channel??  :D
How come I love Law and Order: SVU too?!
How come that is all I do on New Year's Eve (during the day) is watch the SVU marathon??

Black Law Students / Re: BLACK LOVE
« on: August 04, 2007, 02:35:28 PM »
Hi all!

I am most def. late jumping into this discussion, but I wanted to comment that I found the article that Machu mentioned: to be interesting.

As a "darker" female this topic is important to me.  When I was younger, I often got the "You are pretty for a dark girl" comments.  These comments have continued into my adulthood...showing me that the outlook on beauty has not shifted much.  I remember as recent as Summer of 2005, I was in LOVE nightclub, in D.C., and this dude came up to me telling me that I looked "ethnic".  I was offended how he was trying to get at me...since he, too, appeared to be "Black".  I guess he wanted to know my background, but his word choice left me irritated.  Who doesn't look "ethnic"??  Who doesn't have an "ethnicity"??

My best friend, who is half black and half white, was often complimented on her physical attractiveness and hair texture (which was different than my own).  Between this experience and what I would see on t.v. and in magazines (when African American women were shown...they were usually "lighter").  I believe I did develop a bit of an "issue"..however, as I grew older I began to embrace the hue of my skin: I love being chocolatey lol and think as a people we should embrace all of our beautiful shades!

Black Law Students / Re: CLEO Attitude is Essential Summer Conference
« on: August 04, 2007, 02:07:36 PM »
Ok, what workbook? I just received a copy of the textbook. I have been reading it and noticed some sections where it tells you to complete the exercises in the workbook. Did they give out a workbook or did you have to buy that seperately?

Hi Chocolate!  I did not receive a workbook..I only received the actual book itself.

Real quick, I was wondering if anyone from LA had received the survey link yet!?! I am getting worried... I am going to try to read that book or at least what I can of it in two weeks. Does anyone recommend some the methods in PLSII? Cuz I was reading that one too....

Hi Chibundu!  I was at the L.A. Seminar and I receive the survey link around Tuesday, I believe.  I wouldn't be surprised if they had Monday off as they worked all weekend!  If you haven't received it I would email/call them.

Black Law Students / Re: Scholarships
« on: August 04, 2007, 10:19:50 AM »
I am rooting for you, Denny!!!!

Black Law Students / Re: Scholarships
« on: August 04, 2007, 12:03:54 AM »
Congratulations, Harlem!!!

I was dinged today as well, Denny  >:(

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