one thing i want to talk about right now is how sometimes we are identified by others
like i've gotten through times in my life with the assistance of people i've never met
person A talking to me: "dude u r fckin weird.. aye ngga what's ur name again?"
person B hearing person A: "leave him alone he's like a lupe fiasco type cat"
i don't know exactly what a "lupe fiasco type cat" is but i figure they just mean.. "he kinda does his own thing but he's still cool with us"
i've noticed a lot of times in life people don't know what to make of u and if they can't figure u out a lot of times they will just not even give u much of a chance to be in their clique or group or whatever
if ur perceived as weird or different then sometimes u are just out of luck but i've had a lot of help when entering these situations from people like lupe and pharrell and people who have broadened the spectrum of what black people can be
like if u dress kinda weird someone may be like "oh i get it, ur kinda like pharrell" as opposed to "that ngga dress like a dumbass" LOL
so i really appreciate people who go out and represent for who they really are inside.. it opens doors for other people to do the same and it helps people feel less alone because they have someone to identify with
oh and just to name a few more people.. andre 3000 and farnsworth bentley are two more people who do their own thing.. and u may laugh about me pointing out farnsworth bentley but he has had a great influence on black people and helped black people to reach for class both in dress as well as in manners (i read his book on etiquette) and from shows like 'G's to Gents'
i remember when he was first introduced on diddy's making the band show and everybody was like who the fck is that? why is he dressed like that? what is this nggas job? LOL
but since then i've seen dudes actually wearing sweater vests and walking around with umbrellas.. and its not that that's exactly positive but its just.. like i said earlier.. it broadens the spectrum of what a black male can look like and be perceived as and still be accepted by others.. which i think is positive.. u don't necessarily have to be slangin crack to be accepted u kno what i mean.. u don't have to be rick ross or 50 cent
so yeah.. i guess consider this blog entry to just be props to people who keep it real with themselves and others.. and people who set a good example for those looking up to them
it really means a lot.. and like i've said.. people like pharrell and lupe and common have gotten me through a lot of potentially bad social situations.. when i'm around certain groups of people i stick out like a sore thumb but as soon as someone says "oh ok i get it, ur kinda like common" or "oh i see u do this like that person" then i avoid getting beat up or i just make a new friend
so props to those who stay real and have integrity and open up doors beyond perpetuation of stereotypes