This year I’m participating in several reading challenges, and this week’s Book Beginnings and Friday 56 is an added book to my Diversity Reading Challenge.
I remember hearing about the Awkward Black Girl YouTube series when the book came out and watched a couple of episodes and laughed til my gut hurt. I also related to everything she talked about. This weekend after I saw this book fly off the shelf at the bookstore (I work part-time at a bookstore to feed my book addiction), I decided to buy it. So far, I’m quite happy I did.
At only eleven years of age, I was a cyber ho.
Um. Hold up. Put the brakes on. 11 years-old and a cyber ho. Really? You’ve got my attention. Now I’m obligated to read on.
The Ratchet Black:
Previously known as “The Ghetto Black” or “The Hoodrat Black,” these blacks are always pitted as black embarrassment. They are generally referred too as the Bottom-of-the-Barrel Blacks. Shaped by their environment, they are frequently feared and misunderstood.
The Approach: Put on your Black-cent, if you have one. If your Black-cent isn’t natural, don’t force it; Ratchet Blacks will sniff your out. Make eye contact; don’t act superior, because you’re not. Don’t be intimidated; just be yourself. If they don’t sense an immediate connection, they will walk away form you, because you are weird.
Issa Rae; The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, page 56