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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Lighter Side to Black History Month

Several years back, while researching topics for Black History Month, I came across something that gave me a chuckle. Some may find it offensive, and for those of you who do, just suck it up.

The online magazine,, had an interesting read on its site. Erin Evans gave us a solid list of, "The Blackest White Folks We Know."

What?! I can't believe they wrote this, but It’s actually quite insightful and hilarious. The article gives props to Non-Black Americans who "claims blackness.” 

Here are some of my favorites from the site:

Vice President Joe Biden
The minute we heard that Vice President Joe Biden almost scrapped with a pomade-wearing brother named Corn Pop during his days as a lifeguard at a predominantly black swimming pool back in the 1960s – and that before settling the beef peacefully Biden had wrapped a six-foot chain around his arm to show he meant business – well, we had to give him a 'hood pass. Hey, if President Obama could get past that "articulate" comment, so can we.

Anderson Cooper
The courageous CNN journalist, though a scion of the Vanderbilts, was first on the ground in Katrina, Niger and most recently, Port-au-Prince. He's not only got the contacts, and the interest in the well-being of others, he's a devoted fan of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. His favorite? None other than, NeNe Leakes.

Robert Downey Jr.
In Tropic Thunder, Downey Jr. alternated between dyed-blonde hair and blue contacts and black face to play an Australian actor playing  an African-American soldier in Vietnam. (Got that straight?) It could've been a hot mess, but Downey performed with subtlety and nuance. In one scene that boils down the turbulence of 21st-century racial identity, Downey declares, "I know who I am! I'm the dude playing the dude disguised as another dude!"

He's from Detroit. He raps about the hard-knock life. And he rolls with Dr. Dre. Case closed.

Phil Jackson
Something about the way he moves, his confident and laid-back demeanor, and his success in basketball both as a player and as a coach had some folks convinced that the blood of Mother Africa ran through his veins.

Bill Maher
His obsession with black woman rivals that of Robert DeNiro, and his penchant for weed is close to that of Snoop Dogg.

Teena Marie
The late Teena Marie always sounded like a sista. Her first record label, Motown, famously concocted a story about her being discovered by Rick James in order to give her a ghetto pass. Her first album, Wild and Peaceful, contains no photo of her so there wouldn't be any confusion.

Michael Rapaport
OK, we know what you're thinking. This redhead? But let's take a look at his film credits: Juice, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Next Friday and Bamboozled... Yep, welcome to the fam, Michael.

Robin Thicke
See: Robert DeNiro; Bill Maher. Then there’s Thicke's music…

Justin Timberlake 
He grew up in Memphis. His influences are Stevie Wonder, Al Green and Donny Hathaway. And of course, Michael Jackson has inspired his dancing style. Plus, he rocked the curly 'fro and cornrows back in the day.

Are there any newcomers who should be added to the list? Let us know below in the comment box or send your views to

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