Every Black History Month program or salute seems to focus on the heavy hitters, the big players, like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Marcus Garvey. The people who are responsible for starting revolutions. But I don’t think that’s ”Black” History. That’s AMERCIAN HISTORY that we should celebrate, learn and teach our (and I mean the collective masses) EVERY MONTH, not just the one with the least days!
So with that said, the Brew would like to salute the not so obvious contributors to improving the Black Experience.
We salute thee: BLACK NERDS!
I have had a soft spot in my heart for a good black nerd since a high school boo who was better at math than making beats. And while he could dribble a basketball just fine, he was more concerned with the SAT as his ticket into getting into a good school than hoop fame fantasies. He knew all about current affairs, and actually read books…without pictures, even! In between teen make-out sessions, we actually TALKED, deep 16-year-old existential type ‘ish. GO FIGURE! I knew, even as a Teen Witch, that smart was hot.
Why? Well first of all, I think it’s much more inspiring to be the engineer that designs the car than the buster who kits it out with stupid ass accessories.
I mean how does anyone even get into a car that sitting on 722” rims? Pogo stick? Rope Ladder?
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
Call me crazy, but I’d rather hold a conversation with the guy who can crack a chest cavity open and massage a heart back to life, than the dude who thinks that hoodrat antics ‘take heart’. Seriously, screw ”The Game” and it’s mean-spirited depiction of African American friendship and love, and put some images of US that are strong, powerful and smart. Bring Back Dr. Burke, while you’re at it!
I applaud those black nerds with business acumen, in the position to build wealth for under-served communities, rather than posing with the wealth acquired by the illusion of thuggery. Studio gangstas are laughing their way to the bank, on your hard earned dollars. Why? No one properly respects the NERD!
Critical thinkers are HOT. OK, maybe not this one in particular…but you know what I’m saying.
I think Urkel gave the black nerd a bad rap. He was not a nerd, he was a friggen moron, with what I can only assume a case of undiagnosed ADHD and Tourettes Syndrome with stalker tendencies. I also think he was neglected, but that’s a different convo.
So, you guys can keep your studio Ballers and in foreclosure Shot callers… I’m cruising the next IT Convention and getting me a NERD!
Wonder what Dwayne Cleophus Wayne is doing…