Why are we still trying to be hoodrich?

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| July 21 2016,

10:30 am

"Now, the thing is, though, all of us in here getting money that alone isn’t going to stop this. Alright? Now, dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back. To put someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies and now we pray to get paid with brands for our bodies. There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There’s no tax they haven’t levied against us. And we pay all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. You’re free, they keep telling us, but she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so free."Celebrity engagement has probably the deepest implications among our generation, as everyone tries to keep up with the proverbial "Joneses" now more than ever.

Trying to look cute for one another for no other reason than some vapid attempt at social status is cancelled.

You can stop spending money you don't have.

The thing is, we all want to look good. We all want to feel good. We all want to have things. And what this boils down to is long-term planning and discipline. I totally get the psychology behind having nothing for so long that when you finally DO get something, you want to floss. You must stunt. Stuntin' is a habit. But it's a bad habit that can keep us in a position of disenfranchisement. So, although we fight the good fight to break down the systemic and institutional barriers that were built for our detriment and destruction, we can also fight the war with ourselves that says we have to "keep up." Being hoodrich is played. In the epic words of Queen Bey, "don't play yourself."

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