In honor of Women’s History Month and Black History Month (which we refer to as Black History Year) this comic is dedicated to Coretta Scott King, the amazing wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We’re quite sure we don’t have to explain how awesome Coretta was, or how awesome black women are in general. But just in case you needed a reminder, black women are the shit. We’re so awesome that other’s try to emulate us, but fail.
Even our characters Kelly and Unique, who are genuinely immersed in black culture, will never be black women. Then there’s Deidre, as much as she tries to deny her ‘blackness’ and as much as she pouts about being over it, she was and still is a Coretta stan. And we don’t even blame her!
Happy Women’s History Month!
Last weekend, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs gave a rousing speech during Howard University’s 2014 commencement. By rousing, I mean, he talked a lot about himself. On top of the speech, Combs was also awarded a honorary Doctorate of Humanities.
But wait a minute? He ain’t even graduate? Yes, I just wrote ‘ain’t’. Deal with it.
A lot of people felt since Combs dropped out after a year, that he didn’t deserve to give the speech to a bunch of students who worked hard all of their 7 years (I kid, but you know that 7 year plan is real in the hood) and amassed tens of thousands in student loan debt. Sallie Mae, we hate you.
But what’s the use of a college degree if right now the only job you can get is filing papers at a law firm? Hell, trying to survive after college is sometimes harder to trying to survive if you’ve never been.
Which brings us to Unique, Kelly’s younger sister. Unique dropped out of Howard, just like Diddy, bought a ticket for the Bolt bus and decided to leave the D.C area and head to the Big Apple to make it as a rapper.
Yes, a white girl from Howard, drops out and wants to be a rapper. Whatchu say post-racial America? Anything can happen. I mean, look at Diddy!
gen·tri·fi·ca·tion [jen-truh-fi-key-shuhn] noun
- the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals, thus improving property values but often displacing low-income families and small businesses.
- an instance of gentrifying; the condition of being gentrified.
Or, when white people move into your city and take over!
Spike Lee recently ranted about what he calls the “Christopher Columbus Syndrome”, that is not only being seen in boroughs of New York City, like Brooklyn and Harlem, but also in every major city across the country.
Kelly grew up in an upscale Prince Georges County neighborhood in Maryland, but her former stomping grounds of Washington, D.C used to be called “Chocolate City”, but right about now, it’s more like “White Chocolate” City.
While Deidre thinks gentrification is just amazeballs, Kelly realizes that there are more consequences to getting a Whole Foods than not having a Whole Foods. It doesn’t even matter to her that most will think she’s just one of those darn gentrifiers…or maybe she just doesn’t realize it.
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