Say goodbye to “on fleek” and hello to “lit”?

We actually support the first part of that sentence, but the latter? Well that’s what happens when people who don’t know what’s up write articles pretending that they do.

Earlier this month, MTV wrote an article on teen slang titled, “Say Goodbye To ‘On Fleek,’ ‘Basic’ And ‘Squad’ In 2016 And Learn These 10 Words Instead which is wrong on two fronts. One, having to learn slang implies you’re outside the group of people these words were intended to be used by so you probably shouldn’t be using them anyway. And two, black people have been using these terms since, hmm I don’t know, cultural appropriation wasn’t a daily occurrence.

Check out MTV’s laughable list below as we try to figure out how they didn’t get dragged for this the day it came out. Funny enough, drag is one of those new words they just “discovered” along with:

 

savage

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live

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Highkeylowkey

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keepit

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woke

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fam

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drag

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cancelled

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trash (1)

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  • [email protected]

    All this whit news on Clutch is fucking with me. Announce shit like this on Jezebel.

    • bluelight74

      What’s funny is that Jezebel was started by a black woman, guess Clutch is headed that way too.

  • Tonididitonem

    Soooooooo?!?! I mean you’re using the Internet discovered by whites and iPhones created by whites and you use things created by whites all the time so what’s the big deal?!?? They didn’t say it was new they said buzz words for 2016 and they are. On one hand we black people complain about being excluded on another hand we claim we don’t want to share. Even the dumb and little thing. Trust and believe should they decide to not share with your ass as well your feelings and livelihood will be worse off, they can handle not being able to use AAVE.

    • Mahogany

      I don’t think the problem lies in sharing here. White folks don’t give us credit for things we have been doing for years. When you take something and make it seem as if you are the originator, that my friend it’s called stealing.

    • Mary Burrell

      Columbusing😀

    • Tonididitonem

      They never said they created those words. Ever. This makes no sense. This is simply racial anxiety caused by constantly occupying a disadvantaged position in a white supremacist world. I’m down to discuss racism, white supremacy and white privilege all day ad nauseum….but bitching and moaning over “lit” and “woke”?! Get real.

    • Genuinesol

      Sometimes I struggle to believe how there is anyone of any race that believes that white people “invented” the Internet. Then I look at history books and current news-feeds that speak about the accomplishments of whites 99% of the time and ignores or discredits the accomplishments of anyone not white (especially people of African descent), then I understand the “why” and the “how”.

      The Internet was the result of the collaboration of thousands of different people in the Americas and in Europe and was the result of the contributions of people of all racial and ethnic groups. This is in spite of the fact that blacks had to face inferior education, lack of resources, horrendous racial prejudice, and government sanctioned discrimination that often barred them from participating in many industries, the tech industry being one of them. The effects of such policies are still being felt today. Yes, it was a white man that came up with an idea to have multiple computers share ideas during the DARPA but, are we forgetting that it was young BLACK women that were used in place of supercomputers when the Space Age was just in its infancy? NASA documents these young, intelligent black women. If you want to, we can say that before the Telecommunications Age in which we now live, black women were the Internet. Imagine the reaction to some white supremacist’s face when they hear that!

      Also, there is Philip Emeagwali, a BLACK MAN from Nigeria who developed a formula to allow microprocessors to communicate with hundreds of thousands of other microprocessors at the same time. This provided the framework that would eventually be used as a foundation to allow the Internet to find its way into our homes and to be used on computers that were not the extremely colossal supercomputers that were popular at that time and a relic of the beginning of the Space Age and the start of the Cold War.

      Like you, I can care less about white people imitating slang made popular by black Americans. I am bothered, however, by white people imitating black cultural products such as rap, salsa, jazz, blues, gospel, hair twists, and receiving more publicity and accolades for it. Cultural blending happens and will continue to happen but whites are always credited for their “accomplishments” (even accomplishments that are not theirs) and blacks have to fight to receive recognition for their achievements or sometimes for their basic humanity. I am bothered by white people being accredited with everything under the sun and black people cannot even get credit for the numerous, positive contributions we have made and continue to make for the world. That bothers me and that is why we still need to have designations such as Black History Month and other outlets that highlight us and all that we have achieved because we definitely cannot rely on others to do so.

    • Mary Burrell

      That was wonderful I enjoyed reading that.

    • Genuinesol

      You are welcomed. Another fun fact is that America still holds the distinction as being the only country that has ever sent humans to the moon. Well, Apollo 11, the space expedition that resulted in that groundbreaking accomplishment for mankind was based on the projections of a BLACK WOMAN. Her name is Katherine Johnson and she is still alive at the age of 97. Reading her interviews, her demeanor puts me in the mindset of my great-grandmother, an amazingly strong, loving, beautiful, accomplished black woman, human, who died a month ago at the age of 101. I celebrated her everyday and I continue to do so now even in the face of the intense grief I feel over her absence. A part of that celebration of Nana (that is what I called her), is celebrating all the amazing things that blacks have and continue to do.

      I have no issues with celebrating whites, I always do. In this country, we do not really have much of a choice and I have no problems with it whatsoever. I can acknowledge that many whites have made great contributions to the world. However, we, black people, have to be included because when it comes to the advancement of man, we ALWAYS HAVE BEEN.

    • ich

      Thank you for posting this!!

    • WhyNot?

      I agree with your assessment EXCEPT I don’t believe the US ever went anywhere near the moon. Author Dave McGowan has a great piece that dissects the topic. And it’s never been explained how the US had the technology in the 60’s to get past van allen’s belt but can’t do it today. The obvious answer is they never went. But I’ll let others make up their own minds.

    • lynn1066

      Thanks so much for this! Off to google Katherine Johnson!

    • Rizzo

      you have a beautiful mind …

    • Genuinesol

      Thank you

    • A.P. Millz-CT

      BOOM! Thank you!

    • [email protected]

      Excellent Points.

    • constance

      Thanks for the information! I always love reading about black contributions to the hard sciences. I cannot tell you how many times, I have read online comments along the lines of: “black people have never done anything” and when the issue of Americas growing minority population is brought up, bigots make the argument that black people are simply too stupid to run a country and they mention the lack of tech innovations associated with black people and they lament the decline of the supposedly superior race. You made my day !

    • Tonididitonem

      I know mr Emeagwali he’s Nigerian like me! There is far too much hostility on the part of American born blacks. Enough already. It’s only slang words. There is a mixing of cultures all over the world. My goodness. I’m on board all day to talk about systemic racism but this new outrage culture of black twitter and black blogs exploding over nothing every time a white person does something they percieve as black is unnecessary but by all means step atop your soap box and continue to complain and give me a history lesson over words like high-key and lit *yawn*

    • Mrs.J

      Lol.You know an Asian or Indian which is also considered Asian created all of that stuff lol.

    • Tonididitonem

      And yet you’ll bitch and moan if they simply say “lit” or “high-key”

    • FromTokyo

      Genuinesol put you through some schooling, but I doubt you even paid attention. If you don’t recognize that this is one part of a whole – the attempt at the erasure of black culture by “assimilation” (read: theft) – then don’t even bend your fingers to type on something you know nothing about.

    • Tonididitonem

      If you call nonsensical musings and ramblings driven by deep seated racial anxiety “schooling” then yeah I guess. It’s slang words. Slang. Get over yourself.

    • Anonin

      This person always has a chip on their shoulder while constantly telling people how to feel. I wouldn’t even bother.

    • Rizzo

      well, we did have a little something to do with the technological age:

      dr. mark dean invented the personal computer — pc.

      there is a small rumor floating around in a few circles that a person of mixed heritage by the name of tim berners-lee who invented the world wide web — the www — aka the internet.

      phillip emeagwali, a nigerian, supposedly invented super computers – the fastest computers in the world – intended for artificial intelligence. but, as mentioned, these are just wild rumors.

    • Genuinesol

      Rumors? Both of those black men have been rewarded on many occasions. Philip Emeagwali was awarded and recognized as one of the “Fathers of the Internet”. If you Google him, you will see CNN, Bell South, Time Magazine, and many more give him such WELL-DESERVED honor.

      It is a sad dynamic we have. A white person is always assumed to be the innovator even when there is no proof they are and they are NOT. A black person is met with suspicion or outright denial of their role as an innovator even when they ARE.

      Sad indeed but, better education regarding our history can change this. We can educate ourselves by using the massive amount of information available to us on the Internet, you know, that interconnected information system that a BLACK MAN helped to pioneer.☺

    • Rizzo

      :-) Your enthusiasm and conviction make me smile.

    • Tonididitonem

      Soooo if both those men have been rewarded and awarded numerously dosent that contradict your point that they weren’t honored or recognized?! I’m confused.

    • Genuinesol

      I am confused too. You made an absolutely asinine assertion that white people “discovered” the Internet and yet you claimed to be familiar with Mr. Philip Emeagwali, the black man that produced a formula that served as the catalyst for making the Internet what it is today and bringing the Internet into our homes, into our smart phones, to our tablets, to our place of business, to our hospitals, to our schools, to our laptops, and etc. If you knew of him then how could you justify typing such absurdity?

      By the way, I did not state these men were not credited. I stated that black people as a whole have to fight for recognition for the good we have done and continue to do. That is a fact!!!! I mentioned that when you read history books and conduct search queries you will readily see a sea of white faces and you will have to dig to find the numerous contributions that have been made by non-whites, especially blacks.

      I hope that makes everything clearer :).

    • Tonididitonem

      Im sure you’re aware that majority of this mans claims have been debunked. But by all means hold on to his claims all you will. Even with all the tangents you go off on my original point stands. We benefit off whites and they benefit off us. Anything else is your racial insecurity talking.

    • Genuinesol

      His Electrical Engineer’s Gordon Bell Prize of 1989, considered the Nobel Peace Prize of Computing has not been discredited. His nearly 200 awards from Apple (you know, the company that produces the iPhone you credit to whites) have never been discredited. His title as one of the premier” Fathers of the Internet” still stands till this day.

      In any case, it is not uncommon for inventors or innovators to have their work challenged. For example, many believe Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb. What is not argued is that Lewis Latimer, a black man, invented the filament that made the light bulb durable, functional, accessible, and affordable. See how that works?

    • Tonididitonem

      His claims have been widely disputed and he’s been sued numerous times and is often considered a fraud. I’m down to support people who look like me but a simple trio to Google will show you he’s been widely discredited by blacks, whites and Asians alike.

    • Genuinesol

      Okay, let us exclude Philip Emeagwali and his Hyperball International Network of Computers that was being used by major oil companies such as Exxon that allowed several computers to share data.

      We still have Mark Dean who helped to make the personal computer what it is now and the PC served as the basis for our modern day laptops, smartphones, tablets, and etc. He contributed to the invention of or invented in some cases the color PC monitor, the system bus that allowed for computer plug-ins (like the PHONE CABLE that was required when the Internet was in its infancy), and the first gigahertz chip.

      You mentioned iPhones, well how about Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, a BLACK WOMAN, whose research in physics led to developments such as caller ID, the portable fax, call waiting, touch tone telephones, and more importantly in regards to the Internet, the fiber optic cable?

      If we want to go way back, Lewis Latimer is credited as being a major collaborator with Alexander Graham Bell in regards to the invention of the telephone, the lifeblood of the Internet.

      So, even if we take out Philip Emeagwali, the face of telecommunications and the Internet still has a heavy black imprint.

      As I said, I agree with you regarding the issue of slang. It is really not that big of a deal but accrediting whites for accomplishments they did not achieve on their own or in many cases not at all, is a practice that has always bothered me.

    • Adebisi’s Hat

      You’re doing the Lord’s work, friend – with grace and humor. Thanks for this.

    • Genuinesol

      Just one more thing, the iPhone is the product of multiple individuals as well. However, 90% of all audio/video devices (including nearly all phones) use the electroacoustic transducer electret microphone that was invented by, guess who, a BLACK MAN; Dr. James E. West.

      A lot the hardware presented in smartphones, such as the iPhone, are based off of the functioning of a personal computer. Well, guess what? A black man holds nine of the original patents of the personal computer, Mark Dean.

      Let us imagine for a moment that the Internet was the result of white people only, let us imagine that smartphones were the result of white people. What would that prove? That they are superior? It would only prove that they had access to industries and fields that they systematically denied blacks access to albeit through lynch mobs, slavery, and colonization. Yet in spite of all of that, it seems it does not matter how much further back you go, the face of innovation will always include the faces of blacks even though we have had to face hell and high water to do so. I will stop there but there is a black imprint on nearly every form of innovation and that is FACT! It is not publicized as much as innovations by whites but it is there, we as black people should not expect anyone to readily let us know about our achievements, we have to have the initiatives to educate ourselves about ourselves.

    • bluelight74

      “I mean you’re using the Internet discovered by whites and iPhones
      created by whites and you use things created by whites all the time so
      what’s the big deal?!??”

      Whites “discovered” the internet?! A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

    • Tonididitonem

      Yes they did. Prove me wrong.

    • Genuinesol

      Bluelight74, please do not engage. The belief of white supremacy is strongly entrenched and some people, even many black people who are viewed as less than animals under this doctrine, foolishly choose to capitulate to this blatantly untrue doctrine that whites are the purveyors of all that is good and we would be lost without them. She or he has already been proven wrong but still insists that the Internet is solely the product of the ingenuity of white people. If they want more information, let them do their own research. I have argued with enough racist whites and self-hating blacks to learn that it is a waste of energy, they ignore facts that prove their beliefs fatuous, and resort to personal insults, attacks, and emotional outbursts at the drop of a dime.

      I am not saying this poster is self-hating but I know the trajectory these arguments tend to take and I have the energy but, I have better expenditures in which to divert my energy.

    • Tonididitonem

      Bwahahahaha white supremacy?? Whites don’t like me cuz I call out white supremacy and racism. Blacks ain’t happy cuz I don’t like playing victim and look for racial slights everywhere. The talking points are always the same. You disagree with black group think then words like self hating, coon and sambo start getting thrown around. Lemme make it even more interesting for you I have a non black spouse *gasp* I’m a full blown self hating coon riiiiiight?! Or I just don’t believe in living my life in an exhausting state of perpetual outrage over nothing. This is a non story. Being mad about slang words that contain English …you know the language that came from whites ( or did Africans invent that too? Not to my knowledge)…. You have issues with white supremacy, we all do. Hell I know I do. But all this blacks are viewed as animals and blah Blah is clouding your reasoning and polluting your ability to be rational. How in God’s name did me saying whites invented iPhones and the Internet turn into me capitulating to white supremacy???? the issue with some of you pro-blacks is how rabid and dogmatic you are over this issue which is very self-defeating and for the love of Christ stop trying to diagnose strangers over the Internet as self hating etc for disagreeing with you. It’s a bullying tactic. Next time you want to call me self hating go ahead and directly do it hmmmmmkay? Thanks. P

    • bluelight74

      They’re too ignorant too engage. first off, NO ONE discovered the Internet! It was not a naturally occurring previously unknown phenomena. It was the result of decades of research, and ultimately funding, by DARPA. This person is either supremely ignorant, self-loathing or some kind of shill paid to come here and sow discord. Or maybe they’re just a lonely troll.

    • constance

      Sir/ Madame if you are not already in the teaching profession you should be. You are right, there is a tremendous belief in communities of color throughout the world that white people have done/created anything and the rest of us nonwhites should just be grateful to be living with all the ingenious creations of whites. I remember watching CSPAN Book TV and a black teacher wrote a book titled “Multiplication is for White People.” The book was about a black math teacher trying to help a little black girl with math and a little black girl tells her: “Multiplication is for white people!” The disturbing message in that statement is that somewhere along the way this little black girl got the message that black people are just too stupid to grasp the “difficult” concept of multiplication of division.

      Also on CSPAN, I saw a black documentarian talk about his experiences interviewing young black males and do you know what the young black males said when asked what they wanted to do in life ? They said that all they could be in life are either basketball players or rappers. Once again blacks are getting the subconcious message that black people are only capable of being athletes or entertainers.

    • Genuinesol

      Hello Constance, I am a teacher. I have been in the educational field for the past 11 years. :) :)

      Thank you for your compliment. My dream is to start an Afrocentric academy to combat the type of social phenomenon you cited in your post that is mainly a result of poverty, remnants of institutionalized racism, and lack of knowledge about the accomplishments of people of African descent due to a curriculum that is by far and large Eurocentric. However, starting a school is a process that is beyond demanding and a person needs a dedicated cohort of individuals to take on such an initiative. In my small, swampy hometown in the South Carolina Lowcountry there are many people who recognize the need for such an academy but sadly we do not always have the will to go with that recognition. This goes for me as well.

  • _a_

    On what planet do people say, “High-key”? Yall know darn well that these are not words that we have been using for years.

  • [email protected]

    It’s odd for MTV to do this. For years, people have used those slang words. Also, I like the word “fleek” myself. It is very creative and cool. With the advance of new slang, people have the right to use whatever slang that they want to. Also, there is a serious problem of many people ignoring the origin of so many music, culture, art, sciences, technology, etc. that have been invented and innovated by people of black African descent. So, we should be creative in our thinking and language. Also, we have to realize that respect is not just about treating people right. Many inventions didn’t just come from white people. There have been many inventions created by black people or established by a multiracial coalition of people internationally. True respect is also about acknowledging the great contributions that black people have made throughout the ages of time.

  • Mr. Z

    It would seem 2016 is the year where stupid is being paid to do stupid… i want my refund; this degree isn’t worth the debt apparently….