One of the unexpected consequences of the Black Lives Matter movement is the rise of the Hotep brotha — you know the black power fist-pumping type pushing up on you under the guise of pushing forward the black agenda. These men claim to be woke and all about the black community, but once you peel back the layers you start to notice black power means black male power and his logic is riddled with misogyny, homophobia, and plenty of other beliefs that don’t suit black women.

A woman on Twitter named Maxine Shaw recently detailed her hilariously accurate experience dating a Hotep type — complete with comments like a black woman’s body is made for sex — but if you’re worried you’re still missing the signs, let us help you with these red flags.

  1. He calls you queen. More than likely it’s going to be “black queen” and if you don’t immediately respond favorably to that label he’s going to accuse you of being brainwashed by the white man and not knowing your true name
  2. Netflix and chill is more like documentaries and chill. You might think this brotha is running typical game when he invites you over to watch Netflix, but instead of turning on a RomCom with suggestive sex scenes, he puts on Henry Louis Gates specials or YouTube videos from Dr. Umar Johnson and quizzes you about what you learned after.
  3. His idea of a date is a protest. Coffee? Drinks? Dinner? Nope. Meet him on the steps of the court house with poster board and pen — and be prepared to get locked up if worst comes to worst.
  4. His Instagram is full of black art. You know the naked man and woman cradling a little black baby type of art.
  5. He asks can you cook. Because a woman’s place — after she gets done protesting along side him — is still in the kitchen.
  6. He’s criticized your straight hair. Nevermind you just blew out your normally natural fro, he sees straight hair and immediately assumes you’ve succumbed to Eurocentric beauty standards and gets concerned about how committed you are to the movement.
  7. He uses derogatory terms to describe homosexual men. Everyone’s equal in the fight against racism until he finds out a male protester likes men and denotes him as one of the contributors to the breakdown of the black family.
  8. Street harassment and rape aren’t a priority. He’s all over police brutality and institutional racism but when you mention cat calling and sexual assault he goes silent.
  9. He encourages you to be (extra) fruitful and multiply. Because anything else would satisfy the white man’s agenda of eliminating the black family.
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  • Chazz A

    Funny article and funny comments too.
    I think a lot of these young brothers are lost within themselves and use the Hotep label as a defense mechanism, so to speak. In a way they remind me of the five percent nation brothers back in the 70s and 80s, which splintered from the NOI.
    The main difference is that the five percenters were calling themselves Gods, although many of them had criminal convictions. The main similarities between the groups are, extreme chauvinism, misogyny and a strange obsession with telling black women how to act, how to dress, how to speak, etc..
    This is divisive behavior and destructive to the black family unit.
    A young Hotep brother, late 20s, was attempting to school us older cats at the Barber shop last weekend. He was speaking about the Hotep Twitter and how they are going to wake up black men and other random nonsense. At the same time he criticized black women, even his own sister, labeling them with the usual, demeaning slang. I’ve seen this type negativity many times on black forums and I think it is unnecessary. Infighting, complexion-ism and self hate are three major obstacles we must overcome collectively, as a people.

    • eLLe D.

      I agree. That is exactly who they remind me of or seemed to have devolved from- the five percenters. Brother Chazz you drop great jewels as well.

    • Mary Burrell

      Five Percenters so that’s what that crazy stuff is I see posted. It makes my eyes glaze over i can’t read the postings it’s so crazy.

    • eLLe D.

      I know. We cannot afford this type of division and half-assed “information.”

    • Chazz A

      Yes eLLe D, you as well as a few other’s on this forum are focused on the empowerment of our people and sharing knowledge.

      Keep dropping jewels sister!

    • eLLe D.

      Thank you Chazz.

    • Mary Burrell

      I see a lot of strange rhetoric on some of these social media sites intended for the black community and it just makes me want to scream the ignorance is just mind boggling. We don’t need any confusion and bad information spreading among our people. Thanks for clarifying what this five percenter nonsense is about. A lot of the stuff I see on Google Plus from some of those moderators. Those black folks seem to be out of their rabbit ass minds.

    • Chazz A

      You’re right, we have enough bad info and biased propaganda coming from mass media. The Hotep nonsense and all of the other clique-ish labels are counter productive, in my opinion.

    • Mary Burrell

      And that crazy stuff where they call themselves Gods. I can’t with that.

  • paintgurl40

    This article reminds me of some of the pages I read on fb. One guy posted his belief in polygamy, with a picture of a dreadlocked dude with his arms around two naked black women with each of his hands on one of their t***ys. The black women dragged him to Africa and back in the comments and it was hilarious. I see it as another ploy to get into women’s panties. It’s funny but pathetic at the same time.