This was a very interesting read. Very complex to say the least. Black comedy was kind of like Hip hop back in the day. It was our little dirty secret, until mainstream producers dressed it up and sold it to the masses.
BF…GS is something I feel strongly about. Nobody knows I’m gay before they see I’m a Black woman first (2 strikes). I don’t feel comfortable with reversing who I am because white feminist aren’t coming to my rescue when police beat us down. The gay community is so, so White and the Black gay community is underground and non-existent outside of large metropolitan areas like D.C. and NY. I always feel alone in all things except Blackness.
I hate Black comedians make light of our oppression, laugh at our poverty, find anger and disgust with our hoodness, and condone homophobia in mixed company. I have laughed, and I still do because they speak truths that only our culture can relate to. Black violence is a huge pink elephant that should be addressed, along with mental health. We aren’t the only culture with dirty lil secrets and violence. ..but we do seem to be the only ones paid well to share ours.
Black comedy and humanity have a complex relationship. I wish we would be better stewards of our voices and platforms, but I understand how hard it is to make it here in America. I enjoyed this piece.