Black Blogger Month: Black N Bougie, It’s Not a TV Show, It’s a Lifestyle

Michele Grant uses her blog, Black N Bougie, to show people across the country that the Cosby's really do exist

There’s a color line using the term “bougie” because…

White people don’t get called “bougie,” but there are definitely “bougie” White people out there. In the White community, they don’t slice themselves into as many segments as we do in the African-American community. They’re not as worried about colorism; they’re more worried about economic divide and things of that nature. We have [that] as well, but you will always find a group of White people that are being teased for being what they would call a hipster [now]. It used to be prep…preppy was the equivalent to “bougie” back in the day. So they don’t get the label, but they’re out there.

People come to me for my POV, but some look at me as the Black Dear Abbey…

[And] I refuse to take on that mantle. I answer the questions when they come in…[and] I almost always preface it with I’m not a relationship expert, I’m not an advice person, I’m not a life coach, I’m not a clinical psychologist…I’m in human resources and I also write, or I’m a writer who does human resources depending on what time of day it is.

When people click the “x,” and leave my site…

I want them to have learned something. I’m not trying to change the world, I’m not trying to make any broad sweeping change, I’m not trying to further the cause of “bougieness” across the land, I’m just trying to get people to read something and say, ‘Huh, okay. That was something,’ and then onto the next.

Bougie N Black started to become a success…

A morning that I slept in til 9am– I usually post at 7am when I wake up—and that morning everything—my Twitter, my email, my Facebook—was just poppity pop pop pop, and I was like, ‘What did I do?’ And it was something I wrote about how I was just sick of single Black women being trashed in the media. It ended up getting picked up by a couple of magazines, and turned into something that launched a CNN special. It was just all this other stuff that ended up happening, and that’s when I realized that it was more than just me talking to five or six other people.

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