Is It In A Black Man’s Soul To Rock That Gold?

"slick rick"

And I could blame my environment but /there ain’t no reason why I be buyin expensive chains - -Jay-Z , “public service announcement”

Is it in a Black man’s soul to rock that gold? Is the attraction to the flashy and shiny coded in our genes? Are we wired to appreciate and covet the precious metals that lie in abundance all over the homeland? It may seem a peculiar thing to question – who doesn’t love jewelry after all? – but the unique role of this spectacular show of adornment in Black culture is quite extraordinary. Nevertheless, the relationship between bling and Black expression is not generally understood as something deeper than just a case of conspicuous consumption.

Continued at The Atlanta Post

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