PostBourgie is a running, semi-orderly conversation about class and politics and media and gender and whatever else we can think of. It represents the views of its authors and not those of their respective employers or organizations with which they are affiliated.

belleisa | Brooklyn | Queens | publishing

blackink | Houston | Tampa | journalism

Brokey McPoverty | Louisville | writer

G.D. | South Philly | Brooklyn | journalism

Jamelle | VA | public policy

shani-o | NorCal| North Jersey| education

slb | B-more | Michigan | writer/professor

quadmoniker | Arkansas | CT | writer/journalist

Alisa | St. Vincent and the Grenadines | psychologist

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Banner by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh.


The word ‘postbourgie’ was coined during a semi-serious conversation between a good friend and me. What prompted it? We’re not sure anymore. It may have come in the aftermath of Bill Cosby’s pound cake speech. Or maybe some overheated panel discussion condemning ‘coonery’ in the media. Or maybe some dude lamenting how black folks have fared since The Great Fall from the Unparalleled Golden Age of Upstanding Negritude.

Anyway, we were raising our eyebrows at something, ‘cuz well, that’s how we get down. We grew up in the hood (she in Brooklyn, me in South Philly), so the classism that animates so many conversations about the Myriad Ills of Black America always seemed to get our Spidey-senses tingling. We doled out impassioned eyerolls to the teachers who said we ‘spoke well.’  Ditto to the bourgie folks who got indignant about ‘ghetto names.’  And we didn’t do cotillions or frats or sororities.

But here we were as young adults —news junkies, hip-hop heads, smart-asses and autodidacts who grew up in the hood — suddenly smack dab in the middle class, wielding much of the same privilege we’d always criticized. We were surrounded by and socializing with self-congratulating Negroes who patted each other on the back because they were about something and self-congratulating white folks who patted themselves on the back because they had black friends. (But damn it if we didn’t love the sushi!)

So where did we fit in?

We agreed that labels were silly and reductive. So, of course, we created one.

“We’re post-bourgie,” she said. Or I said. It doesn’t really matter. And we chuckled.

— G.D.

42 thoughts on “About.

  1. brokeymcpoverty January 15, 2008 at 9:17 am Reply

    i’d like to take a step outside of my normal hateful self and say that this really, really is an awesome blog. like a rarely read blogs. but this one, i support.

    i’d wear a tshirt that said ‘post-bourgie’ on it. really i would. not so much cause im *that* dedicated to this place, but because i think that id feel smarter than people who would have to ask me what it meant, and i’d feel like a part of some secret society whenever met with the knowing smurk of someone who at least knows what ‘bourgie’ means.

    holy shit.

    make tshirts. now. thanks.

  2. G.D. January 15, 2008 at 11:02 am Reply

    Thank you for the kind words.

  3. nichole January 15, 2008 at 10:33 pm Reply

    a shirt that reads post-bourgie… i dig it.
    would folks accuse you of selling out?
    can a post-bourgie person sell out?
    a pickle.

    anyhoo, i love this blog, too.
    it makes me wish i were constantly in grad school.
    only with people who looked like me.

  4. Conseula February 1, 2008 at 1:52 pm Reply

    I’m loving your blog. post-bourgie has a nice ring to it.

  5. G.D. February 1, 2008 at 1:59 pm Reply

    Thank you very much.

  6. John B. February 3, 2008 at 8:41 am Reply

    Greetings. I found your blog via Edge of the American West, and I’m glad I did.
    I could not be whiter (Teutonic-Scandinavian heritage), but my love of Faulkner and Latin American culture led to a dissertation on miscegenation narratives in the literatures of the Americas. But “post-bourgie” resonates with me, too: if not for my education and good fortune in getting a teaching job . . .
    Anyway: thanks for writing an entertaining and thought-provoking blog on race and popular culture. I look forward to returning.

  7. G.D. February 13, 2008 at 1:34 pm Reply

    Thanks, John B.

  8. K. February 15, 2008 at 3:35 pm Reply

    aaaaah. the blog title totally makes sense after reading this. love it!

  9. G.D. February 15, 2008 at 3:54 pm Reply

    You mean it didn’t make sense before?

  10. K. February 15, 2008 at 4:02 pm Reply

    No, as I’ve never heard the term ‘post bourgie’ before.

  11. DNLee March 8, 2008 at 12:16 pm Reply

    I totally relate to being Post-bourgie..I spell bourgie as boughee – phonetically -, with one exception – I joined a sorority. I’m glad I did, but I still carry/carried the same sentiment of the Priviledge class thing with me. I actually found infiilatrating such an establishment eye-opening. I support the goals of purposes of Black Greek lettered organizations, but sometimes the conversations and antics are too shallow.
    Keep it up

  12. laurenwheeler March 18, 2008 at 1:27 am Reply

    I just stumbled into your blog today. It’s a great read.


  13. 1milehi May 17, 2008 at 3:07 am Reply

    ditto the above. what an enjoyable site. i’ve added it to my links page at the black house, bhonline.org. 🙂

    keep up the good work!

  14. DJStylus May 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm Reply

    where’s the RSS on this jont, bammas?

  15. shuggie May 22, 2008 at 9:47 am Reply

    Just for the sake of accuracy, G.D.: …a semi-serious conversation between a friend and ME, not I.
    Power to your mixin’ it up!

  16. G.D. May 22, 2008 at 10:33 am Reply

    Rhome: i’m working on that.

    Shuggie: learn me. i’m lost here.

  17. thanks for the “about us.” the thinking and writing is great here. and i’m with the rest – when are you going to get on cafepress with some post-bourgie t-shirts?

  18. Jackie June 4, 2008 at 11:38 am Reply

    Glad to be here and I have to thank my cyber friend Gardy for the intro. PB is in my favs. Look for me to post a lot. oh and b.t.w. I luv the concept behind the name. Right On!

    Jackie (Darkie)

  19. THE OBENSON REPORT June 16, 2008 at 11:00 pm Reply

    You’ve got a new fan :o)

    I’ll be back and around!

  20. Jackie June 22, 2008 at 5:58 pm Reply

    Stacia, I’m from Grand Rapids and a huge fan of The Wire!! I’ve been trying to recruit more fans here! Very few people have heard of this show–apparently not many people subscribe to HBO, but I must confess I watched it through Netflix. Amazing show! Looking forward to checking out this blog more in the future.

  21. longbench August 3, 2008 at 9:49 pm Reply

    love it, love it, love it! I’m late in finding you, but I’ll be sticking around until post-bourgie becomes pre-revolutionary?

  22. SpottieOttieDopaliscious August 20, 2008 at 1:49 pm Reply

    Thanks for linking to my feed, I appreciate the love. You guys have a fantastic blog here, I’ll be sure and add you to my blogroll, stat. Drop me a line if you ever want to talk about anything or you have some material you’re looking to promote.

  23. Ron Bronson September 8, 2008 at 8:38 pm Reply

    I absolutely love the description. Absolutely. Love it.

  24. ladyfresshh September 9, 2008 at 4:11 pm Reply

    Wow time really has flown…btw i want a t shirt too

  25. hustleandfloe September 9, 2008 at 4:14 pm Reply

    Big up, kind folk. I too, now living in nyc for 10 years have marvelled at how fellow negroes have marvelled at me, e.g. He’s from Texas – And he don’t sound like…. And look he got shoes on and everything.

    It was an underground railroad that got us all up in this eastcoastness – no organically grown negroes. MLK predicted and decreed this.

    We are one.

    The false separations only blind us to racism more overt than I ever saw in Texas. I’ve had to train a few people here how to be better at that game – in my first week in nyc telling a realtor who answered a door, surprised that I was black (AH, Oh, Uh – I don’t have the keys for this one.) – Ma’am when you hear footsteps, first use the peephole and then when you see a negro coming, the southern thing to do is to remain deathly still. No one’s home. Step it up! [She spoke nothing but morse code after that incident.]

    too much ramble. just wanted to say thanks for the vibe.
    do pass through: http://hustleandfloe.wordpress.com/about

  26. simply scott October 14, 2008 at 3:19 pm Reply

    Pretty cool. I can’t remember how I came across this, but I like it. And the comments are certainly interesting!

  27. webdiva3000 October 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm Reply

    How do you get a PostBourgie t-shirt, hoodie, track suit, hat, bracelet?! Joking. But I’m serious about a baby-tee 🙂

  28. simply scott November 19, 2008 at 8:43 am Reply

    just have to say that i love coming to discuss things on this blog. i’m doing my best to keep up with all the smart people here and contribute.

  29. jiovanni November 28, 2008 at 6:49 pm Reply

    I love the blog. I’ve been reading it for awhile now. Great stuff. I even put it in my blogroll so I don’t forget the web address.

  30. Ericka Andersen December 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm Reply

    Hi Jamelle,

    I saw your comments and links on my post today and just wanted to say thanks for reading at Culture11. Just curious how you found us and what you think of the site. I hope you will email me at Ericka@culture11.com. Appreciate your comments!


  31. Molly January 8, 2009 at 2:34 pm Reply

    Thanks for a great blog. It is so substantive and relevant that I have a hard time reading anything else now.

  32. cjdubb January 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm Reply

    you guys on facebook?

  33. Ally January 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm Reply

    Gotta’ say I love your blog. I ran across it and can’t stop reading. I love the intelligent opinions… sometimes funny and definitely thought provoking. Thanks for this and I plan to be a regular contributor… although as Scott mentioned above, I’ll definitely have my work cut out if I plan to keep up!

  34. joyous February 11, 2009 at 9:31 pm Reply

    you guys are/have been awesome for a long while now. you should totally start a facebook group!


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  38. literanista May 19, 2009 at 11:50 pm Reply

    I recently discovered your blog and quickly devoured most of your posts. This educated, Puerto Rican, biracial sister from the hood (Spanish Harlem represent) lifts her cafecito and sushi roll to you – bravo for a job well done. I’m so loving the intectual banter mixed in with some true street cred and free of labels. Damn, do I sound like Stan? Naw, seriously, keep it up, the blog is dope.

    • Literanista May 21, 2009 at 10:57 am Reply

      Dammit, misspelled “intellectual,” how ironic is that? LOL, well it was past my bedtime – is all have to say for myself.

  39. Lindiwe June 24, 2009 at 8:17 am Reply

    I stumbled here during a wild blog circle I couldn’t get out of and I must say I’m glad. At first I was mildly irritated with the name (because it’s a name, and we’re all so desperate to self determine and define *ugh*) but the more I thought about it the more I liked it – more so now that I’ve read why you chose such a title… I would definitely consider myself and many of my friends in the same boat and I find the term very apt for the sake of pin pointing this specific … “niche class”? I love words that claim spaces and allow the people within to thrive and I believe you did so as soon as you said it – typed it – posted it.
    So thank you for that!
    I look forward to spending time on your site.

  40. seriouslymcmillan September 25, 2009 at 10:41 pm Reply

    What an interesting blog. I have added it to my blog roll. Congrads on your Black Blog Award!

    Seriously McMillan

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