He’s So Articulate!
Fox News Houston reporter Isiah Carey is a seasoned journalist and my new favorite person. His hilarious and magnificently-colored news report outtakes give much-needed shape to a backhanded compliment that most of us have received before – “articulate.” We can’t talk high siditty 24/7 and even the most “well-spoken” of us speak a second language called Black English. Our ability to switch up our diction in the hottest second is so “black folks” and I love it. These clips provide a nice little primer on things that will bring out our mother tongue so they kind of warm my heart…some not safe for work language.
1. We don’t mess with bugs, and when we use the word “country” we’re usually not referring to music.
2. We can and will go from Harvard to hood in a matter of seconds.
3. We don’t act all sappy about animals, in fact we will cuss them out if need be.
4. We are fully aware that double negatives and improperly conjugated verbs are poor English, but we can code-switch faster than we can even think, so it’s all good (see 0:19 mark).