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The Chat
12/2/2015 5:41:46 PM

By Beverly Gadson-Birch

Good Morning Charleston! How are y’all doing? Thanksgiving is out of here and Christmas is rapidly approaching. I sure hope you guys had fun but now it is time for “The Talk”.

Holey Jeans- Well, sometimes we just need to have a candid chat. Why are y’all wearing those holey jeans? Why? Who invented what seems to be the latest fad and why do you fall for anything? No, I don’t buy your clothes and no I have no right to tell you what to wear but I can tell you this, “holey jeans are the worst fashion ever”. They do nothing to enhance your appearance.

If you have a pair of jeans with more holes than fabric, you need to get rid of them ASAP. A hole here and a hole there, maybe I get it but more holes than jeans are beyond comprehension. Charleston is known as the “Holy City” not the “holey city”. According to Webster, there is an undisputable difference. Think about these fashion trends and who the designers are targeting. So, you think you are making a fashion statement?

Y’all coming up in church lookin’ “holey” is not the same as “Holy”. Let’s not get it confused. I know you didn’t ask me, but the truth is the truth. Are y’all familiar with the CBS Show, The Talk featuring Julie Chen, et al? Well, this is “The Chat”. Let me tell you what motivated “The Chat” this week. Last week, I went for my walk in the mall (Y’all know some of us older more seasoned folks walk the malls for our exercise.).

I was minding my own business when I came up on two sisters who seemed to be having a “holey” jeans competition. I overheard one sister say to the other, “girl, those jeans sure look good where did you get them?” She responded, “I couldn’t find one that I liked so I made them.” The jeans looked fairly new so I am thinking why would you go to such lengths. She sure as heck mutilated those jeans.

Red Hair Men- Men, you are not off the hook. What’s up with the two tone red and black hair? Why are you dyeing your hair red? I wouldn’t be so quick to follow this fad. It may be what’s tending but be careful, it may not get you the job you are seeking or into corporate board rooms.

Christmas Shopping- I am a little tossed between making purchases this Christmas because of the call to protest police shootings of black men. For the most part, I will adhere to the call not to shop for Christmas. It’s a very good cause to support and will also excuse you from gift giving this year. This is also an excellent cause for me since I am a recovering shopaholic. I don’t generally shop holidays. I shop year round for gifts while on vacation. Three years ago, I threw out all of my Christmas decorations. Shortly afterwards, Joshua, my first grandchild came along. This will be his first Christmas with granny. So, I am running around trying to find some decorations so the house will look Christmas friendly through the eyes of a child. Through my eyes, I am just grateful not to be homeless.

Black Violence- If we can have a moratorium on shopping during the holidays, can we have a moratorium on violence as well? Again, blacks are falling into a well-orchestrated trap set especially to decrease the number of blacks on this planet. Drugs and violence go hand in hand. You can’t eliminate violence without eliminating drugs.

Every time I think nothing else Illegal and potent can come along, here comes Gravel aka Flakka. Flakka makes you think you are “superman”. You cannot leap tall buildings in a single bound or you will die. Are y’all listening out there? Stop this drug madness so you can stop killing off each other. And, while you are at it, let’s put a stop to all of this domestic violence. Whatever happened to love? Put your weapons down! Moratorium!!!

Hands up, weapons down!

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