The ‘hood is such a place that has been parodied, ridiculed and scapegoated by a few yet always called home by many.
Whether you want to face it or not, ‘hood life is as a legitimate way of life as any even though it may not be the first choice as a desired area code to call home, but it undergirds high society in many ways that are virtually unseen and underappreciated.
With these low paying jobs that seem to be the norm in this financial landscape, the ‘hood offers a subpar place for those on a limited income to live and have a fighting chance to survive until things get better.
(ATTENTION READERS: Allow me to say that this is a blog that I am writing for entertainment purposes only. I’m doing this for a laugh and by NO means am I stereotyping, putting down, making fun of or trying to generalize about anyone who lives in an area that is referred to as the ‘hood. I happen to love everyone and know many wonderful, intelligent, hard working and God fearing people there. What you will read here in this blog are the kind of things that even my dear folks IN the ‘hood will laugh about! Let’s have some fun with this!)
Where do you think all of those hotel room cleaners come from? They live in the ‘hood! They have to get up early in the morning to take that damn slow ass city bus that never seems to arrive on time to be packed up like sardines until they arrive to their slave driving job JUST to bring home that minimum wage stipend of a check to execute their brilliance in stretching it to cover so many expenses more effectively than any Wall Street Executive EVER had!
Where do all of these Black housekeepers and nannies come from? The same place…….the ‘Hood! Within a mere few hours in their day they have to endure the swift change of living in near poverty as the heads of their household to the highest of all affluence in a subservient manner while some will happily bring home the discarded leftovers of those expensive meals or take home that expensive computer tossed away in the garbage merely because the new styled gadget has hit the market even though it is still in perfect working order.
We in the ‘hood understand the meaning of thrift and the value of knowing how to cut corners so we play the servant-like roles that boost the egos of our employers so that they can grace us with their still expensive hand me downs that would have cost us a few paychecks to say the least. I must also say officially that the residents of the ‘hood are NOT the chief recipients of welfare in the United States, farm workers are but the only reason feel that the people who call the ‘hood their home are is because they are concentrated in such a small area to appear to be a large segment of the population who does. It’s easy to twist the perception to think that they are getting free handouts more so than any other people in this country.
Most that I know are hard working people who may cut a corner here and there in the “gray area” to take the brunt of living with next to nothing away from their collective psyches.
But it’s not everyone who can “play the game” of subservience as many of us in the ‘hood have big egos too!
Here is where you will find the hustles and the alternative ways of mirroring all things found on the wealthy side of town on a shoestring budget with a few glitches or two. Hey, I didn’t say it would be perfect but it damn sure beats not having anything at all! The bootleg movies come out even BEFORE that big hit has invaded the cinemas relieving us of having to spend big money for the popcorn and soda as well as the bus fare to get there in the first place!
What about the bootleg liquor stores that are run right out of a persons living room that has been in operation for decades right up under the nose of the authorities with absolutely NO LICENSE whatsoever! And WHO said that Black folks in the ‘hood can’t keep a secret? Heck! Nobody says a word about the liquor spot maybe because if they snitch they know that every liquor-head in the ‘hood will be gunning for their NECK!
But for those people just starting out in life, facing massive child support payments or after just getting kicked out from where you lived and have a half-ass paying job that couldn’t support you living anywhere else, the ‘hood will welcome you with OPEN arms…….
But do understand one thing, that when you live in the so called ‘hood, you will not get the automatic respect that others receive in other less bruised communities because it will be assumed that you will fail the official “human worth test” of degrees, schooling, money and a clean record. The powers that be will automatically assume until proven otherwise that you are in possession of none of the above.
So the respects automatically given will never happen for you when you live in the ‘hood, it will be something that will continue to remain elusive until your ascension from that environment but in the meantime make sure that the respect earned in the ‘hood is much more important while you live there and probably something that your affluent naysayers could never achieve no matter how hard they tried so make some satisfaction from knowing this little known truth.
But I must say that the transition to life in the ‘hood may not be that easy for everyone, I mean, there are a few advantages to living there as opposed to a more affluent area code, but the pitfalls can be a very deep valley to come up out of if you aren’t street smart. So being the kind and giving gentleman that I am, I put together a list of things that you need to know to make life in the ‘hood the jump start that you need and want for it to be.
Number 1) Dress Code: If you live in the ‘hood you MUST dress the part! Don’t go there to live and reveal how dope your wardrobe is which in essence will make those who happened to be unemployed with all of the time in the world to wonder and then eventually scheme on what ELSE might be inside of that small apartment of yours when you are gone! Leave your spiffy work clothes AT WORK and change from your purposely ragged looking ‘hoodwear there but NEVER leave your house looking like a million bucks because some will THINK that you have a million and you will come back home to an empty place! DUH!