Preview: “Socialite” ladies: Worthless or not?

Posted: June 2, 2009 in Uncategorized
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So I’ve heard more and more black women of our generation refer to themselves in some capacity or other as “socialites.” What I take that to mean is ladies who have a full social calendar of events, fundraisers, and parties to go to, in an attempt to be socially meaningful. Kind of Gossip Girl meets My Sweet Sixteen meets The Hills, I guess. Are these women aspiring to a long-standing woman’s dream? Or are they sinking themselves into a game of worthless trifles? We’ll discuss when I get back. In the meanwhile:

Cracking the Black Socialite Code

and to illustrate what I’m talking about:

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  1. There is a gapping between excess and substance. I find a gap between your definition of socialite and your examples. Mostly, I don’t want to be associated with the type of reality celebrity that is Gossip Girl meets My Sweet Sixteen meets The Hills. I will note, however, that I have expressed publically and repeatedly that Gossip Girl is one of my favorite shows on TV.

    A woman’s work….as Maxwell said, from daily life to motherhood is a constant struggle. I’m not ashamed to say that I often dream of a life of luxury and leisure to combat the stress that work and life currently bring me. Too often, the memories of my mother slaving over a hot iron are enough to make me encourage women to aim high. That’s why “Socialitism” is so popular, but not just what we see on TV. Remember that true socialites, most of which, we will never truly have access to, do good raising awareness to causes and making a difference by using their popularilty to make change.

    The world of “black Socialites” is fairly different. And I’m not talking about young girls, fresh out of school, looking to establish themselves with a title. I’m talking about women with education, access and means. There’s a big difference!

    I’ve got more to say on the subject. I’ll update you!

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