alponsejones: Their attitude maddens & frustrates me to no end--I often ask: "How is a word de-
termined to be 'racist' or 'hateful' simply by virtue of who employs it?" Of course, I never get a co-
herent response. The same can be said of the types of music which have only 3 categories for any-
one of the female persuasion & none of them are complimentary. It is confusing, as you said would
be the case were I & my friends to refer to ourselves by derogatory & disparaging terms. How this is
viewed as "empowering" black females is a complete mystery to me . . . ?