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How #GrowingUpBlack Are You?

Inspired by the popular Twitter hashtag #GrowingUpBlack see if you experienced any of the following.

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    Cry when Aaliyah passed but knew Beyoncé was here to "save the day"?
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    Eat a fried bologna sandwich?
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    Wear hair ties with big bubbles?
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    Have either Blue Magic Sheen or Just For Me hair care products?
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    Read your parents subscription of Jet Magazine or Ebony Magazine?
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    Watch 106 & Park hoping Free and AJ would come back?
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    Get annoyed with the older adults that only had channels 3, 5, 7 and 11?
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    Think Denzel Washington was the only black guy in Hollywood?
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    Or Morgan Freeman?
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    Or Eddie Murphy?
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    Hope your mom didn't wait to exhale like Angela Bassett?
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    But knew what your aunt meant by Set It Off?
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    Have Poetic Justice braids?
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    Or at least Moesha braids?
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    Understand The Proud Family's jokes?
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    Think Skeeter from Doug was black?
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    Give side eye to a white person that said "I don't have privilege"?
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    Get excited when you saw the Black History Month bullentin board?
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    But then get upset when March 1st came around?
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    But then get excited when you heard "McDonalds 365"?
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    Understand "do you have McDonalds money"?
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    Find only condiments in the fridge and knew mom wasn't coming home from work in another 5 hours?
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    Forget to take the chicken out the freezer and it's 4 PM!
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    Have an HBCU at the top of your college visits?
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    Wish you would win a scholarship from The Tom Joyner Morning Show?
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    Or at least wish your grandparents won tickets to TJMS family reunion cruise?
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    Listen to all the gossip at the salon or barbershop?
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    Fellas did you get a hi top fade because of House Party?
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    Understand the fighting power of vaseline?
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    Recite at least 4 lines from MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech?
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    Believe Rosa Parks was the first original gangsta?
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    Bop when you heard "what y'all wanna do, be ballers, shot callers"?
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    Get confused when a distant older cousin went "do you remember me? I used to always change your diapers"?
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    Watch all 5 hours of "The Jacksons: An American Dream"?
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    Ok maybe every time it comes on?
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    Sing "nights like this I wish that raindrops would falllll"?
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    Never dare talk back to your mom?
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    Get shocked when you heard Brandon or Lizzie say "SHUT UP MOM"?
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    Then fall to your early death when Brandon or Lizzie's mom cried instead of reacting?
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    Cringe when your grandparents said the word "switch"?
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    Start The Wobble or Cupid Shuffle at the Family Reunion?
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    Revel in the fact that you were the star at a white party because you knew all the dances and had the most rhythm?
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    Want to pop off on someone who refuted "Black Lives Matter" with "All Lives Matter"?
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    Anticipate Nas and Jay Z's diss tracks being played on the radio?
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    Passionately argue if 2Pac or Biggie was a better MC and G.O.A.T.
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    Understand that C.R.E.A.M. was not about ice cream or corn?
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    Get confused the first time you saw plastic on antique furniture?
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    Know that street light was a curfew?
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    Get called in the room just to hand mom the remote?
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    Avoid dirt getting on your Jordans or Air Force Ones?
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    Rock FUBU?
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    Sean John?
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    Rocawear?
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    Baby Phat?
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    House of Dereon?
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    Enjoy when Venus and Serena Williams played with beads in their hair?
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    And enjoyed it even more when they destroyed racist opponents?
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    Fix your face when your mom said "I'll give you something to cry about"?
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    Dread parent/teacher conference night because you knew you fucked up?
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    Hate when your parent was aggresive while combing or brushing your hair?
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    Drink at least 2 Huggies to quench your thirst?
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    Understand 50 Cent's question "what up gangsta"?
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    Hear "you better know your schoolwork just like them lyrics"?
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    Understand the importance of your dad or uncle's sweat rag?
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    Admire the Huxtables?
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    But knew the struggles on Good Times?
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    Love Snick's black line up?
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    See Martin and Gina as relationship goals?
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    Know someone like Shenehneh?
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    Know about the Nae Nae before "Watch Me"?
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    Know that "Drop That Nae Nae" was the original song in 2014?
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    Not fall for Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"?
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    Understand R Kelly was the reason behind your brother or sister?
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    And Al Green for your parents?
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    Get annoyed when your parents snapped just cause?
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    Hate when people touched your hair or commented on it?
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    Get paranoid when it was time to introduce your bae of a different ethnicity to the family?
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    Value Tyler Perry films because you experienced at least one theme?
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    But knew Spike Lee was the better director?
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    Laugh at the fact that you have magical genes that prevent early aging.
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    Took a selfie video in the car with music in the background, hitting each angle?
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    Tried to hit Whitney's high notes?
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    Think Ja Rule was a God?
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    Know that "[Insert Female Artist] feat. Ja Rule" was the best thing ever.
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    Called yourself (or referred to someone) as Sugar Honey Iced Tea?
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    Lay down on a large comforter on the floor at a sleepover at the grandparents' house?
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    Air dry your hands because you knew you couldn't use the decorative towels?
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    Hate thunderstorm advisories because you knew you had to turn off all the electronics?
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    Hate when people thought basketball was your only future.
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    Experienced a long ass handshake when greeting someone.
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    Thought "gay" was a curse word?
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    Identify as black. Identify as black.
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    Know that your black is beautiful!
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    Know that we will be alright!
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    Know that you wouldn't change any of these experiences because it made you who you are today!
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