Danielle C. Belton
daniellebelton
Editor-in-Chief of The Root. Nerd. AKA "The Black Snob."
12/26/19
1:46 PM
1

I’m so glad.  I was a bit concerned.  I think they’re exquisite, but it’s what he thinks that’s important.  So happy to hear that.

12/5/19
11:25 AM
9

Thank you for writing this. The season is often bittersweet, a time when losses sting extra. I lost my mom in 2004 and mourning is hard, hard stuff. Got blindsided by Bisquick at the grocery store once (she made amazing biscuits) and almost had to abandon my full cart to avoid crying in the grocery store. Our Read more

12/5/19
10:34 AM
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I couldn’t read this word for word, because I kept tearing up at my desk, so I skipped over those parts. I lost my mom three years ago, to COPD and congestive heart failure. I haven’t mourned her death so much as I’ve mourned the relationship I thought we might someday have. She, like your mom, was a complex person, Read more

12/5/19
10:21 AM
10

Awww Boo, we got you. We love you and yes you will be alright. You are strong and beautiful just like your Mama and when you look at yourself in the mirror she is there right over your shoulder. Loving you and wishing you well. 🥰

6/11/19
1:42 PM
15

Whew, Chile! Are you me?! Numbers 1, 2, increasingly 3, 4, and 5! Always ‘the only’ or dishearteningly worse, when the other was Steve Harvey making me Monique. The exhaustion, the emotional toll, THE BETRAYALS of humanity, the loss of expectation, only seeing the worst. Thank God you are in a creative profession Read more

5/13/19
3:50 PM
41

I’m bipolar, and have had the, uh...distinction of spending time in my local psychiatric hospital on a few occasions. Everything that you wrote, with the exception of the dating part, as I’m An Old Married Woman, could have been written by me. I felt as though I was reading my own journal. Read more

4/27/19
9:15 PM
5

You’re back! With a truth bomb. Nice to read you again. Just say no to North County. Stultifyingly dull. Interesting how many of us ran for our lives after graduation.... and how much better life is away from there. Read more

4/27/19
9:27 AM
4

I cannot tell you how much I thoroughly enjoyed this piece! I lost my mother in November to cancer and the love and tenderness that you evoked with your words hit me in a very raw and tender place. As a young black man and the only of my mom’s kids to finish college.. I have dealt with a similar internal debate of Read more

4/25/19
4:24 PM
4

I loved your blog! Reading this article is like someone wrote about my life. I’m not bougie; I have very specific tastes.

4/25/19
3:04 PM
8

Please please write a memoir. Your observations on intergenerational tensions between family members who grew up with a certain standard of living and those who rose from poverty to that level are important. Your insight into your mom’s pre-rejection of people based on outward markers that she actually shared, and her Read more

4/25/19
3:02 PM
3

Since this seems to be the North County escapee’s club meeting place, hello from a Bellefontaine Neighbors born escapee.
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4/25/19
2:06 PM
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*tips glass of fancy cocktail in respect and recognition to other bougie person from across the speakeasy-style bar that you need a secret password to get into behind the barbershop*

4/25/19
1:23 PM
3

Damn, I guess the Hawks really are in the House, huh? Hazelwood Central grad, class of ‘90 here....and current teacher in the Ferguson-Florissant school district. 

4/25/19
12:53 PM
4

Thank you for this article! I guess most people think I’m bougie or Republican or whatever because I’m also not down with anti-intellectualism and the social structures of the south that many Black people use to define their “Blackness”. It’s also why I never go home. So many people use that stuff as an excuse to stay Read more

4/25/19
12:17 PM
4

Oh man, I wonder if it’s the St Louis in you. UCity raised here, went to Clayton. Hated everyone and everything, and turned into a version of it. My parents relocated to CWE, but I still hit the Loop, which was what I held over Clayton snobs(again, I turned into my own version of it).

4/25/19
12:13 PM
5

Great piece, Danielle. Other than my parents being lower middle-class, this is me, right down to growing up in St. Louis. (Oddly enough, the family that once called me “bougie” now asks my opinion about watches, cars, and computers. Huh.)

4/25/19
11:53 AM
5

 Bravo! As I have always said as a libra and being constantly labeled bougie or spoiled. I am well -adjusted and will whoop yo ass in some spades.

4/25/19
11:40 AM
9

Applebee’s is bland food, even for what it is. You’d do better at a TGI Friday’s or Chili’s. At least they do casual dining well. Read more