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"I'm educated but still like to do ratchet stuff": The struggle of living in your truth
“Sophistiratchet: A person of highly educated pedigree (academically socially and otherwise) fluent in various forms of public etiquette yet is equally knowledgeable of the latest trap music, updated on most prime time ratchet cable programs and conversant in the tongue of ratchet.”

I was strolling through Facebook bored one afternoon, and came across this post that included a word I never saw before…

…Sophistiratchet.

In that moment I lifted my head toward the heavens, as the clouds parted and Angels from heaven said “This word was created just for you!”  FINALLY, someone could describe me to THE tee…and as I shared with my girls we all agreed ….This was US!

We have been kickin’ it for a couple months now, so y’all know me pretty well.  As you know, I’m a nerd who loves to read books based on research.  I really think that Kanye West was talking about me in The College Dropout skit (you know Lil’ Jimmy’s daddy who just kept learning and learning; only to leave he son his degrees). 

But on the flip side, you can find me discussing why Amina and Tara keep messing with Peter Gunz, while Millie rocking on any block, and bank head bouncing to “I luh God, you don’t luh God, what’s wrong with you?” To call me one without acknowledging the other wouldn't give you a clear indication of who Jasamine Hill really is. 

Why is it that society forces us to choose one or the other? If you’re educated the thought of being hip is almost a foreign language, and if you have ratchet moments folks are surprised that you have degrees on deck (especially in the workplace).  How can we be ourselves and still coexist without the fear of being judged?

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