The Black Hipster’s Musical Guide to Keeping it Real at the 4th of July Cookout

The 4th of July. Independence Day. Fireworks. Family. Red, white and blue. For many Americans, this is a time for hotdogs and fruit salads– the greatest cookout day of the summer. Today is the day when we celebrate the country’s freedom from British rule and the birth of the United States but some of the citizenship of Black Twitter is not having it.

I am a conscious gal, a Black hipster of sorts, but I am a big fan of the 4th– the country’s history is long and complicated, but you know what my man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, said “it bends toward justice.” But if you’re more hardline and are trying to find a way to reconcile your need to feed with your desire to let your feelings about the day be known, I’ve got a playlist for you. You can get your cookout on and keep it real at the SAME DAMN TIME.


13 thoughts

  1. I love the 4th of July! America definitely has it’s issues but it is still my home and I celebrate all the good things on the 4th of July. Great playlist!

  2. Ha! Now that’s a playlist. I love how you used music for people to express themselves. I’m not a big 4th person but our family ises the time to respect to our fallen soldier and to enjoy family bonding despite the history.

  3. Lol I never really celebrate the 4th it’s so many people’s birthday that I know that we turn it into a birthday party and just bring the fireworks.

  4. I love this playlist! You know, I never really celebrate the actual meaning of the 4th of July. To me, it’s always been more about family and food and fireworks!.

  5. Lol, I love this! Someone I know posted about why black people shouldn’t celebrate, but I’m sure he was out and about at someone’s cookout his self. Nice list!

  6. We’ve never really celebrating the 4th in grand fashion. We aren’t the over the top patriotic folks and honestly I just want to see fireworks. This year I was feeling some type of way. I didn’t feel so “proud” as maybe I had in the past.

    I am here for this playlist though.

  7. I’m not American so I don’t have strong feelings about this topic. We didn’t do anything major just go out and check out the fireworks.

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