The one things that surprised me about the reaction to my recent column on loving the rise of the black nerd, was how much flak I got from some black folks.
True enough, black nerds have been around forever. And there have been plenty of other stories about how we've taken over pop culture before I wrote about it for the Tampa Bay Times last month.
Still, as a kid who regularly got dissed and worse in my neighborhood for liking Star Wars and reading a few too many big books, its a pleasure to see images of black coolness and savvy stretched to include those of us who freely admit reading comic books past age 40.
I loved the subject so much, I had to whip up a commentary on it all for NPR, so check it out below.
There's something about hearing Steve Urkel's voice morph into raps from Kanye West and a comedy routine from W. Kamau Bell which says it all.