keep it real = authentic

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 15 20:02:52 UTC 2008

I agree with what Ron has to say WRT to approaching the question from
another POV, such that Chappelle's sketches *do* relate to
authenticity vs. inauthenticity, especially since that's the way that
I personally interpret the sketches. But, unfortunately - well,
trivially, since the proper analysis of "keeping it real" will not
ensure world peace - I failed to see how to present an argument in
support of that analysis.


On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 1:45 PM,  <RonButters at> wrote:
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> In a message dated 7/14/08 5:28:47 PM, hwgray at GMAIL.COM writes:
>> As Chappelle uses the phrase, it appears to have little to do with
>> authenticity. Rather, it appears to relate to maintaining one's social
>> status in the face of any challenge thereto whatsoever
> That is, giving authentic, unrestrained responses to challenges   rather than
> controlled, unauthentic ones. Or at any rate that is exactly how "keep it
> real" is used in the video.
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