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GUEST,Azizi Lyr Req: Ugly Baby (Rob Armstrong) (32) RE: Lyr Req: Ugly Baby (Armstrong) 07 Aug 04


This is purely speculation, but....

A Goldie Hawn movie entitled Wildcats has a segment in which an African American cheerleading squad performs a syncopated routine to this chant:

U-G-L-Y
You ain''t got no alibi.
You ugly
Hey Hey
You ugly.

M-O-M-M-A
That is how you got that way.
Yo Momma
Hey Hey
Yo Mama
--
The cheerleaders were directing this insult to the opposing cheerleading team.

There is probably no way of knowing, but given the way fragments of folk songs show up all over the place, it's possible that this Ugly Baby song could be related to this urban cheer.

Of course, rips like this cheer and the insults which make up the Ugly Baby song can't always be taken lightly by those on the receiving end.

As an African American, I'm mindful of the fact that for too long many people in this nation used only one standard of beauty that judged us as "less than". Perhaps, for that reason, it is heartening to me how many Black secular slave songs refer to Black women as a "pretty girls". I consider the "pretty mama" descriptors in Blues songs to be a continuation of this beautiful Black women referent.

It's a long road we've traveled from putting down the girl whose hair is nappy as in the Ugly Baby song to the late 1990s African American saying that was printed on tee shirts:
                      I'm happy
                      to be
                      nappy.

And we're still walking that road ....


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