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Happy Mother’s Day: Black Mamas’ Sayings You Will Never Forget

Mamas have held us down from the beginning of time with quick quips about things that ranged from our appearances to our attitudes and we honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. Though it may have felt like nagging when you were younger, as we age, many cannot help but notice ourselves uttering our mother’s favorite tag line, and appreciating the truth behind it. Every mom has their own personal gems, but these are a few quotes that we all know a little too well. Here are a few life lessons forever ingrained in us thanks to our Mamas:

  • “Be back by the time the streetlights come on.” 
  • “You need a shower, you smell like outside.”
  • “Fix ya face before I fix it for you.” 
  • “You got McDonald’s money?”
  • “There’s food at the house.” 
  • “I don’t care what _______’s mama does. I ain’t _______’s mama” 
  • “I brought you in this world, and I can take you out.” 
  • “Turn the lights off before my bill be sky high.” 
  • “Shut the door, you’re letting the AC out.” 
  • “Stop running in and out of my house.”
  • “When we get to the store, don’t touch nothin’ and don’t ask me for     nothin’.” 
  • “A hard head makes a soft behind.”
  • “Go sit down somewhere.”
  • “Stop all that crying before I give you something to cry about.” 
  • “You smellin’ yourself.”
  • “You’ll get treated like an adult when you start acting like one.”
  • “If you keep making that face, it’ll get stuck like that.”
  • You better know that school work the same way you know them songs.”
  • Who you think you talking too? I’m not one of yo’ lil nappy-headed    friends!”
  • “Take the meat out.”
  • “I will knock the taste outcha mouth.”
  • “I know that ain’t my child all over the floor in ‘they’ church clothes.”
  • “Say it again, go ahead say it, I dare you.”
  • “I don’t have to do nothin’ but stay black and die.”
  • “You will always be my baby.”
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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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