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Bad & Boujie

Bad & Boujee commonly refers to middle-class or upwardly mobile black people. Urban Dictionary's top entry for bougie defines it thus: “Aspiring to be a higher class than one is. Derived from bourgeois - meaning middle/upper class, traditionally despised by communists.

Migos song really brought this concept back alive in the urban community. We here at Designs by Tee love to saturate ourselves with positivity. Though the lyrics aren't all positive we can pull the good in this phrase. This song inspired this design. We wanted our African American sisters to be depicted in a positive light. We are educated, we are powerful, we are beautiful. I wanted us to remember that even if the media wants to say otherwise.

Educational attainment is one of the primary indicators of social class in the United States. While the American social class system is a vaguely defined concept with many contradicting theories, educational attainment emerges as one of the top assessments of social class. Not only is a high educational attainment a status symbol by itself, but it is also very closely related to the other two main indicators of social class: occupation and income. A graduate degree and the roughly seven to eight years of post-secondary education serve as the main requirement for entering the "professions" and becoming part of the professional middle class.

Education is a major key in becoming a more privileged member of the American middle class. Overall, educational attainment is the main entrance barrier into more privileged parts of the middle class as it is not only of high value but is also the requirement for becoming a professional and earning the corresponding income. This corresponding income is typically significantly higher than that of someone without this higher level of educational attainment in the United States. Exceptions include some entrepreneurs who can rank anywhere in the class system but are usually not referred to as professional middle class unless they are of the professions.

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