Saturday, June 25, 2005

Tout le Monde est Nègre

Thursday night, Your Average Negro watched the San Antonio Spurs strangle the life from the Detroit Pistons in game seven of the NBA Finals. Crowned the new champions, the Spurs players danced around the court in a confetti rain and a throng of sports reporters and cameras. Spurs starting point guard and Paris-native Tony Parker (The French Negro), interviewed with sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

She opened the interview with a probing question. "Tony, how do you say 'NBA Champion' in French?"

It was the type of question that left more than a few wondering just how intelligent one has to be to work in television. But The French Negro was too caught up in the moment to notice. "Le Champion NBA," he summarily replied, smiling for the camera.

Tafoya went on to ask more of the questions that sports reporters ask--How does it feel, How did you do it, What were you thinking? When she could no longer hold Parker's attention, she relinquished The French Negro to revel in the frenzied celebration. But just before he darted off, he looked dead into the camera, smiled and yelled, "Nous avons gagné, Nigga!"

Did he just say what I think he said? Can an American Negro get a translation?


Blogger RR said...

> "Can an American Negro get a translation?"

That question may have been rhetorical, but in case it wasn't, "nous avon gagne" means "we won." I think. It's been awhile since I've had French classes, but I seem to remember the verb "gagner" meaning, roughly, to earn or to gain ("gagner la vie", I think mean "earn a living"). I realize now that I'm babbling, so I'll come to the point and say that I checked it at, which translated it as "we won."

5:25 PM  
Blogger The Quintessential Negro said...

Thanks for the tip on the "nous avons gagne" part. I went to and "nigga" does indeed translate to "nigga."

8:12 PM  
Blogger sj-the-infamous said...


he's been "that french negro" for about as long as i knew of his existence, that is, since the championship series began.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Tanisha said...

I've been on the flo' since I started reading this damn blog. OMG man you need to be a comedian. And why you dawgin my boy out like that. The negro clearly is intelligent. He speaks two languages. LOL.. so I am joking. not to mention I don't even know who he is ( I haven't had time for sports...) but Keep it coming

12:03 PM  

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