J-Sette Skirmish: USC Student Posts Video Of Her Black ‘Majorette’ Dance Team, HBCU Vs. PWI Debate Ensues–As Always

So, a Black student at the University of Southern California posted a video of her Black dance team and, BOOM, we’re right smack dab in the middle of another HBCU vs. PWI debate. This one features “well, actuallys” about the style of dancing happening and snarky remarks about the student’s decision to bring something featured at Historically Black Colleges to a white school.

Buckle up for this Boomkack kerfuffle

@Princesslang0 Proudly Posted A USC Majorette Video That Went Viral

NewsOne reports that Twitter user and University of Southern California student @Princesslang0 posted an 8-second clip that showed a group of smiling young Black women dancing in sync with each other as a crowd of white fans cheer in the background at the predominately white institution (PWI).

“oh nothing… i created a majorette team at a PWI and performed at our first game,” the tweet said. “truly though i’m so blessed and can’t thank God enough. Thank you to my parents and to everyone who supported me along this LONG journey. and my girls FYE The Cardinal Divas of SC are UP NEXT.”

oh nothing… i created a majorette team at a PWI and performed at our first game.

truly though i’m so blessed and can’t thank God enough. Thank you to my parents and to everyone who supported me along this LONG journey. and my girls FYE💫The Cardinal Divas of SC are UP NEXT. pic.twitter.com/vif5e02z4b

— Princess👸🏾 (@princesslang0) September 19, 2022

But what seemed to be a moment of pride for Princess quickly devolved into the ongoing debate about Black culture at white colleges.

Specifically, the culture associated with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) on PWI campuses.


Now, to be fair, this isn’t the same overly simplistic debate about whether Black people should attend historically Black colleges and universities where we’re more at home, or predominately white institutions where we’rewellnot. This, in my opinion, is a more interesting debate about keeping the culture within the culture vs. Black people’s right to carve out a place for themselves in a predominately white environment.

Unfortunately, this debate will play out on Twitter where it isn’t so much a debate as much as it is a 280-character free-for-all opinion salad.

This is great and all but why not just go to an HBCU…

— Amber Magee (@amber__diann) September 19, 2022

That style of dancing is at black schools. Just like how we cheer. Every thing does not need to be inclusive. Idc how you feel because I said what I said

— Phuong Jenkins △⃒⃘ (@ty_hotcommodity) September 19, 2022

its about where the money is generated. They come to us…the money comes back to us. we go to them the money stays with them.

— Redd (@AintThat_Redd) September 19, 2022

Wait. So the Black woman at the PWI who creates a majorette squad…WITH BLACK WOMEN…is stealing Black culture?? pic.twitter.com/mmAgPo3jjp

— Roger Sneed🖖🏽🌈♐️ (@RogerSneed) September 20, 2022


Right! My sis can’t be a majorette, but Cindy lou Who can be a Delta?!?! pic.twitter.com/wc1Q0x3Dki

— Sasha (@PerkyPanther) September 20, 2022


Folks bashin my Soror for starting a majorette team at a PWI. I did the same thing at CSU Long Beach. Not everyone can go to an HBCU, even if we applied. Let us create Black spaces at the institutions we attend instead of creating discussion revolving around limiting us. Thnx 😘 https://t.co/2Sg9klhm5l

— Ms. A 📚💛 (@_ayejaydee_) September 19, 2022

Additionally, people are noting that these ladies at USC are not majorettes who typically twirl with batons. Instead, they should be considered a drill team or J-Settes like the famed Prancing J-Settes at Jackson State University.

While individuals are using the terminology “Majorettes” to describe this dance-style, that is actually incorrect; the proper connotative word is “J-Setting” or “J-Settes” or “Drill Teams”, which is a derivative of the Jackson State University “J-Settes” from whence its named. pic.twitter.com/vw9BHcmalj

— Tom Marvolo Riddle (@dominicanpapi20) September 19, 2022

For the record; I absolutely get why these conversations are important—and again, in this instance, it’s an interesting non-debatebut I still often find myself gravely concerned about Black people’s ability to enjoy literally anything.

But since we’re here, here’s a thought, maybe we should consider that we don’t know this student’s story.

Maybe sis’ could have gone to an HBCU—but she didn’t. And unless we have intimate knowledge of her college acceptance journey, academic direction, or tuition payment situation, we might consider that we don’t know enough to say where she should have gone.

Either way she ended up at USC and USC is historically whiter than a spotless dalmatian in the snow—so maybe sis’ just needed some Blaxtracurricular activities. That’s all I’m sayin’. 

Princess’ video is almost similar to one uploaded by Saweetie from her San Diego State dancing days.

What do YOU think about this HBCU Vs. PWI dance debate?

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