"Hey nigga Word up," screams J Michael across the room to Omar!
"Holla J I not seen yo in foreva, how yo ho doin'," he replies.
"She be good, my ol' lady ain't be that great though," J Michael says in a somber mood.
"Yo I sorry, I be stoppin down in the projects to holla at her," Omar says regarding J Michael's Mom.
"Well bro I out," Yells J Michael as he walks out the door.
Not just slang spoken in cities, or a joining of the two words ebony and phonics; Ebonics is the vernacular of the ghetto. Also known as African American English, Ebonics is the most commonly spoken language in American cities, whether in a Spanish dialect or American dialect. The Spanish dialect is spoken more in southern cities where there is more of a Spanish or Puerto Rican ethnicity. To fully understand Ebonics you must also understand the people that speak it and how it plays a role in their lives.
Most suburban Americans consider Ebonics a slang spoken by black city dwellers, when in all actuality it is a well-formed language spoken by many different races in a large range of locations. The Oakland City School District deemed Ebonics the official language of the school district in 1996 completely changing this view of White America. The Ebonics that is being seen now is a language with many dialects of its own; it has many different distinct aspects that make it different from American English and that have caused this change of belief.
There are two main dialects of Ebonics that are spoken in America. The first is the American dialect. This is the original Ebonics that we hear talked about most often. From city to city there might be a few different words, but to the core, this is all the American dialect. The other is the Spanish dialect. This dialect is spoken in cities with a large Spanish, Puerto Rican, or Cuba population. What make