Watch: Ever Wonder What Was in a Hotep Starter Kit?

The word “Hotep” has gained a lot of traction online in recent years. By definition, Hotep means peace—like a greeting. To have Damon Young of Very Smart Brothas tell it, Hotep is the Egyptian version of “What’s good?”

Now the word represents a very specific form of male performative pro-blackness that is anti-everything except limited black masculinity. So when did Hotep take a turn and land in the sunken place where trolls dwell? Who knows?

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But just in case you were considering dabbling in Hotepery, here’s what you need to get started.

The Hotep Starter Kit

  • a vat of ash
  • a beard with no mustache
  • a copy of the fictional Willie Lynch letter
  • an attache to carry around all of your conspiracy theories

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Danielle Young

Pretty. Witty. Girly. Worldly. One who likes to party, but comes home early. I got stories to tell. Prince (yes, that Prince) called me excellence. Achievement unlocked.