This week rapper and full-time hood philosopher, Plies, took to his Instagram dropping a priceless gem. In a 2-minute video he implored white people, women in particular, to stop asking Black women in upscale places what the occasion is for their presence. And the internet couldn’t have been more happy. To quote the retweet I found, “this is about to have Black women in a chokehold.” Dear reader, he’s right. While some may find its declaration unnecessary, Plies’ overture is precisely the reason it’s needed. It inspired me to drop some gems of my own on the subject because this topic is one near and dear to my heart. I think it’s about time people understood why Black women experiencing luxury is about much more than just buying designer.