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December 3rd, 2012
05:53 PM ET

The rise of the "black nerd"

(CNN) - The image of the black nerd has changed.

Steve Urkel, the nerdy character on the popular sitcom "Family Matters", is not the only "blerd", or  black nerd,  in popular culture these days.

Author Eric Deggans and CNN's Carol Costello discuss how "blerds" have become cool, and now include comedian Donald Glover, rapper Kanye West, and musician Questlove.

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  1. stoopkid

    it's incredibly offensive to nerds, and intellectual people in general, to list Kanye West as a "cool nerd". Danny Glover is pretty irrelevant today, but Kanye West....a nerd? Mr. Deggans and Costello are complete morons to name an ignorant celebrity like Mr. West as a nerd. this is the same man who called President Bush a racist and drunkenly embarrassed Taylor Swift. note to the editors: intelligence is key to branding someone a nerd, something West has proven time and time again he has little of. then again, if i dropped out of college, wrote a song about it, and then became a rapper, i'd think i was pretty nerdy too.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • fooloof

      you can be a nerd and still be a d-bag. I think "nerd" just implies someone who is outside the mainstream and is introverted, caught up with their own hobbies and interests. in fact, lots of nerds are probably kind of socially-inept and thus, not overly pleasant folks to be around.

      December 10, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |