I'm fluent in English, Espanglish, Français and more natively, African American English.
But, wait, what is this African American English? Is it just Standard English spoken by a person with bad grammar? Are people who speak African American English ignorant, or seeking to make a subculture out of these "slang filled" sentences?
Actually, no. African American English, or what linguist call African American Vernacular English, or simply, and offensively, known as, Ebonics is a recognized dialect in World Language books, and Ethnologues.
So while you may laugh, and snort at the young lady who brags, "My eyebrows be on fleek," the joke is on you.
This phenomenon, that professors, teachers, White people, and the person who was most likely mad that they got a 90 instead of a 100 in English Literature, of invalidating and policing what words we can, and can't use in academia, and society wreaks of White Supremacy, and respectability politics. It has left me ever so cantankerous, and sassy. UGH!
African American Vernacular English, AAVE, for short, has been defined by linguist Walter Edwards as "a (dialect, ethnolect and sociolect) of American English, most commonly spoken today by urban working-class and largely bi-dialectal middle-class African Americans."
Geoffrey K. Pullum, British American linguist, professor of General Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, and author of over 270 publications, and essays on linguistics since the 1970s, wrote about AAVE in the anthology on linguistics, The Workings of Language.
In his piece, perfectly titled African American Vernacular English Is Not Standard English With Mistakes, Pullums goes in depth about the difference between AAVE and, say, the various dialects that came out of one Serbo-Croat language.
From a linguist point of view, he defends the grammar rules that African Americans have adopted.
Take Nicki Minaj, for example, the award winning raptress cooed, "I Beez in the Trap".
From that we know, she is either currently at, or is usually at the trap. But say if she were to say, "I the beez Trap", "Beez the Trap I in", it totally wouldn't have charted so high on Billboards Hot 100.
Pullums also referenced a popular case from 1996, where the Oakland Unified School District school board received backlash for its policy on accepting students and teachers usage of the dialect at school. He criticized the media for it's inaccurate ridicule, and dismissal of "Ebonics", as the school had called it. I felt that Pullums was insinuating racist, and supremacist intent behind headlines such as the New York Times calling the outbreak of Ebola in Zaire at the time, "The Ebonics virus".
The Bronx, New York is peppered with various minority groups whom have adopted African American English as their dialect as well, even if thats not exactly what they would call it.
Instead of trying to assimilate students to what you think is "correct English", try and become familiar with the terminologies, and be more accepting of the dialect that you may have once considered to be "slang". You'd actually be participating in a sort of cultural exchange that isn't so complexed, and is pretty universal.
But don't be in such a rush to sprinkle your essays with AAVE vocabulary, el profesor won't think that's bueno.