A Homegirl Rant

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DUUUVAL!:  A Crash Course In The True Origin of This Rallying Cry
Late last year, I was petitioning for the Second Chances Amendment initiative at the Jacksonville Beaches  Annual Craft Beer Festival.   I noticed a young gentleman selling t-shirts which featured the “DUUUVAL!” rally cry.   I could be wrong but this gentleman didn’t look as old as me, nor did he appear to have any ties to the local, urban hip-hop community. Bottom line: “DUUUVAL!” was started by people in the local, urban, hip-hop community of Jacksonville, FL in the 1990s. This rally cry was given a higher profile at the time by local disc jockey Easy E of then FM 92.7 The Beat. As an avid lover of rap/hip-hop and R&B, this radio station was the first time I recall hearing “DUUUVAL!” as a teenager in Jacksonville, FL. I’ve lived in the city all my life, 40 years to…

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