By Chuck Strouse
By Scott Fishman
By Terrence McCoy
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By Ciara LaVelle, Kat Bein, Carolina Del Busto, and Liz Tracy
By Pepe Billete
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By Kyle Swenson
Ultraliberals would say "Amerikkka" is to blame for the pitiful state of these people, but how does our nation benefit from having a large segment of its citizenry out of the loop? Yes, some whites work like hell to keep black people at the bottom, but the vast majority of whites and other races want black people to get their act together, and I mean that in all sincerity.
A lot of time, money, and energy is wasted because some blacks are still living in the past. Continually crying about slavery and racism is a crutch that blacks in this nation must deal with; otherwise we can never move forward. Of course some blacks may disagree with that point of view, but hating white folks accomplishes nothing in the long run. I don't wake up every morning with a gun to my head telling me to hate myself because I was born black. I consider myself a progressive militant who has forgiven white people for what they have done to my people. But I'll never forget, either.
As far as black leaders are concerned, they use the "reverse exile theory" to keep blacks poor because they're making way too much money off them, which is why they want to maintain the status quo. As in the case of Cuban exiles, so-called black leaders depend on the blind loyalty of poor blacks because without it they're powerless. If these leaders truly cared about black people, my race would be in a much better state.
Liberalism had its chance to improve things for blacks, but it failed. Now we as a people and as a nation must move away from babying black people. It's destroying my race!
Tyrone D. Kenon
My People Need to Get Out and Vote
And they'd also better start doing it often: I have some advice for Ella Lemon, who wrote in response to "Our Lady of the Projects" and in defense of the Scott Homes residents who are resisting the HOPE VI project. My advice: Get out and vote. Do not only vote in presidential elections. Vote whenever there is a local election. If you want to make a difference in your community, get involved and participate in the democratic process. This is the only power that we as citizens of this great nation have.
Unfortunately politics does play a big role in everyone's life. Don't let others decide your future or speak for you. Start by trying to make a difference. Get out and vote! And please make sure your vote is counted. If we all stand together, we can do it.
He Has Seen Miami's Future
And it's converging in Edgewater: Big Ups! Congratulations! ¡Felicidades! Konpliman! Celeste Fraser Delgado perfectly captured the future essence of urban Miami in her "Shake" column of July 5 ("There Goes the Neighborhood"). The renaissance and revitalization of urban Miami will be about the convergence of music, art, and culture across community borders.
Her story was the heartbeat before the pulse.
Marlon A. Hill
South Beach Manifesto: Stay Informed to Survive
At last some smart talk about hip-hop: In the foreseeable future I probably won't be adding any hip-hop CDs to my collection of Forties big-band music, Fifties blues and jazz, and Sixties and Seventies rock and roll, but I did appreciate and enjoy Brett Sokol's thorough piece on The Source magazine publisher David Mays ("It's a Hip-Hop World,"July 5).
Amid all the ranting and raving that took place in various quarters following the recent hip-hop weekend on Miami Beach, it was extremely difficult to hear a reasoned and dispassionate explanation of hip-hop culture from most of Miami's media outlets. Brett's piece was an example of why New Times should be required weekly reading, especially by some city officials and so-called journalists in this town.
South Beach Manifesto: Forget Racism, Think Civility
And for role models consider blue-blooded New England WASPs: Art, literature, and music are subjective, and so I don't want to address the music element in hip-hop. I'll leave music criticism to musicologists and musicians. But in the "Kulchur" column of July 5, Brett Sokol refers to a meeting with David Mays of The Source magazine in Preston's, a restaurant in the Loews Hotel three blocks east of my home. I live in an integrated building with whites, Jews, Hispanics, and blacks. The management has white, Hispanic, and black employees.
At 3:30 a.m. of the Saturday during Urban Fashion Week I was awakened for the first time since Peter Thomas's "How Can I Be Down" hip-hop convention. People were screaming in cars, squatting on private property, drinking alcohol, and generally raising hell. This is a residential building on a residential block. There was a worse repeat at 4:45 a.m. Sunday morning, with the added bonus of people parked in the driveway of the building across the street (again, an integrated building), so that residents couldn't get in and out of this private property.
The following week I learned that Miami Beach concessionaires, who were born and live in this community, were attacked by hip-hop people with broken beer bottles and that one of the hotel lobbies was the scene of a fight and physical damage. Also there were attempts to rip trash baskets off poles, and when that didn't work, they were bent out of shape.