Hold onto your hats, Atlantans, The New York Times has a new article out that is sure to burn your biscuits. The article Stars Flock to Atlanta, Reshaping a Center of Black Culture written by Kim Severson, starts off well enough as sort of a list of famous black entertainers that have descended on our city in part due to the 2008 Entertainment Industry Investment Act. It acknowledges that over the past five years more than a quarter of a million
yankees northern blacks have moved to the Atlanta area seeking better weather, a lower cost of living, and a bit of southern hospitality. They talk to a couple of entertainment moguls who earn a great portion of their living from filming in our fair town who are quoted about the benefits of Atlanta as a location. Jasmine Guy and Kelley Carter chime in with their positive comments on living in Atlanta.
Then we get to Malcom Jamal-Warner who makes positive comments in his quotes but who Severson claims is “like several people interviewed” who are ”not ready to say that Atlanta can best New York or Los Angeles.” Excuse me? Is someone under the delusion that Atlanta has any desire to be New York or Los Angeles? Perhaps if you prefer New York or Los Angeles you should go live there. Delta has flights leaving every day.
And then it begins. Starting with Lance Gross.
Lance Gross is a star in the Tyler Perry constellation who spends part of his time in Atlanta. “A lot of people come through here,” he said, “but I can’t give it to Atlanta yet.”
And then Cynthia Bailey catches her husband’s Reckless Mouth Syndrome. Or perhaps she was interviewed standing next to Lance Gross because everybody knows “Ms. Bailey” has never experienced an original thought in that pretty little head of hers.
Ms. Bailey, the “Housewives” star, still takes monthly trips to New York for what she calls a culture fix. But she is investing in Atlanta, and recently opened the Bailey Agency — School of Fashion to help connect Atlanta’s most promising models with power players in the fashion world. “Atlanta in two or three years is going to be perfect,” she said.
Finally, Ms. Severson decides to end with a quote by Cedric the Entertainer.
“You have the real down-home love and you have a lot of transplants who give it a real sexy, young progressive energy.” But, he said, Georgia will always be Georgia. “It’s serious business down here but at the same time they’re still country,” he said. “I mean, sweet tea don’t go with everything.”
Might I suggest, Mr. Entertainer that you take yourself right on back to Missouri. I am sure plenty of us will be more than happy to show you the way home. As for Kim Severson, she is the Atlanta bureau chief for the The New York Times. I think that definitely needs to change. She needs to go back to writing about vegetables a topic she has more in common with. As far as I am concerned, she can carpool to Hartsfield with Cedric the Entertainer.
Bless their ungrateful little hearts.
Is it just me? Anyone have any comments on this mess?