The Highways in Atlanta Run Both Ways

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?


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13 responses to “The Highways in Atlanta Run Both Ways

  1. Atlanta is too good for them.

  2. You got a witness right here! Articles like that about Atlanta really chap my ass! If I wanted to live in LA or NY then I would live in LA or NY. I would suggest people who move to Atlanta expect that they are going to be living in Atlanta and everything should be just fine.

  3. The High is nice. Otherwise, I'm with the NY Times. Atlanta is like Dallas or any other second-tier city. Sorry.

  4. Anon #3 You don't say if you live here or not, but if you do, I'd like to suggest you plan to move to whatever city you prefer. NYC is great and well LA is LA and you can live wherever you want! Find the city that fits you. But this is Atlanta, and if you CHOOSE to come here and be all HEY LOOK PEOPLE WE'RE BLACK AND WE ARE HERE and partake of all we have to offer. You better not go to some big fancy pants Yankee media outlet and be disrespectful. Or we might have to run your black ass out on a rail.

  5. I will keep that in mind on the off chance I move to Atlanta and find myself black.

  6. perfect! I am glad we understand each other.

  7. Pam

    Those of us who were born and bred here love our Southland. It may not be perfect and some flaws may be quite evident, but it is our home, and we love it. I am all for those who move down here and don't like it to move back to wherever they came from. And don't let the door hit you on the way out.

  8. When I lived in Atlanta I met a lot of folks who wanted it to be NY or Boston or whatever. The Olympics was a huge part of that mentality. The inferiority complex is Atlanta's worst feature.

  9. Yawn…. The NY Times article is the truth. Atlanta started calling itself the New York of the South decades ago. Then it started calling itself the Black Hollywood. It's obvious that there are many here who think that this city can compete with New York and LA. Atlanta is a country town compared with both cities. I am an Atlanta native and I love Atlanta for what it is. This city has the worst inferiority complex of any city in this country. Atlanta is nothing more than a larger version of Charlotte. People need to start accepting it that way.

  10. Maybe Atlanta should take other southern cities as its point of comparison — Nashville, Memphis, NOLA. Then at least it would have better music, for example.

  11. Most people native to Atlanta appreciate it for what it is. They don't want Atlanta to be New York or LA because there is only one New York and only one LA….besides, if Atlanta were New York or LA there would be no reason to travel there…I agree wholeheartedly with Tamara…I'm not native to Atlanta, but I work here and was born and bred in the Peach State. It bothers me to no end to hear people complain about Atlanta and talk about how they do it in Baltimore or how they do it in New Orleans…well guess what? Take your ass back home…if it is so great, SURELY you can find a job there and be as happy as a clam.

  12. The said part is that there are so few Atlantans left living here. Anyone who thinks we called ourselves "The New York of the South" is clearly not familiar with Atlanta at all. We have all sorts of nicknames thrust upon us from Hotlanta to Black Hollywood. Trust me when I tell you none of those names were generated by Atlantans.

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