Online responses to last week's issue, which featured "Redefining Underground" by Scott Henry, "Rocky Balboa" by David Lee Simmons, "Pimpin' all over the world" by Edward M. Garnes Jr., and "Below the line" by Felicia Feaster.
"A first-time club owner, Reese is quick to admit it took her a while to figure out that her downtown location appeals to a predominantly black clientele."
That has to be the dumbest statement I've heard in a long time. You have a city where 60% of the intown population is black, a city sometimes referred to as the "black Mecca", a city at the heart of the Dirty South and you can't figure out that your nightclub might want to target the black population? Whoever gave this woman money to open a club needs to call in their loan immediately on the grounds that she is too stupid to be trusted.
-- Brian Stoddard
It's Time To Fill In The Hole...
The city should not subsidize this terrible place any longer. Give it to Georgia State University.
We done given up the old Club 112, and Club Anytime, and even dat gay boys club on Peachtree fo' dis? This city used to be good fo' freakin', now ain't much worth peepin'...
I always said alleys ain't good fo' nuthin' but a quick piss...
Atlanta problem child
This would be one of the most sensible ideas ever introduced at Underground. Plagued with problems as though the ground it's under were cursed, even something that would make sense will take great management to pull off at this point. Good luck.
oh please no...
No gambling - no casino, please Atlanta. Downtown needs to get less tacky, not more so.
No more City $$ for Underground!
Sell the whole thing to a company that will know what to do with it!
Give Us Back Sunday!
We know the city forced Bars and Clubs to close early and on Sundays so Underground would look better. Well, this is going to be the worst New Year's Eve, return bar hours and let us get back to being a fun city where people could dance on Sundays! People have we not learned from "Footloose"!
So Underground continues its slide into the hole of financial misfortune. Is that a big surprise? The moment the City of Atlanta began over-regulating, over-controlling, over-sanitizing and over-policing Underground in an attempt to manufacture a 'hip' and 'fun' adult theme park, the writing was on the wall. The clowns that run the Atlanta city government can't even do THAT correctly; you expect them to be able to operate a hip fun center profitably? Perhaps it's time to take a look at what made Underground profitable and appealing in the 1970's and follow a proven formula. If not, fill the thing with Atlanta's raw sewage as an alternative to the continual pollution of the Chattahoochee.
Article eye opening
This article is very eye-opening. Damn black people in Atlanta can't put their money together and buy the whole underground after all. I am sure black people in Atlanta spend over $50 billion in this city.
-- wondering blackman
The world ain't always Sunshine & Rainbows
Rocky Balboa was a huge surprise to most of us. Hoping for the best but we knew from past experiences that this was a long shot... a million to one shot! Rocky won us over again as he did in the original. Sure this movie has a few flaws as do most, but what surprised me was the film's ability to charm us. Rocky gave some great speeches that had me tearing up more than twice. If I were a critic I'd give it 9 out of 10, since I'm not I'll give it a 10! What a wonderful, beautiful film with a perfect ending! Sly, you did a fantastic job... You are back!
Pimpin' all over the world
Excellent article. The writer asks intelligent questions which allow the artist to give thought-provoking answers. CL needs to publish more insightful Q&As. No gossip. No verbal masturbation. No pontification about how hot everything is. I like it!
I'M LOVIn' it
Nice introduction. Great questions. Keep it coming!
I'm impressed with the whole article. Great questions caused for in depth answers. You got a lot of valuable information out of the interview. You could feel and know the answers were coming from the heart. Keep me posted.
It's wonderful to see CL embrace & feature both a writer and producer from Atlanta with prowess in their respective fields. Inclusion and diversity are always lacking in CL's coverage, but this is a small step in the right direction.
We see artists in the spotlight so often; and forget there's more to the song than the artist. Great interview - loved the engaging opening - and the Q&A was insightful - great questions!
BELOW THE LINE
The south after the millennium
Whether we want to face facts or not poverty in the south is alive and well. Even today I can travel fifteen minutes from my home in the upper income suburbs of Knoxville, TN and easily find families living in rundown single wide trailers and shacks that barely keep the rain off their heads. In recent months I have made many photographs traveling through Appalachia on assignment that look no different than the images I made thirty and forty years ago. I don't deny the influx of wealth but I'm also a realist that poverty is still rampant in Appalachia. Out of the South.
-- Don Dudenbostel
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