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Monday, March 16, 2015




Point Breeze. Some ghetto businesses can charge pretty steep prices and I've found this to be particularly true of black-owned ghetto places. If you don't believe me, just go to some black-owned soul food or rib joint in the ghetto, then report back to me.

Immediately after posting the above, I found a relevant video. Listen to these two Philly guys:



Ian Keenan said...

I have noticed that. I went to a place called BBQ Hut in St Louis by car and found there was about a 20 block boarded up buffer zone between the City Center and the hood, which thought of sometimes during the recent tensions. The Hut was a window behind plexiglass, pricey, and took a long time, but it was good..

Dwight's pork sandwich $10.25 platter $14.25
Sweet Lucy's pork sandwich $7.75 platter $11.25

the later is co-owned by CIA (Culinary Institute grad, white couple), my favorite bbq in the NE

in the South places tend to go for value and volume, with stiff competition.. like the black-owned #1 in Lexington, NC (Honey Monk's) and Arthur Bryant's is a sort of museum to itself in KC but it's moderately priced.

If you had a barber shop, though, I think you'd take a long time and discuss politics.

x larry said...

funny vid, looked up frankphillytv, didn't find it but found this crazy rap
from 215 philly cypher etc
one scary town, jesus!

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Ian,

You should really check out the video. It's 100% Philly!


Linh Dinh said...

P.S. I meant the barbershop video, but the second one, posted by x larry, is also very Philly. The violence and misogyny in rap is a much discussed subject, but many people still don't realize how ugly it really is. I touched on it briefly in my North Philly Postcard.

x larry said...

i remember the north philly postcard as being particularly good, i think, and i think it's there you mentioned that black owned bookstore, whose website i went to and found more very scary philly rap.
i left that town twenty years ago this october. seeing some of this stuff reminds me both why and also why i rarely strayed from the 'safe' neighborhoods in center city, south and west philly to places like point breeze and kensington, though i lived a year at 15th and wallace, a block from fairmount, where a block away on broad is the divine lorraine hotel, pictured before by linh. worked at youth emergency shelter between 15th and 16th on fairmount, where i was 'taken to school'--one could say scarred for life. cheers

Ian Keenan said...

What bugs me about violence and misogyny in rap is the conformity that sets in. I have no problem with someone telling about their violent past, criminal behavior, or venting about the opposite sex when they are in an emotional state and reacting to something. When it becomes 'every home must have one' it's a problem.

There are notable exceptions to this in rap, though!

Ali said...

Here's "Dumb it Down" by Lupe Fiasco accompanied by a links to the lyrics in RapGenius


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