As an R&B/hip-hop/soul singer/producer, I was very pleased to see your article on Nashville's Young Buck (Cover Story, Sept. 2). I've been waiting on one of Nashville's papers to do something on him and the fact that Music Row is sleeping on the hip-hop scene. I should have known it would be the Scene to do it and do it well. I will try to keep my rant to a minimum.
I have long struggled to get my music heard locally. I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "You need to call New York or L.A. We don't do that type of music here." That's pure B.S. Nashville has the potential (and the resources) to compete with New York, California and Atlanta. Dare I say, Music Row is scared of hip-hop music. I will say it: Music Row is scared of hip-hop. Scared that hip-hop and other genres will totally take country music off the row. We don't want country music gone, just a fair chance to be heard. After all, this is Music City, right?
The Soul Company
Ooh, such biting sarcasm
Now I know why I haven't made it big in the music biz. I never sold crack, I've never shot anyone or been shot myself, and I never came up with a cool moniker like "Sno Flake" or "Cowboi" (Cover Story, Sept. 2). I think country music is ready! All this time I thought it was the songs. Wrong again.
In response to the proposed no panhandling ordinances, this ordinance will just push panhandlers out of downtown and force them into other parts of the city ("Handling Panhandling," Sept. 2). National trends have shown that offering housing and job opportunities addresses panhandling better than anti-panhandling laws (see www.nationalhomeless.org). Citing and jailing panhandlers are going to cost taxpayers money, and some people do need the money. Placing the nonviolent homeless in an overcrowded jail is obviously not the answer.
Putting it down
Before I begin, let me offer a few clever suggestions for a headline for my letter: "Must be that time of the month?" "Rhymes with witch..." or "Not gettin' any?" (Oh wait! You used that last weeksorry!)
I started reading the Scene in 1989 when I was a senior at Vanderbilt. I've read it most weeks since then, even reading online for a few years while living in Virginia. But after seeing the cover of your College Survival Guide (Aug. 19) and reading your labeling of Monica Casper's letter in response to it (Sept. 2), I'm taking a break for a while and will encourage my friends who advertise with you to do the same. Best of luck to you all.
Heather Lee Connelly
For the good of all
Recent news coverage of a bill to prohibit panhandling in the downtown area has highlighted opposition to this measure by advocates for the homeless, but has not given nearly as much attention to the opinions of property owners, business proprietors or downtown workers who confront these people on a daily basis ("Handling Panhandling," Sept. 2). After 35 years running a business downtown, it is my observation that homelessness and panhandling are not necessarily directly linked. Most homeless people are not panhandlers, and many panhandlers are not necessarily homeless. I'm a strong advocate of providing needed health and welfare services as well as career counseling and housing assistance to help those in need, but compassion doesn't mean that we must tolerate inappropriate behavior. If a person is mentally ill or addicted to drugs and alcohol, it may be argued that they're not fully responsible for all of their actions, but the good of society still demands that proper action be taken to protect the rest of us.
I seriously doubt that very many of the people advocating tolerance for these behaviors would be pleased to have these activities conducted in front of their own home or business establishment. Obviously, any law must be written to be in conformity with federal and state law and our Constitution. Human rights and dignity must be protected, but all of us deserve to be protected from those who would prey upon the innocent either willfully or due to behavioral problems beyond their control. I strongly advocate that well-crafted legislation regarding panhandling and other inappropriate behavior be passed to benefit all of us.
Clarification and amplification
The Aug. 26 review of Warren St. John's book of nonfiction, Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey Into the Heart of Fan Mania, inadvertently implied that St. John addresses the issue of race in college football merely as a way to sell books. Hurried editing is to blame: The reviewer intended only to note that St. John's book might have been stronger if the author had given more space to the issue. He did not mean to suggest, and we at the Scene do not believe, that St. John exploits race as a marketing tool. Warren St. John is a serious and widely respected journalist who tells the truth in his book exactly as he sees it. We regret any implication to the contrary.
No pigtails Pink, just pig.
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