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Old 03-19-2015, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Yes! I agree. Most blacks here will bring up how diverse Houston is, while saying it's a great place for blacks. IMO, Houston is the best of both worlds: black world and diverse world.
If diversity and having the best of both worlds is a desired objective, then what's your opinion of black students who choose to attend an HBCU over a traditional college?
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Not entirely, but mostly--which is generally true. We all know that social circles in the U.S. are largely defined by race, even in the most diverse of cities. Atlanta certainly has enough diversity for one to get his/her multicultural fix while also enjoying the immensity of the Black cultural infrastructure which exists there.
I agree. Pretty much every major American metro offers a multicultural experience. Even in Atlanta, you are going to have a lot of Black people who don't run in Black social circles. But the thread is about cities that have a lot of offerings for African Americans, and the number of cities that do has been very few in my experience. I don't see how people equate that with "You must remain around Black people."
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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I agree. Pretty much every major American metro offers a multicultural experience. Even in Atlanta, you are going to have a lot of Black people who don't run in Black social circles. But the thread is about cities that have a lot of offerings for African Americans, and the number of cities that do has been very few in my experience. I don't see how people equate that with "You must remain around Black people."
What would you consider to be "offerings for African Americans"? I'm really curious, as a Black person. We're not all into the same things. What works for one Black person won't work for another.
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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What would you consider to be "offerings for African Americans"? I'm really curious, as a Black person. We're not all into the same things. What works for one Black person won't work for another.
For starters, you can look at the numbers of Black professionals. In a city with hundreds of thousands of them, there will be many more events of any kind than there will be in a city with 10,000.

For me, it's not about specific types of events. It's about a scene where you can go out most nights of the week and meet Black professionals. If that's something you care to avoid, then it's fairly simple in a country that's overwhelmingly non-Black, and even less non-Black the higher you move up in education.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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But you don't necessarily have to be in a city with a lot of black professionals to enjoy living there as a black person. When I lived in Seattle I enjoyed my life there. I still went to black film festivals, festivals, concerts, parties, black Baptist churches. Ate soul food or southern cuisine on occasion. That along with the well known Seattle amenities made it an enjoyable city to live in.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:23 AM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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Lol at the (conscious or unconscious) backhand to Atlanta with this diversity talk, as if Atlanta isn't diverse. Yeah, Houston may be more diverse than Atlanta, but it's not a light years difference. Essentially, Black people are to Atlanta as Latinos are to Houston. That doesn't mean there aren't lots of Latinos or Asians or Europeans or anyone else in Atlanta. In either city, one can choose to live in a "diverse" area or not. The only real big difference is that Houston doesn't have near the same amount of large middle class and higher majority black neighborhoods as Atlanta does.

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Old 03-20-2015, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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For starters, you can look at the numbers of Black professionals. In a city with hundreds of thousands of them, there will be many more events of any kind than there will be in a city with 10,000.

For me, it's not about specific types of events. It's about a scene where you can go out most nights of the week and meet Black professionals. If that's something you care to avoid, then it's fairly simple in a country that's overwhelmingly non-Black, and even less non-Black the higher you move up in education.
That's a very specific concern. I guess I'm just confused because I meet Black professionals all the time and I'm never looking for them. I meet them at the library, at church, everywhere. Plus with the Internet, its easy to meet Black people who are "like minded". It isn't the eighties where you had to be an insider.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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For starters, you can look at the numbers of Black professionals. In a city with hundreds of thousands of them, there will be many more events of any kind than there will be in a city with 10,000.

For me, it's not about specific types of events. It's about a scene where you can go out most nights of the week and meet Black professionals. If that's something you care to avoid, then it's fairly simple in a country that's overwhelmingly non-Black, and even less non-Black the higher you move up in education.
Now if you're in a city like, Madison, Wisconsin, then I can see where you're coming from. But even then cities like Milwaukee and Chicago are within driving distance. Or maybe Austin, or Albuquerque.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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For starters, you can look at the numbers of Black professionals. In a city with hundreds of thousands of them, there will be many more events of any kind than there will be in a city with 10,000.

For me, it's not about specific types of events. It's about a scene where you can go out most nights of the week and meet Black professionals. If that's something you care to avoid, then it's fairly simple in a country that's overwhelmingly non-Black, and even less non-Black the higher you move up in education.
No one is avoiding Black professionals. If anything they're avoiding us.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:35 AM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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I don't see how people equate that with "You must remain around Black people."
Those must be those "New Black" people like Pharrell.

On the other hand, it's mostly like a snide way to shade at cities that are clearly offer superior amenities to Black folks.
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