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Old 03-20-2015, 10:17 PM
 
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DC and Atlantas strong history have a lot to do with why they have so many black middle and upper middle class areas.

There are lots of blacks living in the northern parts of Atlanta also.

As a black gay male that use to live in Atlanta I do know that a lot of black gay male houstonains have moved from Texas to Atlanta because of the large black gay community Atlanta has. DC and Atlanta again even go neck and neck with there black gay communities.

There is more to offer in that culture. If we want to talk about the entire black experience and who offers the most you can't leave that culture out too.

Atlanta and DC again have a longer history for black lgbt community there is a reason both are black gay Meccas
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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DC and Atlantas strong history have a lot to do with why they have so many black middle and upper middle class areas.

There are lots of blacks living in the northern parts of Atlanta also.

As a black gay male that use to live in Atlanta I do know that a lot of black gay male houstonains have moved from Texas to Atlanta because of the large black gay community Atlanta has. DC and Atlanta again even go neck and neck with there black gay communities.

There is more to offer in that culture. If we want to talk about the entire black experience and who offers the most you can't leave that culture out too.

Atlanta and DC again have a longer history for black lgbt community there is a reason both are black gay Meccas
DC also has a history of Black migration into the city from the South going back to the city for clerical work and administrative jobs, even coming from Virgina. But now people are hating on DC as a Black Mecca, as though that history does not matter. DC still offers good job opportunities for those Blacks that can get the work, even before Atlanta and Houston, and Charlotte, were hot from the seventies onward, smh.
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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But now people are hating on DC as a Black Mecca, as though that history does not matter.
Who has been hating on D.C. as a "Black Mecca"? Haven't seen that type of foolishness in this thread.

I think Washington D.C. has long been revered by most Black Americans as not only the Nation's Capital but our pseudo Black Capital as well.
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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Who has been hating on D.C. as a "Black Mecca"? Haven't seen that type of foolishness in this thread.

I think Washington D.C. has long been revered by most Black Americans as not only the Nation's Capital but our pseudo Black Capital as well.
I was getting the impression that one should not necessarily bring up DC, as an argument of causation, but I have always felt that DC was a valid choice for Black professionals due to it's cultural and historical significance in African-American history.
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:06 AM
 
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DC and Atlantas strong history have a lot to do with why they have so many black middle and upper middle class areas.

There are lots of blacks living in the northern parts of Atlanta also.

As a black gay male that use to live in Atlanta I do know that a lot of black gay male houstonains have moved from Texas to Atlanta because of the large black gay community Atlanta has. DC and Atlanta again even go neck and neck with there black gay communities.

There is more to offer in that culture. If we want to talk about the entire black experience and who offers the most you can't leave that culture out too.

Atlanta and DC again have a longer history for black lgbt community there is a reason both are black gay Meccas
But you know one thing I've noticed down here is that Houston has a large black gay population. I've noticed that the black gays enjoy and are mixed in with the straight crowd at clubs, bars, etc. I know Atlanta is the known black gay mecca, but Houston is no sloucher from what I've seen. I don't know if this has something to do with Houston having a lesbian mayor.
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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But you know one thing I've noticed down here is that Houston has a large black gay population. I've noticed that the black gays enjoy and are mixed in with the straight crowd at clubs, bars, etc. I know Atlanta is the known black gay mecca, but Houston is no sloucher from what I've seen. I don't know if this has something to do with Houston having a lesbian mayor.
Most "professional" cities/neigborhoods do have a large gay population. It is rare that you will see one without the other. Interesting that they have an openly lesbian mayor though.
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:24 AM
 
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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.
Really?

Latinos don't have nearly the same affect or impact that blacks do on Houston; the Latin population is just big and add to the diversity. The Latinos in Houston, also, don't hold the same value or history that Asians have in the Bay Area as well.

I think you downplay Houston's diversity to make Atlanta seem more diverse than what it really is. Houston is very diverse, and it's especially diverse for a southern city, which is a city to be known just for being a black and white city. Houston has a lot of Buford Highways dispersed throughout the city like Bellaire, Westheimer, Beechnut, Bissonnet, Hilcroft, Gessner, Richmond, Harwin, etc. Something that Houston does that Atlanta doesn't do is that Houston has a strong black culture and history and a huge black population while still being a diverse mecca including large refugee and immigrant populations from all across the world. I would definitely refer to Houston as the "New York of the South" due to its diversity.

Lastly, Houston is a lot more integrated than Atlanta, but you still have areas of Houston that are 50% - 90% black with some of those areas having a lot of middle class blacks. Houston, also, has diverse areas that are slightly majority black (30%-25%-25%-20%) that include middle class blacks. You have these two kinds of areas greatly throughout the majority metro save Montgomery County (Houston's version of Forsyth and Cherokee Counties in Atlanta as far as demographics), which makes it seem that blacks are everywhere in the metro and which makes Houston's black population seem larger than what it really is adhering more to the reason why Houston feels like Atlanta regarding the black population and culture.
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:25 AM
 
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Most "professional" cities/neigborhoods do have a large gay population. It is rare that you will see one without the other. Interesting that they have an openly lesbian mayor though.
Yes, she is openly gay. I even heard that she wanted to pass a law allowing people to cross dress and use the other gender's restrooms.
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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It's a matter of degree. Almost everything that Atlanta, DC, and NYC (as well as the "secondary" cities, to a smaller extent) excel in when it comes to all things Black can be found in most sizable cities in the country, but there are just way more options across the board in those cities.
So they're the best because they have the most black options?
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:54 AM
 
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So they're the best because they have the most black options?
Considering the subject of this thread, yes.
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