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Re: “Osiris Rain Battles Heatstroke and a Broken Ankle to Complete NoDa Mural

And there sir you are wrong. Osiris is highly regarded in the neighborhood and outdates most as a resident. Come on down and bad mouth him and it's likely you how will get a beer, poured on your head. FYI that wall will be free in 6 months and there's many more in NoDa. If you or any business wants to step up and support local artists, you can have your very own wall as could they. My message? Step up or keep your jabs to yourself.

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Posted by Jason Baker on 08/19/2017 at 7:49 PM

Re: “It's Time for Charlotte to Wipe Away Confederate Stains

I agree with the gentleman who said where does it stop. What if the statue of Andrew Jackson offended a Cherokee person because he signed the order for The removal of the Cherokee. If you keep removing statues you are doing it in Fear. Don't give in to fear.

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Posted by Wanda on 08/19/2017 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Osiris Rain Battles Heatstroke and a Broken Ankle to Complete NoDa Mural

Stella Artois isn't a "brewing company". It's one of many brands sold by AB-InBev, the world's largest beer company and one dedicated to squashing independent breweries such as the ones in the NoDa neighborhood. Mr. Rain may have to eat, but I doubt if any NoDa residents are anxious to buy him a (real) beer.

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Posted by Garth Vader on 08/18/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “It's Time for Charlotte to Wipe Away Confederate Stains

I hear you, Brian. But most of the more offensive monuments paying tribute to and honoring civil war "heroes" were erected decades after -- and, in the case of one Charlotte monument, more than a century after -- the end of the civil war. These were erected by those who wanted to skew the reality that this war was about slavery and exploitation of blacks in this country. They were erected as slaps in the face of citizens of the United States whose ancestors were ripped from their native Africa. Period.

Also, I think you may be confusing hatred with anger when you refer to "hatred that exist on all sides." The hatred comes from the historic racist oppressors; anger is a result of that hatred. I believe equating white supremacist hatred with black anger (and that of non-black allies) is simplistic, at best.

My clarion call in this column is not about erasing history. There are many ways to remember this great country's shameful past (and my juxtaposition of "great" with "shameful" here is not a contradiction; nations and individuals alike can harbor both "greatness" and "shame"). Bestowing honor on those who have consistently and purposefully made life miserable for black citizens of the United States is not the way to remember that past. It is deliberately hurtful.

Garrett Epps wrote a terrific piece on this in the Atlantic in June, an excerpt of which is in italics below:

Would reducing the bronzed omnipresence of the Confederate General Staff really eliminate 'history'?

Lets look at real history. Americans tend to assume that Southern segregation was a 'natural' legacy of antebellum slavery. The truth is far more complicated. After the Civil War, the South went through a period of transition -- not simply during 'Reconstruction' (which ended in about 1877) but for the two decades that followed. There was no overall system of separation; gross racism and discrimination existed alongside tentative inter-racial cooperation and political coalition-building. Until the first decade of the twentieth century, black Southerners continued to vote, to serve on juries, and to hold state and local office. The last first-generation black member of the U.S. House left office in 1901.

Only with the rise of the U.S. as an imperial power -- forcibly dominating people of color from San Juan to Manila -- did the idea of legal white supremacy become acceptable to a majority of whites in North or South. Thus began the era of segregation -- a system that subordinated black Southerners economically, disfranchised them politically, and isolated them in public and private space. Whats called the 'nadir' of race relations was the early 20th Century, not the 1870s and 80s.

The year 1890 saw the first segregation-era Southern state constitution, in South Carolina, strip blacks of the right to vote. That same year, the giant Lee statue went up in Richmond. Virginia itself disfranchised black voters in 1902. The monuments to Jefferson Davis and Jeb Stuart went up in 1907; the horseback statue of Jackson was unveiled in 1919. All across the South during these years, these statues went up to mark the triumph of the once-outlandish idea of segregation.

Segregation had an official myth: "The white South would have freed its slaves voluntarily if not for Northern meddling. The North destroyed the South because it coveted its natural resources and its cheap labor. After the War, corrupt 'carpetbaggers' and vile Southern white 'scalawags' seized power with Northern bayonets, upheld by ignorant, illiterate blacks. Heroic white conservatives finally did away with the 'corrupt Negro vote,' restored to power the Souths natural leaders, and returned black Southerners to their proper subordinate place."

Blacks played no part in any of Southern history. They had no past, and no future, in white America.

As New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in his recent speech, 'These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for.'

To Brian (and anyone else who's gotten this far): If you're interested in these issues, I highly recommend reading Epps' entire piece at the Atlantic, as his argument is eloquent and well-thought-out.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Kemp
Creative Loafing

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Posted by Mark Kemp on 08/17/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Premium Sound One Year Birthday Bash: DJ Omelette Baum, Ghost Trees

Thanks for the shoutout! Full event details here!

Posted by Luke Stemmerman on 08/17/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “It's Time for Charlotte to Wipe Away Confederate Stains

When are we going to tear down the holocaust museums, monuments for WW1, WW2, Vietnam War?? Where does it stop? Should we eradicate all references,written words, photos relating to the Civil War like it never happened or just the parts that the few aren't happy with. Unfortunately for all the war did happen and it is part of our history no matter how ugly it is, to remind us that these things should never be allowed to happen again. We need to get on with our collective lives and end the teaching and practice of hatred that exist on all sides of our races.

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Posted by Brian M Lachance Sr. on 08/16/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Popular Chinese Restaurant Ma Ma Wok Goes All-Veg

This sounds like a good place! Thanks for the review!

Posted by Vicky Blackwell on 08/13/2017 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Popular Chinese Restaurant Ma Ma Wok Goes All-Veg

Awesome! I was so excited to hear this news! Can't wait to check it out.

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Posted by Maddie Langley Segal on 08/11/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Question the Queen City: The Tryon House

I worked in maintainance at the Tryon House in the mid 90's. I have been all througout this building, and yes i heard many many stories of ghost. I myself have never seen any evidance of ghost, but have spoken to residents who truely believe the saw ghost. The Lawing family, who own the building were always kind and honest to me, hey are great people.
I have been all through the basement of this building, and have viewed the burnt brickwork from that historic fire. I recently revisited the building (which i haven't seen in 20 years), and seeing her still standing brought a smile to my face. She has stood the test of time, and is a major part of Charlotte's history.
To The lawing family, Tommy jr, Sr, Bobby, and Annete, I want to say, Thank you for making my life better.

Posted by TODD Carey on 08/05/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Biscuits Rise Donuts Steele Creek

The owners treat the employees terrible. The former manager stole checks from employees supposed to be used for direct deposits. They also force employees to work up to 12 hours without breaks.

Posted by anonymousw on 08/02/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Perry Tannenbaum Looks Back on His Love/Hate Affair With Charlotte Theater

Perry is a hoot. And yes, he does a lot for the theatre community in Charlotte. I enjoy seeing him and his wife (and sometimes, friends) at COTU shows, when we get one running. Which, by the way Pat, COTU isn't closed down/shuttered. I'm just not there running it. There's shows coming up with the new ladies running the ship- Mandy Kendall and Courtney Varnum. Plus, I'm already planning a show for 2018 as I your the US with COTU productions. I fully hope Perry is out there to take notes and write about it and every other happening that's going on!

Ps- I hope you come out as well and give the threadbare another shot.

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Posted by Xavier Neuro on 08/01/2017 at 12:52 AM

Re: “Jason Petty - Hank Williams tribute

I cant wait to see this, Has anyone seen him play before? I caught the tail end of one of his shows in NY. it was awesome. wish i could have seen more.

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Posted by JEFFHUCK on 07/31/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Retro Futura Tour: Howard Jones, The English Beat, Men Without Hats, Katrina & The Waves, Modern English

This was a great show and all the bands sounded fresh and had great energy. Howard Jones headlined with The English Beat, Modern English, Men Without Hats, Katrina and the Waves and Annabelle Lwin (Bow Wow Wow) in support. A lot of memorable 80's hits, perfect weather and a spunky but mellow audience made for a nice evening. Jones performed all his hits but the best moment of the night was The English Beat's extended version of "Save it for Later" which sent the crowd buzzing.

Posted by Matthew Macia on 07/31/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “An open letter to a former hero who seems to have lost her way

Maybe Tara grew up.

Posted by Mike on 07/31/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Charlotte Go-Go Invasion 2017...Labor Day Weekend Edition

Always nice events!

Posted by DjLamb Joyner on 07/31/2017 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Local Film Fest Founder Tre McGriff Lost It at the Movies

Hey, Tre congratulations for starting CineOdyssey film festival as you know I have posted it on my personal page and the Charlotte Black Film Festival's page. In addition, thanks for your time working with the festival in 2013. Thanks for every thing you do and once again congratulations!

Posted by Tommy Nichols II on 07/29/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Mauve Angeles, Solemn Shapes, IIOIOIOII, 30 Year Sick

Highly recommended bands!

Posted by Candy Durant on 07/29/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Local Film Fest Founder Tre McGriff Lost It at the Movies

Correction the Charlotte Black Film Festival Started in 2011.

Posted by Tommy Nichols II on 07/29/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Elenora Fagan balances life between rock and rap

Hi MusicMike,
Thanks for writing and asking. We reached out to Elenora Fagan bassist Juan Ossa, who informed us, "Elenora was dissolved a while ago. We got to record an album and everyone kind of started drifting apart. Two of the guys had kids and stuff, so that had something to do with it. My career as photographer/filmmaker started picking up as well, so I had to choose. Our guitar player still plays as a solo artist and sometimes as a session player. He goes by the name Von Hunter."

You can find Elenora Fagan's self-titled album of 2011 on iTunes at this link:…

And follow Von Hunter (who's now doing acoustic funk, rock, reggae and soul) at his Facebook page:

Posted by Mark Kemp (CL editor) on 07/28/2017 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Question the Queen City: What became of the old Charlotte airport?

Hey everyone I'm at the old terminal now! Everything is pretty much the same it is now a second building of training offices for American Airlines

Posted by demmygirl on 07/28/2017 at 7:32 AM

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