Thursday, November 2, 2017

WATCH: Charlotte Catcalls Amazon

New video showcases city with spoken word and stunning visuals

Posted By on Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Ok, let's just put it out there. Charlotte's Amazon HQ2 bid is a lost cause. The city is in full-on Brad mode from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, staring out the window convinced of a reality in which Amazon is coming our way and removing their top. And now we're touching ourselves.

OK, so what? Why shouldn't our fine city go after someone that's out of its league? They have that right, and they've been exercising it with the #CLTisPrime hashtag, which is more often than not used for tongue-in-cheek references to the Queen City's more laughable history.

But today, the city truly put its cards on the table with a five-minute love letter to Amazon in the form of a YouTube video that features three Charlotte-based poets and great video shot all around the greater Charlotte area. And we can't lie: we do not hate it.

The hip, poetic angle looks to take head-on the claims of The New York Times, which published an article in early September saying that Charlotte wasn't in the running to host Amazon's second headquarters because it "ranks lower on the cultural edginess that attracts young, educated workers." Ouch.

click to enlarge [From left] Boris "Bluz" Rogers, Carlos Robson and Jacinda Jacobs.
  • [From left] Boris "Bluz" Rogers, Carlos Robson and Jacinda Jacobs.

For the new video, the city brought in three heavy hitters in Boris "Bluz" Rogers, CLT's guide for all things spoken word; Carlos Robson, a slam poet who also co-wrote and appeared in the amazing Miles & Coltrane: Blue (.); and Jacinda Jacobs, who we honestly didn't know as a spoken word poet but whose work we've enjoyed in all arenas, from morning radio to Hornets host.

It's doubtful the video will put Charlotte up and above frontrunners like New York City or San Francisco — or even put us on the radar — but it's a cool little depiction of our hometown, and we can always fantasize, right?

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