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Carey
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Username: Carey

Post Number: 1499
Registered: 05-2004

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Posted on Monday, January 12, 2009 - 12:48 pm:   

Kitty,

So, by extension, you romanticized Harlem. Well, of course I can't use the word romanticized; that's a chick word :-), but I too looked forward to the day that I would step on Harlem's 125 St. Just like you, my vision came through reading. I looked at it like going to Disney Land. In fact, my first experience of Harlem was shared with my family. My daughter was considering going to Columbia (on 110th) so I thought it was a fine time to complete one of my dreams. Upon arrival, my wife and I quickly made our decision. My first child would be attending Columbia ...but not in this lifetime. Oh buddy, my daughter was giddy with the prospect of living in the Big Apple. All I could think of was the Manchild (my daughter) in the Promised Land. My son was terrified; too many black folk for him.

I too was cured. Although I still love Harlem, I was cured of any notion of sending my baby there ...alone.

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