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Old news Roni Sarig: I just got a copy of the article you wrote on Professor Griff (Vibes, "Writing's on the wall," June 12). In these days, why must one fan the flames of hatred? You wasted a chance to get some real information out of a man who was part of one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history.
While I am not one to tell anyone what to think, write, feel or say, I would say that this is an issue we are familiar with, tired of and don't want to hear about. Why not focus on the positive things? The media already portrays such a bad view of hip-hop in general, and the major outlets really only have an interest in allowing certain destructive images of our communities out -- so you being on the Net and having a great deal of freedom and the opportunity to really say something, should say something. Unfortunately, you wasted a good chance to snag a great interview with someone that actually cares about the culture in your pursuit of sensational journalism.
-- Greg Watkins, New York City

Make up and break up
Roni Sarig: I am glad to see that someone else is also staying abreast of the many intricacies and issues that make up and seemingly break up hip-hop (Vibes, "Writing's on the wall," June 12). As your article references, these kinds of back-and-forth moments are what ultimately lead me to decide to stop writing verses and trying to MC.
I've found my musical home in alternative rock. As much as I love hip-hop, cherish and support it, I'm tired of running into people with narrow and fickle views, and dealing with listeners' skewed requests and label protocol. That goes with this music industry in general.
Again, thank you for writing such an informative article on a genre of music that I truly love, but no longer see the need to try and musically contribute to.
-- Bryan Williams, Atlanta

Past its prime
Roni Sarig: I am writing in response to the article you wrote resulting from an interview that Professor Griff was gracious enough to agree to (Vibes, "Writing's on the wall," June 12). It is unfortunate that you took advantage of his kindness and time, to write an article in such poor taste and unworthy of publishing.
The definition of journalism is: "Written material of current interest or wide popular appeal." Your article did not address material of current interest, nor did it provide material of wide popular appeal. Why would anyone waste the time of a man with so much insight regarding current events and who is making positive moves for the benefit of our youth to discuss an issue that was of limited interest 13 years ago? Surely you could have discussed issues more relevant and pressing to our community today.
Professor Griff is currently involved in a children's project to address much-needed educational skills in a manner that appeals to our misguided and, oftentimes, forgotten youth (all youth, including Jewish!). This promotion of education through entertainment is certainly more worthy of focus than your feeble attempt to pull the race card, wouldn't you think?
-- Kamia Mance, Riverdale

In need of a compass
Jerry Portwood: As a frequent patron of 10 Degrees South, I found your review to be an outrage (Food & Drink, "Bobotie call," June 12). While I agree with you on some points and found your piece well written and intricate, I felt that you were overly critical of my favorite restaurant. Understanding that the average Creative Loafing reader would feel more at home in a Little Five points pizzeria, I find it disgraceful that you would sum up your review with a comment of "feeling ripped off" because your salad was priced $1.50 over and above the norm.
The restaurant is draped with 20-plus fair and positive reviews. Critics rave about the decor, quaintness of the restaurant layout, the sauces, spices and the incredible atmosphere -- all aspects of the dining experience that you found so distasteful. Surely not everyone is 180 degrees off!
-- Erez Chanin, Alpharetta

Going South
(In response to Food & Drink, "Bobotie call," June 12): Jerry Portwood: I normally call or e-mail food critics that we have had in the past and thank them for their review, good or bad. However, this is not the case here. I do agree with your review to a limited degree. Yes, the pap may be too much for some people. I am sorry that you never enjoyed any of the dishes you tried, but find it strange that you never tried the grilled calamari (one of the best in the city, according to the AJC) or the rump steak and lamb chops to which you refer as too expensive.
Just a few things for your knowledge as well: South African cuisine is a fusion of Dutch, Portuguese, French and Malay influences and not of "original tribes of the region."
But all this said, the most disappointing aspects of your article were the discriminatory remarks -- "so these African Americans are mostly white" and "our waiter who was nearly 7 feet tall" -- what this has to do with your meal only you know.
We have been open for nearly four years in a city synonymous with restaurants that last no longer than four to six months in most instances. Our reviews to date have been only of a positive nature and doubt whether 10 food critics and the Zagat survey are all wrong. We must be doing something right.
-- Justin Anthony
Owner, 10 Degrees South


Gouging drinkers
(In response to Corkscrew, "Brown bag," June 12): Taylor Eason: Thanks for addressing an issue that has become an increasing irritant to me and, I expect, to many wine lovers. I enjoy dining out in good restaurants and enjoying a fine wine with the meal, but I have observed a steady escalation in restaurant wine prices. Recently I dined with a friend at a seafood restaurant where the cheapest white wine on their list was $25, and it was a rather ordinary wine that I know sells for $5.99 in shops. That's better than four times retail. It seems to be that restaurants have a mentality that ustomers should be unconscionably gouged on wine.
As it is, I think you are totally correct that current pricing policies simply perpetuate wine elitism and discourage a new generation of wine drinkers.

-- Don Pattillo, Atlanta

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