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Don't Forget Lisa

Your recognition of WYPR-FM’s The Signal as Best Radio Show (Best of Baltimore, Sept. 22) was well deserved, but you neglected to mention Lisa Morgan as the other co-creator and producer of that fine show. Both she and Aaron Henkin deserve accolades for delving into the furthest reaches of Maryland’s artistic nooks and crannies.

Emily Leffler Schulman

Not OK

Good going, City Paper! Via the entry regarding Hustler Club (Baltimore Weekly Highlights, Sept. 8) masquerading as art (why it is on that page is a question in itself), Hustler Club and, by extension, City Paper, have managed to impose upon women and girls this message: Your body is fodder (meat) for voyeuristic sport and consumption. And this is OK and normal.

But those of us who have been paying attention know this message for what it is: insidious girl-annihilating, dehumanizing, depressing bullshit. It’s not OK.

Hey—one may as well propose that black men (“artistically”) shuck and jive and tap dance on tables at Hustler Club. Oh, but now you know that’s not OK.

Not seeing the connection? Simple. Woman is “nigger” for you, and that’s the truth.

Tsao Tuob

Never Give Up

I found your non-bylined featurette “Doing It Yourselves” (Big Books Issue, Sept. 15) most interesting. Having published nine books since 1993, I want to encourage all would-be authors not to be discouraged about being published—it can be done! One of the developments that is very strongly in your favor is that many small and mid-size publishers are now located in places other than New York City, where almost all publishing houses were situated when I first seriously entered this most competitive market in 1989.

The reasons that many of them moved to places like our own Sykesville, for instance, is that costs were lower and the labor-pool work ethic better, as explained to me by a well-known trains publishing house that did exactly that.

On a political note, I want to thank the Democratic voters of Maryland for honoring me with their nearly 10,000 votes for U.S. Senate, five times the total I garnered in 2006 when I ran against Ben Cardin the first time. I will run against him again in 2012 as the peace candidate to end all our current and future overseas wars. I also thank City Paper for its kind mention of me in its primary endorsements (“Pick a Winner,” Feature, Sept. 8) 

Blaine Taylor

The writer is an erstwhile City Paper contributor.

Bernstein: White Man Keeping Score

I read slowly and thoughtfully the article “The Jury Is Out” (Mobtown Beat, Sept. 1) by Edward Ericson Jr. In my opinion, there is racial bias against black folks in the criminal system of white supremacy. White folks don’t want black folks to be a part of anything in this damn country, even if you have an Ivy League education similar to President Obama.

Personally, I like State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy. I see her as a great role model for myself and all black women who are working or living every day to establish “meaning” in our lives when the color of our skin tells most white folks that the only thing a black woman should be able to do is have a mop and a bucket in our black hands to clean up after white folks who have sense enough to mess up, but not intelligence enough to clean up after their mess.

As I see it, Gregg Bernstein is a white man who feels he needs to keep a score card on Patricia Jessamy. Bernstein is doubtful that Mrs. Jessamy is working to provide safety in white communities for white folks—you know, those “it’s all about us first” people

Edward Ericson Jr. made reference in his article to Baltimore as “a city where large swaths of the population see the police as the enemy.” As a black citizen, I know that most white policemen and some delusional black policemen are reactionary police—military personnel. Police officers come to black communities after a killing or crime has occurred. Police officers do not do 24/7 work cycles in poor black communities. The more black folk kill themselves, the safer white folks will be.

Bernstein wants to throw Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy under the bus and get rid of her. If it happens, it will be black folks’ fault.

Larnell Custis Butler

Corrections: Due to an editing error, a photograph of Joss Café and Sushi Bar was mistakenly printed in last week’s Best of Baltimore issue (Sept. 22) and miscaptioned “Sushi Hana,” the latter being the winner of this year’s Best Sushi category. Our apologies to both Sushi Hana and Joss Café.

Also in Best of, Baltimore Museum of Art curator Kristen Hileman’s name was misspelled in the blurb naming the BMA Best Art Museum; in addition, the name of the BMA’s Front Room: Guyton\Walker exhibition was misprinted as “Front Room: Guyton/Walker.” Again, our apologies.

We extend those same apologies to the winners who did not receive invitations to the Best of Baltimore party, most especially those who won in Arts & Entertainment categories.

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