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Michael Gonzales – As a native New Yorker, “Down South” seemed like a scary place, until a visit to Mississippi forced me to confront my own prejudices.Northerners sometimes say the meanest things about folks from Down South. Some think that “their accents make them sound stupid” while others cite the madness of slavery, Jim Crow and other racist wickedness as reason enough to stay away from the region. Not that Southerners care what Northerners think anyway.
Back in the late 80s/early 90s, when Southern boys and girls began dabbling in hip-hop music, born and bred on the blocks of my native New York City, I wasn’t pleased. [read the whole article on]