Black People Who Are New to the Phoenix Area Need to Make BIG Adjustments!
I'm glad to see that my blog entry, "Are You an African American Who's Planning to Move to the Phoenix Area? Here's Your Guide ...," has been so popular among my readers! I've received a lot of questions about various neighborhoods in the Valley.
I encourage all of my readers to keep posting Comments and asking Questions on my blog if you are already here or considering a move to the Valley! It's smart to plan ahead!
I met a ton of people from all over the nation who move here and complain about how Phoenix is not like Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Charlotte, etc. Of course it isn't! Arizona is still a young state (less than 100 years old) with a THIN African American legacy. We're still trying to strengthen our roots here ...
In the meantime, I hear peoples' criticisms about the Phoenix area ...
- We don't have many black cultural events or entertainment venues
- If you're single and black in Phoenix, you're gonna struggle to find love
- The black population here is just too small
To those complainers, I say that you need to quit yer bloodclot crying! Phoenix is a great city - you just have to be more aggressive in finding nightclubs, community/cultural events, black organizations, black churches, etc.
I admit that we don't have a popular African American-centered television show or radio program yet.
If you're out and about, don't be afraid to ask black people what they know about Phoenix! I've heard many great stories about how people became friends after approaching strangers in public with the same question! I've made great friends the same way!
If you're sitting on the couch, waiting for Phoenix to come to you, you're not gonna like this place.
BUT if you are OPEN-MINDED and you do your homework, you'll find that Phoenix has plenty of exciting things to do and see!