I don't conflate what LA was as a destination and hub in the 40s-80s to what it is today. 1) LA is LA, it's attractive beyond the black population, i don't see, in my circle, people moving to LA for the black community. they are there for the industry, weather or family. 2) like most of CA when it comes to our black population, it's concentrated in lower economic tiers, that alone won't let me call any of this a mecca as you don't see black people thriving or exerting power 3) the metros get real white and mexican when you expand past LA, and I'm lumping "suburbs" like Compton, Long Beach and Inglewood into LA, they should be LA if not for political games being played with the map back in the day
Having lived in DC, Philly, NY, and Chicago and having spent a lot of time in ATL, then moved back to Cali, Cali doesn't have a Black Mecca. It has a handful of cities where you can feel comfortable as a black person, but the true community, power, diversity, etc that LA and Oakland once had has all but disappeared over the last 25 years. You got places like ATL, NY, DC, Charlotte/NC, Houston where black folk are thriving....then you got Cali, where the black folk making it get lost in and dispersed into a sea of "others" while the core clusters are mainly underserved, poor, and struggling
I'm gonna piggyback this. Having grown up in Philly (and frequenting EVERY major city on the east coast), then visiting Cali...I was disappointed in the cultural presence of black folks, out there. To be fair, I was only in S.D. and LA, but culturally, I felt somewhat mislead....hoodwinked...
LA was beautiful (culturally as a whole). I gotta get back. S.D. beautiful (weather A1), but I was disappointed at the amount of black ppl, I saw out there. I expected somethin different. I know that Gaslamp District, was cac central (all the clubs cacc'd out, but for a few). The west coast for me, was moreso a VIBE, than anything else. I appreciated its contrast to the east coast, the ambiance, culture, etc. BUT I wasn't impressed, w/ black culture. YOU CAN RECOGNIZE THIS IMMEDIATELY, IF YOU'RE FROM ELSEWHERE (unexplainable, but easily felt). I wouldn't move out there, cuz I need to feel THAT (whatever "that" is).
I think folks, from out west, who never been to NYC, NJ, Philly, Bmore, etc...would be surprised, to see how ENTRENCHED, black culture is, in the northeast.
That "black & brown" shyt is 100% facts, out there. And I'm not even including, ATL, DC, etc. In ATL, I was surprised at the amount of white ppl I saw...but nonetheless, it felt like blacks RUN the city (festivities, events, cuisine, culture, etc). Little shyt I peeped...which isn't prevalent everywhere. White folks or OTHERS, having to acquiesce to US (black culture). White ppl eating in soul food restaurants, multiple black media outlets, cacs having to frequent black affairs, etc. This is not the norm EVERYWHERE. You nkkas gotta acquiesce to cacs, or Hectors culture (for better or worse).
I understand what another poster meant, when he compares Pittsburgh and VA Beach. Although there's black folks in PGH (heavy), that city seems heavily segregated. Outside the trenches, you barely feel a cultural presence. Whereas a VA Beach (probably smaller), our presence is FELT. CHI...I immediately felt black culture too (so incomparable to LA).
I guess it's all subjective (at the end of the day), then again...I wanna say it isn't.