Dear Young Black Pittsburgh,
This letter is short, sweet and straight to the point. It’s not filled with attractive anecdotes, but my truth as a Pittsburgh native.
Life MIGHT hand you shut off notices, rejection letters, government assistance and other tangible evidence of insurmountable failures.
These setbacks can also come in the form of friends, family, and foes…
Black Pittsburgh is supposed to be “inclusive” and, instead, even the smallest difference promotes exclusion. Money and power reigns over servitude and generosity.
Some people will be intimidated by your strength and find ways to emasculate your talents. The compare and contrast is a sign of their weakness to keep you from sitting at a table you were never meant to break bread on.
There are imposters amongst you that are NOT meant for the good of advancement and community. These wolves, in their rightful clothing, want the spotlight and not the sacrifice. They want awards and accolades, not ambition. They want quick finessing and not quality fixing.
But, don’t worry. You will be okay!
The only advice I have for you is to rip up this letter, and any other letter that does not have a physical charge. There is work to be done. Actions speak louder than words and I am here to serve BESIDE you.
Trust in God and remain unapologetic in your journey! In the words of my Pastor Brian James Edmonds, YOU ARE ENOUGH!
Merecedes J. Howze
Founding Owner, Movie Scene Queen