I am writing to express my interest in the article by Inés Bebea about the problem of minority small business owners and their trouble being included in the bidding for lucrative contracts (June 2004). This is a problem that has always existed, but, with the controversy surrounding the construction of a new stadium and convention center in Manhattan, the issue has risen even more to the forefront. The article by Ms. Bebea offers the perfect argument for the inclusion of minority-owned businesses in large contracts and would be an asset to the cause of these businesses if the building of the stadium ever gets off the ground. The article also fits perfectly with the theme of the issue—young businessmen and women of color who have made it, despite the continued blockades to their advancement. Ms. Bebea should be commended for her direct and informative writing and for concisely bringing such an important issue to your readers.
Alisa de los Reyes
New York, N.Y.
I was reading The Network Journal and was particularly touched by the Editor’s Note, “When Warriors Die Too Soon” (July/August, 2004). I am still missing Lambert, but not in a mournful way. I was really pleased that you paid tribute not only to him but also to his brother before him [Samori], whom I never met, and Shaka, whom I didn’t know either. But we give thanks that we choose to honor those who have made a difference among us. As someone said at his funeral, he wasn’t one of the guys who ran for the mike, but he made an impression on my life in the little over a year that I knew him at WBAI. Again, give thanks.
Caribbean Roundup, WBAI
New York, N.Y.