“But they can’t fade South Central, where bustin’ a cap is fundamental…”
–Ice Cube, Steady Mobbin’ (1991)

The L.A. City Council voted unanimously today to get rid of the “South Central” moniker when referring to what they will now call “South Los Angeles.” The new name was adopted to help the section of the city overcome an image of drugs, gangs and poverty.

Ironically, South Central doesn’t appear on any city documents or even street signs, so the cost of the change will be minimal. The South Central name is only referenced in a few city maps that label the 16 square mile area South of downtown L.A. bordered by the Santa Monica (I-10) Freeway in the North, the Harbor (I-110) Freeway on the West, the Century (I-105) Freeway in the South, Long Beach (I-710) in the East and contains Central Avenue, hence the name.

In recent decades, the name was expanded by the media and the public, and later West Coast rap artists, to include any areas where blacks settled as they moved south and west of downtown, from the gang-infested streets of Watts to the $500,000 homes of lawyers and doctors in Baldwin Hills. Rappers like N.W.A. later extended the name to include Compton.

Hopefully this name change will help change the the neighborhood’s reputation for being a center for gang activity. Having grown up in Long Beach, I can tell you that gang activity can be found anywhere in Los Angeles County, not just South Central.

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  1. Our last festival was in Watts Los Angeles, everyone told us no one would show up because people are afraid of Watts. And if people do show up there will be race wars. Over 4,000 true hip hop fans came out to prove to the world L.a can and will hold a peaceful event in what was once known as the riot ravaged streets of south central.

    Blacks, Whites, Asians, Mexicans, and every other combination of ethnicity showed up and not one fight! We proved EVERYONE wrong.

    “We the People” festival is an annual event and unlike those other festivals, we are not going to the valley to cater to white America. We have and will continue to keep our festival in Watts.

    It hasn’t come easy, sponsors and the media aren’t interested in a festival held in south central but by word of mouth and unity we have been building up a solid following.

    Peace

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    #1 by M. Jones — April 1, 2007 @ 12:20 am

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