Hilliard does not know what studs go through day in and day out. There are many studs who have jobs and careers and are doing something for themselves. Aggressives are not the only ones who hustle or sell drugs. Hilliard put a real damper on the young black and Hispanic studs, and hurt my heart. I am a black woman who is married to a black stud who went through a lot of struggles but still takes care of me. We are both working women. It's sad that Madison and Kimmeee took the time to invite Hilliard to write a story about the Lab, and you just did us wrong. Learn your history about gays and lesbians. Maybe you need to go to the lesbian archives at the Herstory Museum.
Sharian
Brooklyn

As a member of the House of Corleone, I was surprised to see the article written about our group. It seemed to be biased. In my opinion, we (as in AGs) not only have no want/need to be men, but we don't find it essential to imitate men at all. Could it be too hard to understand that this is the way we are? Maybe the bubble that society has placed you in made it so you see boys and girls as black and white. Maybe there is a gray area: women who are more masculine and damn proud of it! Speaking for myself, I have always been naturally very tough growing up. We as black and Hispanic people embrace, cradle, clutch our hip-hop roots; to imply that most or all AGs are drug dealers or thugs disgusted me. You didn't focus on the good things Don Vito did and continues to do. You were invited in to our community, to see our lives, and you made us look like street trash (well, at least you tried to). You blasted the worst and whispered the good. This was a good opportunity to have others see us as the same humans they are, with different outlooks and ways of living. Well, you got your story—hope it was worth the check.
Complex Corleone
Manhattan


'Thanks for putting the women trying to be men to get more women on the cover this week. Amazing. Why not a picture of Coney Island?'
photo: David Yellen
'Thanks for putting the women trying to be men to get more women on the cover this week. Amazing. Why not a picture of Coney Island?'

Correction
In last week's Cine Phile column, the director of the film Invisible Waves was misidentified. The director is Pen-Ek Ratanaruang.

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