After heading to a popular South Miami nightclub for a birthday celebration, a group of black women waiting on line to get in were met with a harsh wake-up call: They wouldn’t be partying in the club that night because they were black.

According to NBC Miami, Liz Lopez, Nancy Pierrot, Katuschca Jubuisson and Kat Bing say they were turned away from the Arkadia nightclub inside the popular Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel for no other reason than the color of their skin.

“Oh, I definitely know I didn’t get in because I am an African-American,” Jubuisson said. “It really sickens me because of the fact that I have given plenty of money to the Fountainebleau.”

Jubuisson says the club’s bouncer told the women they weren’t getting in—despite waiting in line—because they were black. In disbelief, the women continued to wait and observed other women being allowed into the club (they’d been inside before), but were again turned away.

“I stood out there for at least forty-five minutes. I saw all these other white girls, you know, getting in and I still waited. The gentleman at the front door behind the velvet rope didn’t even acknowledge us,” Kat Bing said. “One of the security guards saw us and kind of felt bad and approached me. He said you know what he’s not going to let you guys in because you’re black, you know that.”

The women say they were invited by one of the club’s promoters, Rodrick Dudley,  and were shocked when he flatly explained that the Fountainebleau only allows black women who look “twice as good” as white women.

“This is south beach a shallow self serving superficial place. They pay me 300 a night to bring attractive women to their establishment and or cats who spend dough. I know what it is going in,” he explained via text. “I’ve always been kind and accommodating to you and you’ve never shown me any appreciation which is fine. I don’t need it this is what I do because I like you I tried to cordially give you a heads up warning cause the only reason they let your girls in last time was because I fought to get em in. Its a double standard @ the fountainbleu. White chics can be ok. Black chics gotta look twice as good and they only cater to a so called urban crowd on thursdays and sundays. Peace and love.”

The women have filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the Fountainebleau Hotel, but the club and hotel issued a statement saying it appreciates and embraces diversity.

“Fontainebleau Miami Beach is a hotel that embraces diversity and truly cares about its guests and Team Members. To nurture diversity on our property, we offer diversity trainings; embrace talent acquisition programs that bring Team Members to us from all areas of the world, and host events to celebrate diversity,” the statement said. “We are an Equal Opportunity establishment that has been, and will continue to be, dedicated to this fundamental principle.”

“What has been claimed in this investigation is not acceptable, will not be tolerated and should not have happened on our property,” the statement said.

The Fountainebleau claims Dudley is not affiliated with the hotel or the nightclub, and has barred him from the property.

The hotel invited the ladies back to the club to “experience the true level of hospitality that they deserve,” but the group has declined. The ladies say they don’t want anyone else to be discriminated against and are continuing with their lawsuit.

Have you ever faced discrimination at a nightclub? 

  • slim

    miami and south beach is really overrated.

  • Anon

    Well, now they know to not go back… and let other BW know where not to spend their money?

    We’re living in the era of basketball wives these days, so I’m not surprised. I mean, you even have people defending a black women are fat article, so I can’t keep being shocked at the fall out.

  • Dreaming

    I don’t do nightclubs.

  • QueenOfCastle

    You dont have to worry about that.

  • Dreaming

    I hate when people try to pacify a situation by offering what was originally denied. That guy deserved to be barred from the club.

  • Maggie

    I’ve definitely experienced this in Miami. Not cute.

  • vnusnaries

    I’ve experienced this in Middle Georgia and Houston, TX as well. There is a particular string of nightclubs and bars off Heights BLVD that is NOTORIOUS for ‘strict dress codes” AKA excuses for not letting minorities in. I have seen and left numerous reviews on these establishments and I am thinking that that is not enough. THESE women are among the few that actually does anything legal about it and I think we should start taking matters into our own hands and slapping lawsuits because a business will change drastically due to a threat of a lawsuit. WELL DONE LADIES!!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/clnmike Tonton Michel

    Clubs have been doing this for decades, no one has been stupid enough to say it or text it though.

  • Insight

    Definatley, I’m not sure why black people live in FL anyway. #trayvon

  • binks

    Agreed Sis! I don’t go to nightclubs mainly due to the atmosphere. But this is not surprising! These types of clubs are very discriminating towards a lot of people who don’t fit the club’s “image” and the hotter the club/location the more discriminating it becomes. So like mention, this is nothing new I hope this brings more light on these types of establishments and not support.

  • http://museandwords.com NinaG

    NYC clubs are like this as well.

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  • Ravi

    this reminds me of a scene in knocked up.

    “I’m only allowed to let in five percent black people. He said that, that means if there’s 25 people here I get to let in one and a quarter black people. So I gotta hope there’s a black midget in the crowd.”

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    Yea, it’s pretty much a given in NYC that in order to get into some clubs you’ve got to look like a model and dressed in your finest “red bottoms”.

  • Birnom

    Well, as much as i sympathise with the 4 ladies, i think the lawsuit is futile. The clubs out here have a certain ‘image’ they want to espouse and they have the full right of admission. If they dont want to admit certain black women, sadly, its their right and ‘partying up in a nightclub’ is not a constitutional right. The club is run by jerks & bigots, sure, but they arent breaking any law. At the end of the day, how far are these women willing to take this lawsuit? Whats their end-game? Do they think this suit will change the nightclub culture/club owner’s attitudes in South Beach?

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    “…a group of black women waiting online to get in were met with a harsh wake-up call:…”

    Sorry to be the grammar, or in this case spelling, police but there’s a difference between waiting “online” and waiting “on line”. So that sentence was a little confusing.

    As for this incident; A lot of Black woman make excuses for people who malign us in the media. Those women love to say “it’s not that serious”. Well this is the result of the terrible public image that Black woman have. And a perfect example of why we all need to fight those who misrepresent us in the media.

    All those VH1 shows with showing Black women acting crazy, hip hop portraying us a b*tches and h*es, all these mainstream media outlets doing reports on us like we are individual humans but a collective Black woman, and all of the other attacks on us add up to people viewing us through those lenses rather than seeing us as the individuals we are.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    “…all these mainstream media outlets doing reports on us like we are individual humans..”

    Should be: …all these mainstream media outlets doing reports on us like we are NOT individual humans…

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    I’m mad that this women are named Kat and Jubuisoon?! Jesus needs to take the wheel on their mothers, I think they were delirious from that epidural thang-

    Ms.Info & iQgraphics, what sayest thou?!

  • iQgraphics

    I have not experienced being discriminated against in Miami clubs. I was in and out of every club I wanted to be in and out of. I even was able to peep the scene for those that wanted a cover charge before I paid.

    But I will offer that my last time in Miami while staying on ocean drive I needed my hair done. I walked up and down and could not find a place to do my hair. Not because I was discriminated against, because I looked in and didn’t see anyone I wanted in my hair.

    So I took a cab to Liberty City and got my hurr did.

  • iQgraphics

    brahahaha! you cray

  • Dreaming

    But discrimination IS against the law.

  • Dreaming

    Hey, sis! I have a feeling that people will continue to patronize these establishments as long as it isn’t them who are being discriminated against.

  • iQgraphics

    they do have a case.

  • China

    OMG!!! This is exactly what happened to a gf and I 2 years ago. We were visiting from NYC (where we always get into the most exclusive clubs & industry parties) and decided to go to Cameo, Fabulous performed So we put on our best NYC designer fabs and waited and waited and waited while numerous very shabby dressed Birkenstock and jean white girls were allowed into the club without question. I was totally humiliated and flabbergasted. As we returned to our hotel We ran into a promoter that we saw bringing in the white girls in droves and I asked Him why would they not let us in, is our money not the color green and I went on my I am from NYC rant???? He just stumbled with his words and never really gave us a clear answer and honestly looked ashamed and sad bc He knew. And mind you the promoter was a dark skinned black guy. This is sickening!!! How long will black women stand to be mistreated and ostracized by all mediums!!!! And stop making excuses! We are Beautiful!!!! And we always have work twice as hard to prove our value and worth!

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    I like that they’ve brought media attention to this. This way we know to stay the heck away from this club. Don’t give people money to disrespect you.

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    Val aka they eye of truth Well this is the result of the terrible public image that Black woman have. And a perfect example of why we all need to fight those who misrepresent us in the media. All those VH1 shows with showing Black women acting crazy, hip hop portraying us a b*tches and h*es, all these mainstream media outlets doing reports on us

    Preach Val preach!

    In other words, our brand has been downgraded. Too many Blk women have been complicit and even co-signing this madness. C. Delores Tucker caught hell for standing up against negative rappers.

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  • Kam

    Her name is not Jubuisson her first name is “Katuschca”. And Kat is a popular diminutive for Katie which is a dimunitive for Catherine or Katherine. Geez. Blacks are just awful to each other.

  • The Comment

    Girlfriend I thought Jubison was African……my bad!

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    @ Kam,

    The more you explain, the more i slowly die!!! STOP it

    Blacks are awful to each other! ——> Cry me a river with that one, my dear. I ain’t have time for dat. I jest, I joke, I have fun!

    @ The Comment

    *Screaming is it my comment from Afrique?!* Welcome back mama!!! Oh how I’ve missed thee!!!!!!!

  • Abi

    This is good if they banish us from their trashy druggy night clubs, as long as they do not forbid us in the libraries and schools.

  • JaeBee

    I never understood the “exclusive” nightclub mentality to begin with. The whole concept is just lame. I don’t know why people even bother to put up with these establishments. Unless there’s a celebrity inside the club (who probably would not give you, the average club goer, the time of day), or there’s some other really amazing event happening inside (like a fireworks show or something), what makes these clubs so much more special than any other club? I just don’t understand why people are willing to spend more money, and risk humiliation by being denied entry just so that they can listen to music, dance, and have a few (pricey) drinks–something that you could do at any regular (i.e. less exclusive) club (or dayum near anywhere, really).

    I’ve witnessed people trying to bribe bouncers to get access into some of these places. I’ve always wondered, “Are you serious?”. People are willing to be denied entry for 45 minutes or more (why the hell are you waiting that long to leave?), then put up bribe money (in addition to paying the cost of entry) just so that they can have the “privilege” of being one of the select few who will be granted entry and will then be given the “privilege” of being able to buy over-priced drinks and listen/dance to the same songs they hear on the radio every dayum day. Sorry, I’ll pass on all that!

  • JC

    South Beach and the rest of Miami are completely different places. FYI: many non-American black people in Miami live because it is one of the few places that they can find their communities in great numbers.

  • Alexandra

    That is messed up. I’ve never been a club person; I don’t like that type of socializing.
    And clubs always have these unwritten rules about what gets in. Its one of the reasons they have ‘ladies nights’ or ‘ladies in free’ after a certain time. They’re also trying to attract men who will pay money to be with these women. I’m not surprised they were judged off looks (as well as skin color).
    I’m sorry these women had to experience that, hopefully this sends a message that money isn’t always a ticket to access. I always felt that “green is the only color that matters” line was BS.

  • Alexandra

    “as long as they do not forbid us in the libraries and schools.”

    That sounds like me :-) I agree 100%.

  • H

    That’s not shocking. Usually they try to hide their discrimination behind a dress code and saying you are too scantily clad. I bet they let any race of men in, and they let any type of woman in except black women.

    White people have no problem with black men. I guess they find him easy breezy because of sports and hip hop music. For some reason everybody is invited to the party except black women. Like someone mentioned. We are portrayed much worse in the media.

    Also black men have no problem socializing with white people or especially white women. Black women are seen as the aggressors who constantly attack white people about racism. They see us as loud and angry whereas black men are laid back.

  • H

    Too true. We were so glad for a minute of shine, and now we look like belligerent, booty shaking bimbos. At least the booty shaking bimbos are fit though. Black women are never represented in a truly positive light. Most black characters on TV are

    1)Mammy – overweight,fat, and sassy, hates all skinny women

    2)Fit but ghetto – beautiful and fit but ghetto and low class, doesn’t get along with others

    3)Classy, smart, beautiful, but fat – supportive of her beautiful thin non-black friends.

    4)Fit and classy – what we want to see, rarely seen, usually portrayed by light skinned black women or women who are a tan away from passing for white (Rashida Jones)

    If the media is going to constantly talk about us badly, I’d rather be invisible. But yea black women sign up for it. That article yesterday about overweight black women said that 80% of black women are overweight. It is a negative stereotype that we are all sassy which to most people says that we are hard to get along with and MASCULINE. Never take sassy as a compliment. So combine these two and you get overweight and sassy. This character is everywhere but damages our image. How many times do black women decide to support bad representations of ourselves? All the time. Look at the popularity of Basketball Wives. We need to understand that yes white women do the same stuff, but black women in this country are always judged as the stereotype. We either are a stereotype or an exception. Too many people love to be the stereotype.

  • Yb

    Our brand has been in toilet since we stepped foot in this country.

    What’s new?

  • NTG

    @JaeBee

    Many of these “exclusive” establisments are put in place simply to boost people’s egos and have them feeling more important than they really are. It’s by “exclusivity”. The more special you make people feel, the more they want to come back. This is how many of these clubs/lounges make their money, and they make a ton of money just by doing it. Do you think these girls would have filed a lawsuit if they were denied access in to “regular” club or one that was less “exclusive”, even if it was due to their skin color? I think their bubbles/egos were hurt the most in this process. But what was done was wrong on all levels of course.

  • Rochelle

    You sound very boring. People like to have fun. All that sh#t you just typed has nothing to do with the issue. Step off your soap box.

  • Natsuko

    Correction, NTG: They are women, not girls.

  • Velma

    Sigh…..the battle continues with open season on black women…..

  • stellaxo

    While I do agree that black women are typically portrayed negatively in the media, any worked up feelings shouldn’t *primarily* be expressed towards the ‘reality’ females who cement these stereotypes on popular shows.

    I’m kind of on two sides with this one: I concur that that is the underlying issue, but I feel the main issue at hand is one of discrimination.

    Whether the policies of these clubs will change at all, i’m not sure- so I can understand frustration towards the negative stereotypes we, as black women, are often associated with (however, on the other hand, i feel like saying that is somewhat validating the actions of the staff…)

    And so continues my opposing ['this law should pass, our image shouldn't be important'] argument..
    Black women- or any women, for that matter- aren’t a piece of stock whose value is contingent upon their image in the media; thus, in a practical/broad scope of things, that shouldn’t be an issue.
    We shouldn’t have to TRY to look twice as good, or act twice as polite.
    (Just as a black woman shouldn’t *have* to ‘dress up’ to shop at Neiman Marcus or Barneys to be treated well)
    If a woman knows her value and exudes her positive qualities, the actions of others within her demographic shouldn’t be a factor as to whether she is ‘acceptable’ enough or not.
    Not to her, and not to any staff members.

    Regardless of how the case turns out, I sense that its going to be a long road before changes in perception of black women change. Seems like the only way to overcome this is to do some un-doing: the creation and promotion of more shows and movies featuring black (normal) women and their experiences.

  • H

    @stellaxo I agree, but many non-blacks have no interaction with black people, so all they know is the portrayal in the media or they meet ghetto black people out and about that give them a negative impression. Some are too small minded to judge a person as an individual, so they apply the stereotype.

    I don’t think our image will improve anytime soon, but black women themselves have to work harder at overcoming the loud, ghetto, sassy, fat stereotype. I know lots of women who don’t fit the stereotype, but when I’m out and about I see too many wearing it like it’s a badge of honor. So until classy black ladies can get ghetto black ladies to improve, we will always look bad.

    That is because for some reason low class black people are the representation of the black community. Many of our entertainers are from or glamorize the ghetto. They act low class, so non-blacks with only a media defined impression of blacks see us this way. We are the only people that I can think of that praises and glorifies low class people at such an extreme level.

    Black women as a collective need to decide that the overweight Sapphire stereotype is not cute and is actually masculine and unattractive. I mean this is basically why black men say they are running to non-black women.

  • Chloe

    -_- Honestly, I am not surprised at all by this story. I am not into clubbing but I have girlfriends who like to go to the club and have told me of their horrible experiences. There are a great deal of clubs that do not allow black women to enter. Its largely due to the media and its negative portrayal of anything brown. At the end of the day, black women need to stop supporting these establishments and the men who enter them that won’t allow them into the club. If more black women took a stand and stopped supporting these losers it would all end, many of the bouncers that work outside of clubs are black men (you can’t blame anybody but them).

  • stellaxo

    @H

    Hi! :)
    I see where you’re going with that, but my latter argument was that regardless as to whether or not someone has interacted with black people (or has simply judged them based on what they see on t.v.), people should be treated equally. (that we need more of, or less of media particular representations shouldn’t be an issue in the matter of equality).

    I know that message may be a bit too ‘dreamy’ or something i should save for wishful thinking (especially for clubs in areas as superficial as miami beach): hey, the reality probably is that we will always be judged for what we look like and what the values those of ‘our kind’ are known to have, and treated accordingly. We’ve battled the issue of equality for so long (blacks, gays; simple things as the car you drive, etc), that- who knows if things will really, REALLY change??

    This is also why I mentioned that regardless of whether the law passes, there would still be this underlying issue: if it did pass, these negative preconceived notions of black women would still exist- whether in the workplace, or casually meeting new people.

    And i can’t think of a statement i abhor more than the argument that “oh this is the reason black men choose to date outside of their race”
    As I stated in my first response, a woman has so much more to offer a man than ‘blank’ reason. If the man chooses he doesn’t want her because she doesn’t live up to that particular thing, he’s not a man worth having, in my opinion. It should be more about her character rather than defying the typical physical appearance or slang of a black woman. Even though we live in a fast paced and self centered society (thanks to technology), women are worthy of unconditional love, rather than love based on the completion of a check list.
    I did laugh when you mentioned saaphyri though :p
    Although my stance may seem naive- maybe a few years of adulthood will ground me a more towards what is todays ‘reality’ ;) -i stand by what i said.

  • JaeBee

    @ Rochelle

    You sound young and immature. Take a seat! People liking to have fun has little to do with why people feel they need to get into “exclusive” clubs–especially when you can have fun at a club that isn’t as exclusive.

    I would agree with NTG’s assessment that it’s all about ego. Perhaps, if people didn’t feel so much need to have their egos stroked by something as menial as being allowed into an “exclusive” establishment we wouldn’t have so many stories like these. The fact that these women waited outside for 45 (humiliating) minutes (and still didn’t get into the club) speaks volumes. These women could have still had a fun, girls night out at a less exclusive place instead of spending their night/wasting their time being upset because some establishment doesn’t like black people.

  • kay

    This also happens often in NYC. For a long time my friends and I were about that NYC club scene.

    I finally realized ” why am I going to these wack white clubs to hang around pretentious yet mediocre people only to get treated like crap at the door?” And what makes things worse is that a lot of the promoters are black males who will kiss an average looking white girls behind while looking at gorgeous black women as if they ought to be lucky theyre even getting in.

    Top offenders from my experience (yes I am calling them out):
    - Juliet
    - Greenhouse

    Do not spend your valuable black dollars at these establishments or any place that mistreats you.

  • H

    @stellaxo – I wish people didn’t judge books by the cover, but it is part of instinct to size people up. The “don’t judge people” idea tells us that we should squelch those inner thoughts and get to know someone before judging them.

    But it is kind of the same thing from the Jim Crow era. Black people saw blacks being lynched by whites, hosed down in the streets by whites, and treated inhumanely by whites. This made all black people think that whites were inhumane racist fake Christians. That belief is still held by some black people today. Previous behavior and media portrayals are very powerful.

  • bekah

    To be frank, the exclusion of black women in clubs stems from the notion that the men who will be spending a ridiculous amount of money at these establishments will spend it on the best looking women the town has to offer. And unfortunately in that belief, black women ain’t it. Black women go head to head with men at certain clubs because of this. So if you aren’t buying bottles or their not being bought for you, then do an about-face at the door while your pride is still in tact. The clubs are in the business of making money. Not having a good time.

    If your upset for any other reason besides being denied admittance because you genuinely wanted to enjoy yourself and not be some meat to men that wanna intoxicate and then penetrate you… then you need to reevaluate your idea of fun.

  • bekah

    they’re*

  • wepon1

    LOL, black women make a living from lawyers, mangers, and to social services officers beating black men down to the ground with no sympathy at all, but when a black man is told not to let certain type of black women into a club, because his job depends on it, he is wrong! So, the black man just can’t win at all! The black woman can do her job when it involves hurting or doing something to black men, but the black bouncer can’t do his?

    Far as I can see the only people giving black women a negative portrayal on is black women! Look like black women fully support the negative portrayal by the number of shows I see with black women being angry and drunk on tv So blame yourself instead of black men!

  • H

    Yes. This is the true reason. I mean the guy mentioned this in his text messages somewhat, but the idea is the more white women the better. All groups of men like white women, and will buy drinks for her and such. If guys don’t like black women and don’t find them attractive, they won’t buy them drinks. Not as many white guys are buying drinks for black women as they will for white women. White men are probably the majority at these clubs, so they let in the women that these white guys will buy drinks for. So it’s probably like white, Hispanic, Asian, then black. It’s all about the money. So yea discrimination sucks, but it is discrimination for money rather than racism.

    Is that worse lol??? Maybe it means that the offenders aren’t racist, but you are still being discriminated against b/c of your race and only for money’s sake.

  • Mel

    If that club discriminated on looks it would be empty. It just seems silly to discriminate against black women with style and money to spend. Whatever I am not hurting my head on this one.

  • bekah

    @H it’s one of those things where i don’t knock the hustle but i don’t support it either

  • bekah

    well i wouldn’t be able to support it even if i wanted to cuz i’m a black woman. womp lol

  • Chnyere

    ok little boy/ girl what u said makes no sense and it is not true; black women r the last to discriminate against black men

  • Chnyere

    yes, because black women address the issues of racism and blk men just let it go by as long as they r talking to some white women
    #knowyourworth

  • tisme

    @wepon1 A black man who is a criminal being prosecuted for a crime and a woman who is discriminated against for being black is two separate things

  • Ravi

    White people have no problem with black men??? Really??? We are considered the biggest threat in the country if not the world. Whether it’s police profiling, the industrial prison complex, or being let into a club, black men are heavily discriminated against. I have been not allowed into clubs for dress code violations while a group of white guys walk in wearing the exact same thing. Our portrayal in the media is just as bad if not worse. We are viewed as dangerous, ignorant, and criminally violent. People aren’t locking their doors and clutching their purses at the sight of a black woman like they are a black man. And Black women have no less trouble socializing with white people than Black men do. This country is far more accepting of seeing Black women with white men than the other way around. That’s why it is far more prevalent in television and movies.

  • overseas_honeybee

    @JaeBee

    Agreed. If you don’t like dealing with this foolishness … put your money where your mouth is and stop patronizing these overpriced joints and tell your friends to do the same. It’s totally about ego and we’re ignorant enough to keep coming back time and time again.

  • H

    No. White people have less of a problem with black men when it comes to clubbing I mean. Because like they said they want pretty girls and men who will spend money. White women are desired by all groups of men, and a black guy with money will go into a club like this and buy drinks for her. A beautiful black woman could go in these clubs, and a white guy is less likely to buy drinks for her. So that black guy will be spending money at least on other women if you let him in. That black woman will not be getting drinks bought for her as much as if you had let the average Becky in. Black guys do catch a lot of flak in this country, but a black guy with money is more accepted to these types of things because the bouncers think they will spend their money like rappers and athletes on the women inside.

  • Monique

    The club scene is superficial & I’m sure they knew that. The bouncer was fired for keeping it 100. Honestly, I think it was a bit of ageism, too. Unfortunately, we’re only about 40 years removed from the Black is Beautiful movement and a lot of people (advertisers, casting agents, bouncers, etc.) still haven’t caught on.

  • Jazz

    The same thing happened to me and my friends at another club on South Beach, Club PLAY. Here we are standing in line and the bouncer is picking girls out the crowd to go in, all of the girls he was picking were the exotic chicks of course. All the black girls were getting overlooked. Me and my friends were piping HOT and were about to leave until another bouncer stopped us and let us in. He even told us that the bouncer, which was black, didnt really care for black girls. We got a large dose of reality that day. We just can’t win

  • apple

    just another article, reminder,note that being black sucks in pretty much every aspect of life, especially being a woman..

    yay i want to put a revolver in my mouth.

  • Maggie

    Well said Clutch! Keep up the good work! Without some of your articles, I would be completely clueless that these issues/incidents are even happening. I am outside of the US and am grateful for the articles that you choose to post in this mag. Thank you.

  • Ravi

    I see what you are saying and I agree with you about a rich black man, but how many of us are rich? not too many relatively speaking. There is a higher percentage of extremely attractive black women than there are rich black guys. I’m by no means poor or without means, but i’m not rich enough to just get into any club I want. I’ve been turned down at the door as I watch fine black women walk right past the line of many clubs across the country. The finest women I know are black women that never pay for a drink anywhere they go. They go to clubs and guys of all races converge on them. my ex was telling me about how a group of rich white guys spent a few g’s on her and her friend a few weeks ago at a club. they paid for a table and bottles at some high end club in manhattan.

    And a rich black woman is getting into a club just like a rich black man. if beyonce, or any woman with her fame and wealth, walks up to any club in Miami, they are getting in instantly.

    beautiful black women are desired pretty universally (the problem lies in the fact that eurocentric standards make it difficult for a black woman to be labeled as beautiful, but when she is, you have a black woman with mass appeal). you find individuals that don’t like particular types of all women, but in general, you will find all types of men that find beautiful black women desirable. it’s hard to completely generalize men and their desires. I’m sure many white men don’t have any attraction for any type of black women, just as I know many white men that do. I personally am not attracted to white women and I know black men that are. Men are not all the same in their desires and beauty standards.

  • Mr Jay

    Not surprising. But let’s be real here when you stand behind a line and they pick and chose who comes in it automatically is discriminatory. These are white clubs so what do you expect?

  • Mr Jay

    So…you want to kill yourself because white folks don’t think you’re pretty? o0

  • DanaT

    Really? That’s your comment? Focusing on their names? This is an article about discrimination, blackness and femininity. Your two cents are highly unwarranted and irrelevant. Take your topical, juvenile commentary to a ratchet gossip blog.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    @ Dana T.

    URRRRRRRRRGH!———–>I ain’t taking my commentary anywhere! It’s here to stay like them big boobies on Rick Rozay. BITE ME!

  • LMO85

    It doesn’t matter what white folks think of black women when it comes to desirability–these club owners go by what is popular. Since Black men EN MASS via the media have publicly disowned and denounced Black women, white folks pick up on that. Hip Hop culture has been the biggest influence in the pop culture landscape for the longest–it stands to reason that if the rappers, the athletes and the average ugly broke joes via twitter and the innanets think Black women are trash, then they are going to get treated as such by everyone else. Bottom line: once black males made it clear that they didn’t want, love or support Black women, it became open season to attack us. If we were more supported in the “community”–these clubs wouldn’t be so blatantly discriminating against black skin. What they will do is let the dumb black males in who will throw money at the white and anything but black women. A community divided = white folks stay winning.com

  • Keep it Real

    I’m sorry this isn’t about black women. This is about fat, old and unattractive women. They already said they let attractive black women in. My question is do they let old, fat unattractive white women in. And, does the club hence the right to determine and decide if they only want a certain type of looking woman in their club.

  • Keep it Real

    Ok, I just look at her face after looking at the video this is clearly about chicks who aren’t old but they are older use to be hot. I’m sure they would have got in 10 years ago and not had a concern about the old fast chicks still standing in line.

  • jazzyphile

    They discriminate, so they use uncle tom Black bouncers to cover themselves,

  • michele

    i think it all just got to her…

  • So Over This Ish

    @wepon1…Black women have generally been supportive and loving toward Black men, so your incoherent statement makes no sense at all.

  • So Over This Ish

    @ Mr. Jay…that isn’t what she said.

    She is simply expressing frustration at the racism that Black people continue to deal with and how it feels for her as a Black woman.

  • Natsuka (Summer Child)

    What she said and what you are saying are two different things.

  • So Over This Ish

    Keep It Real…just because you find somebody unattractive, that doesn’t mean discrimination is acceptable.

    Their money is still as green as anybody else’s. People should not be denied the opportunity to have fun because they don’t fit certain notions of beauty.

  • Steppa

    Am I the only one who thought the news reporter had a funny voice? Like the way he accented things? Lol.

    Oh yeah, and black women suck of course. Whatever!!!!

  • Monique

    I felt that age was a factor, too.

  • Monique

    Tell it! Hip hop culture is an indelible part of the mainstream media now and, by-and-large, it denigrates black women. This comes as no surprise.

  • QofC

    @LMO85

    But this wasn’t a black club catering to black men wanting to throw their money at white women. This was a white club with white clientele. White folks diss black women and you blame black men? You’re so afraid of white people. How cowardly.

  • http://www.chickenundermynails.com A The Great

    They won’t let black women in but I bet you Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Beyonce was on heavy rotation at that club all night smh!

  • QofC

    @So Over this Ish

    Black women have been supported of some black men and quite cruel or indifferent to most. If the black man doesn’t fit a certain criteria he is all kinds of “aint sh* ni**” “gay” “broke” “lame” “dead beat” etc.

  • df

    same thing happens in clubs in an area of houston called washington avenue. They don’t just turn away black women, black people are turned away period. In some other clubs, asians are turned away. Many of the clubs in that area also have “URBAN” nights too so they can have some defense against discrimination. This is houston, the now most diverse city in the nation.

    The human race is a mess.

  • Monique

    +1

  • Anon

    I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times before, I’ve NEVER seen a group of men try to publically disown their own community like these men have before, and I’ve NEVER seen a group of mama’s and desperate women support such maddness before. To their own demise.

    I was a CHILD when Snoop had black women on dog leashes and I didn’t understand why those women were even there. For a dude in BRAIDS?

  • Anon

    Ravi I KNEW your triflin’ behind was a man!!!!

    What is it with the men who stalk out on this space? SMDH.

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    anon I was a CHILD when Snoop had black women on dog leashes and I didn’t understand why those women were even there. For a dude in BRAIDS?

    Speak on it!

    How does one’s self- esteem plummet to such a low level that you even give serious thought to allowing a man to downgrade you in a such a way, seriously?

    I think I would blow my own brains out or take a bottle of sleeping bills before I allow a man to publicly degrade me in such a way.

    Snoop could burn in hell for all I care.

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    @QofC

    Girl, you are making Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar look like a fraud. You are putting on your finest improv mammy today honey.

    The same men you take up for, won’t spit on you if you were on fire.

  • C

    @Anon and Chic Noir

    Ive never bought or been a fan of rap but how funny you say that because I just saw snoops video*drop it like its hot* and Snoop was rapping about having a lot of hoes and then they cut to the Black women dancing their asses off and I was so angry and ashamed. When C.Dolores Tucker(may she RIP) first protested gangster rap, the Black male rappers called her a prostitute and most Black women, as usual, were SILENT!; I guess they didnt want to offend, fight or alienate the *brothers*, who might leave them for a white g……

    We have always been discriminated against, but yes Black women are marked, and they have been complicit in this because they support this or were silent(older Black women) and its coming back to bite them and younger Black women in their asses.

    I truly feel we are done, as a people, a community.

  • Candi83

    Truth!!

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    @C-

    You’re right, I think one of the reasons why other races feel it’s okay to mock us is because they see blk women co-signing blk men’s right to call us everything but a child of God in music etc… so why can’t they.

    We must stop protecting brothers who behave badly. They are the destroyers of our communities.

    Remember when folks were taking up for that Tookie Williams fool. C, I was like chile please! Wasn’t Tookie a gangbanger, the man was pretty much the starting link for x number of murders and other forms of blk on blk violence in the hood??? You want to save his life because he wrote a couple of anti-violence children’s books??? girl bye!!!

    Then a few years later I see this fool Freeway Rickie Williams up in the BET awards being treated like a celeb. I’m watching Freeway strut across the red carpet and scratching my head in the way that no woman with a relaxer the night before a touch up would ever do.

    Isn’t Freeway the starting link of crack coming into the blk community??? Why the hell would any blk person celebrate the fool who has a direct hand in your mother bl0,wing dudes harder than Dizzy Gillespie blows the trumpet for a 5 dollar hit.

    Where is the common sense among some of our people???

    And don’t get me started on Don Magic Juan, the lowest of low ghetto creatures, a damn pimp. A man who abuses and sells women is cool??? I mean really??? Could you ever see men even blk men in the hood making Lorena Bobitt cool?? Hell no cause they look out for their own self-interest first.

  • Anon

    @Chic,
    Shooooooo, Lorena had dudes SHOOK! But I heard women reppin her! LOL.

  • C

    @Chic

    YES!. Everything you said. Im done trying to figure out others, but some Black women mystify and fascinate me; I dont understand how they think, at all.

  • lady t

    well…….maybe its time for black women to find better places to hang out. Only low quality hang out in clubs.

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    +2

  • Rochelle

    shut up lady t. you sound like a boring lame b#tch!

  • H

    @C You will never be able to understand those types of black women. They just love to support and participate in ignorance. Rap and hip hop culture basically went into the ghettoest ghetto, found the most ignorant black men, and told them they were important and the face of black America.

    Black ppl supported them b/c you know some black people will support anybody black. The low class idiots decided that the N-word was okay. They decided that women were b***s and hoes. Black women said “He ain’t talking ’bout me, so I don’t care.” People like Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj do nothing but make black people look bad. Nicki Minaj portrays us as oversexed, catty, and self-hating fake wannabe Barbies, and we applaud and support her for being the stereotype.

    But this stuff will never change. I mean black women themselves willingly go on shows like Maury and act like fools. I just heard about the recent coonery of Terrell Owens and his baby mommas on Dr. Drew’s show. I mean we clutch readers may be the type of BW that would never let a man degrade us that way, but we need to realize that there are just too many hoodrats willing to do anything stupid to get attention.

  • TheTuth

    Black men don’t own this club. How is it Black Men’s fault again?

  • Krysie

    This is not surprising at all! Welcome to superficial a** South Florida! We all know that only people who fit their standard of “beauty” is allowed in the hottest nightclubs, even if their standard of beauty is highly artificial and fake (i.e. plastic surgery). Sad bit true….

  • http://essencegant.blogspot.com Essence

    yep, yep! very true!

  • maria

    This happened to me in Paris. They said they were only letting French natives in but my White friends were already inside…

  • lady t

    @ (roach)elle
    and you wonder why no one want to be around you. LOL!

  • kay

    please sweetheat, don’t make self-deprecating comments like that “we can’t win.”

    look, whether they see it or not we’re winning okay. because while all these people are crapping on black women…. behind the scenes we are just getting stronger and more influential economically, politically and emotionally. we are WINNING baby, say it loud and proud. stay positive, love you

  • kay

    * sweetHEART ! ha

  • kay

    liken it to the days when black performers were only allowed through the back door or the kitchen.

    SMH @ rihanna and nicki minaj in general

  • LemonnLime

    No Ravi is great to have on here! Always respectfully states his opinion without stereotypes and bitterness plus he adds a great male perspective without pushing patriarchal and chauvinist bull. Ravi is, from what I can tell, one of the good ones!

  • Ravi

    @Anon,

    Ravi is a man’s name. Not my fault you didn’t know that. and you speak of stalking, yet you find and reply to nearly every one of my messages the last couple days with nothing but hatred. Am I trifling merely for possessing a perspective that you don’t share? I’m thinking trifling is attacking someone, unprovoked as opposed to disagreeing like adults. If you have an issue with my opinions, by all means, present an intelligent argument. I love discourse with those of differing perspectives. It’s one of the best ways to learn. But to just start name calling for no reason… that sounds somewhat trifling.

    @LemonnLime,

    Thanks for the support. I’ll try to keep adding value.

  • lady t

    Black women have got to get some pride about themselves. Surround yourself with people who want to socialize with you and who respect you. If you try enter a club and the bouncer says you are not welcome you need to leave. Give your money to people who will appreciate it. Whining and complaining about folks that do not like you only gives them POWER. The clubs are loving this attention and will grow from it.

  • Chnyere

    @Chic Noir
    Amen girl, u said it!!

  • Les

    I’m going to take a different approach to this and I’ll start by asking a question. Why finance racism? You know these people are devils. You know their racists. Why would you want to give them your hard earned money. Why would I want to make a racist rich? That makes no sense to me at all.

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    Your writers are enormously tremendous.

  • http://www.mysixcents.wordpress.com KLySha

    I cosign this article and wish I could get in on that lawsuit. My girlfriends and I tried to go to this very club a few weeks ago while on a getaway to Miami and got the exact same treatment. We waited well over an hour and watched scores of average looking white girls get into the club. Not that we’d even want to be in a club that discriminated on looks anyway but we didn’t know what the deal was at the time. We were just upset that we had wasted our time and energy trying to patronize that establishment when we could have been spending that energy and money somewhere else. I hope these girls win their lawsuit. I’m tempted to file my own after reading this.

  • Tumaini

    @KLySha – you should try to get in touch with them. The more people who can testify to receiving the the same treatment = a better likelihood the lawsuit will succeed.

  • Perspective

    “lady t
    MAY 11, 2012 AT 2:26 PM
    Black women have got to get some pride about themselves. Surround yourself with people who want to socialize with you and who respect you. If you try enter a club and the bouncer says you are not welcome you need to leave. Give your money to people who will appreciate it. Whining and complaining about folks that do not like you only gives them POWER. The clubs are loving this attention and will grow from it.”

    A black woman who gets it.

    Why are people acting like this stuff is BRAND NEW, as if it’s a shock that this goes on?

    Black people need to have their own clubs instead of SEEKING acceptance by other groups. I’m tired of us trying to bust our way in the door of where we are not wanted.

    This club is not operating in the black community – not giving them our money isn’t really going to do much, THEY DIDN’T WANT US THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE – they had not intention of taking out money – even though the point the above woman made was correct.

    Black men need to build their own ish – I say black men because I don’t expect black women to build anything, aside from the fact that they won’t do it and you can’t charge them with the responsibility of doing it because they will pull the woman card.

    ATTACK ME ALL YOU WANT.

    I would like to know what these women having careers and families had to do with them NOT getting the club?

    I know why they said it because they were trying to prove they were “GOOD BLACK WOMEN – NOT GHETTO”

    Sounds like the same argument as the “GOOD BLACK MAN” rants coming from brothas.

    When are BW going to realize that their education and jobs (given to them by whites) isn’t going to insulate them from this type of BS no more than it’s going to insulate black men – so don’t bring up.

    Until black people get their money up, collectively, they will always been see as representing poverty and others will not want to associate with us – period, not saying that that’s the only reason they should want to be around us, but the power is in the money.

    We should be saying – F them! WE’LL BUILD OUR OWN ISH!

  • MIkela123

    “Black men need to build their own ish – I say black men because I don’t expect black women to build anything, aside from the fact that they won’t do it and you can’t charge them with the responsibility of doing it because they will pull the woman card.
    ATTACK ME ALL YOU WANT. ”

    Women-owned firms make up 47.4% of all African American nonfarm businesses across the country.

    http://www.nwbc.gov/sites/default/files/african%20american%20women-owned%20businesses%20general.pdf

    Really, P, there is no need to worry about anyone attacking you when your “perspective” is not based on any facts. You’re not worth the spit to work up my mouth.

    But there is an issue of black people do need to start supporting their own nightclubs. When you read about the Harlem Renaissance and all those wonder jazz clubs or the fun juke joint spots in the South, where our people were free to be who they were and be as creative in their dance and attitude free from white society ideals, it really shows how our generation is missing out. Definitely feels like we’ve digressed in some ways.

  • Perspective

    @ Mikela123

    “Industries least represented by African American WOBs include management of companies and enterprises (less than .01%), utilities (.04%), agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting (.08%), and manufacturing (.68%).”

    BUILDING DO YOU KNOW WHAT BUILDING IS!?

    1) There are many businesses out here that AREN’T MAKING ANY MONEY – especially those held by black women.

    E.g. All the women on the first season of ATL housewives who bragged about their businesses that their husbands bankrolled yet they made no money.

    2) SERVICES is not building! And IF black women are earning so much money with their businesses where is that money going??!

    Have you looked at your nearest black community lately!? Are you Serious! That is hardly anything for ANY black person proclaiming themselves to be in charge and in control to be bragging about.

    I can walk into any black community right now and you will NOT see black women behind the counters at the local bodega stores in the BLACK COMMUNITY.

    GTFOH!

    I see Korean Men
    Chinese Men
    Arab Men
    Jewish Men
    Indian Men

    Black women ARE NOT BUILDING ANYTHING.

    I could go down to my local municipality and register a business write now and make no money and contribute nothing to the black community – but claim – “I’M A VENTURE CAPITALIST OR ENTREPRENEUR”

    Do you really want to take Accountable for the condition of the black community. Black women need to stand down with all their bragging!

    Please – I direct you to your nearest black community.

    How many black women do you see building community CENTERS? Please that’s a joke!

    What you won’t see a statistic on is a huge chunk of those supposed businesses are HAIR AND NAIL SALONS.

    How many black female owned engineer firms do you know that hires mostly black women… I’ll wait….

    Excuse my ignorance I wasn’t paying attention to the 3 black women who just walked past me in the black community with their yellow hard hats and blueprints for building the next business that will create 300 jobs in the black community.

    FORGIVE ME! My eyeballs must be messed up.

  • Perspective

    Continued – and you know what’s even crazier – when it comes to the hair industry and the salons – BW don’t even control that.

    You can’t own a industry that is based on a NATURAL RESOURCES that grows out of someone else’s head.

    INDIAN PEOPLE’S HEADS

  • H

    @Perspective – Lol. I have to agree somewhat. We do tend to brag a lot. I’ve also read that the number of black women owned businesses have increased but they make less money than black male owned businesses on average. You do have to consider what types of businesses you are running. My point is that everything doesn’t have to be a gender battle. Black women shouldn’t try to put black men down because more of them own businesses, and black men shouldn’t put the women down because they make more money.

    Both sides need to stop bragging and start making progress. We are not doing as well as these Arab, Asian, and African immigrants. Why the heck are we bragging?

  • Grant

    If this were a school or a place where blacks would be trying to advance themselves and do something that helps out the community I would be outraged. Alas, this is a night club where people go to be seen, ogled, affirmed, and the like. This is at is basest form a room for people to get drunk and maybe hook up. There is no value in a club, while it may be disheartening to not feel desired, as long as this isn’t something that truly lends itself to improving social mobility for blacks, it is not a fight that should be taken up in earnest.

  • Perspective

    A full 96.5% of these firms are non-employer firms, with average receipts of $15,618

    @Mikela123

    DID YOU READ THAT LINE?!

    96.5% – 15K and NON-EMPLOYER!

    I’m hanging my hat up on that one.

  • Perspective

    H I agree – I’m running the numbers on her stats right now.

    So basically only 3.5% of the black female owned firms actually hire.

    Like I said – its a bunch of women registering businesses and not making any money.

    Like I said – BLACK WOMEN ARE NOT BUILDING – THEREFORE NO NEED TO BRAG.

    In comparison, African
    American men-owned businesses grew 93.1% from 1997 to 2007.
    funny how they don’t show the numbers of how many of the black men are employing others
    or how much they are paying out in payroll

  • HowApropos

    That’s the big issue, because for some reason, black people want to get in to exclusive places to prove that their money is just as green.

    But why give to those who hate you? How azz-backwards is that?

    Hate to say it, but many black women support disrespectful black males that won’t even piss on them if they were on fire.

    That’s why I stress that more black women know the power of their spending and learn to pay themselves first by building security for themselves and their families.

    However, black women still deserve to have fun so it’s best go to clubs and places that will accept you and we all know we’ve been under fire for a few years now.

    Continue to grow a thick skin and stay the course.

  • minna k.

    I would have to agree with you here.

  • RC

    ” A beautiful black woman could go in these clubs, and a white guy is less likely to buy drinks for her. ”

    speak for yourself on this one…. I’ve never had this problem. In fact, my issue is getting them to slow down on the drinks

  • kay

    @Perspective , yuck. the haterism in your post is utterly disgusting. Not only are black women building their own businesses they are also the main ones helping out in their communities, getting educated (that is, not dropping out of school and choosing to go to college instead of hanging out on the corner) and working in high powered positions. We also make up 80% of the buying power in the black community. Meanwhile all I see are black men as old as 35 living up in the house with the women paying all the bills and food. Somebody needs to step their game up and it ain’t the black sisters. Take your jealous rant and stick it where the sun don’t shine, kick rocks!

  • Toni

    This comment section went to the left……..
    But as a black femle small business owner, I do believe more black women should own businesses, but first we need to address the other ails of the black community that are more pressing and urgent.

  • BFDuster

    It would be funny if that club got busted or something–like drugs, prostitution or something. It would be even funnier if it went down in flames (w/o people inside of course).

  • EbonyLolita

    Please PREACH Perspective. I am not too hype on Miami. Been to other parts of Fl, but NEVER Miami. I heard about the racial issues that Whites & Spanish *mainlyCubans* have down there. As a woman of Haitian descent I have an issue w/the attitudes towards Blacks & Haitians in Miami.
    When I know me nor my $$ is going to be respected I keep it MOVING!! I’m proud of the women for filing a lawsuit b/c they have to right to choose what clubs they want to attend & should NOT be discriminated against.
    However, we as black ppl need to establish our OWN!! Sometimes it’s ppl that look the most like you that will marginalize you.

  • Rob

    Stop kissing the behinds of whites and latins, ladies and gents. Stop accepting the diversity rhetoric (that’s too much like charitable favor for me personally). It embraces the falsehood we are “different” or inferior.

    Our women are worse than our men today with the “white is right” Bs. Sorry for you girls coming disillusioned & having hurt feelings :(

    Peace.

  • nevia

    You just spoke a very important truth. Looks trump race in club situations like this. I think the women may have been turned away based on looks more so than race. I seriously doubt a Nia Long, Naomi Campbell, Bey, Halle and Gabby Union would have been turned away. They are all various shades of black but ALL GORGEOUS. I think the promoter may have chosen to tell them the lesser of two insults. I actually think if I didn’t get in because I was considered unattractive, I would prefer to think it was due to race instead. jmo

  • nevia

    why even go in at that point. We can’t win if we keep giving our pride away.

  • Vicky

    Well, I am very happy to see these young women standing up against injustice. I have read all of the comments and I am very disappointed to see this incident being used as a platform to downgrade the black community. Where is the unity? (Smh)… Albeit, some of the comments have merit the focus should be on the discriminatory conduct of the establishment. With that being said, I would like to think that the wealthy black superstars that this establishment thrives off of realize that they are not welcome but their money is. ( The Miami Heat and Dolphin players, the music stars Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Drake, etc) They use you for your money but wouldn’t let your black sisters or daughters in the very same establishment you support. Remember that the next time you mention Liv in your songs or promote your presence there. If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem! What would Malcolm X do?

  • Milly Gliach

    I am not an African American woman but I have experienced similar discrimination towards my male friends and this disgusts me. I have many friends of many races, and the idea of telling a person that they can’t enter a club because of race or even gender or age for that matter is abhorrent. However, the sad truth is that there will always be people who are systematically racist, sexist, ageist and ignorant. It is the responsibility of a public institution like a hotel to uphold the American value of equal oppurtunity. That doesn’t mean quotas, or even equality in actualty. It means that any patron, despite their demographics, should gain admission at a set price. The ‘exclusivity’ of these silly clubs is only maintained by their willingness to stretch the law and morality in general. Any institution that expresses price or admittance discrimination on a regular basis should be boycotted by all patrons until they cease to exist as a powerful entity, as with country clubs.

  • Erik P

    I had a similar experience in Miami was ignord at Space nightclub despite having a express promo wristband given to me on the beach w/ also allowed 20$ off b4 3am. after being made to wait outside by powertriping bouncers one said you can’t come in with that outfit. i was wearing designer italian pants and a mesh shirt. they said they had a problem with the shirt and had to dress up. Which i found very hilarious that these people thought they had more of an understanding of fashon than I did. But i didn’t make any negative comments and asked to speak with the manager. the manager came out and said its up to the door person. the door person then said see, he said you couldn’t come in. upset with his lying i asked to speak with another manager who ignored me at first and then proceeded to be very insulting and said they were allowed to make any rules they wanted about a dress code even when I said the dress code was not stated in their advertising this person said it didn’t matter. They said I would have to change my outfit and pay full price because the wristband was only good b4 3am. which it was now after 3am after being made to wait outside and having to be insulted by various staff members and some random female attendee. There is now law against the outfit i was wearing especially for a male to have part of their torso showing in a tasteful outfit in a tropical climate. I believe the rejection was based in part by possible homophobia and the staff being stuck up and having a power trip. It felt more like trying to get into a crooked police station rather than one of the best dance music destinations. walking down the street i was also met with more jeering from homophobic clubgoers and really feel saddened that things are so ugly and prejudice still in 2012. The next nighclub at Mekka i watched a security guard tell several male partygoers they couldn’t remove their shirts while in the nightclub. I was told the next night at Nikki beach i couldn’t enter the nightclub with tank top and needed be wearing sleeves. which i thought was ridiculous and the rule didn’t seem to apply to female attendees or the person rejecting my choice of outfit. Because they we more polite about describing their dress code i complied and put on a jacket. But the security was so strict and psychotic that was told couldn’t even walk down a staircase because it was up only. at one point trying to leave the upper level was told at all 3 different exits by three different security guards that i coudn’t leave out that door. leaving me trapped by these braindead security people until i saw another group leaving out a door i was previously told was not allowed to use. I can say coming to Miami and expecting to visit some of the best nightclubs in the world that it is more hype and a stuck up attitude and the quality of the music and venues is totally over-rated. I am really sadenned by the lack of freedom and outrageous rules being implemented and the discrimination against certain groups of people by these uneducated bullies ruining nightlife.

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