Actress Uma Thurman (second from right) and her brother Mipam Thurman (far left) in their younger days
Actress Uma Thurman (second from right) and her brother Mipam Thurman (far left) in their younger days
Actress Uma Thurman (second from right) and her brother Mipam Thurman (far left) in their younger days

WebPortal News reported earlier this week how Bed-Stuy has gone so ashy-to-classy that actress Uma Thurman’s brother, Mipam Thurman, most recently tried to move into the neighborhood but couldn’t, because he couldn’t close on a house (he lost in a bidding war)!

My response is… Who cares?

“Uma Thurmans brother Mipam Thurman missed out on some prime real estate in the now-classy neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn because of its price tags,” the author writes. The author adds, Thurman’s apparent new interest in the “now-classy” neighborhood of Bed-Stuy is due to the drop in crime, drawing the attention of “successful urbanites looking to carve out their own versions of paradise… “

(Their own version?) hmmmm, interesting…

The article explains how other neighborhoods such as Clinton Hill and Williamsburg have “progressed” similarly in the past, which has “created pressure for Bed-Stuy to follow suit.”

Wow. This is one of those rare, precious moments when you’re offered a candid view into the mind of how others really see your neighborhood– I guess in their heart and mind, Bed-Stuy residents are waiting with bated breath to be made “better,” so brothers of celebrities will want to move in.

Perhaps the writer does not know Bedford-Stuyvesant doesn’t need siblings of celebrities moving into the neighborhood to be made to feel better.

Bedford-Stuyvesant has a long history of producing some of the world’s greatest celebrities: Shirley Chisholm, Jackie Robinson, Eubie Blake, Lena Horne, Samuel L. Jackson, Mos Def, the Notorious B.I.G., the Hon. Bertram Baker, Laurence Fishburn, Lil’ Kim, Big Daddy Kane, Kadeem Hardison, Norah Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Jordan, Randolph Jackson, Jay-Z, William Forsythe, Hattie Carthan, Lenny Wilkens, Tracy Morgan, Frank McCourt, Noel Pointer, Gabourey Sidibe, Vanessa Williams, Earl G. Graves, Connie Hawkins, Stephanie Mills, and the list goes on and on…

So, sorry sibling-of-celebrity. Better luck next time!

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  1. ashy to classy? lol. I agree with the list but would have left out: Lil Kim, Biggie Smalls –
    Add: Iyanla (Fix My Life) Vanzant , Dwana Smallwood (Alvin Ailey) and Noel Pointer (Violinist/Musician).

  2. Noel Pointer is in there already!! I was tempted to leave out Lil’ Kim. But you certainly cannot leave out the Notorious B.I.G.! 🙂

  3. Bedford Stuyvesant, once a neighborhood of black working class who owned their homes and communed together.
    The Bedford Stuyvesant today …………..

  4. Totally right about Bed-Stuy! The neighborhood has always had class and great bones. For the record, though, the Notorious B.I.G. didn’t live in Bed-Stuy. He lived in way less storied Clinton Hill.

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