Once in a blue moon, when I can’t stand another re-reading of NPR’s morning news, I starting flipping the stations via the steering wheel thumb scroll. Sometimes, I end up at Steve Harvey’s Morning Show. Sometimes. And not very often, I give it a listen in hopes some form of transformational R&B which doesn’t involve whiny singers will be played.
This week though, the Steve Harvey morning show serves a different purpose. Harvey runs the ‘Hoodie awards every year in conjunction with iheart radio/radio free LA/lord knows who else. Nominations for different categories run through May 29th. May 23rd happens to be for the “best hoodie BBQ”. I don’t want get to get into the denotation of the word “hoodie”. Surely, it’s not simply an abbreviation for “neighborhood” as the Steve Harvey attempts to portray. What you’re nominating on May 23rd, really, is the best BBQ in the stereotyped ‘hood. So please, respect the word, and do not bother writing in something obscene like Boneyard BBQ in Sherman Oaks. Don’t dare nominate Bludso’s West Hollywood because Noah Galuten would end up being the only Jewish pitmaster in the MGM auditorium on August 10. Don’t do that to Noah, nominate Bludso’s in Compton between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM Pacific time. You will needs its address: 811 S Long Beach Blvd, Compton, CA, (310) 637-1342
After you nominate Bludso’s, tweet Radio Free KJLH to offer Mr. Bludso some social media support Bludso’s. Bludso’s now active twitter account is @bludsosbbq1. With Steve Harvey show now moved to LA, Bludso’s will be up against an extremely tough Atlanta-Chicago crowd this year. Top 4 LA nominees continues onto the local awards, and the winner of the local hoodies go to Vegas in August against the rest of the country. It’s worth mentioning Bludso’s won against a Gary, IN fave, Big Daddy’s Place, in 2012.
Ignore the fact the award show absolutely flummoxed Bludso’s actual residence. That’s Compton, not Long Beach. C-O-M-P-T-O-N — where Mom’s is at. Ignore the fact George Wallace wanted award categories for pimps and ‘hos. Recognize this: ‘hood or not, Compton or not, Bludso’s clientele, on a typical weekday lunch, is more than 50% non-Black. Hipsters, Garcetti would want you to vote for Kevin Bludso. Garcetti was once a BBQ championship.