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Carniceria Ramirez

What's Good In Your Hood
Atlanta's best kept secrets! What a thriving market / eatery, rapper Kap G and lowrider club Krazy Vatos have in common.
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The people love the tacos because we made the original style
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cilantro onion lime and the hot sauce on the side.
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The taste is original.
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Like you eat in your house, we dining in or doing shit.
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Real people cooking.
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So these are our win in the you laugh like your finger is good
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because we're about to see what's good in you.
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Oh Yes.
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What's good in your hood is all about the sacrifices that dreamers
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dare to take to share their experience with the world.
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And today we're in the A tl where a tiny and market are providing
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a warm taste of home to a changing community.
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What's up guys?
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It's Darian and I'm in hot.
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It's a half corner store, half that sells the best secret tacos
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I bet you've never even tried.
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Let's check it out.
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The restaurant is actually located next to the market and
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they get all the freshest meats, cheeses, vegetables right
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next door.
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Couldn't tell on the outside that they had the best tacos in
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the city.
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The food is excellent.
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This green salsa is the Ramirez family.
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Angelica and her family have been Trailblazers in a changing
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community.
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They're local heroes who are championing the flag of community
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and family through their food.
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And let me tell you, this is Atlanta's best kept secret.
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This album tour.
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It is good.
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I already born in uh Chicago, but they sent me to Mexico City
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when I was three years old and I came back when I was 18 to Chicago
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I met my husband when I was 20 years old.
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Both of us were in factories and 2004, we decided to move here
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to Georgia.
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And uh we started a business.
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So when he moved to Georgia, he found this business.
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Yes, we decide open a Mexican grocery store in this area because
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no store was around here.
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So first you opened the store and then came like a couple years
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later, we decide to do real Mexican tacos for the people around
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this area.
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Everybody liked them.
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And you used to work here.
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You said this was your first job.
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Yes.
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You know, it was stressful.
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At first, my sister and I were at the register helping out sometimes
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we would celebrate my birthday here, you know, whatever customer
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was here.
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You know, they wish us happy birthday and you know, they're
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friends with, with my parents and you know, there's like this
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sense of community that has been created.
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Yes, that people were so happy because we start bringing more
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products, uh fresh meat for them.
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And a lot of people were very excited to see some products that
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they hadn't seen in years.
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It was exciting for them to be able to just kind of get that taste
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of home again.
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Sometimes with tacos less is more.
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You've never opened a business before.
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What was it like being in a new town, opening a new business
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that was really hard for us because we don't have nobody to
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tell us what to do.
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We have to go look for the license uh to open.
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We don't know nobody, nobody at all.
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That was really, really hard for us.
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So I saw there's like a phone calling, sending money service
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thing.
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Was it important for you?
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You guys to have that here?
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How did that happen?
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The people come pick the telephone, send the money to their
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family and us later over there in their country, they can get
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the money and they get so happy.
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Yeah, because that's a lot of the reason why these people are
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here in the first place to work and make money to be able to send
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it back home.
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So we provide that service for them as Latinos.
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When you speak the same language to be able to help someone
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it's priceless.
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Who else is gonna help us?
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You know, it's, we got each other's back sometimes.
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Um My mom will tell me like, hey, uh my client came and they need
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help translating this paper.
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Could you do it?
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Sure, I'll do it.
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Why it's so powerful to speak Spanish.
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Yeah.
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And I'm glad we can help them.
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Thanks to the store and my parents, I was able to graduate with
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a degree in applied linguistics and my certification and
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medical interpretation, which is gonna allow me to go into
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hospitals and help Latinos be able to receive the care and
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service that they deserve.
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Don't go anywhere because when we come back, we're gonna learn
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how to make a, this is just me.
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She's the expert, how to make the best in town.
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An expert to maker.
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I'm ready to learn.
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Come on, Jasmine, step one.
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OK.
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First she's gonna heat up the bread so it gets nice and toasty
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She's gonna bless us with an y'all.
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This smell burger.
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Once the bread gets nice and toasty, she smears it with mayonnaise
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So now it's time to assemble.
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What's crazy about this?
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She doesn't put any salt or pepper or any other crazy condiments
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because you can tell they're fresh veggies and of course,
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the flavor in that is more than enough for an amazing.
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I'm gonna unwrap this like a gift on Christmas.
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The bread is buttery and toasty and filled with mayonnaise
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And of course you have like that steak that's savory and then
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the crunchy veggies avocado and hold up.
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Don't forget there's also jalapeno in here.
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So you get that nice little kick to on the south side of Atlanta
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is a small yet historic neighborhood college park.
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So we met up with Atlanta native and hometown hero cap to share
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his view on the changing community.
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Atlanta has sculpted you as a person.
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I'm sure.
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Yeah, definitely.
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I feel like a lot of your music have long hints of your culture
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And is that important for you?
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I feel like you should always draw what, what's about your
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always drawing all my songs with whatever represent me.
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You're a pioneer to an extent.
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Yeah, I feel like that.
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I just look back and just say, you know, I gave it everything
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and what was your mom's team growing up?
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She was my hero.
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You know what I mean?
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I, I pretty much had a real great life because of my mom because
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she always overworked herself.
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You know what I'm saying?
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For her Children, as much as you were raised in Atlanta was
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your mom always cooking Mexican food?
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Yeah, of course.
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First, I'll bring them my friends, they'll taste something
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they'll never see before.
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Like real authentic Mexican dishes, whether it's tacos mole
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whatever they love it.
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I'm ready to try that out.
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See if your mom really does make the best tacos because all
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conversations are best over food.
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And his brother, Juan took us back to Ramirez for a little shopping
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We gotta get all the ingredients for the tacos, man.
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I'm gonna get some, you know, I'm making a deal for the chips
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I think I'm gonna try this one because I've never tried it before
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and I love trying new sauces.
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That's it.
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Yep.
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Awesome.
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How did you become his manager?
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One day?
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Him and his friends came up to me and told me they wanted to do
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music and I told them I had a back and that's how we started.
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I believe 1 million% that we're gonna make it.
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We're gonna be huge to better understand a person and their
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view on the world, you break bread together.
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But if you really want to know how they move about the world
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you meet their family, I was lucky enough to share some moments
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with Cap's mom as she proudly cooked for the family and Cap's
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boys.
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This is what family is.
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Did you hear that sizzle.
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Yep.
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She's making tacos tacos to be exact guys.
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It smells amazing.
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Why do you think Atlanta does birth so much talent?
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Uh I think it birthed so much talent because of the culture
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and where my mom and dad come from.
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You know, it ain't really no such thing as chasing your dreams
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You really just gotta survive.
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I think they're proud of me living my dream.
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So we're eating your mom's tacos, your boys definitely like
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your mom's cooking now.
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Yeah.
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Yeah, they love it.
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It's delicious.
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The growing Mexican community is not only reflected in the
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food and the people, but also in the way people display their
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identities.
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I met up with local leader of the crazy to get some insight on
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how they roll My name is Eduardo.
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Um Everybody calls me here in the Loredo community.
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Um And I'm the president of the, of uh Loredo Car Club.
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When I think of Atlanta though, I think of like the cars on 22
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s.
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So how about people that are riding dunks when they pull up
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next to you?
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Is it beef?
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They show you love?
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Not at all, not at all.
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Like I say, uh we, we as a low rider community, we always show
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respect and uh and we get the same respect back.
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What's it like driving these around a tl uh We love it once you
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get behind the wheel and you're cruising in the low rider here
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in Atlanta that makes you famous pretty much because once
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you're driving, like you get a bunch of thumbs up.
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OK.
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Can I see how it works?
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Sure.
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OK.
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Can I drive?
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I won't drive it.
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But yeah, I can't.
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You guys do this while you're driving?
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Isn't that terrifying?
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No, it's actually pretty nice.
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Oh OK.
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You're gonna have it.
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Thank you so much for showing me your cars and talking to me
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about the crazy.
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You should have so much pride in these cars because they are
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so dope low riders in the A tl what with the crazy?
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Just like the Ramirez are sharing their community through
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their identities, music, culture, family and of course food
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the city that shapes us, the mothers that raise us, the food
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we eat the moments we share in between the hustle and the sacrifice
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is made to move us forward.
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This is what unites us and what's at the core of Cania Ramirez
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and Atlanta.
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Thank you so much to Angie and of course to KG for showing me
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the sounds, the flavors and the rides of Atlanta.
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And that's what happened next time with good in your hood.
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We link up with New York legend Luis Guzman to try his favorite
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Puerto Rican spot and to check out his hood.