Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Barbershop Not Just Spot for Haircuts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Barbershop Not Just Spot for Haircuts

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Byline: Charlie Patton, Times-Union columnist

Teddy Green was in a mood to do a little agitating.

As Ronnie Kelsey ran an electric trimmer lightly over his scalp, Green called out, "You all going to watch that upset this week."

Kelsey whooped with delight, grinning at his fellow barber, Charles Sanders. "Hey Chuck," Kelsey shouted. "You hear this man talking."

Sanders shook his head. "I hear him talking but it's just idle chatter. . . . All I know is there's some bad storm brewing in the South."

When you walk into the Badd Boyz Barber Shop on Baymeadows Road, you're expected to answer two questions: How do you want your hair cut and which football team do you root for?

Sanders roots for the Miami Hurricanes. Green and Kelsey are fans of the Florida State Seminoles. So tomorrow's showdown in Miami between FSU and Miami was the subject of lots of conversation, idle and otherwise, at Badd Boyz yesterday.

Occasionally the conversation would drift to another subject: the hunt for a sniper terrorizing the suburbs around Washington, D.C. But that's a pretty grim topic and there's not much to argue about, other than the appropriate punishment. "If they catch him, I say put him on a firing range," Sanders said.

So the conversation kept turning back to football, mainly because football is easy to talk about. And you go to Badd Boyz not just to get your hair cut but to talk. "I like being around people," Sanders said. "I like to talk."

On the wall behind him was a poster for the movie Barbershop. Which was sort of why I was there.

Barbershop, a charming comedy about a Chicago barbershop with a predominantly African-American staff and clientele, is one of the fall's biggest hits, having earned $60 million at the box office through last weekend. It's also a bit controversial because one of the characters, an aging barber played by Cedric the Entertainer, makes some outrageously irreverent remarks about such African-American icons as Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. …

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