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Boondock Kollage

Stories from the Hip Hop South


Regina N. Bradley

Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South is a collection of twelve short stories that addresses issues of race, place, and identity in the post–Civil Rights American South. Using historical, spectral, and hip hop infused fiction, Boondock Kollage critically engages readers to question the intersections of regionalism and black culture in current American society.

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Chapter 1: A Visitation from Grace


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The town of Blackshear was small and shoddy, with small thatch and tar roof houses and one major house made of brick that stood firm on the North shore. Lake Blackshear was the first thing that newly enslaved eyes blinked into focus after their long haul across the ocean. The small ripples wept for them because their eyes were too dry to weep. Blackshear wasn’t a “forever” kind of town; it was a brief stop for the beginning of an even longer journey. At the center of Blackshear stood an auction block, a large wooden plank stacked on top of jagged grey and black mismatching stones and rust colored brick. The stones looked like clinched and cracked teeth to complement the tight jaws of the enslaved. One by one, black folks got ate up by winning bids thrown into the world by overly eager and fast talking jaws full of air that acknowledged greedy mouths full of bourbon and no regrets. Black folks got whisked away with white folks’ money.

But the auctioneer and the chopping block didn’t holler on Sundays, and the enslaved sat on the riverbank restless and waiting. They were careful not to let their eyes fall on one another, in fear of letting compassion grow in their thorny reality. They dug their fingers and toes into the bank waiting for the next auction. Lake Blackshear lapped at their legs, trying to...

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