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Boondock Kollage

Stories from the Hip Hop South

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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 3: Between the Hedges

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BETWEEN THE HEDGES

It was my last college application. Pap demanded that I write the application to the University of Georgia out longhand. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t submit an online application.

“It’s easier to do it over the Internet, Pap,” I said. He frowned. “This one needs special attention.”

“But Pap it’s the middle of the season and –” a large brown hand slips between Pap’s face and me.

“Write neat and do that essay right,” he fusses from behind his hand. “Let me see it when you’re done.” I didn’t understand Pap’s sudden interest in this particular application. I’d applied to other schools without a single word of input or encouragement from Pap’s lips. He drove me to the library on Sundays to use the computers. But when I told him and Nana over dinner one night that my teacher encouraged me to apply to UGA, Pap cleared his throat and a small grin appeared on his face.

“Georgia huh? Fine school. Mighty fine school.”

“I don’t know if I’m going to apply, Pap. I’ve filled out twelve other applications already.” Pap’s glare yells at me but his voice is calm. “You gone apply to that school, Reese. Your teacher said to do it, so you gone do it.” Pap grabs Nana’s hand and kisses it. “Aileen my love? Will you call Reese’s guidance ← 27 | 28 → counselor and ask...

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