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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 8: Skin Carnival


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This year Yam promised himself he was going to the fair alone.

He made the decision in August, plotting out a course to ride every ride solo. Every year he went to the fair, Yam was on someone else’s time. His freshman year he went with his cousins who yelled, whined, and screamed in his ear in the high swings or on the Battling Ram. Sophomore year, Yam had the flu and couldn’t go out in the night air. Junior year, Yam went with Meka, his friend who sometimes let him feel her up just because he was curious. Meka dated his wrestling teammate Gimp on and off since their freshman year. She wanted to make Gimp jealous. “Please,” she whispered in Yam’s ear between classes a week before the fair. “I’ll owe you forever.” Some sophomores walked by as Meka sucked on his earlobe and kissed his diamond studs. They gave Yam silent props and nudged each other’s side looking at Meka’s ass. She was wearing a red thong to match the tips of her hair. Their open mouths and stares made Yam slam his locker door. “Fine.” Meka wanted to wear Yam’s letterman jacket to the fair even though he just got it earlier that week. He reluctantly agreed.

That night, the cold didn’t bite too hard. It nibbled at his exposed skin like Meka did before at his locker. They met at...

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