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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 11: Moving Furniture


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Miss Ann lived in the same tin roof house for almost an entire century. Its peeling paint and faded green shutters are unassuming. It took her daddy and granddaddy thirty years to build the house before and after work as sharecroppers in the field up the road from the house. Miss Ann liked to sit on her porch and rock, telling anybody – from lost travelers to the shut-in ministry from her church – about how her Daddy chucked wood from the bunch of pine trees behind the house to build it.

“This a borrowhouse,” Miss Ann said between each creaky rock of her chair. “My daddy borrowed this and that to make it stand. Scrapped tin for the roof and a pot and split the wood between kindling and making floorboards.” Miss Ann’s contribution to the house was the white room, a small room with white walls and white carpet at the back of the house. Her first and only husband, Albert, built it for her as an anniversary gift. He died from pneumonia a few years later but Miss Ann made sure to take good care of the room.

The white room held her prettiest and most cherished things: a small white teacup, a white sitting couch, and a white rocking chair. Nobody was ever allowed in the white room, even without shoes.

“Gotta keep it nice,” Miss Ann fussed. “I want to...

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