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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 12: Some Kind of Wonderful (Illustrated by John Jennings and Stacey Robinson)


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Illustrated by John Jennings and Stacey Robinson

Figure 12.1: The Hurricane ← 119 | 120 →

I haven’t seen sunshine in 2005 days, not since the calm of the last storm. No, not that one. You’d think folks would’ve learned and put a plan in place. But they treated this storm like Katrina, with hopes and prayers of ancestral protection and government know-how. Nope. This storm danced a similar path out into the middle of the gulf but was fickle and didn’t want to be outdone by her ancestor Katrina. She decided to swing back around to the coast and claw her way to the middle of each southern state. Katrina told her where to scream, where to push, and where to bend us. As the Dixie winds whistled outside our door, I asked my Daddy about whether or not we should move north.

“We ain’t near enough to the coast to worry,” Daddy said. I believed him. He spoke with bass in his voice deep enough for me to believe everything he said was a fact.

I remember the storm’s wailing the most. I couldn’t tell if it was the wind or Miss Sandra and Miss Livvy, our next door neighbors who invited me over for peach cobbler with extra thick crust on holidays, pushing their weight against the door to keep it shut. Daddy leaned his weight up...

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