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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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Prologue: Reckoning


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“Gina Lou, we’re going into town to get something to eat,” my grandfather, who I called Paw Paw, would regularly call out to me in the back of our house on Friday nights. I excitedly climbed into his green Ford pickup truck and watched trees and fields run by my window. We reached the familiar intersection of Hardup and Newton Road and Paw Paw points straight.

“Grandmama grew up down that way,” he said. “She ever told you about…”

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