Stories from the Hip Hop South
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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“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…”
I’ve been around storytellers my entire life. I sat on the porches and backyards of numerous folks in my hometown of Albany, GA, listening to folks speak themselves into existence. The best stories were the “cover them ears” stories, the ones about sex or with cussing so the adults shooed us kids into the house or up the stairs to whisper amongst themselves. We had to crane our necks from the top of the stairs or behind the backdoor to catch the joke or hear whom the story was about so we could repeat it to our own friends. My heart jumped at the different types of stories that rendered boisterous laughter; clinking glasses; smacking hands, backs, and bottoms; joyful hollering; grins; and a few silent tears loosened from laughing too hard or remembering strong men and women lost along the journey. In the south, storytelling for black folks is an act of reckoning: stories are memories...
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