“Be tired for you!”
I remember my grandmother Warnella Wells (1936-2013) saying towards the end of her life and in the prime of mine when I’d talk about being tired, … Read More
My heartbeat quickened when I heard that my grandson would arrive on or close to my birthday in early April. Too excited to wait, I began my conversation with him a few weeks early. Here are five promises I made to my unborn grandson.
“Not with my baby!”
This one is from the personal stash (Ph.D. hooding 2011). I was her baby-protected and cared for when my teenage mom had me and thought she … Read More
“Beautiful Black Queen”
My birth made my grandmother, Donna Staples (1956-2005) a young grandmother. When I think about things she said or did that have left … Read More
“Coffee Makes You Black!“
When I was coming up, my grandmother Ida Wells (above) threatened that if I- her high yellow granddaughter (far right)- kept drinking coffee with my … Read More
“Easter in October”
This seemed to be the week from hell, another flight home after a grueling week in Alabama. There has to be more to my life than planes, … Read More
“Ha ha hell!”
Ruby Tyson aka Ru Pearl aka Mom Tyson (1921-2004) was no stranger to a hard life. Her mother’s blindness prompted her aunt Ma Shug to raise … Read More
For Ada Mae Clay (1897-1980)
Real black grandmothers know how to cook the food braid platts in lil black gurlz’ hair lead the family from quiet mountains always aware … Read More
“A Sack of Shit”
One of my favorite memories about things my grandmother Warnella Wells (1936-2013) did or said was being called “a sack of shit” by her when I … Read More
She lay, skin down on the moist dirt, The canebrake rustling with the whispers of leaves, and loud longing of hounds and the ransack of hunters crackling the near branches.
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