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Getting to know…Alice

Alice Young loves her music. South Carolina-born Eartha Kitt sings perfect French to Alice’s ear, and Sam Cooke moves her like a Tombigbee river reed. After stepping off the bus in New Jessup, Alabama, Hydrangeas of New Jessup follows Alice as she learns to love again, laugh again, fuss, fight, live, and trust again. It is…

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Living Memories

“This old-school funk station had one job: to ease her into the right frame of mind for talking about civil rights. The Struggle, and all they went through. Instead, Grandmama leaves me staring at a mountain of unsnapped green beans as Grandpop leads her in a grown-folks’ two-step around the kitchen.“ Read the full story here.…

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A Gravity of Jazz

“I find myself a little jealous of his horn. Of the way his lips buzz the mouthpiece, the way his fingers tickle the buttons. Of its proximity to him when it was the closeness I couldn’t take. Not every day, anyway, or so I told him when I left. Read the full story here. published by…

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The Phonograph

“So now, the crackling rain comes not from the tap-tap-tap of the windowpane, but from the phonograph, as the sound of the vinyl attaches itself to the moondust, riding on the light, through the window. Then, the piano keys twinkle themselves into Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong singing The Nearness of You. To us. The wood…

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Not Staying for Dessert

“But my heart feels heavier from the effort than when I began. Because I am both too visible—too angry, loud, opinionated—and invisible—because the people who make the decisions choose not to see me or hear my words. But this heavy, beating heart thumping in my chest and coursing hot blood through my veins reminds me of…

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Politics of Distraction

“Nowhere even in the darkest recesses of my childhood mind could I have ever envisioned the Great War of 2020 or its aftermath. All started on election day, when my husband and I woke early to vote and found the National Guard occupying our neighborhood.” Read the full story here. Photo by Louis Velazquez on Unsplash

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