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Black Musicians Didn’t Give A F*ck About The Black Dahlia

Excerpt from “I’ll Get You My Pretty” Black Los Angeles & The Black Dahlia by award-winning novelist Pam Ward. “Every musician has his last gig,” Joe said. Drummer Man, the youngest of the group, polished his sticks and put them away. The other musicians zipped their cases or gathered sheets of music. Like a cigarette […]

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Fiction Rogue’s Rules

Rogue’s Rules: Chapter 2

Rogue’s Rules is a work of fiction by award-winning, bestselling author Jervey Tervalon. Read the other chapters in the series here. RULE 6 If you pick your spots, and hunker down and take care of your own business, you get by, You get short. When you want more that’s when you get got. That was […]

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Fiction Rogue’s Rules

Rogue’s Rules: Chapter 1

Rogue’s Rules is a work of fiction by award-winning, bestselling author Jervey Tervalon. Read the other chapters in the series here. 5-7-74 This is how I do it: Pay to park even if the daily rate is steep. Campus is crazy crowded, people like hair on your head, but no reason to bitch; it’s just […]

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Gemini Boy (A Fictional Short Story)

Bernard McMain, now known as inmate 999341, spent most of the night grasping for the memory of touch; his mother’s touch, to be exact. She had written him for the last time a month ago. “I don’t wish to burden you with this news, but I’m dying. I’ve known for a while and hoped against […]

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Spinach

This being her second visit to the grocery store, with its blinding fluorescent light and constant A/C, she came prepared. The wool sweater, a gift from her best friend back in Nairobi, smells of incense and coal, the scent of safe secrets, closeness, and familiarity. Its fabric caresses her chin as she exhales a memory […]