Fire and Wanda, Chapter 5, Scene 2
/ May 8, 2015 0 COMMENTS

  I almost met the man once, several months before I decided to leave Chicago for good. Wanda wanted us to meet for some reason but something happened he wasn’t there and, well, he wasn’t there. By that time Wanda and I weren’t as close as we had been earlier, mostly because of my fiancé…

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Words, the tiny assassins
/ May 6, 2015 0 COMMENTS

When my father died in 1975, Vernon Jordan spoke at the funeral and I still remember what he said that so much emphasized the power of words. What he said was, “Sebastian Owens could tell you to go to hell in such a way that you looked forward to the journey.” So I guess you…

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Writing about the music, it ain’t easy for me…
/ May 5, 2015 0 COMMENTS

When I saw it, I pretty much knew it was something I needed to do. Something I needed to write about. Because as much as music has had to do with my life, and as much as my life has had to do with music, it surprises even me how little I’ve ever actually written…

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Afrotopia comes to – and becomes – Detroit
/ May 4, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The very first annual Afrotopia Film Series  landed in Detroit this past weekend, begun by Detroit’s own Ingrid LaFleur. It’s been awhile since I’ve smiled this wide. The Afrotopia film series featured African American works of sci fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, Afrofuturism, and more, and I swore I would never see the day. And yet this day…

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The Mayonnaise Murders, Chapter 10
/ May 4, 2015 0 COMMENTS

     Turned out our clean getaway wasn’t exactly as clean as either of us thought, but that wasn’t even the worst of it. “Vee, you gotta have an idea about how this could have happened, all right? I mean, it’s gonna be way bad enough with me showing up with you back at the…

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