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Visions of Black Life

An Outstanding Collection of Short Stories and Poetry, Volume I May 2005



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This collection is Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers' first release of its literary annual. The diverse group of authors captures the black experience from interesting perspectives: mature versus young adult and those within versus those outside the community. In Volume I, the short stories range from thought-provoking to humorous. "Like White" captures the complex issues of a biracial family confronting racism during a KKK march in Newark, Delaware (Rachel Elizabeth Griffiths). In "My Sister's Keeper," a newly divorced mother of two finds help and friendship as she leaves behind her privileged middle class life for more humble surroundings (Cassandra L. Manuel). "The Story of Tina" explores the troubles of teen life when Tina confronts love and deception in her relationship with her boyfriend Raashan (Cassandra L. Manuel). Similar to an African tale and for the young and young at heart, the children at summer camp ask their mayor and city council for help when their lunch is a disaster in "P'nut Butter and Rubber" (Kemba Sonnebeyatta). The poetry is equally rousing, even controversial. "Just Asking" sharply criticizes black folk engaged in self-destructive behavior in the community (Cassandra L. Manuel). A forceful warning for young ones growing into adulthood bursts from the page in "Predators" (Cassandra L. Manuel). A historical retrospective on racism, "Freedom" recounts past challenges and progress and failure that impacts the present (Adrianne K. Scott). "Black and White," with sophisticated imagery, captures the essence of the conundrum, "separate but equal" education (Stefanie Dara Gordon).
Release date NZ
May 31st, 2005
Contributions by Rachel Elizabeth Griffiths Edited by Aaliyah Thomas Edited by Carolyn, Cordelia Williams
Country of Publication
United States
black & white illustrations
Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers
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