The news comes differently to me now. Before I receive breaking news notifications on my cell phone, before I log into Twitter, before the video rolls down my Facebook newsfeed, […]
I once asked my grandmother where we—our family—were from. As the matriarch of my maternal family, I figured she could give me some answers, that she could illuminate the past […]
I never thought such a seemingly innocuous moment would weigh on me so profoundly. The visit to my father’s home, the house I grew up in, in Leland, Mississippi in […]
I think some people have a bad habit of arguing that American born blacks, the descendants of slaves, have no home, that we’re displaced because we can’t trace our origins […]
As a prelude to traveling the entire Mississippi Blues Trail this summer, I decided to show some images of some murals that I took while visiting home.
I remember going home to Leland sometime near or immediately after my undergraduate graduation. My grandmother, who has been a domestic worker for my entire life, drove me to meet […]
Plantations have played an integral part in Southern history and the development of Southern culture, but these particular plantations are special because my family sharecropped here, and still lives in […]