Thinking of Mom – an excerpt from Sin Against the Race

[Editor’s note:  Fortunately for me, this is how my mom rolled.  Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.  Still missing you.] Marilene entered the apartment and heard the familiar thump-thump coming from Derek’s room.  Without waiting to hear what outrageous lyrics accompanied the … Continue reading

The Lavender Veil – Excerpt from “Sin Against the Race”

In one of my history classes at UCLA, we read W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk. Originally published in 1903, it is included in the celebrated reader of early African American scholarship, Three Negro Classics.  My professor described … Continue reading

Excerpt: Sin Against the Race – Chap. 2

It’s interesting how things can change during the editing process, even in the later stages after rereading and rehashing the paragraphs many times. The beginning of this chapter was in Chapter 1, but after much tinkering I finally felt that it works better here. The result is that now almost all of Chapter 1 takes place in Sammy’s store, reaffirming its place as the home base.

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