Kiese Laymon

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Hey Mama

A son interviews his mother about language and love in the South.

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D'Andre Brown's Basketball Dream

On not making the NBA.

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The Worst of White Folks

On personal responsibility and privilege.

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How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance

This isn't an essay or simply a woe-is-we narrative about how hard it is to be a black boy in America. This is a lame attempt at remembering the contours of slow death and life in America for one black American teenager under Central Mississippi skies. I wish I could get my Yoda on right now and surmise all this shit into a clean sociopolitical pull-quote that shows supreme knowledge and absolute emotional transformation, but I don't want to lie.