chapter  4
16 Pages

Three African American Scholars and Two African American Stories Told in the Vernacular

WithGeraldine DeLuca

M.K. Asante is a young writer, filmmaker, professor, and hip-hop artist whose memoir Buck opens like this.

The fall in Killadelphia. Outside is the color of corn bread and blood. Change hangs in the air like the sneaks on the live wires behind my crib. Me and my big brother, Uzi, in the kitchen. He’s rolling a blunt on top of the Source, the one with Tyson on the cover rocking a kufi, ice-grilling through the gloss. Uzi can roll a blunt with his eyes closed.

Cracks, spits, busts.

(2013, p. 3)