Black Estrangement

  • Black Estrangement

    September 28, 2023

    Sa Ki Pi Bel

    By Melissa Beneche

    Lionel Repons. Won 909,888 votes. Pierre Boucher. Won 23,524 votes. Granma Nisette’s radio man calls them, the presidential election results for the département Nord, with such conviction. His voice sticks […]

  • Black Estrangement

    September 28, 2023

    Chicken Soup: Seven Attempts

    By Erica N. Cardwell

    to say it happens, unaided, without sanction, would be untrue — “Pathology,” Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa 1. The kitchen on Medway was our initial sanctuary. You know the place. Thirty-year-old appliances the […]

  • Black Estrangement

    September 28, 2023

    Gila

    By Allison Noelle Conner

    1. “Cheer up, girlie. Gila’s a diamond in the rough.” The paramedic wore all navy—a wrinkled shirt tucked into slacks, punctuated by shiny black boots. His sandy hair was gelled […]

  • Black Estrangement

    September 28, 2023

    Possession

    By Rickey Fayne

    I wanted to worship Black gods. Had paid hundreds of dollars and driven hundreds of miles for manic, promiscuous, messy, sometimes-wise, sometimes-foolish gender-fluid divinities who looked like me. And so […]

  • Black Estrangement

    September 28, 2023

    The Broken Window

    By N.K. Iguh

    Under the shadow of an international hotel chain, in a playground for Abuja’s wealthiest and whitest, where they go to buy meat pies and Cadbury chocolates and red seedless grapes, […]

  • Black Estrangement

    September 28, 2023

    Labor of Memory

    By Jenise Miller

    It wasn’t until my father was in his seventies, just a few years before he passed away, that I learned that his father, a Panama Canal tugboat captain, had once […]

  • Black Estrangement

    September 28, 2023

    The Knee

    By Mathapelo Mofokeng

    The Kenyon Review · “The Knee” by Mathapelo Mofokeng The orthopedic surgeon hangs up the telephone long before Maki, who sits in silence, frozen in her chair. He called to […]

  • Black Estrangement

    September 28, 2023

    Which Turtles Saved Themselves

    By Leila Renee

    Granny kept a closet for when we would die. It was a linen closet halfway through our hallway that reeked of mothballs and once-freshly-washed towels. And stacked on every shelf, […]

  • Black Estrangement

    September 28, 2023

    Mother Water, Mirror Mother

    By Jeneé Skinner

    Yemi remembered when the scales first appeared. She was sixteen. Eczema ran in her family, so she thought she just needed a stronger moisturizer for her legs, but then the […]