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The Inheritance

I was tiptoeing past my mama’s bedroom—hoping not to disturb her afternoon nap, a crime I’m accused of committing most

Talon of God

My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” —Psalm 42

Beyond the Blue

Vibrantly glowing inside a dark hall, a small ball of fire burned suspended midair. The flaming orb bounced upward,

The Takedown

“And that was when Mr. Bailey groped you?” the human resources manager’s face showed no trace of emotion. He had put a

Birthday Boy

Kuokoa B. Mchango was certain that it was the last night he would be alive, for you see, tomorrow was his 28th

We Head South

The two gradually exited Carmine’s restaurant in midtown Manhattan, fully satisfied and slightly tipsy from the fine


In the summer of 1998, shortly after my girlfriend Valerie moved out of our Brooklyn apartment, using the excuse that I

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