"I'm not black. I'm O.J....okay?" --Jay-Z, 4:44 There's no solid evidence that O.J. actually said this, but it struck a chord within me. It hit me hard. It resonates with the Langston Hughes quote, from the first post of this challenge, "So I am ashamed for the black poet who…
 "So I am ashamed for the black poet who says, "I want to be a poet, not a Negro poet," as though his own racial world were not as interesting as any other world. I am ashamed, too, for the colored artist who runs from the painting of Negro faces…
Saturday is an ongoing fictional series written by Erica Buddington. Each week there’ll be a new installment posted, right here. Read part one, two, three,and four. __________________________________ "There are years that ask questions and years that answer." ---Zora Neale Hurston Nessa walked through her mother's front door like she'd just gone to the store.…
Saturday is an ongoing fictional series written by Erica Buddington. Each week there’ll be a new installment posted, right here. Read part one, two, and three. __________________________________ I'm from the generation of "you good?" text messages. Two words crammed into a gray bubble, wrapped in a prayer that you don't really need shit. Because…
Saturday is an ongoing fictional series written by Erica Buddington. Each week there’ll be a new installment posted, right here. Read part one and two.  __________________________________ "You've got to be kidding me." Langston wore his famous crooked line, across his lips, and sat in the chair in front of my desk. "It's…
Saturday is an ongoing  fictional series written by Erica Buddington. Each week there’ll be a new installment posted, right here. Read part one, HERE.  __________________________________ His name was Langston. He sat, with his legs crossed, smirking from the other side of my sectional. There was nothing new about the curve on…
Saturday is a fictional series written by Erica Buddington. Each week there'll be a new installment posted, right here. Can you guess what day we'll drop it? *wink*   ______________   I looked at my phone, discouraged. I spent my free time, jumping between wanting to be in love and…
Life happens. This year, I ruptured my Achilles tendon and I've been home recovering. The pain and monotony of staying at home keeps me frustrated. Everyone was more optimistic than me. I kept hearing, "Look at all the time you'll have to write!" I would sneer at these statements. I…
Have you seen that Black Panther teaser trailer? Whew. I can't wait to watch that movie. Tonight, we gon' get it like Chad Bosewick, with spears, and the Dora Milaje. We're gonna get to 18,000 words kicking and screaming, flying through the air, and taking over the world. Yes! Okay,…
*sips chai* I have amazing snacks over here. My snack game is half Trader Joe's, half papi's bodega on the corner. Empanadas on deck. What you got, over there? *emoji eyes* Ha. I'm such a character. Speaking of character... That's what I want to talk about, next. Your characters are flat.…