HomeAuthorRachel Austin, Author at BLCK Press

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“What do we have in here today?” A content smile begins to show as a man pushes his hand through the ice and pulls out a cold bottle of sweet tea. The cooler with its beverage assortment has become a comforting staple in this South Minneapolis community where hope feels almost tangible, yet there is still enough trauma to go around.  The soothing sounds of a trumpet are often not far from the energy drinks...

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The first time Jay caught my eye was in June of 2020.  He was paces away from where George Floyd had died. He was dressed in full denim and wore a brown gardening hat with a flower attached to the brim.  His 6’9” figure and calming presence seemed to captivate a small audience as he purposefully lowered himself to sit next to a little boy who had noise cancelling headphones covering his ears.  The two...

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