HomeAuthorRachel Austin, Author at BLCK Press


“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...


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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