NYU Black Renaissance Noire Fall 2013 - Page 158

“Anyika! An-yi-ka!” he scolded. “I’m trying to be patient here…to be…” he sighed, “a good listener. But I can’t believe what I’m hearing. I gave you my work to read because I trusted your instincts. We’ve shared some things, okay? Real things… and that’s like a trust…something precious, you know? And I feel like we’ve been able to do that because we’re both going for something bigger, something grander…our work…our art. And we need affirmation from somebody who’s coming from the same place. Now here you are talking about ‘nice adjectives.’ Is that all that my work amounts to in your eyes, a string of pretty adjectives? And those characters you mentioned— the white boy and the grandmother— they’re minor. The scenes you mention are peripheral at best. You haven’t even so much as touched on the heart of the story. And I can’t just sit here and.…” he broke off. “I don’t understand!! What the hell are you trying to say to me?” His voice cracked as he bailed from his chair and trudged past her to the window. A battered white minivan was bullying its way through the busy intersection, a kind of “people’s taxi” that Tanzanians fondly called “Dollah! Dollah!” It was stuffed to the gills with passengers hanging onto the sides and off the back. A crude bright-red scrawl across the rear window screamed “bagamoyo.” Kwame w [??Y ???'x?&[H?\??Z[????^H][?x?&]?H?????Y\\???[Yx?)??'H[?ZZ?HXYY ?????[?H[?HYX\?Y?\???[YB??]Y[?\?HX?X?H[??X?Y??[???Z?HH]?[ ???[??[B??][?[[??]?[?H\???[? ???X]\?H]\?[???]?\??Y?Y?[???]?\?[?Y[H]H?\???X?[??\????X]\?]H?\?[[??X\??H?\?[?Z[][?[????\??]?H?\??\?[?]\??H[?H?]\?HY?Y[???\?Y?HH?Y??]HZ[H?]H?][?[??\??[][??\??\?X?\?[??\]][??Y?Y[?[\Y?Y ????KHY?Y[??[Z[X]Y[??]?^YY?H[?Hx?&Y?[X??X?Y\?Y\?????Y[?[?B?X?X?]H]????Y ?X??\??\?\??[???][ ?H??[??&]?\?X?Z?H]??]?\?\[?Y ???H?]Y[?\?B?[??]\??Y[HH[???\?]?H??[?]?\??X??\?\??X]Y?X??Z][??H?X??H?]\?Y ?[??XY \?H?\\??Z\???X?H[X[?[??]?[?\?[??[H?]?H?[??H?\??X?K???B?Y\\??[?[H??[?YH?\?H?\[???X???HZ?HH?Hx?&Y?[X?Y[??]?Y?[[?[??%[?H?\??&]X??]??\?HY?Z[?B?]Y?Y[?[[??HYX\?Y???[??H\?Y\?YH[???[?\??]H??X?[Y8?'?]?B??\?K8?'H\?]H\?[[??\??X?][\?]??Y] ??]\??????[??[??[?\??\?[??K??[YK????[?B???[??H?[??Y?YY?]?H????]?B??\?H???[?[]H?[?Y??\???] YX[?Y?Y?\[??H\??[??H??X???H?[[? ?XZ?[X?K?\??????[?[H?]?\\?[??[???[YH?[X?[?H????H?????Y??[??[??[?Xx?&\??Z\??\?H?B??\?\??\?????[????\??[???[?XK]?[?H?[[??\???\????ZY???????Y?[[?[???]Y?H[?X[???X[??X??]?]?[?KY?]?H?[?Y]\??????\?Y\?T?[X[KY??H?Y[?H?\?[?????[??\?X??]?H?\??]H?B?X\??]?H??H???\???Z[?HH?\?X[???]?\?X?X[HH?[???X?[]KB?[X[???Y?H?[??\?H\\??Y??X?[??Y[???Y[?[??[?[?\??\?Y????HH??[?[?8?&\?[?\?[? \??\?]?^B?\?H????H?\?H[???YZ???Y??B??Z[???\Y?H\?[???[??X?\??X\?Y??X?x?&\?XZ???]?HX\??]?B?ZYHX\? ??[[?Y]]H?[B??H??\???Y[?[??Y[??]?????]?\?[??\?H[??[?????[????]\??\?H]H??[??X?Y[???[YH?\?????[???X??\\???H??[[X[??\??[??X??[??\???Z[?\?[?^\????YH\?]B???\?[??H?H??H?[?H?X[^?Y?x?&Y??X??^H\? ?H?]KZZ\?Y??\?X[?\??Y?]??H??Y][???B?\??H?Y??[??\??H??\H??\?\?X\??\?H?[[??X\?????H?\??[YH?[??Hx?&Y?Y?Y??B???H??[YH?\?[??Y?YY ?[?\?Y??\?H?\?X[????YYH[H????H??]HY??YH?H]??[YK???Y?[[?[?H?ZY YX[?8?'\?HH^B???^HX\?x?'H\?KH?\?\??\?Y ??\?HH[??Y??Y?[?Y??H[??Y[???[?Y??X?[??\]?\?\^HY?Z\?\?[??????[??[??H?[??Z\??[?Y?Y[[? ??\?[?\?\?\]YY ??[YH??X???]?[??H??Y??H??]???XX?[?Y??]Y?H?X????????H?]K???MM?????[YHYH?X?HZ?H\?\?XY??\Y??\?H?[?[??X??[?ZZ?K?H???YZ?Hx?&Y?\??Y[??H??? ??????Q?S L? L?[?? MM???K?L??L? L??SB??