Ra’s Village Is Still Needed

Hey Peeps, If you’re reading this blog post you’re one of the few people who are subscribed exclusively to rashaunjallen.com. I consider you all my first and oldest writing supporters. This blog has existed, evolved, and at sometimes stalled since 2015, but with 50 posts in its a site to behold. And guess what, I…

Book Review – The Dew Breaker

The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Sometimes, I read accolades like this and go, “I’ll be the judge of that.” But after a close read of her nine-story collection, I was reminded Edwidge slays with her pen. Writing nine short stories that stand…

Real Art Protest – Good Ass System

Somebody, somewhere is saying, “We got a good ass system.” We could change all the laws and still get ‘em We can box ‘em in so many wrongs; right won’t fit ‘em Walk up in the church not even Jesus can save ‘em Discrimination ain’t like our Granddaddies’ days But I swear there’s a sign…

7 Generations – The Bonds that Bind

I’ve been curious about my family tree for sometime. I don’t know when it started. It could have been when my aunt Grace told a story about re-connecting with our family in Saint Vincent. Maybe it was the silence that swept my maternal Granddad’s face when I asked him about his father. Maybe it was…