By Kristin Hunter Lattany
Zena (short for Zenobia) Lawson honors all issues African--art, tradition, heritage. So while fortune palms her a twenty-year-old Nigerian lady short of transitority housing, after all Zena and her husband Lucius bounce on the likelihood to assist. To Zena, Ifa Olongo is an unique good looks with sufficient haughtiness and charm for 3 royal households. let alone the daughter she by no means had. yet as Zena's ally Vy retains reminding her, Ifa isn't any girl--she's a tender girl with harmful curves that any guy may simply like to skid his tires across.
But Zena, a former glamour queen herself, has difficulties distinguishing among glitter and actual gold. For Ifa's identify skill life--and she'll gather it . . . whatsoever necessary.
The ever-widening hole among Africans and African-Americans--and the powerful yet precarious hyperlink that bridges it . . . The unforeseen peril of romanticizing our roots--and the foreigners who characterize them . . . the significance of caring for others--without sacrificing oneself . . . Kristin Hunter Lattany weaves those components right into a novel crackling with wit, intelligence, and mischief, and takes political correctness and Afrocentricity and turns them the wrong way up.
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It's also human nature to magnify while blowing one’s personal horn. Lucius sees a extra sinister goal. White individuals are indignant with us simply because we rioted and tested within the sixties and bought a few civil rights. they need, he says, to flood the rustic with different minorities in order that those new humans can take our position and remove what small earnings we've got made. even if that’s the plan or now not, it definitely appears to be like the end result. And we dumb blacks are so beneficiant and hospitable—with nothing—that we're helping within the takeover. comprise Lucius and Zena Lawson within the dumb, beneficiant, and hospitable class, although we aren't within the lazy, immoral, soiled, or legal bunch, and definitely now not within the wealthy team to which our customer thinks we belong. after we come back from the telephone corporation, i actually permit her have it. “What form of fools do you think that we're, Ifa? What do you think that offers the ideal to name in a foreign country on our mobile? lady, i'm really not wealthy. I slaved like a puppy to get to where the place i may even take into consideration being cozy. I scrubbed flooring and bogs to pay for attractiveness institution. Lucius did farm exertions earlier than he got here north, and in a while, too. There are not any effortless roads for any people black parents during this kingdom. the place did you get such principles? ” “I don’t recognize, Mum. every body in Olori thinks you're all wealthy. ” “Well, we’re now not. Paying off this invoice goes to be a true worry for me and Dod, I suggest Dad. ” “Mum, i'm sorry. whilst i am getting a few cash, i'm going to pay off you. ” “I definitely wish so,” I say, my anger working out of steam. Later that night, i am going to the again Room, which I regard as Lucius’s and my sanctuary, virtually as deepest as our bed room. i'm aggrieved to discover her there ahead of me. She has introduced her treasure chest and opened it for Lucius, who's thoughtfully learning a small mahogany idol with huge, immense genital apparatus. She turns to me and says, “Mum, this can be actual paintings, some of the best, no longer the industrial belongings you have now. it's been utilized in ceremonies. It has the real African spirit. ” Now, Lucius and that i have been constantly very Afrocentric, in a conservative kind of method. We didn’t display opposed to apartheid or run round shouting “Free Mandela! ” yet we wouldn’t put money into South Africa or in any businesses that did, and we gave cash for Rwandan aid. Lucius contributed to Africare and Trans-africa, until eventually he made up our minds that many of the those that staffed these corporations have been in it for the money. It used to be an analogous discovery that stopped him from conserving place of work. He went into politics simply because he proposal it was once a manner of supporting his humans. He gave up conserving an elected place of work while he discovered that almost all of the politicians have been making fake provides and promoting us out. We all started going to Kwanzaa after they first began having it at our neighborhood heart. I even took African dance classes on the heart, and scandalized our subtle buddies with my dancing. One evening final summer season, the Nairobi African Drum Ensemble was once appearing part a block down from my residence. truly, they’re only a bunch of local young children who practice in parades and who party with a few congas, djembes, shekeres, and a bata to perform.