Soul City, North Carolina

Photo tken in Spring 2006 by w:User:Tijuana Brass. Released in the public domain.

I felt a little silly making everyone ride with me 20 minutes off the highway to an overgrown cul-de-sac with a crumbling curb. “Where are the houses?” my buddy asked. The once-cleared lots were slowly being taken back over by scrub trees. “They were never built,” I say. …

This billboard is currently off the state highway in my town, put up by a local realtor working at a mainstream realty company. The billboard reads “Tired of the Plandemic? Move to the country!” and has an image of Pepe the Frog holding a phone.

The other day, a friend sent me a photo of the billboard from the side of the road in my hometown. It was put up by a local realtor and read: “Tired of the Plandemic? Move to the country!” and implored viewers to contact him. Next to the text was…

“Fast food strike and protest for a $15/hour minimum wage at a McDonalds restaurant” by Fibonacci Blue is licensed under CC BY 2.0

It’s 6:30 AM and I am sitting on my porch steps with a cup of coffee. In 10 minutes I’ll go inside to start breakfast for my son. I can tell time by the movements of my neighbors. The woman wearing scrubs up the street cranks her Buick; the housekeeper…

Protests in Elizabeth City, NC — taken by author

A man in Salisbury, North Carolina shot into the crowd at a Black Lives Matter protest in the weeks after George Floyd’s murder. A man in Elkin, NC, drove his car into protestors; a judge in Fayetteville was arrested for doing the same. In Wilmington, a man repeatedly drove by…

“Daily image #32 — Open window” by chany14 is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Last night, a friend and I were drinking beers on my porch, trying to avoid the interior of my house which had been overrun with 13- and 14-year-olds.

With all the windows of the house thrown open to catch the few breezes of a summer storm, we could hear the…

That night behind Heritage House as people tried to move out. Photo by author.

Six years ago yesterday, when I arrived at the Heritage House Apartments after work, it looked like the building was being turned inside out. Garbage and people’s belongings lay all around the foundation where they had been dropped out the windows onto the ground below.

Pickup trucks were backed up…

This Is Us

Alabama searching for shells on a barrier island, being perfect. Photo by author.

I was too wild, too exuberant, asked too many questions, and paid far too little attention. I stared out the windows of my elementary school and imagined myself hanging upside-down from the trees, staring back into the classroom. I would not hear the teacher calling my name. Gwen. Gwen! GWEN!


Photo: Christina Reichl Photography/Getty Images

I put my feet on your dashboard, sand and beach tar between my toes; we are old friends.

You pull out a Marlboro and fumble in your pocket for your lighter, holding the steering wheel with your knees. “Don’t,” I say, reaching out for the wheel, nodding toward my child…

Dreama Caldwell (Photo provided by Dreama Caldwell)

A Breakfast

A year ago, I met Dreama at Western Steakhouse for breakfast. We both ordered eggs and grits with a pat of yellow butter melting across them.

Our conversation was sweet: Two forty-something moms talking about our children and our neighborhoods, our relationships and our career paths, all of which were…

Elizabeth City, NC, after the murder of Andrew Brown Jr. (Photo by author)

I was twenty when my friends and I piled into my Geo Metro and drove north through the night, six of us in that damn little car. We were a funny, rag tag crew, sticking out like sore thumbs in the Bronx — small town kids in a big city…

Gwen Frisbie-Fulton

Mother. Southerner. Storyteller. Bread and Roses. #race #class #poverty #gender #equity #children #egalitarianorganizing #bottomupstorytelling *views my own*

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