So, I am going to be expanding what I write about here at Hillombo. The Hill District has been my home for 20 + years as a place to be a part of a physical Black community and to bring to ground the ideas of Black Studies that captured my imagination at Pitt in the 90s. Ideas such as Black Power, revolution, art, cooperative economics, religion, family, food, ritual, rites of passage, in a word-culture. Interest in culture or “the way things get done around here” to resist white supremacy and create alternative spaces, “Quilombos”, if you will. Because this interest is about imagination, ideas, conversations and activities show up in other places besides specific Hill District cases and they need a place to hangout, connect, talk, be examined, criticized and enjoined by others, particularly family members with similar interests.
So, I will continue to write about the Hill (which could include plans to leave), but I’ll also include other things that hopefully have some spirit of Quilombos and thus will remain Hillombo.