Audre lorde a burst of light essays

For Chance The Rapper, summertime as a black boy in Chicago was liberating and cautious. That’s the message of “Summer Friends,” a wistful standout from his Grammy-nominated Coloring Book . Following a softly sung opening courtesy of Francis and The Lights, Chance digs up imagery that reminds me of my own childhood in Philadelphia, from jumping rope barefoot on the asphalt to playing hard until the streetlights came on. But for all its sun-soaked nostalgia, “Summer Friends” also reinforces that these moments are fleeting: it’s a time of the year that brings change and loss, too. Chance remembers the gun-violence “plague” as clearly as catching lightning bugs, and he sounds more somber than usual as he repeats the hook’s mantra: “Summer friends don’t stay.” This is a song that instructs you to be mindful of your surroundings, but to loosen up enough to have vibrant experiences — even if they end too soon, like those summers always seemed to. — LAKIN STARLING

Audre lorde a burst of light essays

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