The Ramingo’s Porch – “Bad-Byes” A Short Story By Nancy Ndeke

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BAD-BYES

The sound that woke Deng from among the cattle in his fathers large Luak was at once ominous and familiar, but never this close. The night air filled with pungent smoke that stung eyes and made nostrils tingle. The animals shivered, their brown coats rippling with the danger all round. Gun fire sound had long replaced the cricket and owl sounds of the night. Their familiarity was only a small vestige of folklore that he heard repeated by older boys on moonlit nights when they spent time away in the open sky’s of his Homeland.

From pure instinct, Deng moved quickly and flung his flail long hands around the lead bull, hanging like a baby monkey on it’s neck. Everywhere there was pandemonium. Screams. Rapid gun fire. More screams that a shot or two would put a stop to. Whispered orders. More shots as if for good measure, then final silence to be quickly followed by loud orders from a familiar tongue. Cattle rustlers. Deng’s heart sunk. Continue reading

The Ramingo’s Porch – “Spring In The Whore’s Quarter” And “Looking Back Is Looking Forward” By Kushal Poddar

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Spring In The Whore’s Quarter

Midst some faint Harlem music
mild morning on the whore’s linens
starves the sleep, feeds the lethargy,
and her offspring blows a balloon, one
flavored after the strawberry, that won’t fly,
and we shall find it in the ditch like
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Stage 32 Will Give Selected 2020 SXSW Filmakers the Opportunity to Showcase Their Projects on the Platform From April

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With last Friday’s cancellation of the 2020 SXSW festival due to concerns of the health and safety of attendees and the Coronavirus, Stage 32 the world’s largest online platform connecting and educating film, TV and digital creatives and professionals announced today it will give officially selected SXSW filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their projects on the Stage 32 platform beginning in April.

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