Ann Eskridge
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The Sanctuary: Children’s Play

Illustration by Carole Morisseau



The Sanctuary  is about ten year old Little Man who wants to be accepted by Tico and Amon, but in order to do so; he must pass an initiation.  He must retrieve a piece of junk from the altar built by “crazy” Lucy Johnson. Everyone says Lucy Johnson is a witch. She calls her altar a “sanctuary”, a place where spirits of the dead can rest in peace. When Little Man gets caught by the old woman and comes to know her, he realizes that the sanctuary and Lucy Johnson are special. But the neighborhood block club wants to tear down her sanctuary because they consider it an eyesore. Little Man knows he has to do something.

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Bug and Junior: A Kind of Fairy Tale: Children’s Play


Bug and Junior: Bug and Junior consider themselves twins blood brothers. Junior is black and Bug is white (or variations on different). Junior says one day he wants to be an original, because anyone named junior is just a copy. Bug got his name because he would eat bugs on food as a dare in order to get enough to eat. Junior and Bug are in foster care and they’ve decided to run away in order to find riches so that they won’t be a strain to their financially strapped foster care mother. When they do, they run into three characters: a Hermit, a Witch, and the Witch’s Chimera. It’s up to Bug and Junior to teach them a lesson.

Last of Ken


What happens when your dead relatives have an intervention because they think your life sucks? That’s what happens to Ken Jones, a man who takes few risks and is described as the visual equivalent of constipation. He’s repressed with issues of inadequacies. Afraid to tell his wife about his fears, he confronts each day as a lonely survivor in a dead-end middle management position for a gas and oil company. But when Ken’s dead aunt ushers other dead relatives, he must face the truth about the life he’s living—or not living.

Satin Doll

Illustration by Sanders Bryant


In Satin Doll, the hip hop lifestyle collides with African American middle class mores. Changing to be accepted doesn’t necessarily mean changing for the best when a conservative black television commentator makes a bet with his liberal friend that he can remake, remodel, and remold a street urchin into a "lady" of substance who can easily pass as the creme de la creme of the black bourgeoisie. And suppose this bet hinges on a philosophical argument that being black and poor is no excuse for not entering mainstream America.


Liberal friend, Robert Joyner, challenges conservative Edward Hollingsworth, to take into his home one Black Booty aka Malika aka Eula Jean Johnson to transform her into a lady of breeding, intellect, and manners. A woman any man would long for. A perfect woman.