Moving back and forth from Los Angeles to San Francisco, this essay travels back in time to an imported experience of African American culture that came to the West Coast. Part of a familial culture, which converged with this place amidst the streets, and trees, and family heirlooms, this essay explores what it is about California that makes it a place of such incredible placemaking. Journeying through George’s own California and how to understand this place amidst the interruptions and ways of being here, the essay concludes acknowledging California’s existence between myth and reality, wherein passes California.
State of Being: Envisioning California
Lynell George is a Los Angeles–based photographer, journalist, and essayist. She has written for KCET’s Artbound, the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. Weekly, and she taught journalism at Loyola Marymount University. She is the author of No Crystal Stair: African Americans in the City of Angels (Verso/Doubleday).
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Lynell George; State of Being: Envisioning California. Boom 1 December 2016; 6 (4): 39–51. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.4.39
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