Story Corps Griot
Kahlil Almustafa and his friend Kamilah Duggins
In this week's feature from the StoryCorps Griot Initiative, we hear from 29-year-old poet and artist Kahlil Almustafa, who shares memories of his mother who died of AIDS in July of 1994.
Almustafa spoke with his friend, Kamilah Duggins, at the Storycorps booth in Grand Central Terminal. He recounted burying his mother, Sheila Glasper, in the backyard of his grandmother's St. Albans, Queens home. He says he doesn't visit much, and though some of his artistic work deals with his family, most of it is politically and socially driven.
The StoryCorps Griot Initiative travels the country collecting the recollections of black Americans. Right now, the Story Corps Griot Booth is in Chicago; the next stop is Oakland,Calif.
On Tuesdays, News & Notes features one of these stories. To find out where the StoryGriot Initiative will be next, visit the StoryCorps website. To locate a StoryCorps recording booth, visit News & Notes' new blog, News & Views.
Selly Thiam produced this segment along with Sarah Kramer, senior producer for StoryCorps.