Growing up in Beaufort, South Carolina, in the 1970s, Pete Marovich often overheard locals speaking “a rapid-fire language that sounded similar to English.” At the time, he had no idea then that it was a dialect that had been passed down from their enslaved African ancestors, or that it was just a small piece of the distinct and rich culture of the Gullah people, who’d maintained a strong connection to their roots as, generation after generation, they remained along the coasts of the Carolinas and Georgia (where they’re known as Geechee).
When Marovich moved to Hilton Head Island in the 1990s, he started meeting Gullah people and learning about their history and culture. Brought to America from “the primarily rice-producing regions of West and Central Africa,” the Gullah/Geechee people worked the plantations of the American southeast, where they “developed a separate creole language and distinct culture patterns that included more of their African cultural traditions than the African-American populations in other parts of the United States.”
I’m still toying around with the psuedo-visual novel I’m fake writing. yaaay. Especially after this past week being a huge downer for me to the point I needed some Blackness doses.dom’t ask. just know it involved the n-word and being mistaken for a “gypsy…” vor the umpteenth time.my god. anyways….
Side Character A: Umaj’aa: The Suitemate: She’s known as “that crazy chick with those damn cat ears and GET TESTED pamphlets,” and she ain’t shame ‘bout it. Umaj'aa is from a line of strong Geechie women who make it clap on profressional levels, and she herself dabbled in it a bit, until she felt there was a better niche for her to fill as a clinic nurse. At the start of the story, the MC is reintroduced on Move-In Day to Umaj'aa as they’re actually 4th cousins, but they really got to know one another other than awkward hellos at sporadic family reunions. The MC has doubts about Umaj'aa, with her thrist trap social medias and 30'inch rainbow weave…She soon figures out Umaj'aa isn’t just a hot mess, but probably the most self-assured and heartfelt one she’s proud to call her BFF. On campus, Umaj'aa can be found in the cafe with her soros (sorority sisters), in class (when it’s not raining), or heading the organization “PYssy Control,” a social and advocacy group for students interested in reclaiming sex and body positivity for the inner thot in us all.