Defining terms – lore
Lore means knowledge gained through tradition or anecdote. Like a story that is passed down in generations.
My favorite definition is the surface between the eye and the tongue of a snake.
Family Lore telling stories passed around as truth.
A little embellishment or a whopper? The reader can decide.
1. Conversation about Harry Belafonte
Characters: Older woman, who had helped educate her niece.
Younger woman, the niece, mother of two children, visiting.
Scene: Small apartment on Sugar Hill, Harry Belafonte singing on the radio.
Niece: I have always loved his voice. And so handsome.
Aunt: He was in your high school.
Niece: I don’t remember that? (dancing to the music)
Aunt: He was in the annex building, miles away. After two years he was in the same building as you.
Niece: I never went there. When I transferred, we never knew about that other building. Remember? I just got held back. Sure wish you had told me he was there. Why it could have changed my life! Aunt: It might have. You could have been his first wife.
Harry Belafonte has a new book and an HBO documentary. In recent interviews, he mentions his friendships including Martin Luther King and Marlon Brando. His claypso style of singing put him at the top of the charts and has kept him one of the most loved performers.