Record Store Trips With My Dad Taught Me Self-Care

By making time for the tradition he loved, my father showed me what Black joy looks like

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Growing up, Saturday mornings meant hearing voices like Toni Braxton, Phyllis Hyman, Shalamar, Keith Sweat, Barry White, and Regina Belle as I helped my dad clean the garage. As our usual soundtrack played, we’d sweep and organize…