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It’s been a challenging time for everyone, and I found myself thinking again of Erica Pratt. Many of you have heard the story even if you didn’t know her name - Dave Chapelle talks about her in one of his stand-up acts. Erica Pratt was a 7-year old when she was kidnapped for ransom in Southwest Philly in 2002. Her kidnappers left her in the basement with duct tape around her wrists and hands. She chewed through the tape and broke a window and screamed for help and was home by the next day. So, of course, she’s pretty much my hero. I’m looking to her example for the courage necessary for the weeks and months to come. I hope you draw some strength from her story too. - NALS
LIKE A F*CKING BOSS.
“F*ck it, I know the cops ain’t looking for me- I’m a little black girl. Guess I’ll have to get out of this sh*t myself.”
I always try to tell people about this story and you know the crazy part? THEY DON’T BELIEVE ME, because they never “heard of it” and that doesn’t “sound real”. But of course she’d be a bad *ss, all us Ericka’s are.