"145th Street Stories" is a collection of short tales tied together by the fact that all characters reside on the same street in Harlem. The first story, "Big Joe's Funeral" tells the humorous tale of a Harlem resident who decides to plan his own funeral, while very much alive. He encounters some dissent from his girlfriend's teenaged daughter, but still goes forward with his plans. "Kitty & Mack: A Love Story" is a tale of young love and how life-changing events can alter but not necessarily prevent love from taking its course. "The Fighter" presents the struggle of a down-on-his-luck pugilist as he tries to fend for his family. "Angela's Eyes" is a poignant story of a young girl, believed to have psychic powers, due to the fact that her dreams appear to foretell impending death. "The Streak" is the tale of a young man who has a run of good luck after having had a bevy of misfortunes. An elderly resident of the neighborhood teaches a hesitant white policeman about life in "A Christmas Story". The last story, "145th Street Block Party" brings all the main characters together.
This report prepared by Reginald D. Garrard