Rashod Ollison

Rashod Ollison was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and grew up in Little Rock. He’s the award-winning culture critic and entertainment writer for the Virginian-Pilot. His memoir, Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl, was published in 2016. 
February 28, 2017

Ma Rene, my great-grandmother on Mama’s side, was a no-nonsense blueswoman. Wide-hipped, bowlegged, and solidly built, she stood barely five feet tall and had a wicked tongue. Her barbecue ribs—and the secret sauce she slow-simmered to go with them—made you want to hurt somebody.