If We Can Soar:
What Birmingham Roller Pigeons Offer the Men of South Central

story by Shanna B. Tiayon
art by Jardley Jean-Louis
June/July 2021 || 6,574 words || 27 minutes

“It’s an accessible and seemingly natural connection — boys, fast-moving objects, wildlife. But there’s a deeper story behind what the birds offered them then and still offer today, with men entering their fifth and sixth decade raising Birmingham Rollers.” Meet Cornell Norwood and take a trip to his L.A. to bird out with the Roller Men of South Central, then explore conversation pieces from…

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