Meals in the Mitten: A Tour of Michigan’s Black-Owned Restaurants

The state of Michigan is world-renowned for its greats: Great Lakes, great summers, and now — thanks to its sizzling cultural epicenter in Detroit — great food. If you haven’t heard by now, there is a bit of a restaurant renaissance that is leading the Motor City’s revitalization, one bite at a time. Riding the wave…

Hiking While Black: Breaking Stereotypes on Breakneck Ridge

As a minority community, black people often succumb to the pitfalls of being perceived as a monolith. Ideas of black people’s “dos and don’ts” circulate within our cultural perception: “All black people love coconut oil,” “all black people are superb dancers,” “all black people hate outdoorsy stuff,” and so on. Not…

A Visual History of Art, Life, and Politics on the South Side of Chicago

Haters and headlines have a lot to say about the South Side of Chicago, but they don’t tell the whole story. The South Side is one of the most culturally rich African-American enclaves in the United States: a place that has molded cultural icons like Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, and Common, as well as movers and…

We Took a Chicago Walking Tour With a Native South Sider

The South Side of Chicago is typically viewed as a large monolith, plagued by gang violence and poverty. It’s an easy narrative to sell in our hyperbolic culture, but it’s one that so regularly leaves out the voices and stories of the actual people who live and work on Chicago’s South Side. In order to break down…