This Chef Is Fighting Gentrification With Hot Chicken

Tunde Wey’s dinner series-slash-public art project raised $50,000 to address Nashville’s affordable housing crisis. During the third full week of August, residents of Nashville, Tennessee, gathered to eat chicken tossed in palm oil-fried pepper sauce, yam pottage, jollof rice, fried sweet plantains, and efo riro, or stewed spinach. The cuisine was native to Nigeria, chef …

Harry Belafonte and ‘The Long Road to Freedom’

On the anniversary of the March on Washington, we revisit an interview with the musician and civil rights activist about his anthology of Black music. Harry Belafonte, singer, recording artist, actor, and producer, has been called “the consummate entertainer.” His album Calypso was the first LP in the history of the music industry to sell …

PERFORMING TOMORROW THE TALENTED ANNIE-O TIME TO SHINE

Camp Loyalty recording artist and Detroit native, Annie-O, embodies the spirit of the gun slinging, sharpshooter Annie Oakley. She uses this representation to emphasize her ability to deliver aggression through her music; “a woman’s strength and aggression is a compliment to her sexuality.” Her latest single “Myself” displays her lyrical talent as well as her …

What Is Barbershop Therapy?

Barbers in the South are training as first responders to assist the men in their chairs with their mental health concerns. Amid the sound of television and hair clippers buzzing around him at Goodfellas Barbershop in Little Rock, Arkansas, Lorenzo Lewis was trying to get a man wearing a mask to talk about his emotional …

The Black and the Blue: Tackling Police Racism and Abuse on a Systemic Level

An African American law enforcement expert finds hope in the firing of a racist police chief. Sixty miles south of my home is a small municipality in New Jersey called Bordentown Township. The population is 11,367, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Two very important things happened there in 2016. One alarmed me; the other …