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Space is the Place: The architecture of Afrofuturism

Why Black Panther—and science fiction seen through a black cultural lens—has a lot to say about architecture, urbanism, and cities<p>Birmingham, Alabama-born jazz musician Herman Sonny Blount stood out quite a bit from the other Southern, African-American musicians who immigrated to Chicago in the …

Science Fiction

Can a Running Club Help Fight Homelessness?

At the starting line of the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco last June, flour tortillas are flying, and runners are preparing to make the annual 12K pilgrimage from the Bay Bridge to the Pacific Ocean. Heading to our assigned corral, I spot a few racers rolling kegs and one totally naked but …

Gavin Newsom

When cops raided a hip 1970s London cafe, Britain’s Black Power movement rose up

The Mangrove Nine fought the law — and the law did not win<p>At the start of the 1970s, the Black Panther movement in the United States was both well …

Black Power

Documentary Chronicles The Story Of Historically Black Colleges And Universities

A documentary screening in Winston-Salem this weekend examines historically black colleges and universities. It's called <i>Tell Them We Are Rising</i>. The …

Black History

21 Lentil Recipes for Easy Weeknight Meals

We love lentils here at The Kitchn. They are magically easy to cook on the stove, and versatile enough to go into a wide range of cuisines. Plus, …

Healthy Eating

Healthy Dips You Can Make with Basically Any Vegetable

Your Super Bowl snack plan is here.<p>Super Bowl Sunday definitely doesn't need to be a day for healthy eating, but we can still add a few more veggies to the spread. The best place to sneak them in? A couple healthy dips. There's a lot to love about this easy roasted vegetable dip recipe: the …

Healthy Eating

The 16 Best Books on Writing Memoir - Signature Reads

Capturing Your Legacy in One Small Story<p>Writing coach Alan Gelb’s book is targeted specifically towards baby boomers: when this book was first published in 2015, he felt that baby boomers were staring down the barrel of their lives’ third act, not knowing what to do with it. According to Gelb, your …

Obama Presidential Center activists shout 'Shame on you!' at aldermen

An attempt by some African-American Chicago aldermen to publicly praise Obama Presidential Center designers for hiring minority contractors ran into shouts of “Shame on you!” by a group that wants a community benefits agreement to protect residents living near Jackson Park.<p>The dueling news …

Can neuroscience rehabilitate Freud for the age of the brain? – M M Owen

An old therapist of mine had a signed photograph of Sigmund Freud hanging on her wall. A gift from a former patient who had employed forgery skills …

American Philosophy

How to roast chicken under a brick — a Tuscan specialty

The aspiring looters among you no doubt keep some extra bricks lying around the house, just in case. Well, blow the dust off those dusky red window smashers, for today we give them new life as poultry flatteners while we explore chicken under a brick.<p><b>Why you need to learn this</b><p>Precious few dishes …

What $1,350 rents around Chicago right now

Here’s what $1,350 rents you in Humboldt Park, Pilsen, and Bucktown<p><i>Welcome to</i> <i>Curbed Comparisons</i><i>, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different neighborhoods. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out. Today we are looking at apartments at</i> …

Adidas Opens Its Largest Originals Flagship in Chicago’s Wicker Park

Adidas Originals celebrated the opening of its new flagship—the world’s largest—in Chicago on Wednesday night. The 4,966-square-foot shop at 1532 N. …

10 Easy Dinners That Are Mostly Vegetables

I try to make vegetables the star of the show most of the time when I am thinking about what to make for dinner. I definitely do eat meat, but by …

New condo and movie theater projects proposed for Chicago’s South Shore

Real estate developers are showing renewed interest in the lakefront community<p>Riding the momentum of the upcoming Obama Presidential Center and companion projects like the new Tiger Woods golf course, developers have taken the wraps off of two big projects slated for Chicago’s South Shore …

Detroit redefined: city hires America's first official 'chief storyteller'

Irritated by the relentless focus on ruin porn, or pre-emptive stories about the city’s tech resurgence, Aaron Foley will attempt to offer a more nuanced portrait<p>Detroit’s Irish-American mayor, Mike Duggan, has hit on a new way to remodel the narrative of a city beset by a history of decay, race …

The Philosopher King

It was one of San Francisco’s famously cool summer days and a victorious moment for the 79-year-old governor, one that would not have had the same …

Chicago's best outdoor drinking secrets

Say what you will about Chicago's harsh winters—when the mercury begins to rise, nearly everyone in this city streams outside. We all have a favorite …

Volkswagen Beetle

56 exciting openings in Chicago in September

September signals the end of summer in Chicago, and while it breaks our hearts to bid farewell to beach days and music festivals, September truly is …

Father John Misty

Regulators, consumers target student debt servicer Navient

Fanny Sampson co-signed student loans for three of her four children, so when one of her daughters got a letter in May from student debt servicer Navient saying it would no longer accept credit card payments, the Northbrook resident stepped up with her checking account number.<p>Not long after, …

31 days of Chicago's best hot dog stands