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Michael Eric Dyson: ‘Blackness isn’t a team; it’s a league’

The author drops knowledge on the Rhoden Fellows podcast<p>When was the last time you heard Robert F. Kennedy, Kobe Bryant and James Baldwin come up in …

1968: The year America unraveled

1968 was the year the center did not hold. It was the year many Americans saw their country spinning out of control. It was a shocking time, a moment of danger, destruction and division — yet also a time of passion and possibility.<p>The polarization that plagues the nation half a century later was …

Vietnam War

The new magnetism of mid-size cities

For many millennials, second cities are becoming their first choice<p>If, 10 years ago, you had asked 28-year-old Sarah Luckett Bhatia if she’d eventually return to her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, she “would have laughed in your face.”<p>Even just a few years ago, the prospects of coming home to …

Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize Win: Overdue Recognition of Black Excellence

The rapper is far from the first Pulitzer Prize-worthy black artist. But like Beyoncé and fellow virtuosos, he has long been denied the industry …

L.A.'s land use rules were born out of racism and segregation. They're not worth fighting for

Like many people in Los Angeles, I like detached houses. My family lives in a single-family home that was built in 1923 by a woman from Hollywood. Houses like mine are an important part of L.A.'s built environment, history and housing stock. In a region with a housing shortage and homelessness …

Housing

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 …

Black Panther

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 …

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 …

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 …

27 Lentil Recipes for Easy Weeknight Meals

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

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 …

The 16 Best Books on Writing Memoir

Capturing Your Legacy in One Small Story<p>Alan Gelb<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 …

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 …

City Politics

Freud in the scanner

A revival of interest in the power of introspection and thought has brought Freud’s ideas back into the scientific fold<i>By M M Owen</i>Read at Aeon

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> …

Real Estate

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 …

Cooking

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 …

African-American News

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 …

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 …

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

Chicago has no shortage of hot dog stands — but which ones are worth visiting? We're spending August visiting stands old and new to find you the ones with the richest stories, quirkiest characters and, of course, best hot dogs. The search is part of our monthly “Craving” series. Check back every …

Between Politics and Religion: Jewish Activism at Columbia

<i>Originally published in the Fall 2016 edition of The Current.</i>Since the famed student uprising of 1968, many generations of Columbia students have …

Social Activism Through Books

I have a theory: bookworms make the best social activists. And it’s not just because reading is knowledge. For me, the practice of reading fiction …

Books

Starbucks’ “Race Together” Campaign and the Upside of CEO Activism

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has faced intense criticism for asking his baristas to engage customers in a discussion about race in America. But this kind of “CEO activism” is actually a step forward for corporate involvement in the public square. As researchers who study the intersection between …

Why Africa is the next China

The conventional wisdom about China is that it is an emerging superpower, and that it will be a dominant geopolitical and economic force in the 21st …