Highlights From The American Whiskey Trail

A map of liquid treasure stretching across the south

The American Whiskey Trail is more than a place for bourbon enthusiasts to appreciate what they’ve spent so much time investing in, but it’s a means to do so through immersion at the source. To feel its place of origin, its terroir. Comprised of a dozen or so major distillers, many more smaller boutique distilleries, and a sundry of bourbon-related POIs (for example: coopers, still-makers, …

Forgotten Black American Fashion Designers

Prompted by a Twitter thread from Claude Hector, Quartz has delved into the history of many forgotten black designers—and the iconic looks they’re responsible for. Like so much black history around the world, significant stories are simply not known. For example: Ann Lowe created Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding dress when she married JFK, and Zelda Wynn Valdes designed the blue satin Playboy “bunny suit.” Read more …

How Artists Depicted Obama’s Presidency

Friday 20 January marks President Obama’s last day in office, and while plenty of presidents before (and after) him are captured by artists in different ways, his presidency was incredibly significant. The first black president has—for plenty of reasons—been an appealing muse for artists of all styles and mediums. From Shepard Fairey’s unmistakable “Hope” poster to Lisa Jack’s delightful photos and Chuck Close’s portraits, President …

Charles Bradley: Changes

We sit down with late-blooming “The Screaming Eagle of Soul” to discuss his third album and the importance of having love in your heart

It’s hard not to shed a tear, listening to Charles Bradley’s music. At the same time, it’s impossible not to feel uplifted too. Such is the anomaly that is the 67-year-old soul singer, whose passion radiates so strongly it feels like he’s right there beside you even when he’s streaming through a set of speakers. But crazily, Bradley’s singular sound was almost never heard; it …

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Before the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina hit 10 years ago, New Orleans was a dramatically different city. There are now 100,000 fewer black residents living there and property prices are increasing, but new businesses are also popping up. While each area is recovering and changing in different ways, there is no doubt that the city was changed forever—not just because of the storm, but also because …