The History of the Firehouse Pole

During the 19th century, firefighters in the United States had two ways to make their way from their beds to their horse and buggy: “spiral staircase—installed to keep wayward horses from wandering upstairs—or through a tube chute.” That was until the ingenious David Kenyon installed a pole at Chicago’s all-Black firefighter Company 21 firehouse. Kenyon had seen a colleague use a “wooden pole normally used …

Ghetto Gastro’s “Juneteenth Cook-In” Celebrates Black Food Culture

An interactive, virtual cooking experience featuring recipes, tips and conversation

Celebrating Black culture this Juneteenth, Ghetto Gastro will host an Instagram Live “Cook-In” featuring Kelis, HealHaus co-founder Elisa Shankle, chef Nyesha Arrington and Black Thought. At 2PM EST, the interactive, virtual cooking experience will include recipes, tips and conversation around Black joy and food culture—which is inherently linked to the foundation of American cuisine. “Our friend Fadia and the team at IG hit us, and we thought …

Interview: Shantrelle P Lewis on “Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style”

The historian and author celebrates a dazzling, spirited movement that's about more than clothing

Defying stereotypes about masculinity while embracing rebellion and individuality, the black dandy embodies much more than a well-tailored suit. Curator, researcher and author Shantrelle P Lewis‘ gorgeous book “Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style” celebrates and explores the cultural components of black dandyism throughout the world. From well known artists like Jidenna and Janelle Monae, to tailors and designers, the book features members …