VH1 Soul’s latest show is getting lots of buzz because it’s so much fun to follow host Nelson George as he moves through America, celebrating the specifics of the African-American culture. There’s lots of black history in each metropolis he visits; seems like every time he plants his flag in a new spot, there’s some learning going on.
This week George and team hit Chicago. He clues us in on the town’s Haitian founder, the migration of Southern blacks during the mid-20th century, and drops us off at the Negro Leagues Cafe in the Bronzville neighborhood. The restaurant celebrates the historic achievements of black baseball while serving up collard greens and mac ‘n’ cheese. George also roams from Hyde Park (Barack Obama‘s turf) to Michigan Avenue (and its Chicago Defender offices, founded by John H. Sengstacke). Other interviews include singer LaLah Hathaway, who says she’s rather sun bathe on the shores of Lake Michigan than the Pacific Ocean. He also samples soul food at Army & Lou‘s, and tries to make a deep dish pizza. House music, blues, Chi-town stepping, and Nelson’s tribute to Curtis Mayfield all make this episode a must-see.
Check Nelson George’s Facebook page for photos from the Chicago episode.
After the jump is a full list of all the spots visited in Chicago.
HISTORIC SITES TO VISIT:
Train station, Bronzeville section
16 E 35th St Chicago, IL 60616
The Defender Newspaper (John H.H. Sengstake Street)
2400 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL
Negro League Caf?
301 E 43rd St Chicago, IL
Harpo Productions (Kenwood neighborhood [home to Muhammad Ali, Barack Obama])
1058 W Washington Blvd Chicago, IL
Barack Obama?s home
5046 S. Greenwood Ave Chicago,IL 60615
166 E Superior St Chicago, IL
Army & Lou?s Restaurant
422 E 75th St Chicago, IL 60619
730 N Rush St Chicago, IL 60611
1645 E 79th St Chicago, IL
MUSIC OF THE CITY:
Keith Hubbard?s Steppin? Studio
4434 S Lake Park Ave Chicago, IL 60653
V103 Radio Station
233 N Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60601
1444 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60622
Mr. Peabody?s Record Shop
11832 S Western Ave Chicago, IL 60643