We Are the Culture: Black Chicago's Influence on Everything

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About the Author

Arionne Nettles is a university lecturer, culture reporter, and audio aficionado. Her stories often look into Chicago history, culture, gun violence, policing, and race and class disparities, and her work has appeared in the New York Times Opinion, Chicago Reader, The Trace, Chicago PBS station WTTW, and NPR affiliate WBEZ. She is a lecturer and the director of audio journalism programming at Northwestern University's Medill School as well as host of the HBCU history podcast Bragging Rights and Is That True? A Kids Podcast About Facts.


"In We Are the Culture, Arionne Nettles has not merely written a love letter to Soul Train, the Defender, and all of Black Chicago's contributions to the world. She's written a history of the Great Migration and a living testimony to how connected Black people are across the many miles and centuries of the United States. She's written a theory of community-informed journalism and showed how the traditions of Ida B. Wells and Robert Abbott can be applied to the many media challenges of today. And in telling her own family's story in elegant and insightful prose, she has shared how the politics and culture of Chicago live in all of us. Going far beyond the influence of Oprah and the Obamas, We Are the Culture is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how Black culture has shaped America, from barbershops to the White House." --Steven W. Thrasher, PhD, Daniel H. Renberg Chair of Social Justice, Medill School of Journalism, and author of The Viral Underclass
"I see myself in Arionne Nettles. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, in the Englewood neighborhood, Arionne is a reflection to me, but she is also a griot, a historian constantly priming her journalistic tool kit. With every page of We Are the Culture, I learned something new about a city and a people I hold so close to my heart. Arionne is more than a reflection, a journalist, or a historian, she is a product of the best parts Black and Chicago have to offer. Arionne is the culture." --Harold Green III, executive director, Flowers for the Living Foundation