Q&A: Roseland schoolteacher aims to revitalize her neighborhood one book at a time

By Elisa Xu Medill Reports Iesha Malone, a teacher at Chicane Collegiate Middle School in Roseland, decided to open her bookstore Rose Café to help fill the book desert in Roseland — the Far South Side neighborhood where she was born and raised. She operates as an online bookseller, also hosting pop-up events in the […]

High school best friends create the first Black-owned gourmet sliced bread company

Charles Alexander (from left), Mark Edmond and Jamel Lewis, the founders of The Black Bread Company, pose for a picture.

By Diamond Palmer Medill Reports The history of sliced bread goes back to 1928, but it has left out Black creators since then. This means endless shelves of sliced bread without any Black brands for almost a century. Imagine walking into the local grocery store and finding no Black-owned sliced bread. This is the experience […]