The 21st Show

“Energy Never Dies”: Black Chicago’s art and optimism


“Energy Never Dies: Afro-Optimism & Creativity in Chicago” is a sort of written soundtrack to the music history and culture that made Chicago’s Black artists both past and present and who they are today—from Earth, Wind and Fire to Chance The Rapper. We were joined by the book's author to explore a culture rooted in self-determination and hustle to show how optimism and perseverance power the art and aspirations of Black Chicago.


Ayana Contreras

Author, "Energy Never Dies: Afro-Optimism and Creativity in Chicago" | Music Director and Director of Content, Vocalo 91.1FM | Contributor, Downbeat Magazine



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