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Hot Chicken Is Hot, But Who’s Benefiting?

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Oct 04, 2021
Hot Chicken Is Hot, But Who’s Benefiting?

In the last 15 years, Nashville hot chicken has become a hot trend. But for decades before that, hot chicken was well known among Nashville’s Black community. For generations, you could only get it at the place where it was invented: Prince’s Hot Chicken. Now with attention from the likes of Beyoncé and Guy Fieri, Prince’s has gone from being a neighborhood institution to a Nashville landmark — and many imitators have come along. Dan travels to Nashville and speaks with André Prince Jeffries, who’s been running Prince’s for more than 40 years. She talks about Nashville’s history of segregation, serving members of the KKK, and the complicated racial dynamics behind this food trend. When white chefs and restaurateurs cash in on a dish created by Black people, who benefits?

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

  • "Pong" by Kenneth J. Brahmstedt
  • "Can You Dig It" by Cullen Fitzpatrick
  • "Steady" by Cullen Fitzpatrick
  • "Hound Dog" by Jason Mickelson
  • "Legend" by Erick Anderson
  • "On the Floor" by Cullent Fitzpatrick

Photo courtesy of Sean Russell; licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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