Black History Verified

Celebrate Black History Month with Chicago’s favorite neighborhood historian, Shermann “Dilla” Thomas!

Airs on CW26: Saturday, 2/11 at 1:30P

Airs on The U: Sunday, 2/19 at 4P

This Black History Month, take a look at Chicago like you've never seen it before from the lens of Chicago historian and social media phenom, Shermann "Dilla" Thomas. In the half-hour special, Black History Verified, you get an insider's look into how African American culture and influence worked to shape Chicago into what it is today.

CW26's Brandon Pope and Dilla team up to take a tour through the South Side, highlighting some of the most important landmarks in Chicago's history. They visit the birthplace of Black History Month and get a look at a decades-old mural depicting the hopes and dreams of African Americans during the Great Migration. Dilla highlights unsung pioneers like Oscar Micheaux, the first Black feature filmmaker, and Fritz Pollard, the first Black NFL coach.

Black History Verified also shows you the faithful resilience of Pilgrim Baptist Church after a fire gutted the sanctuary where Gospel Music was born. Plus, Dilla and Brandon chat with legendary basketball coach William “Wolf” Nelson about the sport’s cultural impact in Chicago and his time coaching NBA great Kevin Garnett.

Before the program airs, see Chicago's historian Dilla - known as @6figga_dilla on TikTok - in action with exclusive webs-extra videos below!

CW26 is seen on WCIU, Channel 26.1, XFINITY 183|1026, Astound TV 6, Dish 26, Direct TV 26, Spectrum Charter 22/616 and U-Verse 10/1010 and YouTube TV.

The U can be seen on Channel 48.1 and WCIU, Channel 26.2, XFINITY 230|360, Astound TV 35, Dish 48, Spectrum Charter 191 and U-Verse 24 and YouTube TV.


Black History Verified

In honor of Black History month, we've brought you this new special, Black History Verified, which highlights lesser known Black Chicagoans who have made a huge impact on our city. Black History Verified is hosted by Chicago TikTok Historian,  Shermann "Dilla" Thomas and our very own, Brandon Pope. 

Black History Verified: A Family of Firsts
Black History Verified: Rebuilding Chicago’s Home of Gospel Music
Black History Verified: Oscar Micheaux
Black History Verified: Earl B. Dickerson
How Chicago Helped Create Baseball’s Negro Leagues
Black History Verified: Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Black History Verified: Don Cornelius & ‘Soul Train’
Black History Verified: Fritz Pollard
Black History Verified: Negro Leagues
Black History Verified: Nat King Cole