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Black History Verified

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

AIRS ON CW26

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2024 AT 10:30A

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2024 AT 10:30A


AIRS ON THE U

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2024 AT 10:00P

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2024 AT 7:30P

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2024 AT 10:30A

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2024 AT 10:00P


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 PT. 2 features in-depth interviews on Chicago's first Black firefighters for Black History Month and the origins of House Music. Dilla will be highlighting the contributions of unsung heroes like Timuel Black, John H. Johnson and Ida B. Wells with uniquely stylized videos and typography. Plus, you'll see the vital role the Pullman Porters played in the Great Migration.


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


CW26 can be found 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 Hulu + Live TV. On YouTube TV search for CW26.


The U is seen on WMEU, Channel 48.1 and WCIU, Channel 26.2, XFINITY 230|360, Astound TV 35, Dish 48, Spectrum Charter 191 and U-Verse 24. On YouTube TV search for The U.

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'Black History Verified: Part 2': Full Episode

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: Part 2, 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 for in-depth interviews on Chicago's first Black firefighters and the origins of House Music. Dilla highlights the contributions of unsung heroes like Timuel Black, John H. Johnson, and Ida B. Wells with uniquely stylized videos and typography. Plus, you'll learn about the Pullman Porters' vital role in the Great Migration.

Black History Verified PT. 2: House Music
Black History Verified PT. 2: Pullman Porters
Black History Verified PT. 2: John H. Johnson
Black History Verified PT. 2: Engine Company 21
Black History Verified PT. 2: Alpha Kappa Alpha
Black History Verified PT. 2: Tom Burrell
Black History Verified PT. 2: Quinn Chapel
Black History Verified PT. 2: Ida B. Wells
Black History Verified
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