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In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 Josephine Wade, center, owner of Hard Time Josephine's Cooking soul food restaurant, works on a chef's salad with her staff in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago.

In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 Josephine Wade, center, owner of Hard Time Josephine’s Cooking soul food restaurant, works on a chef’s salad with her staff in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago. Over the past 10 years as Chicago has lost more than 17 percent of its black population, one soul food place after another has closed and the surviving few like Josephine’s are struggling. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Charles Rex Arbogast

In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 Josephine Wade, center, owner of Hard Time Josephine's Cooking soul food restaurant, works on a chef's salad with her staff in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago.

In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 Josephine Wade, center, owner of Hard Time Josephine’s Cooking soul food restaurant, works on a chef’s salad with her staff in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago. Over the past 10 years as Chicago has lost more than 17 percent of its black population, one soul food place after another has closed and the surviving few like Josephine’s are struggling. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Charles Rex Arbogast

Black Restaurant Week Chicago Highlights Diversity of Black Culinary Traditions

In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 Josephine Wade, center, owner of Hard Time Josephine’s Cooking soul food restaurant, works on a chef’s salad with her staff in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago. Over the past 10 years as Chicago has lost more than 17 percent of its black population, one soul food place after another has closed and the surviving few like Josephine’s are struggling. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Charles Rex Arbogast

 

Black Restaurant Week is underway here in Chicago. The annual celebration of Black culinary traditions also highlights Black-owned businesses. WBEZ producer Cianna Greaves spoke with organizer Derek Robinson about this year’s campaign.

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