Historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas examines the late “Star Trek” actress’ local roots.
Known on social media as @6figga_dilla, Shermann “Dilla” Thomas is a life-long resident of Chicago’s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. What started as a labor of love for his 8-year-old daughter, Thomas’s TikTok videos grew into a series that focused on Chicago history, attracting thousands of followers along the way. Thomas, who studied English and African-American studies at Eastern Illinois University, has become a household name. Now you can hear him on WBEZ every other Tuesday — at 7:45 a.m. and 2:33 p.m. on 91.5 FM — as he tells fascinating stories from our vibrant city with host Lisa Labuz.
WBEZ contributor Shermann “Dilla” Thomas talks about the history and future of Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood.
Chicago historian and WBEZ contributor Shermann “Dilla” Thomas looks back at the life and career of White Sox legend, Minnie Miñoso.
WBEZ’s Lisa Labuz and historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s crusade for Civil Rights for Chicago’s Black population.
Historian and WBEZ contributor Shermann “Dilla” Thomas looks back at the music and culture of Chicago’s Jazz era with host Lisa Labuz.
Once the candy-making capital of the world, few candy factories remain in Chicago. Urban historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas talks about candy manufacturing in Chicago from boom to bust.
Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African-American mayor, appointed Rice as the city’s top cop in 1983 and worked to integrate the city’s police department
Chicago’s neglect of the city’s housing development took on new meaning with each iteration of the horror film. WBEZ’s Lisa Labuz and historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas reflect on the film’s …
Urban historian and WBEZ contributor Shermann “Dilla” Thomas and host Lisa Labuz discuss efforts to rebuild after The Great Chicago Fire.
WBEZ contributor and historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas and host Lisa Labuz explore Rudolph’s Chicago roots.
Historian Sherman “Dilla” Thomas and WBEZ’s Lisa Labuz discuss the Indigenous history of Chicago’s Sauganash neighborhood.
Chicago has shaped American politics through its political conventions, beyond the notorious 1968 Democratic National Convention.