Screenshot from Ciora Thomas' Facebook page
Part of Pittsburgh City Paper's month-long celebration of Black History Month
Black History Month has given us the opportunity to feature some amazing people and places in Black history, present, and future. Every day this month, we've brought you stories on places to visit, businesses to support, books to read, and artists and musicians to watch.
We've introduced you to the Heinz History Center's exhibit From Slavery to Freedom
. We talked to the owner of Wilson's Bar-B-Q
on the North Side, serving delicious, no-frills barbecue for nearly 60 years. In addition to our daily posts, CP
contributing writer Tereneh Idia's two-part series
on her own family history is a must-read.
But while February is a good time to highlight these stories, it's important to not stop here. We hope you stick with us as we continue to work on making our coverage more inclusive to all of Pittsburgh throughout the entire year.
For our last Black History Month post, we're bringing you recommendations of five Pittsburghers who have brightened up our staff's social media feeds. We suggest giving them a follow, to make your own social feeds more inclusive — and more interesting — as well.
Pittsburgh writer Brian Broome
"I just put conditioner in my mousttache
and combed it out for 10 minutes. You are now pregnant." Brian Broome's posts are largely comical; seriously, they're 'lol' worthy. But Brian is extremely tuned in to today's political climate, and it's his insightful opinion pieces on what it's like to be Black and gay in Pittsburgh that make him a required follow for those wanting to be both entertained and educated. He's also working on a book. We. Can't. Wait.
Pittsburgh artist Jayla Patton
Jayla Patton first caught our eye a few years ago when she was live painting at a downtown SPACE Gallery show, and we've followed her since. Her comics are super cute, colorful, and often demonic. Our only complaint? We just wish she'd post more! (But she did recently share that she's gonna try to post at least once a week.) She's also a teaching artist at local arts & technology community space Assemble. Follow for the art, and stay for the lessons.
Pittsburgh podcaster Kahmeela Adams
Few Pittsburgh podcasters offer as much insight into pop culture as Kahmeela Adams. For years, she has covered movies and television through her site, RuggedAngel Productions, described as a "hub for inspiration, pop culture celebration, and general geekdom." Currently, she and her co-hosts offer mostly female-centric perspectives on movies and shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer
. She also gives voices to "fierce" women working in various industries and fields on her RuggedAngel Podcast.
Pittsburgh street photographer
Getting photographed by Chancelor
Humphrey for his KeepPittsburghDope Instagram page has become a status symbol in Pittsburgh. For the past five years, the feed has showcased the local photographer's talent for spotting stylish folks on the streets of Pittsburgh, a city that's not particularly well-known for its fashion sense. You'll still see some
black and gold, but no sign of sweatpants, the last we checked.
Pittsburgh Activist Ciora Thomas
Trans activist Ciora
Thomas is the executive director of sisTers PGH, a program offering outreach, education, and emergency sheltering
for trans and nonbinary youth and adults. Ciora's
Facebook page will not only introduce you to news about sisTers PGH, but she also uplifts the community with inspirational posts, while not being afraid to call folks out if change