Mahalia Jackson entered into respectability through the shaming kitchen door, kicking the door down as she stepped.
Ask anyone to name one Southern food, and you’ll likely hear two words: Fried Chicken. But there is more going on with this staple of the Southern table than you might think.
Mahalia Jackson was an international star, a principled artist, and a passionately political woman. Why would she choose to lend her name to a fried chicken franchise?
Alice Randall dissects the politics, race, business, and religion embodied by Mahalia Jackson’s Fried Chicken.
Fried chicken has been the vehicle for the economic empowerment of a whole group of people, and the accessory to an ugly racial stereotype.
It’s never a bad time for some Willie Mae’s fried chicken.
Fried chicken is a crispy, juicy, comfort dish that transcends color, class, and creed.
Happy Willie Mae Seaton Day, as declared by the New Orleans City Council. If you can’t celebrate with the legendary fried chicken from Willie Mae’s Scotch House, watch Above the Line, an SFA film by Joe York about the rebuilding of Willie Mae’s after Hurricane Katrina.
Southern Culture on the Skids proudly lets their fried chicken flag fly.