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‘It’s All Good’ Episode 6: The TikTok Historian

Block Club's latest podcast episode features Dilla the Urban Historian, whose 60-second videos on Chicago history have made him a TikTok sensation.

Shermann Thomas, known for his Chicago history posts via his Tik Tok account @6figga_dilla, poses for a portrait with daughter, Wisdom, in his Auburn Gresham home with his family on May 11, 2021.
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CHICAGO — Block Club Chicago’s “It’s All Good” podcast is out with Episode 6!

The “The TikTok Historian” features Shermann “Dilla” Thomas — or, as he says some people call him, the Chicago History Guy. 

With more than 50,000 followers on TikTok, Thomas’ name has become synonymous with Chicago history. His videos explore all topics — from the creation of Italian beef to why we dye the Chicago River green — in 60 seconds.

Thomas joins podcast host Jon Hansen to discuss where his love of history began and how he absorbs so much information about Chicago.

“Watching a dude who turns 40 in August trending on TikTok should say that anything is possible,” Thomas said. “I’ve got videos with 280,000 views, and I didn’t rap, dance, fight, point a gun or say ‘gang’ once.”

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Shermann Thomas, known for his Chicago history posts via his Tik Tok account @6figga_dilla, poses for a portrait in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on May 11, 2021.

Reporter Atavia Reed joins the podcast with an update on the search for Hennessy, the cat who leapt from an apartment building during an Englewood apartment fire.

Reporter Hannah Alani previews the opening of Vaca, a vegan soft serve ice cream shop near Pulaski Park.

And with the long Memorial Day weekend ahead, reporter Jamie Nesbitt Golden recommends an episode of WTTW’s popular docuseries, “Chicago Stories,” that explores iconic journalist Ida B. Wells-Barnett’s ties to Bronzeville. The episode is now available online.

Enjoy this week’s episode, and find previous episodes of “It’s All Good” here:

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