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‘It’s All Good’ Episode 8: The West Siders Getting Black People Outside

After seeing few other Black people on their national park adventures, Chevy Linear and Kameron Stanton started BlackPeopleOutside to encourage more people to explore nature.

Kameron Stanton and Chevy Linear from Black People Outside.
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Block Club Chicago’s “It’s All Good” is out with Episode 8!

The episode is titled “The West Siders Getting Black People Outside.” It focuses on a West Side couple who discovered a love for the outdoors and decided to share their adventures online, hoping to inspire others — especially other people of color — to explore nature.

“Nature is nature. We’re all a part of it,” said Kameron Stanton, Black People Outside co-founder. “Go get you some.”

Stanton and his girlfriend, co-founder Chevy Linear, started traveling in the pandemic, recording off-the-cuff videos of their journeys — the good and the bad — so they’d have memories. Linear posted some of the videos on TikTok.

“It took off in three days,” Linear said.

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Chevy Linear from Black People Outside at a mountain range.

They now have over 64,000 followers, but they said the success won’t change their mission.

“We don’t want it to be intimidating. We want it to be real and easy and attainable,” Linear said.

“I’ve never been to the Sears Tower. I know people that have never been to Navy Pier. I can’t expect people to have been to Grand Teton National Park,” Stanton said. “Get outside and explore as much as you can. Get out of the house.”

The podcast also features good news from Chicago non-profits, and Breaking News Editor Kelly Bauer discusses Illinois officially recognizing the Juneteenth holiday.

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