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Only a fool or a vegetarian would visit Atlanta without having at least one plate of fried chicken. But to understand the dish's place, historically and in Atlanta's current dining scene, it might take a PhD. Luckily, @wsjoffduty writer @matt_kronsberg had one at his table at @greensandgravyinc, a contemporary soul-food restaurant in Atlanta's Westview neighborhood, whose fried chicken is pictured above. ⠀

"It's not just about the chicken. You're literally consuming culture," says Dr. Ashanté Reese, who teaches anthropology at nearby @spelman_college and gave the author a reading list on the subject. ⠀

In his book "Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time," Adrian Miller (@soulfoodscholar) traces both the Anglo and African roots of the dish. "A particular type of fried chicken developed in the American South," he writes, adding that "many times enslaved African-Americans were doing the cooking, and…everyone was doing the eating. Fried chicken belongs to all of us."⠀

"Everybody’s got their interpretation of it," adds Tracey Gates, owner of @thebusybeeatl, Atlanta's standard-bearer for traditional fried chicken. "Piri piri fried chicken, how it's done in India, Africa, Korea…they're bringing it back here with their spin on it. I think that's awesome."⠀

Read the full review of Atlanta's best fried chicken at the link in our bio. ⠀

📷: @kathrynmccrary

#foodfriday #soulfood #atlanta #foodie

Jumia is Africa's aspiring Amazon, or China's Alibaba, and big-name investors like Goldman Sachs have taken note. The online retailer launched in 2012 in Nigeria with the backing of a German startup, and is now the continent's biggest e-commerce platform, selling goods and services to millions of Africans. ⠀

Jumia has expanded from four to 14 countries, and raised more than $700 million from investors in the process. It was valued at $1.2 billion during its last fundraising round in 2016. Gross sales last year reached $597 million, up 42% from the year prior. Its vendor network spans from Cape Town, South Africa, to Casablanca, Morocco, and includes up to 70,000 businesses offering their goods and services online.⠀

Jumia's impressive growth story has also outlined the scale of the challenge for African online retail, which is faced with poor internet connections and tight bank lending for vendors and consumers. As a result, Jumia has had to build from scratch much of the economic infrastructure within which it can operate. The company has adapted by accepting cash on delivery from customers, setting up credit lines and offering loans to vetted vendors, and holding training workshops on basic accounting and stock-keeping. ⠀

"Nowhere else in the world is it more difficult to shop than in Africa," said Sacha Poignonnec, Jumia's co-founder and chief executive.⠀

Read more at the link in our bio. ⠀

📷: @nicholesobecki

When Kim Burroughs was little, she and her sister both had Barbie dolls and Barbie Corvettes, which were toy cars that Barbie "drove." Kim's was purple, and her sister's was silver. ⠀

Fast forward to 1997, when Kim's father John bought a 1959 @corvette. She helped him push the car off the trailer when it was delivered to his house in Sunderland, Md. Kim was starting dental school in the Baltimore area, so she was not around to help him restore it. He promised that this car would be hers someday, "but I guess I got impatient," Kim said. ⠀

In 2015, Kim's boyfriend—who restores cars professionally—told her about a friend who owned a 1962 Corvette he had gotten in the 1970s. He had taken it apart intending to restore it but that never happened, and now he wanted to sell it. ⠀

The year 1962 was the last of the first-generation Corvette, and the best in Kim's opinion, because the car came with a bigger 327 V-8 engine. In June 2015, she paid $30,000 for hers.⠀

Kim and her boyfriend finished their restoration in October 2016, fast for a job that big. On April 8, 2018, they took the car to be judged by the Mason Dixon chapter of the National Corvette Restorers Society, in Havre de Grace, Md. The car earned a "Top Flight" award, the highest recognition.⠀

Read more at the link in our bio. ⠀

📷: @mattrothphoto

A painting that had spent more than a century languishing in obscurity will be attributed Wednesday to one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, #AndreaMantegna (1431-1506). It means the painting, titled "The Resurrection of Christ," a wooden panel depicting Jesus's resurrection, may be worth about a thousand times more than was previously thought: between $25 million and $30 million.⠀

In March, the curator of the @accademia_carrara in Bergamo, Italy, a city about 30 miles north of Milan, was preparing a catalogue of works dating from before 1500 when he was struck by the excellence of a dark painting on a panel about 19 inches high and 15 inches wide. The work long ago had been removed from the museum's permanent exhibition, dismissed in the 1930s by a prominent art historian as a mere contemporary copy of a lost Mantegna.⠀

Several clues caught the curator's eye, suggesting that the painting had been cut from what was once a larger piece of work by the artist, called "Descent Into Limbo" (seen in the second image). The attribution to Mantegna now has the backing of Keith Christiansen of the @metmuseum in New York City, the world's leading expert on the artist.⠀

"It's a wonderful surprise," said Dr. Christiansen. "An absolutely top-quality work by one of the defining artists of the early Renaissance."⠀

Read more at the link in our bio.⠀

📷: Accademia Carrara Bergamo; Sotheby's

"Recycling as we know it isn't working."

Prices for scrap paper and plastic have collapsed, leading local officials across the U.S. to charge residents more to collect recyclables and send some to landfills. Used newspapers, cardboard boxes and plastic bottles are piling up at plants that can't make a profit processing them for export or domestic markets.⠀

U.S. recycling programs took off in the 1990s as calls to bury less trash in landfills coincided with China's demand for materials such as corrugated cardboard to feed its economic boom.⠀

China early this month suspended all imports of U.S. recycled materials until June 4. The recycling industry interpreted the move as part of the growing rift between the U.S. and China over trade policies and tariffs.⠀

The upended economics are likely to permanently change the U.S. recycling business at places like Cal-Waste Recovery Systems near Sacramento, Calif., pictured above. ⠀

Read more at the link in our bio. ⠀

📷: @maxwhittaker

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle—the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex—were married Saturday at St. George's Chapel inside Windsor Castle in a unique wedding that melded Hollywood glitz and glamour with centuries-old royal traditions.⠀

Ms. Markle, wearing a dress designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller, was walked down the aisle by Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles, before they exchanged vows. ⠀

After the ceremony, the newlyweds greeted crowds from an open-topped Ascot Landau carriage, pulled by four horses.⠀

The spectacle capped months of #royalwedding fever, including fixation on nearly every detail of the wedding — from which titles the two would be given to the color of the queen's hat. 📷: 1. Neil Hall/EPA; 2. AP; 3. Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images; 4. Jonathan Brady/AP; 5. Gareth Fuller/AP

"You could say I lived comfortably. Until we started walking backwards, started living a nightmare from which we haven't woken up, and who knows if we ever will."⠀

Maria Planchart once worked at a beauty parlor in #Caracas and had aspirations of becoming a lawyer. Now jobless, she struggles to feed her children. ⠀

In its 20 years in power, #Venezuela's socialist government used its oil wealth to shower its people with everything from cheap food to free housing. But chronic mismanagement and corruption have now left state coffers bare, the economy in tatters and the average Venezuelan scrambling to find even basic necessities.⠀

Our WSJ Films documentary follows one family's fight to survive in the collapsed country. Watch the entire film at the link in our bio.
on.wsj.com/VanishedVenezuela

In 1951, Dan Lambertson's grandfather, a traveling salesman, bought the Ford Custom sedan pictured here new from a dealership in Glendale, Calif. The model was popular among soldiers who had returned home from the war—but also among liquor bootleggers, because the 239 flathead V-8 engine could be souped up to make it better than any other.⠀

Lambertson's grandfather drove the Ford until 1968, when he sold it to his grandson for $200. The Stockton, Calif., resident has now owned the car for longer than anything else (with the exception of the book "Triple Threat Trouble," by Clair Bee), and it has been in the Lambertson family from the day it was purchased. He finally restored the car in the early '90s. ⠀

"I remember taking it to work one day and my secretary said, 'That looks like a potato bug,'" said Lambertson, a retired attorney. The nickname stuck—Potato Bug.⠀

Read more at the link in our bio.⠀

📷: @maxwhittaker

#TomWolfe, the best-selling alchemist of fiction and nonfiction who wrote "The Bonfire of the Vanities," "The Right Stuff" and countless other novels and works of journalism, died of pneumonia in a New York hospital Monday. He was 88 years old.⠀

Mr. Wolfe was a creator of #NewJournalism, a bracing watershed in immersive reporting and visceral writing that removed the authorial distance and plunged readers into subcultures including the psychedelic enthusiasts in his 1968 work, "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test." With "The Right Stuff," Mr. Wolfe wrote a generation-defining narrative documenting the early years of America's space program.⠀

In "The Bonfire of the Vanities," he cast a scorching lens on the mores of New York City’s philanthropists during the flush years of the 1980s. A number of years later, his novel "A Man in Full" examined race relations and swashbuckling property developers in the South.⠀

"You couldn't compete with him because he's incomparable," said Gay Talese, another pioneer of New Journalism.⠀

"He created words. There’s a whole language he started."⠀

Read more at the link in our bio. ⠀

📷: 1. Writer Pictures/AP; 2. Jim Cooper/AP; 3. Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The U.S. opened a new embassy in Jerusalem Monday as clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israel's military left dozens dead. The ceremony, held in a large tent beside the new embassy site, was attended by top Israeli and American officials who received blue and red hats that read "Jerusalem, Israel."⠀

Some 50 miles away, Israeli military used warplanes to hit targets belonging to Gaza rulers Hamas and fired live ammunition, tear gas and rubber bullets at Palestinian protesters near the fence dividing the Gaza Strip with Israel. Gaza officials said 52 protesters were killed—among them a 12- and a 14-year-old—and more than 2,400 were injured. The response from the Israeli military produced the largest single-day death toll since the Israeli army fought a conflict with Hamas in 2014.⠀

The bloodshed was the culmination of months of tension over President Donald Trump's decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, where it has resided since soon after Israel's 1948 founding. It coincided with a host of politically charged anniversaries that Hamas have used to rally support for their cause, at a time when some governments in the region have sought better ties with Israel and scaled back aid to the Palestinians.⠀

Read more at the link in our bio.⠀

📷: 1. Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters; 2. Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images; 3. Mussa Issa Qawasma/Reuters; 4. Mohamad Torokman/Reuters; 5. Mohammed Salem/Reuters

"My body and clothes were all soaked in blood. There was nothing except blood." On a Sunday afternoon in August, more than 350 #Rohingya Muslims in the village of #ChutPyin were killed in one of the largest massacres since the #Myanmar military initiated its campaign against the minority group last year, survivors said. ⠀⠀
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Myanmar's military operations have driven 700,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighboring #Bangladesh. Dozens of villages in western Myanmar's #Rakhine state have been destroyed. Few incidents match the scale of what happened in Chut Pyin on Aug. 27. Here, survivors recount one of Myanmar's biggest mass killings. See more photos in our Instagram Story, and read the full report at the link in our bio. Photos by @a.m.ahad for @wsjphotos. ⠀

From the chefs at @botanicafood in Los Angeles, this rice-noodle salad with a citrusy, salty-sweet dressing comes chock-full of vegetables and fresh herbs, with cashews and toasted coconut for crunch. Get the easy, 20-minute recipe at the link in our bio. 📷: @pissinginthepunchbowl for @wsjoffduty
#FoodFriday #noodles #eeeeeats #recipe

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