Sure enough, as I start­ed inves­ti­gat­ing, I dis­cov­ered Denise was right. For almost 70 years, hot chick­en was made and sold pri­mar­i­ly in Nashville’s black neigh­bor­hoods. I start­ed to sus­pect the sto­ry of hot chick­en could tell me some­thing pow­er­ful about race rela­tions in Nashville, espe­cial­ly as the city tries to fig­ure out what it will be in the future.”