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  • Connie “The Hawk” Hawkins

    Connie “The Hawk” Hawkins

    Connie Hawkins (born July 17, 1942) left us on October 6, 2017 at the age of 75. He is remembered for: being one of the greatest players of all time, the playing years he lost in his 20’s due to false accusations, his four years with the Harlem Globetrotters, and especially for the way his graceful, floating, offensive style helped revolutionize the way the game was played. He showed great promise during his years at Boys’ High School in Brooklyn, but … Continue reading

  • A haunting meditation on government

    A haunting meditation on government

    In September 2017, Media Burn founder Tom Weinberg and executive director Sara Chapman interviewed the creators of the short film, Open Hearing (2015). Brian Ashby is a filmmaker and co-founder of Scrappers Film Group. John Corbett is a writer and co-owner of Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery. Terri Kapsalis is a writer, performer, and cultural critic who teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The film, as well as all the camera original footage of City Hall shot … Continue reading

  • Tour Media Burn on Friday, October 13

    Tour Media Burn on Friday, October 13

      Go behind the scenes at Media Burn on Friday, October 13th as part of Chicago Open Archives Do you enjoy going behind-the-scenes to places the public is not normally allowed? Do you ever wonder what on earth we do all day at Media Burn? Now’s your chance to find out! Over thirty local archives, research centers, and cultural institutions in the Chicago area will offer special events open to members of the public in October 2017.This year’s Chicago Open … Continue reading

  • Media Burn + Yollocalli videos, plus join us Thursday

    Media Burn + Yollocalli videos, plus join us Thursday

    For the last year, Media Burn has been collaborating with Yollocalli Arts Reach, a youth arts program of the National Museum of Mexican Art, located in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. The “Chicago Slices” project has enabled youth artists to use our videos to create new works of multimedia art. It’s been a fantastic process that has really expanded the use and reach of our videos into new territories. Check out this fun video that Yollo created introducing the … Continue reading

  • The Palace Grill: A “High Class Greasy Spoon”

    The Palace Grill: A “High Class Greasy Spoon”

      Constantine “Gus” Alpogianis recently passed away at 84, leaving an indelible mark on the Chicago restaurant landscape. In honor of “Gus,” we take a look back at his debut restaurant, the iconic Palace Grill. Gus became a co-owner of the Palace Grill that sits on West Madison Street in 1955. His cousin, George Lemperis, and other family members purchased the Palace Grill in 1979, and Lemperis operates the restaurant to this day.  This video was shot by Skip Blumberg, and aired on Chicago Slices in … Continue reading

  • The Whole World is Watching

    Announcing our new weekly video series, The Whole World is Watching Media Burn is expanding on our successful online video productions by creating a new weekly mini-documentary series The Whole World Is Watching. We will harness the power of historical videos to illuminate contemporary culture and politics. It will be free to worldwide audiences, as always. THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING The stories we tell about the world and our country’s past matter. Facts matter. History is being rewritten at … Continue reading

  • Remembering Comedian and Activist Dick Gregory (1932-2017)

    Remembering Comedian and Activist Dick Gregory (1932-2017)

    Dick Gregory died this past Sunday at the age of 84. In 1961, he became the first black comedian in the United States to achieve crossover success with white audiences. After three years as the emcee at the black-owned Roberts Show Club in Chicago, Hugh Hefner hired Gregory as a last-minute sub at the Playboy Club, propelling him into the national spotlight. From the start of his career, Dick Gregory was active in the civil rights movement. He used his … Continue reading

  • 72 Years After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, The Threat of Nuclear War Continues

    72 Years After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, The Threat of Nuclear War Continues

    The Brutality of Nuclear War and Humanity’s Struggles Against It Seventy-two years ago this month, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the people of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, killings hundreds of thousands and expanding the horizon of humanity’s capacity for destruction. Since the inception of nuclear weapons, individuals and social movements have fought to curtail the threat of nuclear war and denounce the inhumanity and absurdity of living under the constant threat of total annihilation. Especially now, as world leaders … Continue reading