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  • Image Union: The Other M.J.

    Image Union: The Other M.J.

    Documentary about an African American man named Michael Johnson, who works on the floor crew at United Center, the home of the Chicago Bulls. (The title refers to this connection between the subject and basketball star Michael Jordan.) Johnson struggles to make ends meet on a minimum wage job amidst the pomp and circumstance of the 1996 Democratic National Convention. Through his candid reflections, one sees the struggle of many workers across the country as they are faced with limited employment options, no benefits, and no room for advancement. Some of the original footage was used in a program called “None of the Above,” which investigated Americas non-voters. Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 2116: The Other MJ

    Documentary about a man named Michael Johnson, a janitor at United Center, the home of the Chicago Bulls. (The title refers to this connection between the subject and basketball star Michael Jordan.) Johnson talks about his life and history and also about his views on race, politics, and survival. As a low-income resident of the Chicago Housing Authority, Johnson is not the type of person usually given a voice on television. The tape is especially interesting because Johnson was taped again a few years later with updates on his situation and commenting on the impact being on television has had on his life. Some of the original footage was used in a program called “None of the Above”, which investigated America’s non-voters. Continue reading