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  • Kerry James Marshall’s “Past Times” Painting Sells for $21.1 Million

    Kerry James Marshall’s “Past Times” Painting Sells for $21.1 Million

    This May, Kerry James Marshall’s painting Past Times sold for more than $21 million, making it the most expensive artwork sold by a living African American artist. Marshall is known for his various works in different media (painting, collage, video, etc.) that portray and comment on the history of black identity in the United States and in Western artwork. Marshall was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Watts, Los Angeles when the acknowledgment of pervasive discrimination against African Americans and … Continue reading

  • Remembering Tony Schwartz

    Remembering Tony Schwartz

    Tony Schwartz, audio pioneer, media theorist and known as “The Wizard of Sound” died ten years ago. Tony created more than 20,000 radio and television spots for products, political candidates and non-profit public interest groups. His sound design work was the first to record on-the-street voices on records and commercials, establishing the importance of the audio imagery to influence audiences.  One of his main causes was to eliminate advertising of cigarettes on TV and radio aimed at children.  He contributed directly … Continue reading

  • Conflict and Compromise at Chicago Public Schools

    Conflict and Compromise at Chicago Public Schools

    Since becoming mayor in 2011, Rahm Emanuel has brought dramatic changes to the Chicago Public School system. In 2013, Chicago closed 50 schools, predominantly in minority neighborhoods. The closures were met with substantial opposition from the Chicago Teachers Union, parents, and students, after which CPS enacted a five-year moratorium in school closings. As the moratorium comes to a close, CPS initially announced the closure of four schools in Englewood starting at the end of the current academic year. According to … Continue reading

  • Art Jones Hasn’t Changed His Bigoted Platform in 38 Years

    Art Jones Hasn’t Changed His Bigoted Platform in 38 Years

    Art Jones (of the America First Committee and the American Nazi Party), boldly espouses white supremacy and homophobic policy, and is not afraid to use them as a political platform. He has done so in the past, and continues to do so today. Jones has ran for the same Illinois 3rd Congressional District seat five times, beginning in 1992, but was unsuccessful with each attempt. Now, Jones has entered the March 20, 2018 primary for Illinois 3rd Congressional District as … Continue reading

  • Honoring Investigative Journalist Robert Parry

    Honoring Investigative Journalist Robert Parry

    Robert Parry, an investigative journalist and author who worked to expose the details of the Reagan administration’s secret support for Nicaraguan rebels in the 1980s, passed away on January 27th in Arlington, VA at the age of 68. In 1984, Mr. Parry famously disclosed that the CIA had provided support, including an assassination manual, to the right-wing rebels of Nicaragua, the Contras, in order to assist with the toppling of the then socialist Nicaraguan government. For that reporting, Mr. Parry … Continue reading

  • [Chicago City Hall B-Roll 8469]

    [Chicago City Hall B-Roll 8469]

    Raw footage from the experimental documentary, “Open Hearing.” Continue reading

  • [Chicago City Hall B-Roll 8467]

    [Chicago City Hall B-Roll 8467]

    Raw footage from the experimental documentary, “Open Hearing.” Continue reading

  • [Chicago City Hall B-Roll 8466]

    [Chicago City Hall B-Roll 8466]

    Raw footage from the experimental documentary, “Open Hearing.” Continue reading