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  • Rare memorabilia and experiences in the MB auction!

    Rare memorabilia and experiences in the MB auction!

    Auction ends Sunday, September 16, at 5:00pm central time. Bid now! https://www.32auctions.com/organizations/44859/auctions/54970?t=all  

  • August 1968: The Whole World Was Watching

    August 1968: The Whole World Was Watching

    In case you’ve missed the hubbub of commemorations this week that marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, we want to add our archival gem. It’s about six minutes. The video is from the two-and-a-half-hour special broadcast on WTTW / Channel 11 on the tenth anniversary of the death of Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902-1976).  It was produced by Media Burn founder Tom Weinberg and hosted by legendary Chicago journalist John Callaway (1936-2009). The segment … Continue reading

  • You’re invited to a party in a Frank Lloyd Wright House!

    You’re invited to a party in a Frank Lloyd Wright House!

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  • Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul (1942-2018)

    Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul (1942-2018)

    Aretha Franklin, legendary Queen of Soul most famous for her recording of Otis Redding’s “Respect,” died today at age 76. In 1992, Franklin memorably opened the Democratic National Convention by singing the national anthem. This footage was preserved by Media Burn with support from the Save America’s Treasures program of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. It is part of The 90’s Election Specials collection of more than 120 hours of footage documenting … Continue reading

  • Remembering Tab Hunter (1931 – 2018)

    Remembering Tab Hunter (1931 – 2018)

    Tab Hunter, iconic 1950s American actor, television host, pop singer, and film producer, passed away on July 8, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 86. Tab Hunter is remembered for his starring roles in feature films such as Battle Cry (1955) and Damn Yankees (1958). Hunter’s stardom expanded with roles in other popular films including two Westerns, The Burning Hills (1956) and The Girl He Left Behind (1956), both played alongside a young Natalie Wood. As a product of the star system in … Continue reading

  • Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community fights Nazis

    Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community fights Nazis

    In honor of the 48th annual Chicago Gay Pride Parade, which will take place this Sunday in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, we’re looking back at the parade’s early history. Close to 100,000 Chicagoans saw “Pink Triangles Rising” in 1986 on Image Union on Channel 11. It was one of the most controversial shows of the year. Thanks to Dan Dinello for writing this introduction and providing the film! Pink Triangles Rising By Dan Dinello and Tom Corboy, 1982 In 1982, as … Continue reading

  • Journalist Elizabeth Brackett (1941-2018)

    Journalist Elizabeth Brackett (1941-2018)

    We are deeply saddened by the death of our friend and colleague, journalist Elizabeth Brackett. Please read the wonderful tribute by Robert Feder. In 2015, Elizabeth donated her collection of videotapes of her work to Media Burn. It is comprised of 86 tapes from 1978 to 2010. Some of our favorites are below. The first one features Elizabeth reporting on her own personal journey from aspiring Chicago politician to journalist for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on national PBS and Chicago Tonight … Continue reading

  • 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