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  • America’s First Drag Queen President

    America’s First Drag Queen President

    “A presidential campaign is like a drag show.” Joan Jett Blakk In 1992, there was another candidate against Bush, and her name? Joan Jett Blakk. For Pride month, Media Burn is highlighting and celebrating the work of queer activists of the past. Blakk was the drag persona of performer Terence Smith, who was a performer and leader of Chicago Queer Nation in the 70s. In the 1990s, Blakk campaigned for various political positions, such as mayor of Chicago, President (as … Continue reading

  • [New York TBS meeting + Goat]

    Tom Weinberg records dinner with Skip Blumberg and Clarence Cross, rehashing the day’s earlier meeting with TBS. Continue reading

  • When a Black King Ruled Chicago

  • Beyond Beijing: The International Women’s Movement

    Beyond Beijing: The International Women’s Movement

    From August 30 to September 15, 1995, two parallel events took place in China: the NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) Forum on Women in Huairou, and the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Feminist videomaker and educator Salome Chasnoff documented the Forum through the perspective of a group of Chicago-based grassroots activists and other women who attended the Forum. Continue reading

  • Your Social Life

    Your Social Life

    A Girls! Action! Media! Project. Your Social Life is a 20-minute educational docudrama about the latest issues facing youth – cyber-bullying, sexting and online abuse. Produced and written by youth for youth, the film features interviews with diverse young people at several points along the cyber-bullying spectrum: cyber-bullies, targets, allies, accessories and passive onlookers. It also offers insights from key adults working with high school students about the consequences of digital abuse often disregarded by youth until it’s too late. Using accurate information rather than fear to move viewers, Your Social Life engages with entertaining dramatizations depicting typical burn page and sexting scenarios. Continue reading

  • What We Leave Behind

    What We Leave Behind

    In 1999, Beyondmedia began working with 42 recently released women at Grace House in Chicago. After participating in a media production workshop these women produced an award-winning video, What We Leave Behind, to educate the public about some of the causes and effects of women’s incarceration. Over 200 groups nationwide now use this video as an organizing and educational tool and many former prisoners have developed as public speakers and advocates through facilitating audience discussions with screenings.

    Through Beyondmedia’s Women and Prison program, incarcerated women and girls, former prisoners and their families use media arts to voice their stories, promoting public dialogue, healing and community organizing. Since 1997, Beyondmedia has collaborated extensively with women and girls in prison and after their incarceration to create interdisciplinary, multimedia educational forums on women and prison. Continue reading

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