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  • [Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries, reel 31; Marva Jolly]

    [Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries, reel 31; Marva Jolly]

    In the second part of an interview with Kartemquin Films, artist Marva Jolly tells about her family, her upbringing, and her spiritual view of the world. Continue reading

  • I Married a Munchkin

    I Married a Munchkin

    I MARRIED A MUNCHKIN presents the life and times of Mary Ellen St. Aubin, a woman small in stature who lived large. She and her husband, Parnell St. Aubin–one of the original Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz–were in show business for much of their lives, until they retired to run the legendary Midget Club on Chicago’s South Side. Continue reading

  • Blues And More

    Blues And More

    Blues man Pervis Spann hosts his absurdist comedy show, which also features music videos from blues and R & B artists. Music videos and timecodes are listed below. Note: the tape ends in the middle of the program. Continue reading

  • Goin’ to Chicago.

    Goin’ to Chicago.

    The story of a group of African-Americans who take a homecoming trip from Chicago to Greenville, MS serves as a vehicle to trace the story of the mass migration of African-Americans from the rural south to Chicago between 1915 and 1960. The migration story focuses on the racism, sharecropping, and unemployment that prompted migration from the south, and tells how African-Americans were able to build new lives in Chicago. It also shows the struggles of living in Chicago, including the racist restrictive-housing covenants, and the overcrowded housing projects; also includes the unemployment problem in Chicago after the closing of the stockyards and steel mills in the latter part of the 20th century. Interviewees include Vernon Jarrett and Koko Taylor. Vintage/newsreel footage includes clips of cotton picking, the Chicago stockyards, Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, Chicago’s Maxwell Street market, Joe Louis (the boxer), and Harold Washington. Continue reading