AfriCOBRA is a collective of African American visual artists which started in Chicago in 1968 to explore and define the black visual aesthetic. In this web exclusive video, AfriCOBRA members, Napoleon Jones-Henderson and Barbara Jones-Hogu,
describe the artistic philosophy of the group.
Marketing communications pioneer Tom Burrell is credited with revolutionizing the image of African Americans in television. This montage of Burrell's historic commercials dates from the 1970s through the 1990s.
Four of Chicago's most celebrated African-American stage artists engage in a spirited and revealing conversation on contemporary black theater. (Screen left to right) Ron OJ Parson, Abena Joan P. Brown, Chuck Smith, and Jackie Taylor, take part
in this timely and insightful discussion.
Known fondly as the "Queen of the Blues," Koko Taylor began singing in Chicago blues clubs in the 1950s. Her gritty, powerful voice attracted the attention of Willie Dixon, another famous Chicago blues icon and record producer. Her recording
of Dixon's "Wang Dang Doodle" topped the R&B charts in 1966.
Former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun tells the story of how abolitionist Dr. Richard Eells helped a runaway slave escape and was subsequently prosecuted under the Fugitive Slave Act. Braun also reveals an unexpected, personal connection to
Multi-platinum recording artist Chaka Kahn recalls how, as a young singer, she told legendary singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder that she wanted a different song than the one he offered her. Wonder wrote a new one and "Tell me Something Good,"
became a Top 10 hit.
Attorney Jeffrey Haas, author of "The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther," and Bill Hampton, brother of Fred Hampton, are interviewed on Chicago Tonight in 2009.
Produced by Barbara E. Allen and Daniel Andries; Written by Gail F. Baker, Ph.D., Barbara E. Allen, and Daniel Andries; Hosted by Kellita Smith; Music Composed by Orbert Davis; Camera: Tim Boyd; Editor: Barbara E. Allen.
Includes: Dawson's Black Machine; Johnson Publishing; Durham's "Destination Freedom"; Emmett Till; DuSable Museum; The Woodlawn Organization; Dr. King's Chicago Crusade; AfriCOBRA; the 1968 Riots and more...
Includes: the "Chicago Defender;" Jazz and Blues music; the Policy Kings; the Great Migration; Black Business development; the Race Riot of 1919; Dorsey's Gospel; the Black Renaissance; the Black Aviators and more...
Robert "Bobby" Sengstacke calls himself a "painter with a camera." In this 2008 "Chicago Tonight" segment, meet this legendary photographer who captured the lives of African Americans during the civil rights era.
Rev. Jesse Jackson describes how leaders in the black community convinced Harold Washington to run for mayor and how his campaign is irrefutably linked to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King's 1966 Chicago Freedom Movement.
Actor Stan Shaw talks about his musical family -- his father, noted blues saxophonist Eddie Shaw, and his brother, guitarist Eddie "Vaan" Shaw Jr. -- and shares memories of hanging out at his father's club.
Lerone Bennett, a 50 year veteran of Ebony's editorial staff, describes how Johnson's success was in creating a picture magazine in which blacks could see themselves and read articles written from their perspective.
Includes: the death of a Black Panther; John White Pictures the 70's; Soul Train; Advertising Black Pride; Chicago's Black Theater; Jesse Jackson; the Nation of Islam; Harold Washington; Carol Moseley-Braun; and Barack Obama.