Monthly Archives: February 2009

Press Release: Spigel, TV by Design

February 3, 2009
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Press Release: Spigel, TV by Design

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A Reading List for Black History Month

February 2, 2009
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A Reading List for Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and this year, with this first African-American President hard at work in the White House, the observance has added meaning. And, along with Obama’s inauguration, 2009 also marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP. Despite some calls to end Black History Month, Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, warns in USA Today, “We won’t be post-racial until we are post-racism.” With the struggles of the past and the glorious achievement of the present in mind, we offer a reading list for Black History Month. Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen with Ron Rapoport, Tim and Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White As the heady promise of the 1960s sagged under the weight of widespread violence, rioting, and racial unrest, two young men—one black and one white—took to stages across the nation to help Americans confront their racial divide: by laughing at it. Tim and Tom tells the story of that pioneering duo, the first interracial comedy team in the history of show business—and the last. Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen polished their act in the nightclubs of Chicago, then took it on the road, not only in the North, . . .

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Anne Durkin Keating on Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs

February 2, 2009
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Anne Durkin Keating on Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs

Anne Durkin Keating, author of Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide made an appearance recently on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. On the show Durkin joined host Phil Ponce to discuss all things concerning the urban demography and geography of Chicagoland including whether Obama’s house is really in Hyde Park, how the Olympics might impact the South Side, and a 149 year old Methodist summer camp in Des Plains. Check out the archived video online on the WTTW website. . . .

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