Welcome to episode one of Destination Freedom Black Radio Days Podcast. I’m your host producer/director donnie l. betts
Destination Freedom Black Radio Days, live radio show/podcast celebrates 20 years picks up where the first nationwide African-American radio drama, produced in Chicago by Richard Durham more than sixty years ago, left off.
The show walked a daring line between reform and revolution, and was shut down by its network in 1950, as McCarthyism and anti-communism tightened its grip on American broadcasting. As well as drawing on the archive of Destination Freedom (now branded Black Radio Days classic) this program illuminates a largely unknown, but important chapter in the history of human rights and tells how radio played its part from the very beginning.
That boundary-breaking program, Destination Freedom, dramatized the lives of great figures in African-American and other people of color past and present; betts now continues in its spirit with all-new scripts. The 2019-2020 season will examine the intersection of law and law enforcement and community of color. Exploring police shooting, immigration and gender bias. Join us
Destination Freedom Presents
BLACK with a Capital B. BLACK.
by Lamaria Aminah
After one more young black man dies at the hands of police, a community is shaken. A conversation evolves between two mothers at the vigil – one white and one black. Through their interaction, BLACK. gets to the heart of the matter on communication between races. The cast includes Such as Black, Devra Keyes as white, Kerrie KJ Joy and Andrew J. Betts.
Stay after the performance for a robust community discussion led by donnie l. betts and musical guest Monique Brooks Roberts
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Welcome to episode two of Destination Freedom Black Radio Days Podcast. I’m your host producer/director donnie l. betts. Destination Freedom is a radio drama series recorded live in front of a studio audience which is then followed by a community discussion about the subject of the play and a musical guest. Destination Freedom is an audio journey through the Black Experience in America and other unheard voices
The original Destination Freedom came to be in 1948 and ended 1950 all written by radio hall of fame writer Richard Durham. I reviled the shows in 1998 and I have been producing the series ever since.
When first produced The series walked a daring line between reform and revolution, and was shut down by its network in 1950, because of its pro Black stance and as McCarthyism tightened its grip on American broadcasting.
This season join us as we will examine the intersection of law enforcement and communities of color. Exploring police shooting, immigration and gender bias.
Destination Freedom Episode two
“The Dark Legend of Detroit Blue” written by Hugo Sayles with musical guest Lionel Young.
It was nineteen hundred, and thirty-three in Detroit, Michigan. Legends can be born, even in lowly places. Evil needs, create evil intentions This here is the story of a dark soul. Cast features John Futrell aka Panama Soweto, Faith Goins Simmons, Greg Ward and donnie l. betts who also directs and produces.
Detroit Blue had walked down murderer’s way so many times, on this day it would be his knife. Our killer lives in the darkness of places like this dim hallway, poised for murder In the dimness of the doorway, and he heard was a soft, “Mmmff,” as he drove his blade home. Wrong target. Very wrong. He felt a need to be something . . . someone else . . . not a killer . . . never a killer. Never Detroit Blue. But evil always find evil.
Greg Ward- KKK
donnie- Mr. Troy and others
John Futrell aka Panama Soweto-Eric and Detroit Blue
Faith Goins Simmons -wrong target, foley sound effects and others roles
Lionel Young - guitar, violin, vocals and after show performance
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Destination Freedom Episode three
Music Stray Bullet-“The Tale of The Bullet” tells the story of America’s obsession of guns from the bullet’s perspective. According to the bullet “We do all the work and the gun gets all the love”. This podcast features Prince Po of the hip hop duo Organized Konfusion whose song Stray Bullet addressed some of that violence. Plus, vocal artist Such whose song Wakeup Call is dedicated to high school shooting victim Claire Davis. Our conversation includes activists and families that have been impacted by gun violence immediately follows The Tale of The Bullet. It will feature among other Rep Tom Sullivan whose son Alex was killed in the Aurora Colorado Theatre shooting. Now join us for Destination Freedom’s, The Tale of The Bullet.