No Credits Productions LLC and donnie l. betts Destination Freedom Black Radio Days Podcast“The Lesson” and “Conk”
No Credits Productions LLC and donnie l. betts
Destination Freedom Black Radio Days Podcast
“The Lesson” and “Conk”
By Kenya Fashaw
Directed by donnie l. betts
October 19, 2021 at 7 p.m. live on www.kgnu.org
“The Lesson” deals with the fuse lit by racial biases when a 17-year-old Black student starts a new High School named after a Ku Klux Klan grand wizard. The student finds himself in unsolicited trouble and is confronted by a Black male Principal. The Principal begins to lecture the student and believes he is teaching the student a lesson but instead, receives a lesson from the student. “The Lesson” features Ghandia Johnson, Don Randle and Steve Wise.
“Conk” provides Black hair history with this short excerpt about the popular hair style worn by Black men in the 1940s. A young Black musician walks into a barber shop inquiring about a clean cut to look sharp. A barber and his friend greet him with regular barbershop banter, knowledge, and education about the craze of the conk hairstyle for Black men, and the mindset that came along with it. Conk features Don Randle, Steve Wise and donnie l. betts
Kenya Mahogany Fashaw, is Co-Founder and the Chief Creative Officer of 5280 Artist Co-Op. She is a Spoken Word artist, actress and playwright and was recently selected to be part of the 2020-21 Denver Center of Performing Art Playwrights Group. Kenya wrote and directed “Colorism, Breaking The Chains of Complexion” that won 5280 Artist Co-Op their 2018 Henry Award for Best New Play. “Colorism” was also selected to be featured in the 2020 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival. Her plays, “The Cage” and “Hip Hop Matrimony” were two of six plays included in 5280 Artist Co-Op’s Henry nominated production of “1 Night 6 Plays.” She was honored as a Colorado Creative in Westword in February 2020. Kenya creates stories to normalize people of color and to change their narratives.
The original series by Richard Durham walked a daring line between reform and revolution. From 1948 to 1950, Durham used the weekly Destination Freedom to fight the stereotypes of African Americans in the media. His inventive scripts highlighted the accomplishments of black leaders throughout history, including Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, and Ida B. Wells. Durham’s recurring theme of social and economic freedom was a revolutionary idea rarely heard on the radio at the time. The program was shut down by its network in 1950, as McCarthyism and anti-communism tightened its grip on American broadcasting.
Destination Freedom Black Radio Days is produced by No Credits Productions LLC and donnie l. betts. The series can be heard wherever you get your podcast #Broadway Podcast Network #itunes, #radiopublic, #spotify #amazon,#stitcher or www.nocredits.com
No Credits Productions
Destination Freedom Black Radio Days
Examining issues facing communities of color
“The Lesson” and “Conk”
Tuesday, October 19 at 7 p.m.
Broadcast live on www.kgnu.org.
(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm