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62 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
To prison and back - part 4
In this episode, Kyle talks about life in prison. Quarantine, fights, moving from level 2 to level 5, and back to level 2. Kyle finally gets to a point where he knows how he approaches life has to change. At the same time, the Supreme Court begins to look at the legality of Juvenile life sentences.
60 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
To prison and back - part 3
In part three Kyle is faced with a choice, take care of a problem in the neighborhood or have the neighborhood take care of him. It ends with him running from the police, and after a mistrial, coming so close to freedom.
48 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
To prison and back - part 2
In the second part we pick up as Kyle is jumped into the Vice Lords. He talks about his time in the gang, what it meant to part of it and how his life became more intense as time went on. Kyle talks about their interactions with the police, and when he finally went to jail, for good - so he thought.
59 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
To prison and back
Have you ever wondered how you go from being a little kid in Vermont to living in Detroit, a member of one of the oldest gangs in the Chicago area, and then being convicted of the most serious of crimes, spending a significant amount of time in jail, and then turning your life around? Well, you are about to find out. This is the first part of an interview I did with Kyle Daniel-Bey. Kyle is easy to listen to because he is honest. His story just flows from him, and as with all good stories, you can’t help but learn.
57 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Your voice needs to be heard
Do you ever wonder if you are going to come home at night, or, again? Have you ever wondered what it is like to be beaten by police when you are just trying to support your community? What about the knowledge that no matter what happens to you, you will be back, raising your voice, lifting your community, organizing and protesting. Listen in as we talk with Chris Brown aka Thoughtpoet.
59 minutes | Nov 21, 2020
Mary Turner Project
Mary Turner is a woman who in 1918, stood up and said that the lynching of her husband was wrong. She and her baby were horrifically murdered for her stance. She was a part of a group of 13 murders that took part in a two week period, as a White mob searcehed for the killer of a White plantation owner, named Hampton Smith.
42 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
Alexander Twilight was the first person of color to graduate from a college in the United States. He was also the first American of African descent to serve in a state legislature in the United States. Twilight was also the principal of the Orleans County Grammar School in Brownington, Vermont. He became known as an amazing teacher, instilling a love of learning in the boys and girls he taught. On today’s show we talk about the Old Stone House Museum, a place dedicated to preserving and exploring the life and legacy of Alexander Twilight. I talk with Executive Director Molly Veysee, Board President Carmen Jackson, and the Assistant Director for Development, Marketing and Communications Drew Bush, about Alexander Twilight and his accomplishments.
60 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
Lamont Jack Pearly
Today, I talk with Lamont Jack Pearly an Applied Folklorist, African American Traditional Music Practitioner/Historian and the Executive Director at Jack Dappa Blues Heritage Preservation Foundation. Lamont can tell stories. It is part of his craft..part of who he is. I interviewed Lamont about his life growing up in Brooklyn NY. We talk about music, life, early rap, and we even get into how the evolution of rap follows the crack epidemic in the 80s.
44 minutes | Oct 17, 2020
Mitia Oliver is a singer-songwriter from Washington state. She has been making music for decades on her own and with her family. Today we talk about her music, her family and how her faith has changed and saved her life.
31 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
We walk with Harriet
Tonight we are going to talk about freedom. The kind of freedom you get when you are a slave back in the 1800s, and wanting to be free. We are going to talk about one woman in particular. Moses. Harriet Tubman But we are going to do it in a different way. We are going to talk with Linda Harris, who organized a walk that she and a group of women walked, following the path that Harriet Tubman took from Maryland’s Eastern Shore through Delaware to her freedom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a route that Harriet took many times, helping to free slaves.
56 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
Teeny Tucker, and her Band, have been featured headline performers at some of the world’s most prestigious major music festivals in the USA, Canada, and Europe. She was born into blues royalty, being the daughter of Tommy Tucker, the singer of the hit song “Hi-Heel Sneakers” Teeny has been invited to appear on the same Bill with great blues artists such as B.B. King, KoKo Taylor, Etta James, Buddy Guy, The Holmes Brothers, Calvin Owens, Robert Cray, Keb Mo, Deanna Bogart, and many others. Teeny has done so many interviews but this one is a bit different. We are not talking about her music..we are talking about her, her life, growing up, being at the March on Washington, and what it has been like to be Teeny Tucker.
45 minutes | Sep 19, 2020
Black Youth Project 100
We talk to Chris Brown about their mission, the communities the uplift, defunding the police, and what a great community might look like.
51 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
Craig Mitchell has been a resident at NYC’ s famous Tunnel and Limelight nightclubs. He has done sets throughout North America, Canada and Jamaica. He fathered the dance music scene in Burlington VT. On this show we talk about how Black culture has influenced modern music, his love of Prince, and how racism has affected and shaped his life.
39 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
in this episode, we talk with John Oliver, a Pastor in Washington state. We talk about music, life, and his role as a pastor in the wake of George Floyd.
32 minutes | Aug 8, 2020
Voices Unbarred - Bonus - Maurice Dixon
In this bonus section, we let you hear the full interview with Maurice Dixon, returning citizen, and owner of Reese's Catering Service.
47 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
Voices Unbarred gives incarcerated individuals a platform to have their voices heard. On today’s show I talk with founder Lori Pitts, and two returning citizens, Ronald Whaley and Maurice Dixon, about the program.
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