August 23rd, 2013
Man Mockumentary on the Hip Hop Industrial Complex. Written by Jeff Campbell,
directed by donnie l. betts. The story of a dead rapper and the people who knew
him, loved him, used him and abused him. The comparison between minstrel
performers of the early 20th Century and Hip Hop artists of today.
Socio-cultural commentary on why we continually choose dollars over dignity in
a so-called post racial society, and a critical analysis of how images in the
early 20th Century were used to justify Jim Crow laws, and whether the images
in Hip Hop are used to justify disproportionate incarceration rates. BUY
TICKETS HERE: http://workspacedenver.org/october-4-19-2013who-killed-jigaboo-jones/
August 23rd, 2013
Slut Energy Theory in New York at the All For One Theatre Festival. 10/12/13/18/20 2013
written and performed by Rene Marie
directed by donnie l. betts
Buy Tickets Here!
One woman’s story about abuse, laughter, life, & pushin’ on through to the other side.
Told through music, spoken word and monologue, U’Dean Morgan speaks her mind as an elderly, yet ageless, woman whose harrowing life experiences have left her anything but speechless. From the opening song, she tells you exactly what she thinks about sex, heaven, lies, truth, you, herself and whatever else you might ask her – if you have the nerve! Nearly five years in the making, all creative content – music, lyrics, spoken word and monologue – are original works by Rene Marie.
- See more at: http://www.afofest.org/shows/slut-energy-theory/#sthash.sNMZu9gb.dpuf
March 1st, 2013
A copy of the PBS Programming
A co-production with
VISION: Educating and inspiring Coloradans to love our state’s
MISSION: Inspiring a love of history in all Coloradans by airing
a weekly television show with comprehensive outreach and education initiatives.
SERIES OUTLINE: A television series of half-hour episodes
produced by Rocky Mountain PBS and History Colorado, dedicated to preserving
& celebrating the people, events & places
shaped Colorado. (Episodes below directed by donnie 1. betts.)
During the time of racial segregation, Lincoln Hills, the only all
African-American resort west of the Mississippi River, provided a shelter from
Born with two strikes against her, Dr. Justina Ford overcame barriers of race
and gender to become the first African-American woman to practice medicine in
Colorado and delivered over 7,000 babies.
November 9th, 2011
DESTINATION FREEDOM SERIES CONTINUES WITH A Special LIVE PERFORMANCE
El Centro Su Teatro 721 Santa Fe of “The Freedom Rides”
No Credits Productions and KGNU 88.5 FM, 1390 AM Boulder Community Radio present a live performance and broadcast at 7PM of, “Destination Freedom; Black Radio Days” on Monday, November 14, 2011
Tickets $10 Doors open at 6:30PM call 720-748-1388 or 720-318-9895 www.blackradiodays.com/shop
From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders’ belief in non-violent activism was sorely tested as mob violence and bitter racism greeted them along the way. “Freedom Riders” examines the 1961 Freedom Rides from many perspectives – that of the Riders themselves, the Kennedy administration, and the international community
This broadcast written, produced and directed by award winning radio producer/filmmaker donnie l. betts will feature guest Rev:James Lawson sit-in and non-violence trainer and other riders from the summer of 1961. They will join us for a community dialogue on race and other issues that face our nation plus share firsthand account of the rides. Plus musical guests singers from Southern Journey performing songs from the Southern Freedom Movement.
The Southern Journey ensemble is quickly becoming known for their dynamic performances that explore the ongoing cross-cultural influences that is the heart of American folk music. Cast includes Jada Roberts, Candy Brown Leonard Barrett Jr. and Kurt Soderstrom.
The series is the first and only radio drama series featuring stories about African Americans and their issues, the issues that affect all humankind heard nationwide, now streamed around the planet via KGNU.org. The series won the 2000, 01 and 2002 award for radio excellence from the Colorado Association of Black Journalists. Producer donnie l. betts was named 2002 Radio Journalist of the Year. The series has aired in 1999, 2000, 01, 02 and 2003 on Public Radio International.
Destination Freedom is sponsored in part by, Black and Read Books and Music, The Eulipions Fund of The Denver Foundation, Denver Business Center, The Gift of Jazz and The Urban Spectrum. Lodging provided by Holiday Inn Select at Cherry Creek
October 2nd, 2010
We are using www.indiegogo.com for We Wear The Mask Who Will Speak for the Children our film that deals with Childhood Sex Abuse in The Black Community Please Help.
We will now have up to have projects on Indiegogo.com and www.kickstarter.com
Please check for updates. Please visit www.vimeo.com look for donnie betts for video samples and www.blackradiodays.com/shop
September 5th, 2010
Join us for Metro on KGNU 88.5 FM and 1390 AM Tuesday March 27 at 3PM for a conversation with our guest from Lone Tree Arts center and history Colorado Center.
Please visit our new and we think improved shoppping site for all of our products. It was rough getting it to work but we think you will like it so please visit our shopping site. New items will be added every so often, www.blackradiodays.com/shop
September 5th, 2010
We are still hard at work on our various film projects. We Wear the Mask has a fundraising site at www.indiegogo.com then search for We Wear The mask Who Will Speak for the Children,
I recent spend 3 great days in Atlanta with Dr. Vincent Harding as he went through his papers at Emory University. Made many amazing discoveries. We then went to Morehouse as we looked through Martin Luther King Jr.’s paper which contained many letter from Dr. Harding to King and from King to Dr. Harding it was very emotional for Vincent. As a filmmaker it was a highlight so far as was the time we had with former members of the Black Think Tank, Institute of the Black World.
This summer we spent time at the Horse track interviewing a wonderful Black Jockey and learning all about the back side of the track with wonderful trainers and groomers. This is for our film The Story of America’s First Athlete (Blacks in Horse Racing). Any help you want to offer to any of the project we would warmly accept.
June 5th, 2010
Coming up Destination Freedom live plus streaming om www.kgnu.org.
TREE ARTS CENTER CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH A TRIBUTE TO JESSE OWENS
Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days
will be Live from LTAC Feb 25
TREE, CO – The World’s Fastest Human will be remembered on February 25 at
7:00pm at the Lone Tree Arts Center (LTAC). Jesse Owens, the son of a sharecropper
and grandson of a slave, earned four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympic
Games, a feat no single athlete had before accomplished. Destination Freedom:
Black Radio Days will pay tribute to this incredible, boundary-breaking athlete
in the live radio broadcast at LTAC. The broadcast will air on KGNU Boulder/
Denver 88.5 FM and 1390 AM as well as www.kgnu.org.
hosts the broadcast, which will feature Theo
Wilson in the role of Jesse Owens. Known to some by his stage name,
Lucifury, Wilson has taken the slam poetry world by storm both as an individual
poet and as a part of the group Slam Nuba. Wilson was recently a featured
speaker at TED Denver.
betts is an Emmy Award
winning filmmaker, four-time CABJ award winning radio journalist and a Broadway
performer. He is a founding member of two theatre companies in Denver, City
Stage Ensemble and Denver Black Arts Company. He attended the Yale School of
Drama. betts is also an artist-in-residence for the State of Colorado.
featured in this broadcast are Kurt
Soderstrom, featured in all of Destination Freedom Shows; Kim Dawson, member of the a cappella
group Urban Method, members of Highlands
Ranch HS Choir. Musical effects are offered by Carlton Bacon and piano accompaniment will be provided by Brenda Steel.