Summer 2014

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Summer will be busy. Keep checking back to the site as well we will be filming our multi platform series “Rock Pile” work on our film on Dr. Vincent Harding “In Search of A more Perfect Union”.

A Documentary Film on the Life and Works of Scholar, Poet, Activist, Author and Veteran of Hope – Dr. Vincent Harding

Dr. Vincent Harding worked with his late wife, Rosemarie Freeney Harding in the Southern –based Black freedom movement for peace and justice. Dr. Harding was a senior academic advisor to the award-winning PBS documentary “Eyes on the Prize”, former director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and one of the organizers of the Institute of the Black World.His social activism has deep spiritual roots in the Mennonite tradition and in the Black church. Dr. Harding has been one of the chroniclers of the Civil Rights movement as a participant, historian and social observer.

Dr. Harding says, “ I do not know when this concern for the meaning of our history in the United States as black and white and red (and all of our neighboring contributing varieties) began fully to grasp me. Having been raised in a tight, Bible-centered black church community of Harlem, I was surely open to such a search from the outset”

Quote from “There Is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America” Trailer coming soon.

We also will be finishing up work on your film “The Artist, Henry Lowenstein”

Theatre, the Holocaust, art, ethnic inclusiveness,

love and loss, and family ties provide scenes of a blessed life. Lowenstein feels blessed because just when it seemed the door on his life closed, another door of opportunity opened.

The film focuses on Henry Lowenstein, a Berlin native and Denver theatre icon, whose work as a set designer, producer, and artist has endured for over half a century and five hundred productions. Lowenstein’s life spans over eight decades of political history, cultural strife, military service, theatre, and the loves and losses that accompany a life lived with heart.

Destination Freedom Black Radio Days: Jackie Robinson

Monday, September 30, 2013

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Historians and baseball fans alike – play a part in a live radio broadcast!

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Featuring a live Foley artist, musical guests and living historical figures, this live show is broadcast throughout Denver and often picked up on other national stations. This radio play explores the life of America’s first black Major League Baseball player. Robinson first stepped onto the diamond with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and played ten seasons. He played in six World Series and was selected for the All-Star Games six seasons in a row. Robinson left his mark on history as a boundary breaker and cultural influence as well as a top player.

Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days is a radio series aired on KGNU 88.5 FM and 1390 AM. Recreating the feel and focus of the original broadcasts of Richard Durham in 1940’s and 50’s Chicago, Producer donnie l. betts explores the magic of radio from a different era with a sharp focus on famous African-Americans.

Tickets $15 (plus $3 service fee)

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The Fall is going to be busy. 3 plays and some films plus Destination Freedom so get in where you fit in Friday, 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

Metro Radio Show

Sunday, 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



Coming up Destination Freedom radio drama hosted by dlbetts

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Coming up Destination Freedom live plus streaming on www.kgnu.org.


Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days will be Live from LTAC Feb 25

Jesse on StandTREE, 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.

betts 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.

Also featured in this broadcast are Kurt Soderstrom, featured in all of Destination Freedom Shows; Kim Dawson, member of the a cappellagroup Urban Method, members of Highlands Ranch HS Choir. Musical effects are offered by Carlton Bacon and piano accompaniment will be provided by Brenda Steel.

donnie’ s

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Hey working on the upcoming shows. Please be there. April 2013 directing the Color Purple

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The spring is very busy. Working with the education department of History Colorado for the opening of the nerw museum April 28th hope to see you there. Writing script for next radio show on Ella Baker.

Check out my sample videos especially We Wear THe Mask. I need funds to help finish this important film on Childhood Sex Abuse. Film on the Five Points of Denver, The great theatre artist Henry Lowenstein, seeker of peace and justice Dr. Vincent Harding, the New Jim Crow, Hope to hear from you and you and especially you, soon.

Also just started a radio talk show on KGNU called Metro heard every Tuesday at 3PM MST. My next show is Tuesday June 15th please listen.

The spring was very busy. Working on videos of the 50th reunion of SNCC, radio dramas about SNCC and Haiti, plus the 761st Tank Battation from WWII.

Check out my sample videos especially We Wear THe Mask. I need funds to help finish this important film on Childhood Sex Abuse. Hope to hear from you and you soon.

Also just started a radio talk show on KGNU called Metro heard every Tuesday at 3PM MST. My next show is Tuesday June 15th please listen.