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A stunning performance documentary with internationally acclaimed artists tells the Hyers’ story in word and song with a hip-hop narrator who interprets its meaning for our day.

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  Please note:  Phone ordering is disabled. See ordering options below                                                            In the perilous 1870’s and 80’s, when night riders and lynching terrorized black people and blackface minstrels ridiculed them across the land, The Hyers Sisters (popular, black, touring-opera prodigies) stood up to become Voices for Freedom.  They fought the minstrels’ ridicule with charming works that revealed the depth and dignity of African Americans.  These became the first American musicals and the first works  to use integrated casting in American Music theater.



Internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Tichina Vaughn, hip-hop poet WolfHawkJaguar, filmmaker/performer Susheel Bibbs, baritones Omari Tau and Robert Sims, tenor-pianist Othello Jefferson, pianist Jacqui Hairston, master drummer Pope Flyne, sopranos Hope Briggs and Shawnette Sulker, and other artists with  commentators:  Susan Anderson, Rick Moss, Thomas Riis, Halifu Osumare, Robert Sims, and others.

International Opera Star Denyce Graves-Montgomery

Hip-Hop Narrator

Susheel Bibbs

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    • Congratulations to Producer-Director-Writer Susheel Bibbs!  VOICES FOR FREEDOM has now won A Telly Award and 5 Int’l Film-Fest Awards: the Grand Festival Award 26th Berkeley Video & Film Festival, Hollywood Documentary Festival Award for Nov, 2017, The Best in Category (shorts, cine soul) Sacramento It’l Film Festival, a Honolulu Film Awards Gold Kahuna Award for Filmmaking Excellence, and the Houston World Festival Award –Shorts under 60 mins.  Get the DVD
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