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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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Synopsis

 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.

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Performers

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.

Host
International Opera Star Denyce Graves-Montgomery

Hip-Hop Narrator
WolfHawkJaguar

Producer-Director-Writer
Susheel Bibbs

More on Susheel at    http://www.susheelbibbs.com/

Current News and Events

    • PHONE ORDERING IS NOT OPERATIVE. ORDER DVDs HERE, STARTING OCT 31, 2017.
    •  Voices screens at the Berkeley Video & Film Festival Nov. 4, 3pm, 1939 Addison St.  Tickets $10 at www.berkeleyvideofilmfest.org   Voices (now on PBS):  1st broadcasts on KVIE on Viewfinder: Nov. 15 at 7pm, Nov 17 at 4pm, and Nov 19 at 6:30pm PST.
    • More on Susheel’s award-winning PBS film MEET MARY PLEASANT at www.susheelbibbs.com/blank-c6di
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