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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

    • August 12, 2017, 12:30-2pm PDT   Free.  Susheel Bibbs speaks for California Film Foundation on her work at Carol’s Books, Del Paso Road, Sacramento.
    • Sept. 29. Voices for Freedom will uplink to national PBS.
    • November 15 at 7pm, Nov 17 at 4pm, and Nov 19 at 6:30pm PST.  Voices will broadcast on  KVIE (PBS) TV Ch. 6 & 7,           Viewfinder Series.
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The Living Heritage Foundation, with
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“Hyers Film”
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Attn: Bibbs-LHF, 123 Mint Leaf Way, Sacramento, CA 95838

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