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The FIRST African-American superhero radio serial needs your help to make a soul sonic flight across the airwaves. Help make history!
The FIRST African-American superhero radio serial needs your help to make a soul sonic flight across the airwaves. Help make history!
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A message from Jade City Pharaoh creator Howard L. Craft...

Nine months ago, Frank Stasio, the host of a very popular radio show called The State of Things on North Carolina Public Radio (www.stateofthings.org)approached me with an irresistible proposal. He had come to see my play Jade City Chronicles Vol. 1 The Super Spectacular Bad Ass Herald M.F. Jones, which I had written for Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern in Durham.  Frank was impressed enough to ask me if I’d be interested in making it into a radio serial. I quickly got to work writing the first season and reaching out to some of the most talented actors in our area.  The result is the JADE CITY PHARAOH, which I adapted from both the stage play and a comic book I co-wrote with visual artist Luis Franco by that same title.  Both the play and comic have been wonderfully successful and we are hoping for the same level of success with the radio drama.

Little did I know when I began the project that it would have the capability of being truly ground breaking. JADE CITY PHARAOH will be the FIRST African-American superhero serial produced in the history of radio! The JADE CITY PHARAOAH is a different kind of superhero story.  Now there's plenty of villains with cool names like, the Beef Cooka, the Diabolical Dr. Dastardly, Anvil Steel, and Epic Johnson, as well as kick ass fist fights, explosions and car chases.  More importantly, there is the quest for social justice that we put at the forefront of each episode. We take real world issues like domestic violence, workers rights, and the mortgage crisis head on in the adventures of the JADE CITY PHARAOH, Herald MF Jones.  

Since the project’s inception, I have written 11 of the 13 episodes that will make up season 1, and we have aired the pilot to much fanfare.  In order to keep moving forward with this exciting project, we need additional funding. Your contribution to the JADE CITY RADIO DRAMA PROJECT will give us the help we need to complete production on the remaining episodes. The JADE CITY PHARAOH promises to entertain listeners as well as give them something to talk about and debate each week, long after the episode has ended.

*****************Please join us in making history!  Bambaataa!*****************

To hear episodes of JADE CITY PHAROAH, visit http://wunc.org/programs/tsot/archive/jade-city-pharaoh.

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    A visit to the studios of North Carolina Public Radio, WUNC in Durham, NC to see a live taping of "The State of Things" hosted by Frank Stasio.

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    CD copy of Jade City Pharaoh: Season 1 and an autographed photo of superhero Herald MF Jones.

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    CD copy of Jade City Pharaoh: Season 1 and one Jade City Pharaoh limited edition button designed by artist Luis Franco as well as an autographed picture of the Jade City Pharaoh autographed by Herald MF Jones and a limited edition Jade City Pharaoh T'shirt.

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    CD copy of Jade City Pharaoh: Season 1 and two Jade City Pharaoh limited edition T-shirts designed by artist Luis Franco. Limited edition JCP button, Autographed print of Herald Jones and an invite to a recording of The State Of Things.

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    CD copy of Jade City Pharaoh: Season 1, 2 Jade City Pharaoh limited edition T-shirts designed by artist Luis Franco, a limited edition of a Herald Jones autographed print, limited edition JCP button and an admission for two to an exclusive Jade City radio drama event in 2012, plus an invite to a recording of The Jade City Pharaoh!

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