Livin’ Good Currency Ep. 14: Fred and Keith on ‘Producing’ Justice for Emmet Till

The Lesson: A dog-eared moment in the early American Civil Rights movement, the racially-motivated murder of 14-year-old African American lad, Emmett Till, and its subsequent acquittal, always inspired Keith Beauchamp to fight for better criminal justice, and to elevate man’s consciousness so that such events no longer need dog-earing because they no longer happen. Frederick Zollo, catching Keith’s infectious enthusiasm, felt he could lend his talents to a similar end.

Notable Excerpt: “She [Emmett’s mother] used to say to me all the time, Keith we must continuously tell Emmett’s story until man’s consciousness is risen, only then will there be justice for Emmett Till. I truly believe that she had the blueprint to man’s liberation when it comes to racial progression in this country.”

The Guests: Frederick Zollo is an American film and theatre producer. He has produced more than 100 plays in New York, London, and On-Tour. Zollo is a 20-time Tony nominee, winning the award seven times. He is also known for his film work on Best Picture Oscar Nominees Mississippi Burning (1988), and Quiz Show (1994).

Keith A. Beauchamp is an activist and award-winning filmmaker. He began his life’s work at the young age of 10 after he saw a Jet magazine that contained a picture of Emmett Till’s dead body and was told the story behind Till’s murder. In 1999, Beauchamp founded Till Freedom Come Productions, a company devoted to socially significant projects that can both teach and entertain. He has devoted the past twenty-six years of his life telling the story of Emmett Till and has traveled extensively between New York, Chicago and Mississippi to investigate the historic murder.

On May 10th, 2004, the United States Department of Justice re-opened this 50 year-old murder case citing Beauchamp’s documentary “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till” as both a major factor in their decision and the starting point for their investigation.

The Podcast: Livin’ Good Currency explores the relationship of time to our lives. It gives a simple, straight-forward formula that anyone can use to be present in the moment—and features a co-host who knows better than anyone the value of time (see below). How do you want to spend your life? This hour can inspire you, along with upcoming guests, to be sure you are ‘Livin’ Good Currency’ and never get caught running out of time.

The Hosts: Good News Network fans will know Tony (Anthony) Samadani as the co-owner of GNN and its Chief of Strategic Partnerships. Co-host Tobias Tubbs was handed a double life sentence without the possibility of parole for a crime he didn’t commit. Behind bars, he used his own version of the Livin’ Good Currency formula to inspire young men in prison to turn their hours into honors. An expert in conflict resolution, spirituality, and philosophy, Tobias is a master gardener who employs ex-felons to grow their Good Currency by planting crops and feeding neighborhoods.