Returning Citizens

Returning Citizens

Saturday, March 2 | 3-4:45 PM

House of Joy, Camp Washington; Cincinnati, OH

Returning Citizens EN

Hear stories from individuals who were formerly incarcerated about the challenges they have faced upon re-entering society. Learn how music has become part of their new identity, providing them with opportunities.

Introduction of Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio’s Building Futures Program

3-4pm Panel Discussion with Tronee Threat (Guy Tron Banks), Blakk Sun (Michael Powell), and Draye (Andrea Mitchell)
4-4:45pm Performance by Artists

Traditional, arr. ROSEPHANYE POWELL
I Wanna Be Ready
HOPE Thru Harmony led by Dr. Catherine Roma with Draye, soloist

When I Die
HOPE Thru Harmony led by Dr. Catherine Roma with Draye, soloist

Original Music by Tronee Threat

Original Music by Blakk Sun

Meet the Artists

Guy Tron Banks, also known as Tronee Threat, is an Ohio-born and raised artistic creator hailing from Columbus, born in 1984. As a multifaceted music artist, filmmaker, scriptwriter, producer, and public speaker, his journey began during an 11 1/2-year period of incarceration, where he discovered his passion for public speaking. Since his release, Guy has expanded his repertoire to include fitness coaching, focusing on tailoring workouts to individual lifestyles and emphasizing abilities over inabilities. A devoted father of two daughters, he envisions a holistic world where connections with those possessing resources can be harnessed to uplift others. Guy Tron Banks aspires to create a global network where individuals with abundant resources can extend a helping hand to those less fortunate, embodying the essence of a holistic world where each person becomes the crutch for the next, collectively lifting one another up.

Michael “Blakk Sun” Powell is a rapper, poet and actor. Through his mediums he likes to expand the mind of his listeners to build community and find commonalities while also sharing his story.

Catherine Roma was a founding conductor and organizer of the US women’s choral movement. She founded the feminist Anna Crusis Women’s Choir in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1975, the MUSE women’s choir in Cincinnati in 1984, the Martin Luther King Coalition Choir in 1992, and the World House Choir in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 2012.

Andrea “Draye” Mitchell is a 37-year-old singer-songwriter born and raised in Cleveland, OH who currently lives in Columbus, OH. Andrea served 6 years in the Dayton Correctional Institution where she met Dr. Catherine Roma and was a founding member of the Hope Thru Harmony women’s chorus started by Dr.Roma. Andrea was released in 2019 and has been singing with Dr. Roma and the World House Choir, serving as an active member of The Returning Artists Guild formed and started by formerly incarcerated artists, as well as being a featured soloist for Healing Broken Circles. Andrea shares her gift of song as well as her story to help change the narrative on incarceration.

The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio‘s Building Futures is a 12-week program designed to help individuals learn essential life skills, financial literacy, and construction trade knowledge in preparation for a successful career in the building trades. No experience in the construction industry is required to apply and the program offers a weekly stipend for participants and career assistance with the affiliated trades to make sure participant gain employment.

Watch Tronee Threat Perform

Preview Blakk Sun’s music


Mar 02 2024


3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
House of Joy Chirstian Church


House of Joy Chirstian Church
Camp Washington

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