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Exconversations is a collaborative effort of Taymullah Abdur-Rahman and Powderhouse Productions.

After years of working with dozens of men and women both inside and upon release from prison–some thriving and others struggling to make a successful transition into society, Taymullah wanted to create a platform to tell their stories.

Tay took his idea to Joel Olicker, founder and CEO of Powderhouse, a media production company based near Boston, Massachusetts. Joel, a believer in the power of stories to change lives, was excited by the idea of humanizing ex-convicted felons by allowing them to tell their own stories in their own words.

Thus Exconversations was born

Together, Tay and Joel hope to provide a conduit that will:

1. Humanize those who’ve paid their debt to society and now want to prove their worth as productive citizens.

2. Discourage at-risk youth from making choices that lead to prison by highlighting the regret and pain these ex-cons have experienced.

3. Give hope to those who are still incarcerated but on their way back into society, that building a life of worth is possible, with hard work and dedication.

Episodes

Episode 4: Orlando Cruz

Orlando Cruz is now a successful practicing attorney in Massachusetts. But the odds were stacked against him. Growing up in Boston’s infamous Bromley-Heath project, he started dealing drugs as a teen, was involved in a shooting, and did time in a juvenile facility. It was there that he realized he wanted something more than a …

Episode 2: David “Crunchy” DePina

David DePina grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. By his mid teens, he was dealing drugs and caught up in gang warfare. David’s participation in a shooting incident in which another man lost his life led to a 12 year prison sentence and the loss of his mother in a circumstance beyond imagination.

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Exconversations is a collaborative effort of Taymullah Abdur-Rahman and
Powderhouse Productions.

After years of working with dozens of men and women both inside and upon release from prison–some thriving and others struggling to make a successful transition into society, Taymullah wanted to create a platform to tell their stories.

Tay took his idea to Joel Olicker, founder and CEO of Powderhouse, a media production company based near Boston, Massachusetts. Joel, a believer in the power of stories to change lives, was excited by the idea of humanizing ex-convicted felons by allowing them to tell their own stories in their own words.

Thus Exconversations was born.

Together, Tay and Joel hope to provide a conduit that will:
1. Humanize those who’ve paid their debt to society and now want to prove their worth as productive citizens.
2. Discourage at-risk youth from making choices that lead to prison by highlighting the regret and pain these ex-cons have experienced.
3. Give hope to those who are still incarcerated but on their way back into society, that building a life of worth is possible, with hard work and dedication.

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