After the Uprising

After the Uprising

NAACP Image Award-nominated true crime podcast investigates a string of mysterious tragedies among Ferguson activists in St. Louis, years after they helped launch a national movement for Black Lives. Season One: The Death of Danyé Dion Jones hosted by John Duffy & Ray Nowosielski. Season Two: The Murder of Darren Seals hosted by former Missouri state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal & Ray Nowosielski. http://www.DoubleAsteriskMedia.com/

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May 19, 2021 3 mins

Trailer for the 11-part NAACP Image Award-nominated 2021 Season 1 of investigative podcast series After the Uprising, exploring the mysterious hanging death in St. Louis County of Ferguson activist Melissa McKinnies' son Danyé Jones.

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Danyé's mother Melissa finds her son dead and requests help from the media. Our hosts make contact with her, and the investigation begins.

 

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June 22, 2021 42 mins

Melissa's backstory at the origins of Black Lives Matter is explored. A shocking revelation about the lead detective in Danyé's case is unearthed.

 

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June 29, 2021 45 mins

As the St Louis County medical examiner determines Danyé's death to be suicide, our hosts look deeper into the evidence.

 

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July 6, 2021 40 mins

A time-of-death innovator deepens the mystery around Danyé's last night. New evidence of racism by the lead detective causes a risky visit to his home by our hosts.

 

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July 13, 2021 37 mins

A rocky relationship begins between the podcast and St Louis County PD. A twisty turny pursuit of Danyé's ex-girlfriend ends in surprise.

 

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July 20, 2021 45 mins

The 5-year anniversary of the Ferguson movement sees Melissa reunited with other activists. The hosts finally connect with Danye's ex, who may lead them into unlocking his phone.

 

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July 27, 2021 44 mins

Melissa seeks the bed sheet used in her son's death, intent on finding the origins of additional DNA. The death of George Floyd changes everything -- or maybe nothing at all?

 

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August 3, 2021 45 mins

The opening of Danyé's cell phone leads deeply into the man himself.

 

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August 10, 2021 44 mins

New discoveries lead our hosts more deeply back into the suicide theory.

 

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August 17, 2021 42 mins

In the penultimate episode, "theory" sessions attempt to tease out how Danyé's final hours may have gone done.

 

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August 24, 2021 59 mins

Everything wraps up with Melissa and the podcasts allying with Missouri state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal to try to get new evidence to first black prosecutor Wesley Bell, and Danyé's case reopened.

 

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Trailer for 2024's 10-part Season 2 of the NAACP Image Award-nominated true crime podcast. Darren Seals, 29-year-old rapper and famed activist, hailed as a possible successor to Malcolm X, is found shot dead inside his burning Jeep the morning after Labor Day 2016. Six years later, the former Missouri state senator who was in the Ferguson movement with him, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, joins co-host Ray Nowosielski and our investigative ...

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June 11, 2024 36 mins

St. Louis County, 2016, the early hours after Labor Day. Darren Seals, 29 year old rapper and famed Ferguson activist, is found shot dead inside his burning Jeep. Six years later, the former Missouri state senator who was in the movement with him, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, joins co-host Ray Nowosielski and our investigative team to begin a two-plus years investigation. His activist friends point to a sloppy crime scene and rumors abou...

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June 11, 2024 38 mins

The strange torched vehicle M.O. of Darren Seals’ murder bears a striking similarity to another that took place two years prior, DeAndre Joshua. And his brother names a suspect, their friend Perez Reed. When Reed is suddenly arrested for a murder spree across Missouri and Kansas, it sends our investigators on the trail of an alleged serial killer. Could Reed be the answer to both Joshua and Seals?

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June 11, 2024 38 mins

The streets talk, and they say Darren Seals was killed during an argument about music. But is this a red herring? The investigators work to pin down the details of a meeting Darren had in New York City with JayZ’s Roc Nation only one month before his death. Members of his rap group D.O.A. talk and lead us to a focus on another group Darren began managing during his final year, the Bottom Boyz. And a witness who saw the Jeep set on ...

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June 11, 2024 36 mins

Amir Brandy, co-founder of Real STL News, and his videographer friend Darnell Singleton, undertook their own on-the-ground investigation into Darren Seals’ murder beginning the day he was found. Meeting them at the Ridgeview Apartments where his Jeep was driven and set ablaze, they reveal a lead as to where the actual killing took place. On Gamble Street, in the city of St. Louis, on that same night around the same time, another ma...

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Before her sudden passing in 2023, Darren Seals’ mother Bonnie Otis sat down over several months for roughly 30 hours of conversations with this podcast. It becomes apparent that she was a central hub of sorts to whom tipsters turned. Using these varied and often conflicting accounts, our investigators piece together scenarios for Darren’s final night. 

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Darren Seals’ mother was certain the answer to his murder lay with the FBI. Dismissed as “conspiracy theory,” her assertion seems suddenly bolstered when a redacted document is released that reveals the existence of a U.S. government surveillance operation on Darren over his final six months. What were they after? Who was the informant that sent them to Darren? And what do they know?

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June 11, 2024 44 mins

One of the lead suspects for the murder of Darren Seals was himself murdered in 2020. When our investigators obtain the police report into that killing – and audio from the police interrogations – many of the pieces begin to fall into place. But many new mysteries emerge. Why was Darren’s murder suspect never prosecuted? And what about the suspects in that man’s murder?

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