As America reckons with generations of racial injustice, destroyed and hidden history…  the stories that we will preserve, present and honor are the very things that will hopefully foster world empathy, change lives and ensure that our next generations of Americans have a different and positive view of themselves and their neighbors.

I must be a motivating catalyst, an actor for justice, an director of change and an artist of choice. 

“Do The Right Thing”


Terrance Ballard – “Bamboozled

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Abdel Salaam

Alde Lewis

Adelle Gautier

Arthur Theodore Wilson

B’nard Lewis

Carla Earle

Carol Sutton

Chapman Roberts

Chuck Cooper

Cicely Louise Tyson

Duchess Harris, PhD, JD

Dale Ricardo Shields

Debra Byrd

Dooley Wilson

Nefretete Rasheed

Dyane Harvey-Salaam

Eugene Lee

Faith Ringgold

Frank Espada

Fred Benjamin

John Hope Franklin

Jonelle Allen

Kathy A. Perkins

Lady Peachena

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry

Louis Johnson

Martin Espada

Niles Fitch

Robert Fleming

Robert Hooks

Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Sandra Reaves-Phillips

Slim Mello

Stan Brown

Samuel Légitimus

Shirley Taylor

Stanley Wayne Mathis

Stephen Wiltshire

Victor Love

Venida Evans

Vickilyn Reynolds

Vinnette Carroll

Vinnie Bagwell

William Edmondson 




Kevin A. Williams/WAK (Artist)

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.


“We are a people.
A people do not throw their geniuses away.
And if they are thrown away, it is our duty as artists and as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children, and, if necessary, bone by bone.” 

– Alice Walker




FREDERICK CHARLES BENJAMIN   Dancer – Choreographer { September 8, 1944  –  December 14, 2013 } by Dale Ricardo Shields Page 1 – 8 Fred Benjamin, an internationally known teacher of jazz dance who was also part of the creative wave of young Black modern-dance choreographers who came to prominence in the 1970s. Benjamin was born in …

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Carol Sutton

Carol Dickerson Sutton Actress “Queen of New Orleans“   by DALE  RICARDO  SHIELDS Page 1 – 6   Born: December 3, 1944 New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Died:  December 10, 2020 (aged 76) New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.     Biography Carol Joan Dickerson Sutton was an actress in film, theater, and television, and was best known …

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Adelle Gautier

Adelle Gautier Actress, Storyteller, and Educator January 15, 1948 [ ALPHA ] – August 10, 2021 [ OMEGA ]   by  DALE  RICARDO  SHIELDS  Page 1 – 12 Adella Adella the Storyteller ( Adelle LeWhodatier Gautier )  was born and lived in New Orleans, Louisiana. She traveled extensively around the world                       …

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Dooley Wilson

Dooley Wilson By Dale Ricardo Shields Arthur “Dooley” Wilson (April 3, 1886 – May 30, 1953)  American actor, singer, and musician who is best remembered as Sam in the 1942 film, Casablanca; in the film, he also performed its theme song, “As Time Goes By“. Born Arthur Wilson April 3, 1886 Tyler, Texas, U.S. Died …

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson

  RUBEN  SANTIAGO-HUDSON  Writer, Director, and Performer   by Dale Ricardo Shields     RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON    Tony, Drama Desk, and Obie Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson is the director of the recent Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Jitney which garnered several awards including the Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League, …

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                Eugene Lee Actor – Director – Playwright   By Dale Ricardo Shields  “Eugene Lee’s written characters come to life through his plays, which have been produced on stages in areas such as Los Angeles, New York, The Royal Court Theatre in London, and the Jubilee Theatre in Fort …

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