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As America reckons with generations of racial injustice, and destroyed 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. 


Art is my weapon…

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, Ph.D., JD✨Dale Ricardo Shields✨Debra Byrd

Dooley Wilson✨Nefretete Rasheed✨Dyane Harvey-Salaam✨Eugene Lee

Faith Ringgold✨FelaFrank Espada✨Fred Benjamin✨John Hope Franklin

Jonelle Allen✨Johnny NashKathy A. Perkins✨Lady Peachena

Lorraine Vivian HansberryLouis 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

Thurgood Marshall✨Stephen WiltshireVictor Love✨Venida Evans

Vickilyn Reynolds✨Vinnette Carroll✨Vinnie Bagwell✨William Edmondson 


The Little Rock Nine 🌟The Scottsboro Boys🌟 Benjamin Banneker🌟Leigh Whipper🌟                                  Marcus GraveyThe Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music🌟Black American Soldiers in the Civil War 
Media Depictions of the Mammy Archetype🌟THE SHIELDS BROTHER


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©2022

Johnny Nash

JOHNNY NASH by DALE  RICARDO SHIELDS Johnny Nash ***** (born August 19, 1940) is an American reggae and pop music singer-songwriter, best known in the US for his 1972 hit, “I Can See Clearly Now”.   He was one of the first non-Jamaican singers to record reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica. “Born John Lester Nash …

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Fela Kuti

Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti “The secret of life is to have no fear”   by  DALE  RICARDO SHIELDS  “Hailed as the Muhammad Ali, James Brown and Bob Dylan of Africa all wrapped into one, modern hip-hop wouldn’t exist without Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the late Afrobeat star.” “I refuse to live my life in fear…” Fela Aníkúlápó …

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Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker Born: November 9, 1731, Baltimore County, MD Died: October 9, 1806, Oella, Catonsville, MD “Our nation’s capital would not be the same if it wasn’t for Benjamin Banneker, the Black architect hired by George Washington, the first President of the United States, to design the city of Washington, DC. It was actually Thomas …

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Dyane Harvey-Salaam

Dyane Harvey-Salaam   by DALE RICARDO SHIELDS Page 1 – 8 Dyane Harvey-Salaam is a virtuoso performing artist, a founding member of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, actress, dancer, educator, choreographer, and certified Pilates teacher. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Drama/Educator and works in the entertainment industry. “I am on a high like …

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Chuck Cooper

  CHUCK COOPER “Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe.” by Dale Ricardo Shields       Born in Cleveland, Ohio, actor-singer Chuck Cooper has performed on stage as well as on television and film for over three decades. A Tony Award®-winning baritone, he is best known for his work in musical …

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Roy Hamilton – Singer

    Roy Hamilton   by DALE RICARDO SHIELDS ~*****~ April 16, 1929, Leesburg, Georgia –   July 20, 1969 New Rochelle, New York Roy HamiltonRoy Hamilton, during his illustrious 15-year singing career, was known by many nicknames: Mr. Rock and Soul, The Gentle Giant, and, most notably, The Golden Boy of Song.  But few …

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