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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✨Pura Fé

Robert FlemingRobert 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



Kevin A. Williams/WAK (Artist)


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

 Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Art is a weapon in the struggle of ideas…

The artist’s role is to raise the consciousness of the people.

To make them understand life, the world, and themselves more completely.”

Imamu Amiri Baraka 


“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© DRS 2024

Faith Ringgold: The Power of Silence

_________________FAITH  _____________________RINGGOLD   Internationally celebrated artist, mixed media sculptor, writer, lecturer, and activist. Born: October 8, 1930, Harlem, New York, NY Died: April 13, 2024 (age 93 years) “I guess I had fun doing it but it has hard memories for me.“ – Faith Ringgold  by Kailee Elizabeth Cross  Edited by Dale Ricardo Shields  – …

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The Shields Brothers Gospel Singers (Family)

THE  SHIELDS  BROTHERS The Shields Brothers, a mainstay of Cleveland’s gospel music scene for more than seventy years.  by Dale Ricardo Shields   “There is a silence into which the world can not intrude. There is an ancient peace you carry in your heart and have not lost. There is a sense of holiness in you …

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Dale Ricardo Shields

DALE  RICARDO  SHIELDS Theatrical Director, Educator, Historian, and Artistic Activist    Dale Ricardo Shields is a 2017 winner of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award®, 2017 and a 2015 Tony® award nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, The winner of the 2017 AUDELCO/”VIV” Special Achievement Award, The 2020 & 2021 ENCORE AWARD …

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Mary Seymour

Mary Seymour  Actress – Director – Playwright – Singer   by DALE RICARDO SHIELDS   President of A ‘Dish’ Tunes LLC Music Publishing, and CEO of Barnett Group International (All Media Entertainment company), Mary Seymour graduated in 2018 with Honors at Stony Brook University/ Africana Studies: Mary is a Stoney Brooks University grad student Africana …

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STAN   BROWN                                         “As an acting student and then later as a professional actor, I discovered that growing in my ability to give and receive love was essential to my growth and development as an …

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VINIE   BURROWS    by DALE RICARDO SHIELDS Born –  Vinie Harrison November 15, 1924 – December 27, 2023    [ “I guess it’s like a DNA. Hard to describe, and identify, but I feel it’s there. I think it’s there in all artists. And maybe the art of living is the richest art form.” …

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