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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🌟THE SHIELDS BROTHER


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©2022

The Shields Brothers Gospel Singers

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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Fannie Lou Hamer

FANNIE  LOU  HAMER   ✨ National Women’s History Month. “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories” by DALE RICARDO SHIELDS   American voting and women’s rights activist, community organizer, and leader in the civil rights movement. She was the vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party, which she represented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.  – [Wikipedia] …

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Pura Fé

Pura Fé  MUSICIAN/SINGER/COMPOSER/ACTIVIST  Pura Fé, whose name means “Pure Faith,” was born in New York City and an heir to the Tuscarora Indian Nation. She is an artist, an activist, and much more.    by DALE RICARDO SHIELDS  ~Singer, songwriter, musician, poet, artist, dancer, actor, teacher, and activist.~ This “Renaissance woman” is the founding member …

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Emmett Louis Till

Emmett Louis Till by Dale Ricardo Shields                  A Muddy Path and Bloody River of Research…                              A Forever Murderous  Undertow of Lies, Racism, and Murder… Page 1 – 20 Emmett Louis Till ( Born – July 25, …

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Lillias White

   LILLIAS WHITE      by Dale Ricardo Shields Page 1 – 10 Tony winner Lillias White, is known for her performances in Fela!, The Life, Romance in Hard Times, Cats, Carrie, Once on This Island, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Chicago.   “Lillias White is a singer who makes the …

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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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