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Nichole L. Shields (1969 – 2009)

It is with deep sadness that the Third World Press family shares the news of the loss of our dear friend and poet, Nichole L. Shields. She was indeed a supporter of all things literary. We will remember her wonderful smile and engaging presence. She will be dearly missed.

Third World Press would like to express its condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the family of Nichole L. Shields.

Viewing will be held on:
Friday, April 17, 2009
2:00 pm until 8:00 pm

Corbin Funeral
5345 West Madison
Chicago, IL


Funeral services will be held on:
Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wake: 10:00 am until 11:00 pm
Funeral Services: 11:00 am until 12:30 pm

Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church
600 South Tripp Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624


Please send cards, condolences and acknowledgements to:

Barbara Turner
555 West Madison Avenue, Apt 503
Chicago, IL 60661

One Less Road to Travel: A Collection of Poetry (1998)
Publisher: [s.n.] (1998); ISBN: 0966203607


Momma in Red

They said

that the only reason

my momma wore a red

dress to her daddy’s funeral

was because she hated him

and was just being sassy

I know she wore it

because it was

the only one she had!

About the Artist

Nichole L. Shields (1969 – 2009)

Nichole Shields was a storyteller with a feeling for the flow of words and a drive to preserve the lives and times of those she met.

“She wrote for the reason most writers write,” said her friend Audrey Tolliver. “You love words and you love the idea of recording history. As an African-American writer, it is getting a chance to speak
and to write in authentic voices and to tell honest stories about us.”

She was a winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award in 1995 and 1997 and was the author of One Less Road to Travel: A Collection of Poetry (1998). She was a founder of the Chicago Writers Collective and was active in the arts community.

“She loved to sit and listen to her mother and her aunts and other women tell stories,” Tolliver said. “Someone needs to know those stories. She had a need to be a storyteller, to let the people know
that other people were here. This is what they did. This is how they lived. This is how they spoke.”

“She wrote poetry, short stories and fiction,” said her friend, another Brooks Award winner. “She wasn’t just a poet. She was a writer. She did it all.”

Ms. Shields was born on March 10, 1969, in Chicago. She graduated from Crane High School and attended the University of Minnesota at Morris and Columbia College. She completed manuscript editing at the University of Chicago. She had been published in numerous journals including the Iowa Review, Nexus, Mosaic Literary Magazine, WarpLand, and Rhapsody.

“She always liked to read and to write poems,” said her mother, Barbara Jean Turner. “Her favorite poet was Nikki Giovanni.”

Her daughter was working on another book of poetry and two children’s books, Turner said.

She had her own line of greeting cards, Nichole’s Cards and Gifts.

She was one of the organizers of “I, Griot: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” a 2003 gathering and photograph of black writers in Chicago.

She also worked with Brooks Permission, the company that handles rights to Gwendolyn Brooks’ work. She was an associate editor for Connor Literary Agency.

Ms. Shields had worked with the Third World Press, a black publishing company established in 1967 and with the children’s theater company Chocolate Chips Theatre.

“She did so much,” said her mother. “She loved it. She loved helping people. Anybody she met, she offered them a book. She encouraged her nieces and nephews to read. She read to them.”

Her other survivors include a sister, Chiquita Morgan, and two brothers, Quincy Harrington and Dirk Harrington.

Written April 15, 2009 by LARRY FINLEY Staff Reporter, reprinted from Chicago Sun Times

Denver singer opts for black national anthem lyrics over ‘Star-Spangled Banner’

Rene Marie

Rene Marie’s unexpected choice at a mayor’s event where she was asked to sing the more traditional song has prompted a chorus of criticism.
By DeeDee Correll

DENVER — The jazz singer, invited to perform the national anthem before the Denver mayor’s annual state of the city address, stood at the microphone and let loose her voice.

What came out were the lyrics of the song known as the black national anthem, set to the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“Lift ev’ry voice and sing, Till earth and heaven ring,” belted out Rene Marie, as the expressions of city officials behind her grew puzzled.

It was, Marie later said of the unpaid gig, an artistic expression of her emotions about being a black American and a decision she made months ago to no longer sing the national anthem. But instead of telling that to the mayor’s office beforehand, “I pulled a switcheroonie on them,” Marie told the Denver Post.


The photography of Gian Paolo Barbieri

These amazing photographs are from a project called Silent Portraits released in 1984. The music for “Portraits” was created exclusively for the project by Vangelis and involved Italian photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri. The photographs are a series of black and white’s, mostly all portraits, of the inhabitants of the nation of Seychelles, a series of about 115 small islands, about 1000 miles away from the eastern African continent coastline, nestled in the Indian Ocean.

shark catcher
boy and bat
woman and chicken
man and cigarette

Unbelievable sculptures

Ron Mueck is a London-based photo-realist artist. Born in Melbourne , Australia, to parents who were toy makers, he labored on children’s television shows for 15 years before working in special effects for such films as Labyrinth, a 1986 fantasy epic starring David Bowie.

Eventually Mueck concluded that photography pretty much destroys the physical presence of the original object, and so he turned to fine art and sculpture. In the early 1990’s, still in his advertising days, Mueck was commissioned to make something highly realistic, and was wondering what material would do the trick. Latex was the usual, but he wanted something harder, more precise. Luckily, he saw a little architectural decor on the wall of a boutique and inquired as to the nice, pink stuff’s nature. Fiberglass resin was the answer, and Mueck has made it his bronze and marble ever since.

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