Meet Our Team

Our unique team consists of educators, internationally acclaimed artists, and cultural activists. Our collective work explores contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives, connecting the viewer viscerally to the enormity and power of humanity’s collective unconscious.

Edge-walking the lines between art and activism, our team challenges barbers and the audience to look both inward and outward as they work toward both individual and collective change.

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Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields

Curator and Executive Producer
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Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields is a social entrepreneur, film maker, poet, inspirational speaker, and educator who loves to create and build with purpose. As the Co-Founder and Senior Director of Education and Innovation at the Cambio Group, and creator of Fades and Fellowship. His vision behind Fades and Fellowship was to create a space to explore, analyze, and strengthen connections between social activism, artistic practice, and story telling. 
 
Dr. Shields is a gifted and highly sought after lecturer who has spoken at the White House and the Pentagon. Additionally, he has appeared on NBC, ABC, and FOX News to share his insight on issues including public education, hip-hop and politics, parenting, leadership and youth development. 
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Darius Wilmore

Producer and Artistic Director
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Darius Wilmore is an award-winning Creative Director, Art Director, Graphic Designer, Creative Marketing Strategist, hailing from Annapolis, MD.

Studying design at New York’s School of Visual Arts College but completing his education at “Def Jam University”, aka Def Jam recordings, the rap record company founded by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, Wilmore gained years of experience as a creative thinker, director, designer and producer for the entertainment industry as a member of Def Jam’s in-house creative services firm, Drawing Board Graphic Design & film company.

Wilmore’s creative contributions includes work for Obama For America, Rock The Vote, Nike, Adidas, Jay-Z, DMX, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Sean Diddy Combs, The Notorious B.I.G., Run DMC, Phat Farm Clothing, Sean John Clothing, BET and MTV. His work was featured in the pages of the books ‘DEFinition: The Art & Design of Hip-Hop’ in 2008 and ‘Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label’ in 2011.

In 2011, Wilmore, created the non-profit organization ‘THE BALTIMORE MIXTAPE PROJECT’, an urban youth focused rap and spoken word poetry slam competition and compilation album that used Black youth culture to disseminate relevant information to youth by youth, concerning issues of politics and public policy directly affecting their lives. BMP’s inaugural event took place in spring 2012 and dealt with the youth “school to prison pipeline”.

For the last five years Wilmore has served as a partner and creative director for the award-winning social justice and human rights centered Taharka Brothers Ice Cream Company in Baltimore. Wilmore and the Taharka Bros. team are featured in the film ‘A Dream Preferred’, a movie about the company due for release summer 2015.

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Mary Missouri

Associate Producer
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Mary Missouri is currently the School Leader of the Paul Robeson Academic International School of Excellence (P.R.A.I.S.E.) College Readiness Program at The Johns Hopkins School of Education. For over 20 years, she has worked as an educator/administrator creating innovative programs to address students’ needs. Mary embodies the principle of KUUMBAA, encouraging youth to tap into their creative giftedness to uplift each other and their communities.

As the mother of a budding Performance Artist and Lyricist, Mary recognizes the importance of allowing youth to speak their narrative. “Storytelling is the gateway to freedom; it is cathartic. Stories provide release, bring awareness and spur critical thought.” This core belief is what drives Mary’s interest in providing a platform for “sharing” that empowers individuals and communities.

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Larkis Webber

Co-Director
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Understanding the potent healing qualities art has on the psyche and the soul, Larkis Webber has been dedicated to providing artistic pieces with content that aims at enhancing social awareness. As the Founder and CEO of Evolutionary ArtWorks, his most noted work is producing, directing and acting as Malcolm X in a theatrical performance of “The Meeting.” Larkis has been bridging cultures to facilitate candid effective dialogue about sensitive issue such as race relations and politics for more than 15 years.

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Marc LaVeau

Co-Director
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Marc LaVeau is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where he was professionally trained in theatre arts and arts in education. He has been involved in community empowerment work for over 25 years. His extensive work in the theatre has allowed him to dabble in several aspects of theatre production i.e. acting, directing, stage and production management, play writing/building, set design and construction, lighting design, sound technician and even costume design. However, he would be the first to admit that he favors being on stage acting and/or directing. Although he has not graced the stage with his presence in quite a while, Mr. La Veau continues to utilize his creative juices through conducting improv and acting workshops, directing and in facilitation of his other workshops. He has a firm belief in the arts as a tool for positive social empowerment and transformation. Mr. LaVeau is a poet, a published author and a proud father working on raising two successful and healthy children.

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Kendra Banks

Set Designer
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Kendra Rochambeau Banks, originally of Queens, New York, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Fashion Merchandising, the University of the Arts with a M.A in Museum Education, and studied fashion design at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and Academy of Art Institute in San Francisco. She is currently teaching and plans to pursue her PhD. As a former executive director of a cultural arts organization, museum professional and educator, she is heavily involved in curating educational cultural arts experiences for diverse audiences. She has a strong love for presenting life experiences in their cultural contexts through art. Her creative eye, design skill and passion for the cultural arts and education has lead her to join the production team of Fades and Fellowship as the set designer. Her past experience includes the contribution of her performance and visual design skills to performances with non profit organizations, dance and theater companies in the Baltimore/Washington DC area and in the Caribbean.

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