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Shaw Junior Drum Major Tapped to Star in Tyler Perry Production

Timmy Richardson, a third-grader who stars on fall Saturdays as a junior drum major for Shaw University’s Platinum Sound marching band, last month landed a starring role in the upcoming Tyler Perry production “If Loving You is Wrong,” set to debut this fall on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Also known as Sho’Time Timmy, Richardson enjoys entertaining the crowd at Shaw football games. He has done a number of stage plays, TV commercials, music videos, short films, as well as independent feature films. Aside from filming the series, Richardson is preparing for the release of one of his projects, a short film called “No Child” written by Will Williams and directed by Rob Underhill. In addition, Richardson recently competed in a 16-week “Amateur Night” competition at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham hosted by the Apollo Theater in New York. After winning his first competition, Richardson is preparing to compete in the finals this month for a chance to qualify for an all-expense paid trip to New York to audition on the live show “Showtime at the Apollo.”

Richardson attends Powell Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, NC.

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Shaw Employee Hits Lottery, Pledges Gift to University

Shaw UA Shaw University employee recently won a $2 million Powerball jackpot in North Carolina, and has pledged to fully fund an endowed scholarship she started at the university last year.

Marilyn Fields, a Shaw graduate and executive assistant to the president created the Richardson Johnson Fields Endowed Scholarship in September, and plans to complete her giving to fulfill the $25,000 endowment requirement.

“For me, it was a miracle to attend Shaw University,” Fields said in a statement released by the North Carolina Education Lottery. “By awarding a student with the Richardson Johnson Fields Endowed Scholarship, I can give students who are doing the best that they can academically, but still need financial help, the same opportunity I had.”

Fields, who said she has no plans to retire, is a respected member of the Shaw community.

“Marilyn is beloved by this institution,” said Dr. Gaddis J. Faulcon, Shaw’s acting president. “She has been a faithful and consistent donor and has given Shaw her time, talent and money for nearly 40 years. She has sponsored students, given some money and has done whatever she can for those in need. We are thrilled and thankful for her. This could not have happened to a better person.”