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Our Team

The staff at The Radical Archive of Preservation are experienced and passionate artists who love sharing their skills and knowledge with all our guests. Above all, we’re a family of creative minds and qualified professionals in a variety of different fields who are bound by an undying passion for the arts. 

shady Radical, CA, MA, PhD

Founder and Performance Archivist


Dr. shady R. Radical, CA. works around issues of preservation in Black performance and production cultures.  She earned a Ph.D. from Georgia State University in Moving Image Studies and a Master's degree in Curatorial Arts and Visual Culture from New York University. Currently, she is teaching Dance history in the Dance Performance and Choreography Department at Spelman College.  She's taught Race and Representation in Film & TV; Documenting Performance; and The History of Film at Georgia State University.

While writing, archiving, and curating form the three nodes of her preservation practice, it was her experience as a key costumer at Tyler Perry Studios that ultimately inspired her passion and pursuit.  In 2021, She established The Radical Archive of Performance (t.r.a.p.), also the subject of her dissertation.  Her dissertation explores the theoretical implications at the intersection between the archive, blackness, and film/tv production culture.

Press, Research, and Writing 

Recent Film, Media & Theatre Doctoral Recipient finds archive of performance at Tyler Perry Studios. Georgia State University (2022)​

The Radical Archive of Preservation. The Disruptive Quarterly (2022)​

Archiving Fellowships Blog: Ballethnic Ballet Company. DANCE/USA (2022)

BEEOMBI: The Catacombs of Drip. Oz Magazine (2022)

Ruth E. Carter at SCADFASH. Burnaway Magazine (2021) 

From Cartoon to Concept. Oz Magazine (2021)

Alternate Realities: Research in Atlanta's Field of Augmented Realities. OZ Magazine (2021)

The Day to Day of The Costumer. Oz Magazine (Mar/Apr2021)

All That's Black Ain't SOUL'D. Liquid Blackness Journal (2014)

Lee A. Bailey

Accounts Manager

Most people are looking forward to telling their story no matter how short it may be. My passion is to help those individuals bring out the best they can in their business experience. My goal is to help my clients feel like they are important, and their business is necessary. I have been successful in helping my clients to find a healthy perspective, strengthen and build a good business.

My educational background includes Associates of Science in Business, Bachelor of Science in Business, and Master of Business Administration in Business and Finance from University of Phoenix.

I have more than 35 years of combined experience in both public and private sectors: as a contracts coordinator, insurance, and trust officer, managing a business center, accounting, taxation, and human resources. I provide consultation services with strategic implementation. My burning desire is to travel outside the country and to see how others in the world live. The key to my success is believe in yourself and trust God in all situations.

Njema Williams 

Archives Intern

Njema Williams, a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia, earned her bachelor’s degree in dance and history from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia in 2022. Williams’ main historical interests include 19th and 20th century American history with a focus on arts and culture, specifically Black dance history. As a sophomore, Williams worked on two public history projects, one researching and documenting the history of professors of color at Agnes Scott College and another studying the history and lasting importance of Antioch AME Church, Decatur’s oldest Black church. Williams was also a content writer and copy editor for Agnes Scott College’s Revolutionary Historians Organization. In 2020, Williams was inducted into the Alpha Theta Psi chapter of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. Williams is currently earning her master’s degree in public history at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia. Through this program, Williams is interning with the Georgia Humanities Council as a Graduate Research Assistant helping with promotional and archival projects. Along with her interest in history, Williams is also a professional ballet dancer with Ballethnic Dance Company in East Point, Georgia, where she has danced since spring 2023.

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