Created by Kwapi Vengesayi in 2003, the Shades of Black Show is a showcase that celebrates the different textures and dimensions of the multicultural experience through the performing Arts. It has established itself as one of the most anticipated productions in the northwest region of the United States and won he 2015 National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) West Region Outstanding Multicultural Program of the Year and the 2016 Student Entertainment Board Program of The Year at Washington State University.
Using voices and talent from the local community, the show explores and celebrities issues related to diversity, acceptance and inclusion through dance, poetry, song and other forms of the performing arts. The Shades of Black Show continues to live up to its reputation as phenomenal space for self-expression as it strives to give people an opportunity to express who they are and how their own identity, experiences, and observations relate to their surroundings and society as a whole.
Some of the show’s talent has gone on to be signed to major record labels such as Sony/RCA Records and has been on shows like The Voice. Other talent has been cast in major productions such as Marvel Universe Live and dancers such as Max Nguyen have toured with artists such as Ariana Grande and Jesse McCartney
Zimbabwean by birth, Kwapi Vengesayi graduated from the University of Idaho where he studied Architecture and Sociology. He has over 10 years experience working with, and consulting for, universities, cultural groups and other individuals and organizations on issues, initiatives and events related to civil rights, diversity and inclusion. Vengesayi has also written two Amazon category bestsellers, the second being ranked #1 in two categories: Romance & Relationships and Social Science. He has been been nominated for and has received numerous awards of the years. In 2015, he was invited to give a TEDx Talk about the Shades of Black Show and what he calls, “The Art of Activist Entertainment.”