Capturing Quarantine Oral Histories
Interview with LA-Sheba Williams



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La-Sheba (Goldie) Williams (she/her/hers) was raised in Miami, Florida. She attended Dr. Michael Krop high school and is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she majored in acting. In her high school years, Williams travelled back and forth from Jamaica with her parents. Between 2008-2013 she volunteered with her church’s (The Friendship Holiness Church) outreach program to travel and distribute food and clothes to less fortunate people. From age 16-18 she worked at her mother’s beauty salon, while also starting her own freelance hair, makeup, and styling business, Goldy Mane, in 2016. She pursued theatre heavily in high school, participating in thespian competitions. In 2017, she started working towards a brand titled Lioness Unleashed, which centers around female empowerment, mindfulness, and connectivity. Since coming to Columbia College Chicago, he has been very active in the Theatre Department, being cast in several shows since 2016. In the show “Young, Gifted, and Black” she met and worked with her mentor Don Renee, who quickly became a major influence and role model in her life.

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theatre, theater, COVID-19, pandemic, Florida, Chicago, Illinois, United States, coronavirus

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LA-Sheba Williams (she/her/hers), recounts her life as a child in a family of five, travelling back and forth from Jamaica. She recounts how theatre shaped both her high school experience and how, with the help of mentorship and a need to get out of Florida, she made her college decision. She reflects on several shows she has worked on at Columbia College Chicago over the years and what she has learned/gained from each of them. She discusses the role of structure that school plays/played in her life, and how the remote learning shift impacted her situation. She expresses a few grievances she has with Zoom and the new set-up for classes, but she also talks on what she’s learned from it and how to stay positive even though you don’t enjoy the new situation. LAstly, Williams offers tips on healthy practices, healthy eating, a vegan lifestyle, and mindful living to create a positive lifestyle.

Conducted in spring 2020 by an Oral History: The Art of the Interview student, this interview with a fellow student in the class reflects on the pandemic and how it impacted their life. The interview is conducted based on the life history approach to oral history.

Interview with LA-Sheba Williams