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Shaw 'Platinum Sound' Junior Drum Major to Star in Tyler Perry Production

June 5, 2014 - Timmy Richardson, a junior drum major in the Shaw University Band, has landed a major role in an upcoming TV series by Tyler Perry. Richardson will star as a character named "Justice" in Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong (formerly Single Mom’s Club). The series will premiere on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network in September.

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 not only excels on the stage, but in the classroom as well. He is a third grade student at Powell Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, NC where he is a second year violinist in the school orchestra, and a member of the track team. Richardson is a also a member of the Elevation Baptist Church children’s choir and plays baseball for the Raleigh Parks and Recreation team "The Bats." Always an entertainer, he enjoys performing and has his very own home studio, complete with several musical instruments and mirrors on the wall for dancing. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball, video games, his keyboard or looking up music tutorials on YouTube.