Dale Guy Madison is an award-winning educator, LGBTQ activist, playwright, author, filmmaker, performance artist and doll collector. He knows how to show and sell, as one of the first African American hosts of QVC, and the first to produce the African Marketplace shopping hour on the popular shopping network.
For more than 15 years, Madison has worked as a grassroots LGBT activist, using the arts to affect change in the areas of AIDS awareness, substance abuse, community health issues and homophobia. He is the author of “Dreamboy: My Life As a QVC Host,” a memoir – set against the tunes of the 1960s girl group, The Supremes – details his broken relationships, a whirlwind heterosexual marriage; life as an openly gay black actor in Hollywood; his work as a QVC host; and a period of darkness, which found him clinging to life in a mental institution. In addition, he penned “Sissy Sammy in the Land of WeHo 90069,” an adult fairytale about an effeminate boy from the hood, who is bullied, but eventually gets lost in an all-gay town.
Through his production company, DamnGoodMan Productions, he creates, curates and produces culturally-relevant entertainment that embraces positive, empowering messages for the LGBTQ community. His resume of work includes two award-winning short films, “DREAMBOY: My Life as a QVC Host & Other Hits,” based on his memoir, and “The Panty Man.” As a performance artist, Madison has also written and performed two one-man shows, “FREEda SLAVE: Mask of a Diva” and “My Life in 3 Easy Payments.” Both theatrical productions introduce audiences to his drag persona, FREEda SLAVE, which he created for his bit part in the hilarious 1995 comedy, “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,” starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo.
Fun fact: Dale Guy Madison is an avid doll collector, and his own line of handmade African dolls sold out in five minutes on QVC! Because of the exposure on QVC, the Baltimore native became a nationally-recognized doll designer, and traveled around the country, promoting African art. Recently, his doll collections was exhibited at the William Grant Still Arts Center in Los Angeles from December 2017 through February 2018 as part of its 37th annual Black Doll Show, titled “Jubilee, Celebrations in Color.”
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