Krystal Klear Productions will be hosting its second Black History Soul Meet and Eat on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at Midland Park Community Center (2429 Midland Park Road, North Charleston, SC 29406). Attendees can enjoy Lowcountry eats, networking, expressive art forms, vendors, black history trivia, and prizes. This year’s featured artists are Hip Hop Dancer Alex Dixon also known as “Mr. Smilez,” the Speak Freely Foundation poets, Local Artist Daryle Halbert, Gullah Storyteller Theresa Hilliard of Mama Doonk’s Gullah, and Adande African Drum and Dance Company. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and under. They can be purchased on Eventbrite under Black History Soul Meet and Eat.
This event is purposed to celebrate Black History Month by showcasing African American businesses, highlighting Lowcountry foods, edutaining through trivia, and more. It is suggested that attendees wear casual African attire. The featured artists represent different generations and artistic backgrounds. Public Arts for Health and Stability (PATHS) is a non-profit organization purposed to enlighten people about overlooked issues, such as cancer research and heart health. PATHS works primarily with murals, mosaic pieces, and sculptures to bring awareness to the community. Local Artist and PATHS Founder Daryle Halbert has worked with children at schools and events throughout the Lowcountry guiding them in art activities. He mentioned wanting to be able to give funds to children who would paint murals in the community with him in order to help keep them off the streets. He enjoys painting murals, Lowcountry scenes, and jazz scenes and engaging others in community art projects. Halbert will produce live visual art at the event by creating a black history-themed piece of art. Some proceeds will benefit the organization. Krystal Klear Productions Founder and CEO Krystal Yeadon stated “I have watched Daryle instruct children, senior citizens and other community members in creating art. He works well with people from different backgrounds to orchestrate art projects that can be enjoyed by all. I have a new branch of my company called Krystal Klear Kares, which serves as the giveback branch of Krystal Klear Productions. I want to give back to this organization because I like its purpose in being community-oriented just as my company is, and especially through the arts.”
Alex Dixon aka “Mr. Smilez” is a hip hop dancer who teaches dance lessons through his company, My Simple 1-2 Dance Company and dance routines to couples who are getting married through his company, Get Hitched Wedding Choreography. Speak Freely Foundation (SFF) was our giveback non-profit organization that received proceeds from last year’s event. SFF Founder Carlos Johnson and Youth Poet Ivy Grinnage will perform this year. Theresa Hilliard of Mama Doonk’s Gullah is a tour guide, Gullah storyteller, and author of her new book, “Mama Doonk’s Gullah Recipes,” which honors the legacy of her grandmother from Edisto Island, SC. Under the direction of Jesse Thrower, Adande African Drum and Dance Company performs at schools, festivals and other events throughout the Lowcountry. Back this year by popular demand, they will bring the rhythm of African drum and dance alive at this event.
The Black History Soul Meet and Eat will be a family-friendly event that people of all ages can attend. Learning will not end with trivia at the event. Each child will leave with a black history activity book while supplies last. The books contain coloring pages, other educational activities and bios about historical African American figures.