Arts & Entertainment

Local Minister Publishes New Book

The everyday world of Al Capers encompasses a lot of people from the Tri-County area of Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties, and beyond, but that is soon to change. As of July 2017, Rev. Dr. Alex Capers, Sr. is now known as a worldwide author with the penning of his new book READY FOR BATTLE,…

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Film Review: Girls Trip

  By Dwight Brown, NNPA Newswire Film Critic This hilarious and relentlessly bawdy take on a girls’ weekend reunion in New Orleans is following in the footsteps of some very popular female-appeal movies like “Sex In the City” and “Bridesmaids.” But “Girls Trip” is not a copycat. It’s very unique and will leave its own…

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Native of Charleston Recognized As #1 Best Selling Author

On Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Baltimore Maryland – Indie Legacy Author Awards nominated local author Karen Wright-Chisolm for co-author of the year for her chapter written in the #1 Best Selling Anthropology Book entitled-  “Camouflaged Sisters – Silent No More”. The Indie Author Legacy Awards (IALA) is the only of its kind, honoring modern…

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Walter Brown’s New Album Perfect for the Summer

Walter Brown creates the perfect soundtrack for your summer with his new album—Saturdaze. The LP produced by the Free Thinkers Union music group drops June 24. Brown’s artistry has been inspired and empowered by what this Mt. Pleasant, SC native calls “rock bottom.” He dropped out of high school in the 11th grade, and later served a five…

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Charles Lloyd, Ayodele Casel and Butler, Bernstein and The Hot 9 Add Luster to Spoleto Festival USA 2017’s Program

By Hakim Abdul-Ali The Spoleto Festival USA has a reputation of showcasing some of the world’s greatest entertainers and performers covering many genres. This year’s programmatic format was definitely a continuation of that process with the inclusion of jazz saxophonist giant Charles Lloyd, tap dancer Ayodele Casel and the esteemed pianist Henry Butler and trumpeter…

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The Chronicle Interviews Nigel Redden, Spoleto Festival USA’s General Director

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    This is Spoleto Festival USA’s forty-first year of operation, and I’ve been covering this gala seventeen day performing arts extravaganza for “The Charleston Chronicle” for almost twenty-eight-years now. I’ve met and interviewed some of the world’s greatest stars and performing artists, and it has been a delightful journalistic ride and an…

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Pedrito Martinez Group Wows Spoleto

By Hakim Abdul-Ali      The sounds of Afro-Cuban soul hit the Spoleto Festival USA 2017 stage last Saturday night with the appearance of the Pedrito Martinez Group. This dynamic quartet brought traditional and soulful rhythms, mixed with other musical vibrations, to the Spoleto audience with a soulful exuberance that hasn’t been seen nor heard…

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