Art & Literature

Charleston’s Cocktail Bandits debut their first book ‘Holy Spirits: Charleston Culture Through Cocktails’

By Natalie Prioleau It’s post-tourism season in Charleston, but imagine touring the city this fall, indulging in its local cuisine, spirits and history with two charismatic, intelligent and beautiful black women as your guides! The Cocktail Bandits, Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves, are providing that experience for food and beverage enthusiasts everywhere with the release…

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Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc., Presents “Fences” at MOJA Arts Festival

Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc., the premiere African-American theatre company of the Lowcountry, is preparing for its 2017 MOJA Arts Festival offering, “Fences” an entertaining drama by August Wilson. “Fences” was written by August Wilson in 1987 to represent the period of the “1950s” for his “Pittsburgh Cycle”, often referred to as his “Century…

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“Sugar in the Grits” Premieres October 7 at MOJA Festival

The Gullah Geechee Angel Network and We are Family presents “Sugar in the Grits” on Saturday October 7 at 7:00pm at Circular Congregational Church (150 Meeting Street).  It is written and acted by talented up-and-coming playwright Vanity Reid Deterville, along with an ensemble of skilled actors. This compelling story told through poetry, music, dance and oral…

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The 36th Annual ‘That BIG Book Sale’ Is A Treasure Hunt For Book Lovers

The Charleston Friends of the Library are proud to present That BIG Book Sale on October 13-15 at the Omar Shrine Auditorium, with the Preview Sale for members taking place on October 12th from 5-8 p.m. This year’s That BIG Book Sale will feature over 60,000 unique books, DVDS, CDs, audio books, sheet music, and maps all available to…

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Charleston native publishes children’s textbook on African history

Angel Harriott, Charleston native and Burke High School alumna, recently published a textbook and workbook for children to teach them about a rich legacy of African history and contributions prior to enslavement. In this first volume of the series, “Journey to Nubia and Kemet: Exploring African History, Culture and Contributions”, Harriott uses a compilation of…

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Charleston’s Free Verse Festival Debuts in October

By Erica Veal Charleston’s first Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker, is passionate about promoting poetry and a value for writing, especially in schools and among black and brown youth. Yet, he said, his newfound status didn’t come with a blueprint or money. Taking his lead from a similar event in Miami, Florida, he created the Free Verse…

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Student Darius Kelly wins That BIG Book Sale design competition

The Charleston Friends of the Library, in partnership with the Art Institute of Charleston, launched its 4th annual That BIG Book Sale design competition last month.  This year’s winner is student Darius Kelly who impressed the four judges with his incredible design that is literally “out of this world”. “The poster competition is part of…

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Charleston’s Poet Laureate announces Free Verse poetry festival schedule

Charleston, SC’s first poet laureate, Marcus Amaker, and the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs have announced the schedule of Free Verse: Charleston’s first poetry festival. The festival’s calendar of events includes several highlights: a youth poetry slam at The Gaillard Center (presented by The Charleston Gaillard Education Initiative) on Sept. 29, a poetry…

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Award-winning Author Kwame Alexander Will Headline Local Black Book Festival

Kwame Alexander, New York Times-bestselling author and 2015 Newberry Medal recipient, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival. Alexander will join at least 50 black authors and hundreds of readers for the second annual festival on September 23, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Main…

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