Arts & Entertainment

Rapper Offset Launches $500K Fundraising Campaign for the American Cancer Society

Rapper Offset, of the chart-topping hip-hop trio Migos, is teaming up with the American Cancer Society and mobilizing his fellow artists, corporate sponsors and passionate fans to raise $500,000 for the organization. Offset’s dedication to the fight against cancer is personal. His inspiration for working with the American Cancer Society is his late grandmother, Sallie…

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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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9th Annual Lowcountry Jazz Festival Takes Flight

By Barney Blakeney Dr. Thaddeus John Bell and the team of the Lowcountry Jazz Festival are anticipating another successful event as the 9th annual musical extravaganza swings into play September 1-3. Bell expects this year’s festival to exceed the reputation that it’s earned in previous years as the premier jazz concert event in the state.…

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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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Renowned International Artist and City of Charleston Ambassador for the Arts Announces World Premiere Event

Celebrated international artist and City of Charleston Ambassador for the Arts, Jonathan Green is pleased to announce Jonathan Green’s “Requiem for Rice”, presented in collaboration with the International African American Museum. Jonathan Green’s “Requiem for Rice” is a musical tribute to honor and recognize posthumously the scores of enslaved Africans upon whom the infrastructure of…

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Gentrification, Global Warming Collide In New Comedy Web Series The North Pole When Your Environment Is Melting Away—Where Will You Stand?

This Fall, get ready for the new comedy web series that hits on today’s biggest hot-button issues: gentrification. Global warming. And gluten-free donuts. In The North Pole, filmmakers Darren Colston, Josh Healey, and Yvan Iturriaga combine absurd humor with inventive storytelling to reflect on the changing environmental and cultural climate of Oakland, CA. Executive produced…

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Author Curtis Inabinett, Jr., Receives National Recognition

The Annual 2017 Florida Authors and Publishers Association Presidential Book Awards recognized “The Legendary Florida A & M University Marching Band, The History Of The Hundred,” by Curtis Inabinett, Jr., in the categories of Adult Non-Fiction, and Biography as a Silver, and Bronze medal winner. Hosted by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, this prestigious national…

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