Charleston Chronicle Exclusives

Readers of All Ages Invited to Take Part in Summer Programs That Include Prizes, Games, Hundreds of Free Events

By Damion Smalls John L. Dart Library Branch manager K’Lani Green is leading the call for inform the community that Charleston County Public Library is collaborating with the Charleston County School District to host their Summer Reading Programs for young children, teens and adults. Registration opened May 1 and the program runs from June 1…

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Despite Skepticism and Uncertainty Charleston Public Housing Will Change

By Barney Blakeney Charleston Housing Authority officials for the past several months have been meeting with tenants to inform them about restructuring that will change public housing as we know it. CHA General Counsel Melissa Maddox-Evans said the authority has adopted a program that allows public/private partnerships to invest in its properties as federal funding for…

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Willis/Scott Gubernatorial Team Breaking New Ground In the Dirty South

By Barney Blakeney A contingent of South Carolina’s National Newspaper Publishers Association members April 27 met with Democratic Primary election gubernatorial candidate Marguerite Willis and running mate Columbia Sen. John Scott to hear their agenda if elected to the state’s highest political offices. The pair has broken new ground in the state’s first gubernatorial election…

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Ultimately Voters Control Our Prisons, Says Kimpson

By Barney Blakeney The April 15 fight among inmates at Lee Correctional Institution that left seven dead and about two dozen injured for some offers a grim testimony to a reality of violence that apparently knows no bounds. Deadly violence in local communities is unprecedented. The violence doesn’t stop when convicted offenders go to prison.…

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Black Creatives Share Knowledge and Words of Encouragement at Second Annual “Falling In Love With Your Passion”

By Typhani Gray On April 21, a local nonprofit organization within the black community, The Conqueror Movement, hosted their second annual networking experience, “Falling in Love With your Passion”. The Falling in Love with Your Passion event stands as a division of The Conqueror Movement for a space where millennial creatives can influence and inspire…

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Sumter And Williamsburg Schools: A Tale Of Two School Districts

By Barney Blakeney Things may or may not be getting better for schools in South Carolina’s infamous ‘Corridor of Shame’ since the state’s Supreme Court last December relinquished oversight of the approximately 24-year legal struggle to insure quality education to the predominantly Black students of its 36 school districts. In recent weeks Sumter County School…

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For Frankie ‘The Big Bopper’ The Beat Goes On

By Barney Blakeney Charleston disc jockey and radio personality, the legendary Frankie ‘The Big Bopper’ Green, died April 18. He was 66. Green, a product of the Charleston peninsula’s Eastside neighborhood, parlayed a love for music and drumming into an unparalleled musical career that propelled him into local superstardom. Over the span of Green’s more…

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Award Winning Author Kwame Alexander Returns To Charleston To Promote Latest Novel

By Damion Smalls Kwame Alexander stopped by the Lowcountry Wednesday, April 18 as he made several appearances throughout the day to promote his latest book, Rebound, which was released earlier this month. Alexander, who headlined Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival in 2017, is a Newberry Medal winner, New York Times bestseller and the…

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