Lifestyle, Society, & Fashion

ESSENCE Launches New Digital Series Focused on the Impact of COVID-19 on Black America

ESSENCE Communications Inc. announced March 30 a new digital series focused on providing Black women and communities with the tools and information needed to address issues arising from the COVID-19 global pandemic. The series, ESSENCE Wellness House: A Virtual Summit, Episode One: Taking Care in the Wake of a Global Pandemic, will include live online…

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#QuarantineAndChill: Things to Do During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., NNPA Newswire Culture and Entertainment Editor Covid-19, Coronavirus or “Rona” as some are calling it has changed the way society typically functions. Some cities have imposed mandatory quarantines while others are encouraging self-control and self-quarantining. Many are complying with official requests for social distancing and eliminating contact with those outside…

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*POSTPONED* Charleston Music Showcase The Cultura Festival Returns With Curren$y Headlining

Southern Wealth in Music (S.W.I.M.), Murias Entertainment and the Royal American are thrilled to announce the 2nd Annual Cultura Festival. Cultura Festival is Charleston’s new and exclusive Hip-Hop, Dance, and R&B festival. It’s a collaborative event between Charles Carmody (Murias Entertainment), Matt “Monday” Bostic (S.W.I.M.), and John Kenney (The Royal American). Tickets are available now. *…

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A Louisiana Girl with California Wine

By Candace J. Semien, Jozef Syndicate reporter Dawna Jones, Ph.D., remembers having an amazing childhood in Opelousas with her parents, Randolph and Priscilla Darjean, and three siblings. But one distinct memory may have unintentionally guided the 43-year-old plant pathologist into the winemaking business. “My mother dabbled in making various fruit wines when I was very…

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Tourism and Coronavirus: College of Charleston Hospitality Professor Examines Potential Impacts

By Mike Robertson You can understand if Wayne Smith may be experiencing a bit of déjà vu. Many years ago, Smith worked as a tourism development coordinator for the province of Ontario, Canada. During that time, a mysterious virus was discovered in Asia and quickly spread around the world. Soon, health officials worried about the global impact…

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Columbia Museum of Art blowout party celebrates It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection on Friday the 13th

  Arts & Draughts, Columbia’s most creative party, returns for a scary good time on Friday, March 13, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. A great opportunity to party with hundreds of friends and community creatives, this time the quarterly series revolves around the featured exhibition It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett…

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Celebrating the Charlie “Bird” Parker Centennial at the 2020 ColaJazz Festival

The Third Annual ColaJazz Festival will bring three of the world’s foremost jazz musicians to The Senate Columbia. Master saxophonists Tia Fuller and Don Braden will headline the April 4, 2020 event with up-and-comer Alexa Tarantino. “This year is the centennial of the great saxophonist and bebop innovator Charlie Parker,” said Mark Rapp, ColaJazz artistic…

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24th Annual ArtFest at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre

Creativity will be overflowing in young hearts at the 24th Annual Town of Mount Pleasant ArtFest on Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. hosted by Mount Pleasant Towne Centre. Local music, dance and visual arts studios will offer stunning performances by some of the area’s most talented individuals and groups, plus aspirations are…

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CCU’s Gullah Geechee conference performances to benefit area flood relief

As scholars, practitioners, and community members prepare to gather on the CCU campus for the second annual Gullah Geechee conference March 4-7, organizers plan to cycle some of the conference proceeds right back into the community. Two major performing arts events at the International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference, sponsored by CCU’s Charles Joyner Institute…

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