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Equifax data breach leaves at least 143 million consumers credit at risk

By Charlene Crowell, communications deputy director with the Center for Responsible Lending Record-breaking back-to-back hurricanes in Houston and Florida brought unprecedented winds and rains affecting millions of Americans. Yet another storm just as brutal but financial in nature is also raging and affects at least 143 million Americans, as well as consumers in Canada and…

Black Ink: The Impact of Storytelling

By Chase Quinn I remember venturing out last fall shortly after moving to Charleston from New York City to attend Black Ink, Charleston’s First African American Book Festival. I’d seen the event advertised in the local paper and was both surprised to learn it was the first one of its kind and committed to getting…

Rebuilding the Gulf Coast, Preparing for the Next Hurricane

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. & Candice S. Cason, NNPA Newswire Columnists It has been nothing short of horrifying to watch the pictures of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas and Louisiana. We can only imagine what it has been like for those, who have been the direct victims of this storm. There is much that can…

Kaepernick’s Protest is Part of a Patriotic Tradition

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, is being blackballed — itself a revealing phrase — from the National Football League with the collusion of the all-white owners. He is ostracized because a year ago he exercised his First Amendment right to free speech by taking…

Chronicles of Adam Musical Theater Workshop

The South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation has received Fy18 funding from the South Carolina Arts Commission to present Artist-in-Residencies in rural communities in South Carolina. The Foundation will present a three-day musical theater workshop, Tuesday, August 1 – 3, 2017 at the Household of Faith Church #3, 720 Hudson Street, Hartsville, SC, 5:00 –…

Edmond Robinson Football Camp at St. John’s High

Boys and girls ages 8-18 are welcomed and encouraged to attend this half day football camp featuring NFL players and coaches sponsored by Islander graduate and current Minnesota Vikings player, Edmond Robinson, this Saturday at St. John’s High School (1518 Main Road). Registration is FREE and activities will include conditioning, position drills, 7 on 7,…

Charleston Jazz and the Gibbes Museum of Art present ‘The Art of Jazz’ featuring Demetrius Doctor

Charleston Jazz is partnering with the Gibbes Museum of Art to present ‘The Art of Jazz,’ a summer series of music inspired by the current works on view at The Gibbes. The second concert of this 3-part series will feature the Demetrius Doctor Trio, taking place on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, from 6:00 – 7:00…

Charleston County Public Library announces photo casting call

Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) announces a casting call for patrons who love their local library! CCPL customers of all ages are invited to visit their nearest regional branch and be photographed using library services. Many of the photos taken will be featured on CCPL’s new website, which will launch later this year, along with…

Master Planning public meeting July 20 for West Ashley’s Old Towne Creek County Park

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) will hold a public information and input meeting for the master planning of its “Old Towne Creek County Park” property. All interested members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria…

Baptist Hill Raising Funds for Athletic Uniforms

Baptist Hill Middle High School is hosting a fundraiser this Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot (6251 Highway 162) in Hollywood. School administrators, coaches, and student-athletes are participating in a barbeque and car wash to raise a significant portion of their goal of $13,000 for…

The Special Needs Prom To Be Held August 18

In an effort to provide ongoing recreation and social opportunities for community members with disabilities, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) and the City of Charleston Therapeutic Recreation Division invite people with special needs to a prom-themed celebration on Friday, Aug. 18. People with special needs and their families and caregivers are invited…

Preserve The Gullah presents ‘GEECHEE GALA: An Archival Fundraiser’

Preserve The Gullah and CharlestonGOOD have teamed up to bring a night of artistic and cultural exploration with “The Geechee Gala” Archival Fundraiser on July 15, 2017. The gala and gallery, which will take place at 2 Canal St., marks PTG’s first ever fundraising event and aims to raise funds to go towards the historic…

Comedian Trevor Noah Takes Over North Charleston PAC September 22

Reserved seat tickets go on sale Friday, July 14 at 10AM Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. This year “The Daily Show” has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award (Comedy/Variety Series). Noah joined “The Daily…

Live from the Underground to Return on July 22

Live from the Underground: The Cookout returns to Purple Buffalo on July 22, 2017. In partnership with Dope & Rare and Blu Gorilla Tattoo, Tee N Mac will create a music-fest vibe with two stages, performances and a vendor market. What started off as a concert will now be the ultimate summer experience with food…

The Charleston Rhizome Collective to host multi-media installation at City Gallery July 22-August 27

  The Charleston Rhizome Collective and The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs present conNECKted: Imaginings for Truth and Reconciliation, a multi-media installation, at City Gallery July 22 through August 27, 2017. The exhibition will open with a reception Friday, July 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. All events are free and open to…

Special Needs Swim Nights continue July 15 and 29

  The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is welcoming people with special needs, their families, caregivers and friends to a unique night at the waterpark! On Saturday, July 15, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark in North Charleston will open its gates in the evening for these guests to enjoy. Splash Zone will host its Special Needs…

The Charleston Friends of the Library Host John’s Island Book Sale

  Are you ready to find some great books at a great price?  The John’s Island Book Sale, offered by the Charleston Friends of the Library is just around the corner.  On July 28th and 29th, more than 10,000 books, DVDs, and CDs will be available at the John’s Island Regional Library (3531 Maybank Highway), for…

Ill Vibe The Tribe presents Elevators Volume 3

On Friday, July 14, 2017 at Purple Buffalo, local culture curators Ill Vibe the Tribe are presenting the third installation of their ever popular Hip Hop Showcase, Elevators. Elevators Volume 3 features the talents of JDanzo, of 803 The Clique, Charleston’s own Sunny Malin and two very special guests Mostafa and Landon Wordswell. Dj SCrib and IllVibe’s…

July 2017 events and programs at Charleston County Parks & Recreation

July Special Events   Uncle Sam Jam Tuesday, July 4, 7 – 11 p.m. Mount Pleasant Pier Get your tickets early! Celebrate the Fourth of July on the Mount Pleasant Pier! Dance to Carolina beach and party music performed by Recollections, at an excellent venue for viewing fireworks displays throughout the Lowcountry. Beverages will be…

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Damon L. Fordham teaches African American history at various colleges in the Charleston area. The above story is referenced in his book “True Stories of Black South Carolina,” and he may be reached at Damonfordham@yahoo.com for speaking engagements.