The Charleston Cut

A collaboration between barbers and beauticians in Charleston, SC.

As part of MOJA Festival 2019, conNECKtedTOO wishes to highlight the integral roles barbers, beauticians, barbershops and beautyshops fill in their communities.

Participating barbers and beauticians will execute individual versions of “the Charleston Cuts” on live models on a specific day and time during MOJA.  This will not be a competitiion or a pageant. conNECKtedTOO will incorporate poetry, music and storytelling to affirm the place of the arts as people’s safe keepers and to amplify the awareness of the events.  A professional photographer will take  pictures of the barbers and beauticians at work with their models as will as the finished cuts.

The collaboration kicks off at Smitty’s Super Seven Barbershop at 1941 Reynolds Avenue September 30 at 5:00pm.

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Juried Art Reception

Date: Monday, September 30, 6:00pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: Free

Come applaud the incredible work presented at the MOJA Juried Art Exhibition, on view at the Cannon Street Arts Center during MOJA. Artists will be present to share their perspectives and inspiration. Festive and traditional dress encouraged.

Poetry and Storytelling: Regina Duggins

Date: Monday, September 30, 6:00pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and Tribal Raine
Hosts: Charleston Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Regina Duggins was born in Brooklyn, New York.  She relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, in 2010 as part of a pact to reconnect to her family’s roots.  Poet, author, and Charleston Black Pride founder, being a voice for the voiceless has been a lifelong mission for Duggins. She began her love of writing poetry in the 7th grade when her English teacher introduced her to poetry writing.  She is a reading interventionist for the Charleston County School District and has also worked with inner-city youth in the Charleston area as an after-school assistant coordinator.

She received her doctorate at Grand Canyon University in organizational leadership with an emphasis on K-12.  She is also the founder of Black Magic Girls Mentoring Program, a parent advocate for Charleston Rise, and a self-published author of two poetry books.  Her first book of poetry, Black Magic, was written in 2017.  Duggins’ second book of poetry, Black Coffee: No Sugar, No Cream, addresses violence as well as women empowerment, living in marginalized communities, the need for inclusion and diversity, police brutality in Black communities, feminist issues, and the importance of voting.

College of Charleston Gospel Choir

Date: Monday, September 30
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Mt. Zion AME Church
Address: 5 Glebe Street
Admission: AT DOOR ONLY $15 General Admission | FREE for Students with Valid ID

About the Program:

This year the College of Charleston Gospel Choir will be featuring a vast repertoire of contemporary gospel music from the 1990’s. From artists like Kirk Franklin, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard, to choirs like the Mississippi Mass Choir, West Angeles C.O.G.I.C Mass Choir and many more; you will experience an eclectic variation of contemporary gospel music.

While many white musicians gravitated toward country, folk, and old-timey music to express their spirituality outside of traditional Christian hymns, Black Gospel music drew heavily upon the traditional spirituals that had been passed down from the days of slavery, picking up its more driving rhythmic emphasis from blues and early jazz. Composer and singer Thomas A. Dorsey crystallized the style in 1932 with his epochal “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” and went on to compose a great many songs that later became standards.

As the curtains of 1980 through the 1990’s drew opened, there was a soothing melody found in Contemporary Gospel. This new Gospel gave us peace of mind. A peace of mind that continues to be the foundation of real happiness and that peace is the fruit of our love perfectly fulfilled in song / music. It provided great comfort in knowing that we will one day see Jesus. Contemporary Gospel is a development of our faculties and powers through a relationship with God. It reinforced the belief that God is the Master of our Faith and the Captain of our soul. This new style of music had its crossover into the world of entertainment through such stars as Ray Charles, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, The Edwin Hawkins Singers (O Happy Day), Andrea Crouch; (The Blood Will Never Lose its Power), which was composed by him when he was only thirteen years of age.
-Brenten Weeks, Director, College of Charleston Gospel Choir