I first encountered Kat through the Facebook campaign page of her father, Arik Bjorn, the Democratic nominee currently running against Congressman Joe Wilson in the 2nd District of South Carolina race. I was very impressed with Bjorn’s extraordinary daughter, and her father kindly allowed me to interview her. Here’s what happened when we sat down … [Read more…]
Almost a year ago, I was sitting at a local watering hole with good company. (Well, actually, not just good company – the most awesome people live here in Columbia, South Carolina, and I’m privileged to know them.) But even amongst all this love, this intelligent conversation, this social activism, and this easygoing camaraderie amongst … [Read more…]
As the University of South Carolina geared up to start their first day of school in the fall semester, I decided to look into Yik Yak, known as an online space where college students share their thoughts without reservation. Where better to look for truth than an anonymous message board system frequented by the young?
On May 3, 1952, Kitty Wells recorded “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” written by J. D. Miller, for Decca in Nashville. Despite being banned by the Grand Ole Opry and NBC, it still reached number one on the Billboard country charts, a first for a solo female artist, and set off a … [Read more…]
As news of the tragedy of the Charleston massacre spread to the rest of the world, I was overseas traveling in London. When the general sentiment on my social networks turned from sadness and anger to talk of protest about the Confederate flag on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds, I was disappointed to … [Read more…]