This one hurts.  Like, death is hard to talk about, but this one right here just – hurts.  On yesterday, we heard the shocking news that our leader, not just our Black Lives Matter leader, but our LEADER, Muhiyyidin lost his life in New Orleans.  At the age of 32, this beacon in our community is gone.  The New Orleans police have not been able to identify the murderer, nor have they found any suspects.  The sad realization that many of us are thinking, is that we may never find out what happened.

Yesterday, after finding out the news, it was pure disbelief – hell, even my mother couldn’t believe it and she had only met him a few times!  But, anyone who came in contact with Muhiyyidin knows that he was far too good for this earth – like really just genuinely good.  He was an activist, a leader, a planner, a doer (never just a talker – NEVER).  He was always planning, trying to figure out what the people of his community needed most.  He managed to get ME (the girl who ducks everybody; the girl who doesn’t want to come to your event, party, get-together)  – yup, he managed to get people like me to show up, get active, participate, and be a part of the conversation – time and time again.

We had a lot of wild moments under the leadership of Muhiyyidin, some funny, some serious, but all memorable.  Thank you Muhiyyidin aka, Moya for your leadership.  Your determination and drive to do good within the community and the world was genuine and that’s why so many people rocked with you.  I appreciate who you are and I thank you for the impact you made here in Charleston.  Now, you can really walk barefoot, beat your drum, and spend eternity in perfect peace.

Here are some great memories we got to have with Muhiyyidin:

(Honorable Mention) Leeds Avenue – Protests

July 14, 2016 – During the Michael Slager trial, a lot happened.  Protests continued and the people of Charleston spent a lot of time outside (and inside) of the jail on Leeds to send a message to Michael Slager and the North Charleston police department.  There was even one night some of the BLM protesters had been arrested and we were yet again, joining Muhiyyidin, in the lobby of the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center protesting their arrest.

5) Charleston/ NYC BLM Protests for Eric Garner

December 13, 2014 – This was the Black Lives Matter Protest, Marion Square, Downtown Charleston, SC. This was really at the start of his legacy and on this day,  Charleston joined in solidarity w/ the NYC protests for Eric Garner.

4) The Stomping Ground – North Charleston City Hall

Name someone other than Muhiyyidin who could bring every hip-hop artist, poet, creator, media personality, and politician within 100 mile radius and have them marching through the streets and shutting down North Charleston! Thank you Muhiyyidin – you will continue to be an inspiration!

3) Muhiyyidin and Students of College of Charleston

July 13, 2016 – Muhiyyidin and students from The College of Charleston organized a MASSIVE protest in Marian Spare, to send a message to the schools President in regards to the confederate flag!

2) This Is What Democracy Looks Like

April 8, 2015 – On this day, in protest of the murder of Walter Scott, Muhiyyidin organized a protest inside the walls of City Hall.  We LITERALLY turned North Charleston City upside down.  They didn’t know what to do with us!

1) Superheroes Do Exist

I remember riding down Calhoun street and having to stop for gas before heading over to the College of Charleston.  Rumors were flying that protesters would be showing up to speak out against Bree Newsome, the young woman that had climbed a flag pole to remove a conferate flag.  The plan was to protest their protest! While pumping gas, I began to hear sirens, police were racing through traffic down Calhoun towards the College.  I knew there was drama and figured a fight broke out.  The had blocked off the streets and wouldn’t allow anyone else near the college, so I decided to head home.  Before I could even get home, my the video is already all over Facebook!  I’m getting text and phone calls asking “did you see Muhiyyidin” !  This was a classic moment in Charleston Black history!  I probably watched that video twenty times, it was hilarious.

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Active shooter awareness sessions are cancelled due to Irma.  Sessions will be rescheduled.


It’s unfortunate to admit that we now live in a world where you have to consider what you would do in the worst, most horrible circumstances, should you be placed there.  We have reached a point in society where you not only consider what you would do, many are now training for real life situations you once thought only occurred in movies.  Even in Charleston, SC, what many consider one of the Best Places to Visit in America (according to Conde Nast), you have to prepare yourself for the worst.  The Holy City has had their fair share of unholy acts.  Due to the reality of more active and mass shooting across the United States, the police department in the lowcountry are helping businesses to think quick, be smart, and fight back if you can.

Businesses in the Lowcountry are getting an opportunity to partake in an upcoming awareness session being held by the City of Charleston Police Department.  The sessions are called Active Shooter Awareness Sessions and they are being held for businesses on Tuesday, September 12th and Wednesday, September 13th.

In lieu of last weeks lunchtime shooting death and hostage situation, by a former employee who took the life of his boss, Chef Shane Whiddon, we are unfortunately living in a time where understanding how to handle an active shooter is becoming a necessity and a way of life – even in a city as “friendly” as Charleston.

The Active Shooter sessions are being held in the Charleston Museum Auditorium each day starting at 3:00 pm, in downtown at 360 Meeting Street.  Each of the sessions should last approximately 1-hour; it includes a presentation along with a question and answer period for area business owners.

The Charleston Police Department, in a memo released this afternoon stated,

“Sessions will cover layered security approaches which will assist businesses in prevention as well as recommendations from the Police Department on how to respond if an incident should occur in your business.”

The Department is also including presentation materials available for area business owners at the end of each session.  They are encouraging that all businesses and owners share the recommendations with their staff.  For any additional questions, contact Lt. Heath King via email at or call 843-720-3924

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A total solar eclipse is scheduled to grace the atmosphere in August and millions of people around the world are planning to take part in this heavenly phenomenon. When the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, there will be almost three total minutes of total darkness in some sections of the United States. Scientists and astronomers have predicted that the best places in the U.S. to experience this rare occurrence is along a diagonal section from Oregon to South Carolina; more specifically, cities like St. Joseph, Missouri and Charleston, S.C. are being held as prime locations to visit during the eclipse.

As a Charleston resident, the thought of any additional traffic coming into the city is damn near frightening, but here are some things that can help you make it through this spectacular, once (or twice) in-a-lifetime event:



They call this event “Path of Totality” and it is said that we are in for an unforgettable experience! This phenomenon is special because this is a continent-wide solar eclipse, the first to be visible since 1776.  It is also the first to cross the entire continent of North American in 99 years.  As the moon’s shadow is cast across the earth, we have been told that this is a “hauntingly beautiful” site and is symbolic of “great change” – some of us can use some great change in our lives, right! Once the moon totally envelops the sun, it will last only a few minutes, we must be prepared or we will miss it! The good news is another total solar eclipse will darken the skies above Mexico and Texas, up through the Midwest and northeastern U.S in the year 2024!



According to NASA:

“Aug. 21, 2017, may be one of the worst traffic days in national history, some NASA representatives predict. Although about 12 million people live within the narrow band of totality, approximately 25 million reside within a day’s drive of it, and the agency has estimated that the population inside the path of totality may double on the day of the eclipse.”  

So How to Plan: (1) Hotels along the eclipse’s path have been booked for months (or years) so if you are traveling, there may be some issues with last minute planning (2) if you plan to go out to view the eclipse be aware of your proximity to food, water, parking, and facilities. (3) even traveling short distances around town will be hectic on this day




City officials have decided on August 21st schools will be closed for safety reasons.  The city will experience total darkness for approximately 2.5 minutes, and for the safety of every child, parents are being asked to keep their children home on this day.  The good news is this will alleviate some of the already horrible traffic issues in Charleston, SC and surrounding areas.




People from around the world are traveling to different cities to experience this eclipse.  Restaurants, gas stations, in many cities are prepping for this event like its the Superbowl.  If you have a business, create ways to generate revenue, eclipse tshirts, eclipse cupcakes, etc!  Be creative!



Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindness DO NOT look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection!  Sunglasses CANNOT be used in place of Solar Viewing Glasses. The glasses above can be found on Amazon in a 6 pack for about $21, they are the Solar Eclipse Glasses – CE and ISO Certified Safe Shades for Direct Sun Viewing – Viewer & Filter – Made in USA (6 Pack) – Astronaut American Flag. Here’s a Guide to buying the best eye protection for the eclipse  – BEWARE OF SELLERS WHO ARE HUSTLING FAKE GLASSES.


We will be doing another blog to list the cool events happening for the Eclipse celebrations around town.  In the meantime, check out the Charleston Museum, Outdoor Adventure Tour Boats, Patriots Point,  Citadel Mall and a plethora of other businesses who are having SAFE-VIEWING events around town!

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The disconnect in the Charleston hip-hop scene if finally coming together… This is dope! Read more below…


(Press Release – Tawana Tee PR & Marketing)

Charleston, S.CLive from the Underground returns to Purple Buffalo on July 22. 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. And what started off as a concert, will now be the ultimate summer experience with a cookout sponsored by Sun of a Brunch Catering, LLC.

Live from the Underground: The Cookout, hosted by Black Dave, will feature the sounds of OG the DJ, DJ Rubin, and local acts to include: SALIS, Benjamin Starr, VT the Fresh Prince, and Walter Brown.

“We all bring something different to the hip-hop scene,” said SALIS. “There will be old and new school hip-hop, a little bit of trap, and Country Rap Tunes playing on two stages. This is a really good line up… I’m ready.”

Back in April, SALIS and his publicist Tawana Tee, announced Live from the Underground as one of three hip-hop concerts. The Cookout will be the second part and is expected to be their biggest summer event. The PR-rapper duo are also looking forward to performances from D Money and Ray Deez of Retro Flow Ent., CashFirst Jazz, and a surprised guest.

Live from the Underground: The Cookout will be held from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission is $10. Guest must be 21 + with a valid id to enter. Food maybe purchased from Sun of a Brunch Catering, LLC; cash or credit/debit accepted. The Purple Buffalo is located at 2702 Azalea Drive in North Charleston. For more information, email or visit Live from the Underground: The Cookout on Facebook.


What: Live from the Underground: The CookOut

Where: The Purple Buffalo || 2702 Azalea Drive   North Charleston 29405

When: Saturday, July 22| 3 p.m-8 p.m.

Cost: $10 afterward | No advanced tickets required; Must be 21 or older.


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The power of Twitter is real, but the power of Black Twitter is simply something from another realm of realness. Many have learned that you DON’T come for black women on social media; no exceptions. Charleston, S.C.’s very own, Woody McClain is still learning this the hard way.  Woody McClain became popular from a series of “Wood The Great” videos on social media.  The success of these videos put McClain on a national platform that launched him all the way to BET.

We all watched the BET biopic and we all agree; it was awesome!  McClain played Bobby Brown, and killed the performance and the dance moves.  Face it, Woody McClain channeled Bobby Brown while Brown is still living and mastered this performance.  However, in the tradition of the internet, with fame comes curiosity; and with curiosity comes exposure.

Some sleuth on the internet decided to go back into time and look through Woody McClain’s tweets – all the back to 2011 (who has time, right?).  What they found however, sent Black Twitter into a tizzy.  Some of the tweets said things like, “when i’m famous, i’m dating white women only” and “if it ain’t white, it ain’t right”. Check out some of the tweets below:


Now that these tweets have come to back to bite McClain, he has been on a mission to explain that they were merely jokes.  He has even gone as far as to tweet pictures of his black girlfriend, who he says he has been dating for the past ten years.  In a recent interview with Essence Magazine, here is more of what McClain had to say regarding those tweets.

“Listen, before New Edition came out. I do comedy. Woody does comedy. So it was a tweet that was taken out content what I said—the tweet that I wrote was ‘If it ain’t white it ain’t right.’ Me growing up through comedy, that’s a comedy reference. ‘Once you go Black, you never go back.’ That’s a comedy reference. So I feel like somebody took that tweet, added more Tweets, photoshopped it, undefeated. You will not beat Photoshop. And they’re adding more to my tweets, I love Black women. I always push for Black women. When I shoot my videos—go to follow me @woody_thegreat, you will see all my content. I promote Black love. If I was going to switch up, I would have did it three years ago when I started social media. You feel me? So there is no switching up for it. My mother is Black. My sister is Black. I love my Black queens. I push for positivity every time I do my comedy videos. I’m doing it to put us in a positive light. So I’m not even mad that this happened. I’m actually happy. So I want my little African-American brothers, listen Y’all gotta understand this is not a joke. It’s not sensitive, it’s not funny no more.”

Again the power of Black Twitter and social media as a whole is split on the sincerity of McClain’s explanations.  Many say having a black girl friend doesn’t automatically mean you have respect for black women; it’s no different from racists who claim to have black friends.  Others say the tweets were drafted almost five years ago and it doesn’t matter.

One thing that can be said from McClain’s comments is that although he claims the tweets were jokes, the tweets were Photoshopped, he was hurt by the backlash, and the tweets were taken out of context; he never actually apologizes for tweeting these things. He said in his statement to Essence that he is happy all of this has happened.  These are confusing statements coming from someone who also says that all of this ‘isn’t funny anymore‘.

Of course, being the sweet, nice, southern people we are down here in Charleston, S.C. where McClain was born, we are all bout forgiveness and redemption – right?  However, our research team has scoured the internet for an actual apology from Woody McClain for the disparaging tweets…and we couldn’t find an actual apology.

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