Catrina Latrice Williams enjoyed sharing her knowledge, experiences, and transition from an Employee to an Entrepreneur on the most recent interview with Kimberly Bowman, CEO of So Exquisite Charleston Magazine.
The United States is prepared for this beautiful, rare eclispe. Historians say the last eclipse happened almost a century ago. This eclipse is one-of-a-kind because it will end up crossing the US instead of the deep ocean. An eclipse happens when the moon completely covers the sun, leaving a shadow behind.
According to Google, this mysterious event will happen on Monday, August 21, 2017. The time will be based on your location. It will cross a 65-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina. Find more details about the eclipse at http://www.eclipse2017nasa.gov. It is expected to reach Charleston, SC between 2 PM and 3 PM.
Charleston SC is preparing for millions of people to visit for the eclipse. People can find Eclipse glasses on Monday, August 21st at the Charleston County Public Libraries (Otranto Rd), Charles Towne Landing (Old Towne Rd), Wood’s Ace Hardware (Old Trolley Rd) and more locations. Click here to find out who’s having an eclispe viewing event.
Note: Do not look up at the sun with your bare eyes because it could blind you.
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Catrina Latrice Williams
April 14, 2014
Black Consciousness is rising all over America, especially in Charleston, SC. God’s people has been crying out from lack of knowledge and empowerment ever since they arrived in the 1600’s. Only a few know that Jamestown, VA, and Charleston, SC is where most of the first Africans were shipped to for slavery. Just because we were born into slavery doesn’t mean we have to die in slavery.
That’s exactly why I must share my first experience attending an African consciousness event on April 8, 2017, in Moncks Corner, SC. It was called the Paradigm Shift: Mind, Body, and Soul hosted by Afrikan Konciousness Koalition. This event was mindblowing. There were lyricist artist performances by Yasser Ase and Kween Katt. Their performance lyrics was the epitome of raising awareness to our people about respect and love for one another. It reminded me that we are all Kings and Queens.
Kween Katt Performing on Stage
Dj Nymjah & Artist Yasser Ase
The vendors provided knowledge, resources, and tools about using natural products without all the chemicals that are bad for our skin and body. One vendor that stuck out to me was about Holistic health and Foods by Chef Shekira Levins. She helped me realized that eating a lot of fast food and processed foods are harming our mind, body, and spirit. I was so touched by her funny, powerful speech, I went on a meat fast for five days. There was even free food provided for everyone. Dj Nynjah was on the 1’s and 2’s giving the people fun, clean music as we waited for the Keynote speaker of the evening.
When we thought it couldn’t get any better, that’s when the keynote speaker Mr. Derrick Grace II came on stage. Many know him from the Facebook video that went viral of his intelligent children speaking great knowledge at a very young age. I can honestly say they are the smartest children I have met in my lifetime so far. Derrick sat down and gave a lecture that would change you and your children’s life forever. I was so honored to take in all his knowledge, we didn’t realize three hours had passed by. I highly recommend buying his book, Unlearn and Relearn: Child Curriculum Vol 1. You can do so by going to derrickgracetwo.com.
Derrick Grace II & his Children
Derrick Grace II & Catrina
The Afrikan Konciousness Koalition hosted this liberating event to re-educate Black people on healthy living, natural products and educating our youth. I didn’t realize how much awareness I would gain by attending this powerful event.
A big shout goes to Candace Pringle, Anita Pringle, Trena Bryant, Jessica Gathers and Pastor Cleo and Co-Pastor Ronald Pringle for putting together such a loving, positive event for the community. I felt so much love and hospitality from the moment I arrived. I’m looking forward to attending many more of their events in the future.
On April 2, 2017, a witness went live on facebook showing a black man in North Charleston, SC getting attacked inappropriately by a store owner due to shoplifting. When Alex, the store owner realized Mr. Mazyck was shoplifting he took it into his own hands to brutally assault the man instead of waiting for authorities to control the situation. It was nearly four minutes of assault using physical force, a gun, and even a sword. The video was shot by an innocent bystander asking not to shoot or hurt the man. However, the store owner still decided to illegally torture Mr. Mazyck as he was crying out, “he got the money.”
Is stealing wrong? Yes! What about assault and torture? Yes! If you answered yes to both then we finally agree as humans, not by race. Both parties were wrong according to the Andrews Discount Market incident in North Charleston, SC. Let’s take it a step further to see who had the greater level of wrong doing. Regardless if someone steals, America has laws to abide by. Alex, the store owner had no right to put his hands, let alone torture a customer whether he was Black, White, Asian, Mexican or any other classified race. That is why Americans pay taxes every day so police officers can protect and serve.
It took a black community activist Shakem Amen Akhet to organize a community boycott. Local residents, pastors, and even children came out to protest. A day later, Andrews Discount store was shut down. The people in the neighborhood came out with signs saying “Don’t shop here.” Come to find out the store owners wasn’t even running business operations legally. Their business license was inactive. One important question is why would they have guns & swords in a public place of business where children come in to shop?
Solutions for a better community.
There is not enough time for judging, complaining or feeling helpless. It is the time to stop spending your hard earned dollars on companies who do not give back, nor try to help empower the community. Just as an Arabic Imam from Columbia, SC stated, the owner should have asked “why are you doing this? Are you hungry?” It’s important to show concern for the community that pays for your lifestyle instead of allowing money to be the root of evil.
If a small group of community leaders can come together to shut down a store then time to organize. Larger groups should put their money together and strategize how to keep the money in their community at least five days before spending outside. By fearlessly coming together helped accomplished a great community goal. Many did not know about the Black-Owned dollar store right across the street from the discount market.
The African American community has been treated with injustice for hundreds of years. It is now time to stand up on your own and support one another. That is the only way you can avoid being mistreated by others. There will always be those who have something negative to say but overall positive will always win.
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