Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sweet Grass Basket Exhibit Charleston, SC

For Immediate Release
November 6, 2009

Deborah Wright
Avery Research Center

New Exhibit Highlights Treasured Lowcountry Craft

Charleston, SC — The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture invites the public to “Sweetgrass: A Living Legacy of Family and Community”, a free exhibit showing from November 19, 2009 through May 15, 2010 at 125 Bull Street in Charleston, South Carolina. The exhibit’s opening reception is November 19, 2009 at 6pm in the McKinley Washington Auditorium.

This “Sweetgrass” exhibit is a culmination of over twenty-seven years of relationships between Avery and sweetgrass basket makers. Avery has purchased numerous baskets and has become dedicated to ensuring those in the Lowcountry and beyond recognize the wealth of history, knowledge, and culture this craft holds. The “Sweetgrass” exhibit will acknowledge the African-American heritage of the baskets and its makers, with a primary focus on how and why the baskets were used in the Lowcountry and the shift from utility to art.

Basket making is a skill passed down from generation to generation. Experienced basket makers invent forms, experiment with new materials and styles, and perfect the techniques taught to them by parents and grandparents. The Avery Research Center’s Summer History Camp and Next Generation Project seek to expand knowledge of this skill to the community, offering lessons by renowned basket maker Henrietta Snype to Charleston-area children.

The “Sweetgrass” exhibit will take visitors through the history of the skill and the people who performed it up to present day. The baskets, photographs, and artwork are from the Avery Research Center collection. Baskets created during the Summer History Camp and Next Generation Project will also be included.

The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture collects, preserves, and makes public the unique historical and cultural heritage of African Americans in the Lowcountry and across South Carolina. It is located at 125 Bull Street, Charleston, SC 29424 and on the Web at For more information, please call 843-953-7609 or fax at 843-953-7607.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009




Andria Lynette Hall Sizemore (1957 - 2009)

Born in Henderson, North Carolina on April 26, 1957, Andria Lynette Hall Sizemore,
an Emmy award-winning journalist and Christian communications strategist, was
called home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, January 12, 2009 after
a courageous battle with breast cancer.

At the age of four, Andria and her family moved to "Preachers Row" in
Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York where she learned early about motivation
as a preacher and teacher's kid. She was after all, a child of the Civil Rights Movement.

Her mother is a retired New Jersey counselor and educator, while her father, who
worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., served as pastor of the same
church for more than 40 years.

A career broadcaster, Andria inherited the traits of teaching, counseling and
inspiring others with the Word of God because of her faith foundation.

Delightful, insightful, articulate, passionate, energetic, faithful and forgiving describe
this "southern girl with northern exposure." Andria eventually commanded
the news anchor desk of the world renowned CNN/USA in addition to working
in the nation's number one market at the number one station in New York City -
New York's NBC affiliate. She has been a national news correspondent with FOX
Network and her work earned the industry's prestigious Gabriel and Dupont Awards
while working in Boston, Massachusetts.

"Marrying the Camera with the Cross," Andria excelled as President of
SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A., Inc. - a media and public-presentation consulting firm,
based in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. She Ministered, Edified and Divinely Inspired All ...
to the glory of God, leaving a rich legacy - her love for the Lord and His people,
an inspiring spirit of excellence, and dedication to service.

Andria provided media and communications coaching to two leaders in the
Jamaican government; a candidate who was in the running to lead the
World Health Organization; and the executive staff of Half Moon resort,
a luxury property in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Her company produced life-changing women's conferences in the Caribbean,
promoting faith tourism. Andria was well loved and respected throughout
the Caribbean community at home and abroad and played a key production
role in numerous editions of Counterpart International's Caribbean Media
Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx). CMEx is designed to improve
the quality of media coverage of sustainable tourism in the Caribbean.

Andria authored three books, This Far by Faith: How to Put God
First in Everyday Living
; The Walk at Work: Seven Steps to Spiritual Success
on the Job
(Random House); and The Walk to Wealth: Seven Guiding Principles
to Prosperity
(SpeakEasy MEDIA Publishing).

She also was a Director with YTB Travel International, an Illinois-based
online travel company; and a Board Director of Counterpart Caribbean, a sustainable development organization, based in Barbados.

Andria worked passionately as Executive Producer, Creator and Host
of the radio programs, Andria Hall PROFILES! - The Walk As A Woman,
and The Walk at Work: Committed to Your Calling and Your Career.
Her radio broadcasts have been heard throughout the United States
on The Sheridan Gospel Network, WBLS in New York, and WMCA and
Salem Communications in New Jersey. Today, she can still be seen on as host of America at Worship, which formerly
aired on the Hallmark Channel.

Andria held an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from
Virginia University of Lynchburg, and has been featured in
The Washington Post, Essence, Ebony, Jet, Precious Times,
and many other newspapers and publications across the country
and the world. A former columnist for Gospel Today magazine,
Andria also played a supporting role in the movie "The Good Son."

In addition to winning the prestigious Emmy Award for Hosting,
she has garnered numerous journalism awards. Andria was respected
as a "faith and work" expert, showing that the two need not be separated
but rather, when faith is lived out in one's everyday vocation, true success
is achieved. Andria and her husband, Clayton Sizemore
(CNN's Manager of Operations), made their home in New Jersey.

She was predeceased by her grandparents, Evelyn and Walter Sellars,
and Aurelia and Grant Hall. Celebrating her life, she leaves her mother
Mabel Hall, father Reverend Willie J. Hall, husband Clayton Sizemore,
three children Amber, Cameron and Chase, sister Akosua Yeboah,
aunts Marjorie (Matthew) Carden, Catherine Eason and Geraldine Young,
and a large group of devoted relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 16, 2009
at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York
(265 Bergen Street, NY 11217) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,
while her viewing and celebration is scheduled for
First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey
(771 Somerset Street, NJ 08873) on Saturday, January 17, 2009
starting at 8 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked well-wishers to make contributions
to the SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A. Foundation which Andria established to minister,
mentor and mold the future generations.

Contributions can be sent to SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A. Foundation - 1812 Front Street,
Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076.
For further information, email
Andria Hall

A conference call for prayer will be held on Thursday,
January 15, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Dial-in #: (712) 432-1001. Access Code: 469539396#

Photograph of Andria Hall available at:

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Visionary Capricorn Artists

For those who desire to pay homage to two awesome Visionary Women; do make note of these two sisters.

Zora Neal Hurston (January 7, 1891 - January 28, 1960) was born in Alabama. Her family moved to the United State's first all Black incorporated township of Eatonville, Florida, when she was just a toddler. She published four novels, two books of folklore, an autobiography, many short stories, and several articles and plays over a 30 year career span. She attended Howard University and Barnard College, where she became recognized as America's first Black female Anthropologist.

Eartha Kitt (January 17, 1927 - December 25, 2008) was born in North, South Carolina. An actress, songstress, dancer; she stated that she owed her longevity to growing her own food and raising her own chickens, even when she lived in Los Angeles, CA. She is most known for her 1960s role as Cat Woman in Batman, and her song, Santa Baby.,_Eartha/Pictures/

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