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This multi-million dollar, 17-acre Estate encompasses all of the majesty that one could imagine. Our gorgeous 11,000 square foot Antebellum mansion sits majestically on a six-acre private island. The mansion boasts 8,000 square feet of porches with stunning panoramic lake views. All four sides adorn asouthern, old-world facade, complete with 8 large Doric order columns. The interior reveals two curved staircases facing one another, opposite hand in a spacious Grand Hall, perfect for wedding ceremonies or receptions. The world class barn is draped in a magical palette of lights for the most amazingly romantic setting. It also boasts beautiful lake views on all four sides. We have three very popular outdoor ceremony sites. On the Island we have the elegant fountain in front of the Mansion and a lakeside ceremony site with breathtaking views of Lay Lake. Beside the barn we have a beautiful pasture ceremony site that also affords a lakeside setting. Please call or email for more information and to schedule a tour of the Estate, as the pictures do not do it justice. Email: Candaceoakisland@gmail.com (205) 671-7950
Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston
For black women in antebellum Charleston, freedom was not a static legal category but a fragile and contingent experience. A deeply researched social history, Forging Freedom reveals the ways in which black women in Charleston acquired, defined, and defended their own vision of freedom.
Drawing on legislative and judicial materials, probate data, tax lists, church records, family papers, and more, Myers creates detailed portraits of individual women while exploring how black female Charlestonians sought to create a fuller freedom by improving their financial, social, and legal standing. Examining both those who were officially manumitted and those who lived as free persons but lacked official documentation, Myers reveals that free black women filed lawsuits and petitions, acquired property (including slaves), entered into contracts, paid taxes, earned wages, attended schools, and formed familial alliances with wealthy and powerful men, black and white--all in an effort to solidify and expand their freedom. Never fully free, black women had to depend on their skills of negotiation in a society dedicated to upholding both slavery and patriarchy. Forging Freedom thus examines the many ways in which Charleston's black women crafted a freedom of their own design instead of accepting the limited existence imagined for them by white Southerners.
Amrita Chakrabarti Myers earned her doctorate in American History from Rutgers University. A historian of the black female experience, she is interested in race, gender, sexuality, rights, freedom, and citizenship and the ways in which these constructs intersect with one another in the lives of black women in the Old South. She is currently Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Join us this week as we welcome the country pop music duo, Gracie and Joey. Gracie Varga and Joey Jacob met while singing at their church. They realized quickly that their voices and musical desires blended very well. With the desire to move into the country genre they began putting their lyrics and music together. They soon realized that the songs that were difficult to write on their own, were easy to finish together. Their music has a pop and modern country feel similar to Lady Antebellum. Catchy melodies and heartfelt lyrics can be heard on the EP “Runaways”, which they recorded with Billboard charting platinum producers Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount. The music video for their single “Lovin' You” produced by Revolution Pictures, the same team behind videos for Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, helps put to motion the music they like to share. They have been performing around Nashville and into Georgia and Florida. Their heart-felt lyrics and catchy melodies along with their blended vocals have captured the attention of all who hear them. We will talk to Gracie and Joey about their upcoming schedule, get a behind the scenes look at their music, feature their latest songs, and ask them to share their message for the troops. Please be sure to visit Gracie and Joey at http://www.gracieandjoeymusic.com/ and spread the word. Fans are welcome to call in and speak live with with them during the show (718) 766-4193. If you would like to participate in the live chat during the show, you must sign up on the show site first and then log in during the show. And as always we will give shout outs to our deployed military listeners. Be sure to join us, Sunday 9/28/2014 at 4 PM EDT! Our message to the troops....WE do what we do, because YOU do what you do.
If you only know the name of a grandparent, then how do you go back three or four generations to find their slave ancestors?
Konnetta Alexander shares touching stories of finding her slave ancestors going back three and four generations. With inspiration from journal entries of an Antebellum, slave account book written by slaveholder Daniel Graham, the lives of unrelated slaves provides documentation of slave life from which Konnetta uses as her guidebook to find and document slaves. While making national presentations about the life of Matila Graham, house slave, Konnetta tells the story of every house slave! Calling out the last names of her slave ancestors: Clark, Miller, Moorman, Peay, Prince, Quinn and Ramsey. Join in as discoveries unfold in Finding Our Slaves.
With 20+ years of genealogy digging, Konnetta has three projects: researching family, transcribing and making public excerpts of the slave journal, and performing interpretative presentations about the lives of Free Persons of Color and Slaves. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, is an annual participant of MAAGI (Mid-Western African American Genealogy Institute), and member of several historical societies. The focus of Konnetta’s genealogy research is finding, documenting and personalizing slaves, whether family nor not.
Award-winning music biographer Jake Brown returns to store shelves nationwide with a shift from the rock world to the country world with his new book Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits which includes exclusive interviews with country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and a long list of hit songwriters.
The book features interviews with the writers behind country's greatest hits like Tim McGraw's Live Like You Were Dying, Lady Antebellum's We Owned The Night, Carrie Underwood's Jesus Take The Wheel, and many more.
Songwriters featured, in this 300-plus page book, include Craig Wiseman, Dean Dillon, Bob DiPiero, Bill Anderson, Sonny Curtis, Tom Shapiro, Kelley Lovelace, Rivers Rutherford, Tom T. Hall, Wayne Carson, Chris Dubois, Dallas Davidson, David Lee Murphy, and Freddy Powers.
In addition to these never-before-revealed stories behind the songs, aspiring songwriters will find countless gems of wisdom about the craft and career of songwriting itself.
Jake Brown has written 35 published books since 2001, featuring many authorized collaborations with some of rock’s biggest artists, including 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart (with Ann and Nancy Wilson), living guitar legend Joe Satriani, heavy metal pioneers Motorhead (with Lemmy Kilmister), late hip hop icon Tupac Shakur (with the estate), celebrated Rock drummer Kenny Aronoff, late Funk pioneer Rick James, and the all-star rock producers anthology ‘Behind the Boards’, among many others.
Hicks kicked off 2013 with two European hits on the European Country Top 40, he then represented Sweden at the CMA Global Show in Nashville as part of the CMA Fest week in June along with various acts from around the world and all the top American country artist such as Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum Tim McGraw and many more.
Canadian Country duo AUSTIN BELLE is made up of lead guitarist and songwriter Jesse Wainwright - and lead singer and songwriter Stacey McKitrick. Jesse comes from the hit-making, award-winning rock band State of Shock while Stacey is known to the Country world as a result of her self-titled album as a solo artist a few years ago. Combined, they have had the opportunity to perform with big acts Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Great Big Sea, and more. Austin Belle is currently putting the finishing touches on their debut EP - to be released in September - and have been busy touring across Canada. Still ahead, there's a Western Canadian tour planned for the end of August and a Central Canadian tour is being finalized for October. Their current single Just Drive - a perfect catchy summer road song - is getting added to country stations across Canada and the video has become a fan favourite since its release a few weeks ago,
Hailing from Nashville, TN....Chase Allan is an extremely talented singer, songwriter and recording artist who has the vocal prowess to contend with some of the top Country, Pop and Rock artists. Chase's unique voice and music is allowing him to take country music to a brand new level. Recently Senior A&R Executive Chris Douglas of Virgin Records International quoted "Chase has an excellent new sound" Chase's profound impact in music is evident with Chase's most recent win of the 2012 Nashville Top Independent Male Country Artist of the Year Award.
Chase's desire to aim for the top is clear with who he has worked with such as studio engineers Pete Coleman (Jason Aldean, Montgomery Gentry, Lady Antebellum), David Hall (Lonestar, Kenny Chesney), Brandon Epps (Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's "Do You Wanna Stay") and Sam Martin. Aaron Chmielewski of Quad Studio and Georgetown Mastering. Some of the musicians Chase has worked with are Rich Redmond (Drums) and Tully Kennedy (Bass) of the Jason Aldean Band, Guitarists Chris Leuzinger (Garth Brooks), Kenny Greenberg (Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift), Tom Bukavoc (Keith Urban, Rascall Flatts), Adam Schoenfeld (Big and Rich, Jason Aldean).
Whether it's Chase's hard drivin' song "See Amazing" or heart touching ballad "You Say Goodnight", Chase and his band's live performance will take you on a journey that you soon won't forget. Chase Allan has definitely put the "Cool" in Country!!!
Take 2 Radio Music with speak with Chase on July 30th at 3pm eastern!
Join The Gist of Freedom, www.BlackHistoryBlog.com, as we continue our audio book reading Breaking The Chains by William L. Katz - Chapter 5 Urban Slave Resistance~ Jordan Hatcher was a seventeen-year-old enslaved tobacco worker in Richmond, Virginia, who in 1852 rose from obscurity to notoriety when charged with assaulting and killing white overseer William Jackson. According to newspaper accounts and trial records, Hatcher was working at the Walker & Harris tobacco factory when Jackson began flogging him with a cowhide for performing poorly. Hatcher initially warded off the blows, but Jackson continued to beat him. In response Hatcher grabbed an iron poker, struck Jackson unconscious, and immediately fled the factory. When Jackson later awoke, he claimed to feel no pain, but the next day he collapsed and died. Hatcher was immediately found, arrested, tried and sentenced to execution. His sentence, however, was later commuted by Virginia Governor Joseph Johnson, and he was sold and transported beyond the limits of the United States.
This case is significant because of Jordan Hatcher’s unusual working and living conditions. Hatcher was a hired slave; though legally bound to Parmella Goday of Chesterfield County, Hatcher had been hired-out to a tobacco manufactory for the year. During that year, Hatcher, like hundreds of other hired slaves, was allowed to find his own lodgings, secure his own meals, and receive the wages for his labor. During the antebellum era, the urban slave system provided an essential labor pool for city businesses and was highly lucrative, but under conditions that made white Richmonders nervous. Critics of the system believed the hiring-out process made urban slavery unstable and encouraged slave workers to be more rebellious and defiant. Hatcher did not hang.
Hicks kicked off 2013 with two European hits on the European Country Top 40, he then represented Sweden at the CMA Global Show in Nashville as part of the CMA Fest week in June along with various acts from around the world and all the top American country artist such as Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum Tim McGraw and many more.This event were beamed live around the world via the Internet and audio streams to over 10 stations in the USA, Europe, and Australia. He then was asked to appear at two of CMR Nashville’s International Shows on Broadway at the Whiskey Bent and The Bridgestone Arena, if this wasn’t enough he was invited to be part of the CMA Fest Autograph signings at the Digital Rodeo booth with thousands of fans walking around in the brand new Music City Venue one of the biggest exhibition venues in the world. More to follow when asked to appear as a special guest at ‘A Night For Heroes’ a fund raiser for returning soldiers.
Sabra Waldfogel grew up far from the South in Minneapolis. She studied history at Harvard University and received her Ph.D. in American History from the University of Minnesota. She has worked as a technical writer and has written about historic architecture for Old House Journal and Arts and Crafts Homes. Her short story "Yemaya” was recently published in Sixfold's January 2014 issue. Slave and Sister is her first novel.
Will they be rivals or allies? The age-old struggle between sisters is skillfully brought to life in Slave and Sister, by Sabra Waldfogel. In the antebellum South, relations between slaves and their owners are conflicted enough; if there are blood ties, the tension can become a lethal storm.
It was common in the antebellum South to raise a slave alongside the heir. But it was a surprise to both Adelaide and Rachel to discover they shared the same father. In a mesmerizing tale marked by impeccable historical accuracy, we begin by learning that scouts for General Sherman stumble upon a plantation that's anything but ordinary: it flies the Union flag and the freed slaves can read and write, and work the former plantation themselves.
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