Back for her 3rd stint as Emcee of TEDxCharleston, LB brings her dynamic style, wit and insights to keep the show moving along. LB was a popular 2019 TEDxCharleston speaker, and spoke most recently at DisruptHR Charleston. She is the CEO of Practical Dramatics, a communication training company that builds better teams by building better conversations.
Cookie Washington, our 2024 featured artist, is an artist, curator and folklorist. Cookie led a sold-out art quilting presentation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2023. She has been invited back in March of 2024 to teach two classes at the NMAAHC. In addition to her ongoing studio art practice, she has curated & produced exhibitions.
Since 2009, when the first group of student drummers gathered under the direction of Tracy Bush, a diverse group of members have come together within Taiko Charleston and close friendships have developed. As Taiko has grown in popularity in Charleston and the southeast, it has been rewarding to keep up with the interest within the area and numerous requests for performances, workshops, residencies and artistic collaboration.
South Carolina native Immanuel Houston, and his five-member Boom Bap Crew, will amaze you with their unique brand of hip hop improv – showcasing what it takes to keep the music and poetry flowing. A classically trained pianist who recently completed a tour with an improv comedy hip hop troupe started by Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda, Houston is gaining a loyal fan base here and across the country.
If you enjoy jazz, blues, funk or world music, you’re in for a treat. Lebanese-American musician and composer, Peter Kfoury, and his band will perform original as well as classic Middle Eastern-Jazz fusion compositions. Kfoury plays the oud, the ancient ancestor of the guitar and the primary instrument in all Middle Eastern music. He and his band members will thrill you with their rich blend of cultures presented through voice, keyboards, violin, Cuban horns and even a didgeridoo!
Dr. Jeannelle Perkins-Muhammad, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor with two decades of experience addressing the systemic racism that impacts the mental and emotional health of Black couples. She holds a BA in organizational communications, a Masters degree in marriage and family therapy, and a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision. The author of, Into-Me-See, her work navigates the complexities of the psychological effects of racism, offering insights and solutions for overcoming the challenges that contribute to high divorce rates among Black families.
Originally from Philadelphia, Stephanie Mackara has lived in Charleston for 13 years and is the owner of Charleston Investment Advisors, LLC where she helps clients build healthier financial habits and stay accountable to their goals. Drawing from her own personal struggle with financial scarcity, Stephanie’s insights challenge us to flip the script and rethink our relationship with money, advocating for a holistic integration of financial health into our overall well-being.
Amber Ludeman, co-founder of Matchstick Social, Charleston’s leading social marketing firm, believes it’s never been more important to strengthen the art of how we relate to one another at work. Her journey as a remote worker pre-pandemic has fueled her desire to help others see what has been lost as in-person work relationships fall to the wayside. She points out that culture can’t truly exist when no one is relational. Amber’s talk highlights the profound need to master the art of relationships to thrive in every aspect of our lives.
Kubby Culbreth, founder of Stop Light Observations and Wide Awake Life Coaching, has lived a life many only dream of. As a young musician, he performed to sell-out crowds nationwide, collaborating with stars like Ed Sheeran. But he still searched for happiness. He also experienced a profound journey into mental health advocacy following a personal tragedy, which inspired his exploration into the radical difference between joy and happiness. He has learned that becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable is essential and challenges us with the notion that replacing one simple word can empower and motivate modern youth in this comparison-driven digital age.
Free expression of movement is the hallmark of this Charleston native’s contemporary dance which she uses to explore the beauty of the time and place – in a thoroughly modern and urban style. Jordan Benton, a graduate of the School of the Arts and College of Charleston, moves with seeming abandon and obvious joy, reflecting her family’s history of music and dance that has influenced her.