photo by Fibonacci Blue (protest in Minnesota on September 13, 2016) via Creative Commons

A Week’s Worth of Women in the News

So, I heard there was a presidential debate this week, but I elected to eat banana pudding and catch up on black-ish instead, sooo . . . these links have nada to do with this shitshow of an election season. Sound good? May Nov. 8 get here swiftly and Trump retreat to his gold-leafed apartment … [Read more…]

Auntie Bellum Weekend Mix #20: It’s Halloween, Witches!

Safe witches, bitches.
courtesy of Florida Memory Project

Dear October, You’re such a cozy season! I like you so much I’ve made two playlists dedicated to you, in homage to the approach of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. As we both know, these two celebrations often happen in you. They permit people to look at death a little less tragically and allow … [Read more…]

Polly Panic’s Jenette Mackie on Cello Rock, Southern Gothic, and Touring with Rasputina


Jenette Mackie of Polly Panic wields the cello like an ax, wails like a rock goddess, and sends us straight up to the ether. She then whispers and hums to bring us back to earth. It’s an intense and unique journey. Right now, the Asheville-based artist is traveling the U.S. with rock cellist Melora Creager’s … [Read more…]

18 Sleepless Nights, $24 Million, and a Simple Idea Born in SC

1998 - The original CreateAthon staff poses for a group shot. Included are the movement's founders, Teresa Coles (kneeling, right corner) and Cathy Monetti (standing second row, second from right, white shirt.)

How much of the world can you change in 24 hours? In 1998, Teresa Coles and Cathy Monetti faced a challenge. As principals with the West Columbia, South Carolina-based marketing consultancy, Riggs Partners, they shared a strong desire to donate their professional services to the well-deserved non-profits in their community. Unfortunately, trying to balance pro … [Read more…]

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Southern Negro Youth Congress in Columbia

Detail of the cover of the "Souvenir Journal" issued by the Southern Negro Youth Congress for the 1946 conference held in Columbia.

Many of the sessions so moved me that tears of joy and satisfaction well-up into my eyes; at times breath became only short-winded gasps. It was great, great, great!” – Rose Mae Withers Catchings to Louis E. Burnham, November 1946, describing the recent All-Southern Youth Conference held by the Southern Negro Youth Congress in Columbia, … [Read more…]