South Carolina filmmaker wants to lead the next generation of feature films

Thaddeus Jones, Jr. is a filmmaker who plans to lead the next revolution of feature films shot in South Carolina. South Carolina is not known for hosting feature films, but Jones hopes to change that soon. Many actors and actresses are born in South Carolina such as Viola Davis and Chris Rock. Also, over 100 featured films were recorded in South Carolina, for example, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, starring Jim Carrey, and Dear John starring Channing Tatum. Each state

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Photography funds community service in Orangeburg

Keylon Singleton uses his photography talents and profits to fund community service programs in Orangeburg. Besides the YMCA, extracurricular activities are limited in Orangeburg. The only movie theater in Orangeburg, Camelot 4, closed in January of 2013 and the only bowling alley, All-Star Triangle Bowl, closed in 2007. The closest movie theater and bowling alley are approximately 45 to 50 miles located in Columbia. Other notable businesses that closed in the past five years were Piggly Wiggly, Reids, KFC, and

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Saving Fish, Plants & Wildlife

Since the Endangered Species Act of 1973, plants, wildlife, and fish have been protected under federal law. The purpose of the law was to prevent species from becoming extinct due to economic growth and development. In Orangeburg, South Carolina there are workers at the Orangeburg National Fish Hatchery to ensure this law is withheld and working towards keeping threatened or endangered plants, wildlife, and fish from becoming extinct. Jarrett Hill is an Orangeburg native who in May of 2006 graduated

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Is College Worth It?

Nicholas Hart graduated from South Carolina State University in December 2014 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Like most college students, Mr. Hart has found it difficult to find employment and had to settle for a job that wages are slightly above minimum wage. Nicholas Hart said, “I have been looking for a job in my field for almost a year, I have not received a callback from most employers. After being rejected and receiving no responses from jobs,

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I.C.O.N.s Wanted

The summer of 2013 I was a part of a team created by Omari Dyson entitled, the Initiatives to Combat Obesity Now. Omari Dyson is a certified physical and group trainer. He started the program to help kids in the community with losing weight and eating a good diet.  Dyson strengthened his team by bringing in a health education specialist, Mr. Dwight Varnum, to teach the kids the importance of eating right, understanding calories, and the benefits and disadvantages of

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The Dreamer Who Dared to Listen to His Dreams

Quinton Whipper was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, New York. He always knew his destiny at a young age, which was to start his own business. His mother, Michelle Whipper, said Quinton was always trying to make money even as a child. He would take candy to school and sell it to other children. The journey to his dreams would not come easy nor would it come when he wanted. After graduating high school, he went to South Carolina State

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Dyson’s Obesity Battle

Dr. Omari Dyson is a college professor in the Department of Education at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. Dyson along with teaching is known for his workout plans as a certified personal and group exercise trainer. At 5’8 and 198 pounds with eight percent of body fat, Dyson sets an example for others by exercising five times a week and maintaining a healthy diet. Dyson trains people because he enjoys giving back, and he knows from personal experience troubles

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Team Hustle’s Annual Cookout: Strengthening the community and changing lives.

Team Hustle, a company known in the past for music is turning their attention to community service. Team Hustle’s Annual Cookout is scheduled to focus on anti-bullying, leadership, and promoting unity within the community. Team Hustle is hosting their third annual cookout on Sunday, September 13. The event is from 1 PM to 6 PM at the Harmon Park located at 1258 College Ave in Orangeburg, SC. The cookout is open to everyone and focuses on nonviolence, leadership, and encouraging

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The Land Bootcamp

An hour after sunrise Omari Dyson kicks off his Land Boot Camp; a camp to help people with weight loss.   The camp is hosted by the YMCA of Orangeburg, South Carolina. Behind the YMCA, you will see a field filled with objects that are similar to items you can find at your home. A sledgehammer, different sized tires, a bowling ball, and a gym bag and cranberry juice bottle filled with rocks are a few of the many items you

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