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Juneteenth 2020 holds a special meaning this year as Black people look to uplift each other and support one another in spite of the many injustices that continue to happen against us. The holiday also serves as an accountability check for what genuine support of Black businesses and institutions should look like. “We Out Here: A virtual Juneteenth celebration of Black excellence” showcased that message perfectly with a gathering of Black influencers/creatives/business owners to craft a virtual celebration that was actually worth staying in the house for!
With 9 events in mind , each was curated to give those celebrating this beautiful holiday plenty of ways to do so. Our team coverage shows the diversity and range in just how creative and forward thinking Black culture and influencing can be.
This morning was quite the experience. I got to be apart of a few different wake up, get up, and feel great activities. Being someone who thoroughly enjoys a good stretch the yoga session was quite awesome. Led by Ms.Yasmin Griffins the class was not only easy-to-follow but felt great with her thorough instructions and modified positions for those who don’t really do yoga often. Her step by step guidance and positive energy could make even a beginner feel like a professional and for this I have to say thank you.
Feeling balanced, refreshed, and realigned moving on to the next segment of poetry with Ms. Francine Tamakloe was simply stimulating. Being a creative mind myself I can honestly say that Ms. Francine beautifully articulated not only how it feels to be a woman but also a woman of color. Her poems gave a great reminder that it’s okay to feel good in the skin we’re in.
Feeling uplifted and lighter than life itself it was time to turn up the heat with work out instructor, Ace Clark. What can I say? This man had any and everyone participating soaked. I don’t know about everyone else, but ya girl had sweat literally from every part of the body. I mean places we ain’t even gonna talk about, I probably could have filled a mini pool. His high energy and drive kept me going until the workout was completed. But man, I thought I was in shape but sheesh! Talk about ready to drop. When it was all said and done, I wanted to be under my bed but my body felt so good. I can honestly say I had a blast with the whole virtual experience and will be looking forward to the future events of We Out Here.
We live in a society ruled by the questions,”what’s in it for me?” and “when will my time come?” We find ourselves constantly trying to figure out where our purpose and paths will cross so that the struggle no longer has to be real. As I get older, I realize that there’s nothing actually wrong with wanting to achieve the best possible outcome for your life, but we have to be willing to go deeper than surface level when it comes to our thoughts, our actions and our intentions.
Author, Event Planner and singer, Brittany Martin just released her new book, “The Season of Self,” which tackles these questions in the very first chapter. During her reading of the chapter, “The Come Up,” she becomes transparent about what her come up looks like, and the mindset behind how we get to our own.
“The come up for me was more peace and having more confidence in myself,” Brittany says. In that moment, she also acknowledges that even doing something like this event, and releasing her book would have been an unbelievable idea years ago.
Her transparency about her faith in God also plays a big role in the story she tells within her book. Continuing her reading, she asks, “How do you feel about your come up? Does it look like what you and God had discussed for your life in this season?”
Upon hearing the question, I had a gut check of my own. In my current season, I’m going through a lot of different changes, and trying to find the proper footing in my own transition. Sometimes, my frustration can over power the big idea. Is this what God wants for me? If it is, how can I change my attitude towards where I am to get to my destination?
Brittany allowed for participants to take time and ponder the question as well. Continuing on, she acknowledged that change doesn’t happen as quickly as anyone would like it to.
“We can write down what we want it to look like and map it all out to the very detail, but it’s what’s happening on the inside that’s going to help us maintain what’s going on on the outside.”
Each chapter of the book ends with a prayer and affirmation. Upon the closing of this chapter, she prays: “God, thank you for helping me define what the come up looks like for me through You… Teach me Your ways and forgive me when I feel fear towards the unknown.”
The accompanying affirmation reads: “I am the architect of my life. I build its foundation and choose its contents. Today is the day my story changes for the better.”
Brittany takes that story of finding your come up, and couples it with another important lesson on patience.
“Sometimes in life when we are on the journey, we’re just cruising, trying to make it to our destination, and then suddenly, something unknown and unforeseen comes and causes us to slow down.”
Brittany used this example of her having to learn patience with Atlanta’s never ending traffic. Her frustration on the extended time she thought it would take to get to her destination due to delays was a perfect example of how things can quickly change when we just choose to do the less desirable option and wait.While she thought of turning around, and finding another way, the 11 minute slow down she thought she would have to battle would soon disappear. But that didn’t stop other cars around her from actually turning around and trying to find a different route to their destination.
“God shows us that sometimes we try to take the path of the least resistance because it appears like we’re moving forward when we’re actually just wasting time,” Brittany says. “I challenge you all today to see if there’s any area of your life where you’re trying to take a detour and where God is trying to tell you to just pause and be patient and wait.”
“The Season of Self,” is available on Amazon and on Brittany’s website at http://brittanyciera.com/.
I would like to formally give it up for black people in 2020.
We faced a global pandemic on top of our regularly scheduled racism and still managed to pull off a virtual Juneteenth celebration! That’s black excellence at it’s finest.
For the section called “Poured Up”, the lovely Ashley Lampkin blessed us with some tasty cocktail recipes to make our turn up a festive one. As a bartender and the founder of The Perfect Mix, LLC, she’s mastered the art of getting lit. She started with the Jubilee Rum Punch. Now there’s only two rum punches I was familiar with prior to this broadcast: the ones made by our creative director, Kendall, and the ones from the Royal American, but I was blown away when she topped that thing with the ginger beer. I think I got tipsy just watching!
Next, she served up a delectable Mint Julep, which I also learned was created by black bartenders in Kentucky. You probably said the same thing I said. What the hell is a mint julep? Whatever it is, it got alcohol in it and she made it look like it was ordered from a five star restaurant.
She brought it home with a drink perfectly named the 1865, a black twist on the Bourbon Smash literally made with blackberries. All while being blackity black and playing Auntie jams in the kitchen. This was some of the most fun I’ve had from home just watching black people be happy during a time where our lives are publicly under attack again.
This event really reinforced the strength of my people by showing that even in being in a struggle within a struggle, we can still smile and celebrate ourselves.
Brandon Sullivan, of BJ Cooks did not come to play! Dressed to impress with the familiar ballad of Kendrick Lamar’s “We Gon Be Alright” at full blast in the kitchen, it was clear that we were in for a full meal and positive fellowship.
Brandon came immediately with the energy we needed to kick off the evening portion of the Juneteenth celebration. “We gon’ have a good time tonight, trust me!”
The featured meal was Jerk Chicken Pasta. Now, anyone who actually knows me KNOWS that I have an obsession with Jerk Chicken. Take me to any Caribbean restaurant and it’s the first thing I’ll inquire about. While I have an appreciation for all of the other delicious foods with Caribbean flare, I will admit that jerk chicken just reminds me so much of my hometown, Kingtree, SC and our fresh off the grill barbecue favorites.
To prepare for this feast, you needed chicken, of course, but Brandon also says this recipe will work with shrimp as well if you wanted to try another alternative. Penne pasta, or any pasta you prefer, peppers, onions, jerk seasoning, minced garlic, all purpose seasoning, heavy whipping cream (to make your own alfredo sauce), parmesean cheese, chicken stock or chicken broth, and parsley for the finishing touches.
Brandon carefully walks you step by step to make your Juneteenth meal. Starting with the prep of your chicken. While that marinates, you’re getting things going while you work on your flavorful sauce. After a few moments of preparing your noodles, and getting your mix on for your sauce, it’s time for that sizzle of your chicken.
What a plate! With the help of his step by step teachings, Brandon shows us what our final product should look like, and I don’t know about you, but this is about to be a regular new addition to my evenings!
Brandon doesn’t end the night without a note of seriousness. “Make sure you are registered to vote. Not just nationally, but on a local level. It’s critical, ya’ll.”
It was a backyard barbecue, an island getaway, and church all in one.
It was so dope to attend one of the We Out Here, Juneteenth events from the comfort of my home. It was just another highlight of my Blackety Black Day.
I had just left a really dope Jazz show at a Black-Female owned spot, Chayz Lounge and the house band Rod Foster & Company did a tribute show to Andre Harell that played many Hip Hop and R&B classics, so I was already fired up.
After the show I came across a Black owned food truck that sold fish so while digging in my plate good I was able to jam to the mix DJ Scrib put on.
DJ Scrib gave us a good time. As I was twerking, rapping, and singing along to the jams I found myself loving the sets so much that I said “man if I ever get married Scrib spinning at the Wedding” .
I love how DJ Scrib brings so much needed joy and passion to his sets. He just knows how to move people. It’s his gift. Transitions are always smooth and he knows how to keep us on our toes with surprises. He can pull off mixing any genre of music and wow the crowd. He gave us R&B hits, Hip Hop vibes, and music for the ratchets like myself who like to twerk to nasty lyrics.
I am grateful that from start to finish I had a Blackety Black Ass Day and I ended my Juneteenth night on the vibes of DJ Scrib. In days of mourning and rage it’s people like Scrib that give us just another reason to keep on pushing.
When I think of how we came together for this set and watching the comments in real time I think of freedom. We were so free with each other , not worried about judgement of how we may look to each other. It was an unspoken comfort we shared.
The times have been very challenging as we are in a pandemic and THEE Revolution is amongst us. Deaths and Injustice that weigh on us everywhere we turn.
I’m reminded of the scripture “Weeping May endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning “ Psalm 30:5 .
As much as it is okay to cry, be angry, feel confused, it’s also okay for us to breathe and share joy. Black Joy Matters. Much love to DJ Scrib for creating an experience that we can cherish in these times
Whether or not you got to experience the entire event for yourself, or you were able to come in, and take what you could, this event was truly a grand display of Black excellence. A celebration of the many things we do so well and all of the talent we possess. We hope that today is the catalyst for how we must always celebrate, and truly love on ourselves no matter what.
You can catch a replay of each event on We Out Here Juneteenth’s Twitch channel:
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And don’t miss out on any of the updates from this platform. #WeOutHere
The Conqueror Movement is a communications platform which serves as a connecting point between black millennial creatives and professionals and their community. Through media and activism, we provide them with a voice to share their passions and works, authentically.
The mission of this platform is to provide a guiding light to help you work towards your biggest passions, but also leading the discussion of important issues and topics of conversation relevant to the Black Community.
How we implement our mission:
Through the use of monthly featured interviews, we hand pick individual creatives and professionals that are influencers and contributors to their cities that people may not know about. This not only gives those individuals an opportunity to bring their work to the forefront to further build their audience, but it also gives those who may have similar interests and passions someone they can further connect with.
Who to Watch: Our weekly #WhoToWatch series is a social media feature we use to highlight influencers regularly. We choose them through those we either see doing work in the community, or suggestions from our following on who people should know about.
TCM Connects: This series allows us to share events with our following that happens on a weekly basis, making it convenient for others to make plans or connect with those behind the event for future endeavors.
Meet The Team
Khadijah Dennis, Founder
Living her life through her art, Khadijah Dennis is known for having a vision, and manifesting that vision until it becomes a reality. In the summer of 2012, Khadijah created the vision for The Conqueror Movement with the purpose of having it be a communications platform that would serve as a voice for Black creatives and professionals, and the communities they serve. She felt it was important to not only highlight the stories of the underserved and often misunderstood, but to also bring awareness to works happening in different communities for the greater good through things like activism and creativity. A Broadcast Journalism Graduate of the University of South Carolina, she began learning about what it takes to reach a wider audience through serving as a news producer for the Lowcountry’s News Leader, Live 5 News of Charleston, SC. She now owns her own multimedia freelancing agency dedicated to helping local organizations and businesses connect much more easily to their customers, while creating new relationships. You can find her catching up on the latest anime, singing along to her favorite R&B tunes, or bearing her soul through poetry at an Open Mic night.
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Kendall Grant, Creative Director
Raised on the island of St. Croix (pronounced “Croy”) of the US Virgin Islands, Kendall Grant is an engineer by trade and the Creative Director of The Conqueror Movement. He has a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of the Virgin Islands and one in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina. A man of varying interest and diverse taste, Kendall takes interest in working and bringing to life the ideas of others, as well as those of his own unique design. He also enjoys poetry, enjoys anime, bowling, and video games (to name a few). Kendall often serves as a leader amongst his family and counselor/mentor among friends. From Soca music and various other Caribbean rooted genres to the unique cuisines of the various islands, Kendall takes great pride in his Caribbean lineage.
Since joining TCM Kendall has contributed in a variety of roles both in front and behind the camera. Directing, interviewing, event planning, photography, hosting, tech support and more. Whether it’s for work, or as a member of the Charleston Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, Kendall takes great joy in volunteering in youth activities. Kendall believes that black community is not meant to just be the foundation that the country was built on, but also the guiding post to growth and improvement in this United States. We must build each other up. Kendall has two main personal philosophies at this stage in his life. First, “there is only one person you can be in control of, and that is yourself.” Secondly, “We cannot operate in extremes and binaries; balance is key.”
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Terrance Duren, Videographer
Terrance Duren is a filmmaker from Camden, SC. He studied film at The Art Institute for a while then transferred to The University of South Carolina where he would meet Khadijah Dennis and become a member of The Conqueror Movement family. With being a part of TCM, he’s able to combine his love for black culture and the art of storytelling to challenge stereotypes, expose people to new ideas, and bring like minds together. Under the Conqueror Movement umbrella, Terrance has co-directed and produced several works including: “Find Your Light”, a Conqueror Movement documentary that documents the self care journey and falling into what feels right to you spiritually, even if it’s not the path others want you to take. He’s also worked on “What is Masculinity?” – a docuseries that takes a hard look at personal relationships, stereotypes and misconceptions of young Black men.
When he’s not working on Conqueror Movement produced content, he runs his very own production company, “Shots Independent”, a video production and photography company that services the creative needs of businesses and individuals.
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Cre Branch, Social Media Coordinator
Cre Branch has always been a music enthusiast. She grew up really admiring music with deep feelings and bold messages, and always loved dancing. In college, her suitemates called her “JukeBox” because she always had to have music for every occasion or mood. She also was one of the lead choreographers on the only dance team for Minorities. She has a bachelor’s degree of Science in Psychology and has over 30 credit hours of graduate school courses under her belt in Social Work & School Counseling. Although she does not work in the field, her knowledge has helped her to become a master at researching, networking, marketing, and being a better writer. Her personal Instagram name is “credoesitall” and that is because Cre is a mother of 3 boys, she models, runs an indie music platform, makes music herself ( lots of unreleased works), and spent a lot of time resume writing, and in social media management/consulting. Her platform CreSpeaksMedia is a media start up dedicated to showcasing diverse indie talent with no clickbait or gossip. Cre refers to herself as an indie music influencer. She firmly believes that making music is a sanctuary for many artists & wants to see them release their feelings over music while also getting the shine they deserve. S
She is also an artist consultant & marketing strategist who helps artists market & brand themselves using social media as a tool in addition to helping them enhance their networking & writing skills.
CreSpeaksMedia is all about giving the voiceless a voice and filling in gaps to make the indie music scene more diverse. Cre loves curating and creating different playlists for different occasions & sharing good music with others. Cre’s latest influence is on showcasing and respecting the diversity of Women in Hip Hop. She founded a movement called We Can All Eat to showcase & respect the diversity of Women in Hip Hop & address the sexism in the industry that diminishes the voices of Women.
How To Connect:
Nathalie Watson – Visual Media Producer
Nathalie is an artist from Charleston, South Carolina. With an associate degree in graphic design from Trident Technical College and Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts from University of South Carolina. With a main focus in photography and cinematography she has filmed a variety of music videos, narratives, and documentaries. As a proud Afro-Latina she carries her culture into her craft. She believes it’s important to highlight women of color in this industry with hopes of becoming a cinematographer in a male dominated field. Much of her portfolio includes working on many of SC artist, Pat X’s music videos, and most recently, producing cinematic content for the featured length movie, “Shenanigans”. She is currently head of cinematography for the Conqueror Movement’s upcoming film, “Nurturing Your Light”, a follow up to our “Find Your Light” documentary.
How to Connect:
Whether you desire more exposure of your brand/business or you are actively working to see an important topic covered on a larger scale, we are here to tell your stories, authentically. Our team is experienced in capturing interviews, long-form documentaries/ documentary series, and on the spot event coverage for quick turnaround as a full scale recap and social media content.
We offer a number of different services to preserve and spread awareness of the diversity of Black millennial voices. Our services will provide you with:
– A supportive stepping stone to market your events/services to
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When The Conqueror Movement team is not behind the camera, we love sharing our opinions on various topics that would be beneficial to our Black millennial audience. Topics for your podcast, speaking or show platforms include:
Passion to Purpose: Understanding the Value your story has to offer
Conquering Comparison Syndrome: The importance of building and sticking to your brand identity in a saturated market
Black culture is not one sized fits all: Breaking down the sacredness of black culture and ways to honor it.
So Fresh, So Clean: Building a new-age media company that challenges the status quo of journalism
Our Health is the World’s Wealth: Why therapy and mental health is not a taboo topic among millennials
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