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Award winning author, filmmaker Blount to visit

on Tuesday, 28 January 2020. Posted in News, Arts & Culture, Local News

Award winning author,  filmmaker Blount to visit

To help celebrate Black History Month the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will host author Jeremy Blount on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. Blount will be presenting his new book, “The Emancipation of Evan Walls.”

Blount is an Emmy award-winning television director and a 2016 inductee to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. During a 34-year career at NBC News, Blount directed a decade of Meet The Press, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, The Chris Matthews Show and major special events.

He is the author of two previous award-winning novels — “Almost Snow White,” winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Awards, and “Hating Heidi Foster,” winner of the 2013 Readers Favorite Book Award for young adult literature.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Florence County Library. For information, visit

Film recounts slave descendant’s journey

Thomalind Polite will present the documentary “Priscilla’s Legacy” at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. The documentary recounts the story of her ancestor, who was kidnapped as a child by slave traders in 1756 Sierra Leone and brought by slave ship to work on a South Carolina plantation until her death 55 years later. Polite, who lives in Charleston, visited Sierra Leone as part of her work in producing the 2014 documentary. She will answer questions following the showing.

This free program, in honor of Black History Month, is open to attendees age 14 and over, and is made possible by Friends of Florence County Library.

Reverse glass painting program to be offered

A presentation on reverse glass painting, presented by the artist J’Renee, will be offered at the Florence library on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

J’Renee is a world-renowned eglomise, or reverse glass painting, artist. The themes in her artwork are “Southern lifestyle, tropical design, and the life and times in New Orleans” as well as social justice and folklore. Exhibitions of her work have been held all over the world, and she has participated in the 2013 and 2018 Lake City ArtFields.

J’Renee’s artwork will be on exhibit in the Dr. N Lee Morris Gallery through March 15.

This free program, in honor of Black History month, is open to attendees 14 and over, made possible by Friends of Florence County Library.

‘Hell’s Kitchen’ winner to offer demonstration

Chef La Tasha McCutchen, winner of season 13 of the FOX reality series “Hell’s Kitchen,” will demonstrate how to cook a dish at the Florence Library on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Chef “Tasha Mac,” who won praise from Hell’s Kitchen host and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey, is a native of Lake City. She has her own catering business, Entertaining with Chef Tasha Mac. She is also the new culinary academic program director at Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw. Last summer she held her second annual Culinary Camp at Lake City High School and she continues to visit schools as a speaker to encourage young people to keep their dreams alive. She is also a host at Lake City’s ArtFields Dandelion Gala, an event where high school students can be sous-chefs to the celebrity chef.

After the demonstration, the audience will have the opportunity to try a sample of her culinary creation.

Space is limited and registration is required for this free program for attendees 14 and over. The program is made possible by Friends of Florence County Library.

Crazy Horse family elder to visit Florence library

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will host Crazy Horse family elder Floyd Clown Sr. and author William Matson on Thursday, Feb.27, at 6 p.m.

Clown and Matson will be discussing their book, “Crazy Horse: the Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy,” and sharing the Crazy Horse family’s oral history, on which the book is based. Clown is Crazy Horse’s great-nephew. Matson and Clown have been travelling across the U.S. and Europe presenting their book and talking about the Crazy Horse family.

Registration is required for this free adult program, made possible by Friends of Florence County Library

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