Two years ago, a racist drawing on a chalkboard to promote a concert at The Commodore sent the Charleston music scene into a deep discussion about race, racism and art.
Two years later, that discussion continues with the Southern Discomfort series that first started as a direct response to the infamous drawing of a "slave baby" to advertise a Brave Baby show.
Thursday night from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Redux Contemporary Art Center at 1056 King Street, there will be another Southern Discomfort event, titled Tearing at the Seams.
Around 100 people, including venue owners, music journalists, label managers and local artists, gathered at the very first Southern Discomfort event in September 2016. Tensions were high, talks were heated and apologies were issued.
The open dialogue was meant to break the barrier and start a conversation about "uncomfortable" subjects causing rifts in the music community, from white privilege to venue bias. The ultimate goal of the meeting was to start talking about how to make a change. That conversation continues today.
Tearing at the Seams, which is free and open to the public, will feature two and a half hours of dialogue, including a panel of speakers. This specific event will be focusing on the fashion community.
Similar to the "slave baby" drawing two years ago, a racially insensitive Instagram post by Charleston Shop Curator from 2017 acts as a catalyst for this conversation, with major talking points to include career sustainability for marginalized groups, exclusionary tactics of Charleston Fashion Week, lack of diversity in campaigns and business accountability practices, among other topics.
Panelists include Ayoka Lucas, Founder of Charleston Fashion Week, Venita Aspen of The Aspen Agency, Sabrina Hyman of Ill Vibe the Tribe, Jessie Parks of Grease Kelly Vintage, Chelsea Simone, Ireana Nathan of Xoxo, I. Joelle and Flourish Blog Workshops, Nikki Grant of Look Fabuless, models Jean Paul Rucinque and Treshawn Ford and Karmen Cook of Afro Social Life.
The event is being curated by Kristen Milford, editor-in-chief of Monachopsis magazine, and Quincie Zari, marketing director of Monachopsis. The local fashion magazine seeks to lift up marginalized voices and showcase "amazing work by weirdos, for weirdos."
The Southern Discomfort event will be streamed live on the Facebook event page for those who cannot attend. People can also submit questions during the event using the hashtag #tearingattheseams on Twitter.