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Columbus Black Theatre Festival Attracts Statewide Attention

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

The month of July marked the kick-off to the first Columbus Black Theatre Festival. Held the second weekend of the month, the festival was a three day event that featured poetry readings, acting and directing workshops, and the premiere of ‘Secrets of a Dark Skin Sister’ by Julie Whitney Scott. Scott is the founder of Mine4God Productions, the company behind the creation of the festival, and is the host of The Satin Hour on

Seeing a void in the African-American theatre community, Scott decided to take matters into her own hands and develop a festival that celebrates diversity within the creative arts scene in central Ohio. Calling on all regional artists and playwrights of color, she created an event to resemble similar successful functions that took place in Washington D.C. and Atlanta.

Attendees were treated to one of the festival’s main plays, ‘Secrets of a Dark Skin Sister’. ‘Secrets’ follows two African-American sisters as they struggle to deal with how their lives are affected due to, despite being twins, the stark contrast of their skin color. The play goes on to explore what controls the African-American mindset and questions why skin color seems to be a bigger issue within this particular race than it is in others.

The festival came to a close Sunday with an awards ceremony at’s headquarters, where the top three artists were recognized. The results are as follows:

1st place: “Zoe’s Boutique” by Sanika Harris – Atlanta, Georgia

2nd place: “The Inconvenient Truth” by Tisha Harris – Cincinnati, Ohio

3rd place: “Mamas’ Drama” by Nanette Marie – Columbus, Ohio

Harris, Harris, and Marie accept their awards with Julie Whitney Scott (Center) and Managing General Partner, Charles McCrimmon (Back-Center), and friends.

Harris, Harris, and Marie accept their awards with Julie Whitney Scott (center), Managing General Partner, Charles McCrimmon (back-center), and friends.
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Congratulations to the winners! Tune in to The Satin Hour Saturdays at 11AM or download podcasts of the show here!

The Can’t-Miss Social Events of the Summer – Part 2

Monday, July 29th, 2013

There has been so much going on in Columbus this summer that we had to write two segments just to cover it all (and we’ve barely even scratched the surface)! This is a good thing, though, as it stands as a testament to just how much there is to do in central Ohio. So let’s dig in, shall we? Read on to find out about some of the best events going on this summer.

Ohio Expo Center Sign {Source: Wikimedia}

Ohio Expo Center Sign
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Ohio State Fair – July 24 -August 4

Attracting more than 840,000 people in 2012, the Ohio State Fair is recognized as one of the largest state fairs in the United States. This should come as no surprise considering how much there is to do during the two week-long event. Petting zoos, science exhibits, and music performances are just a few activities that await guests beyond the entrance gates. Besides, now that they’re back, where else can you go to satisfy your deep fried Twinkie cravings? The Ohio State Fair is going on now, so stop by and check it out before it ends on August 4!

Columbus Wine Festival, Presented By Giant Eagle – August 9, 10

If recent studies have taught event coordinators anything, it is that if there is wine, the people will come. Drinking over an astonishing 3.7 billion bottles of wine in the year 2011, the U.S. population continues its reign as the world’s largest consumers of wine.  Clearly, the people behind the Columbus Wine Festival have been paying attention because the event, to be held at Franklin Park Conservatory, is expected to be one of the most attended functions of the year.

Festival Latino – August 10,11

Held at Genoa Park, Festival Latino takes place on the west bank of the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. Originally starting out as a five-hour event in 1996, Festival Latino has evolved into the largest Latin American event in Ohio. Thousands flock to the festival to experience Latin American culture through food, art, and music.

2013 Columbus Food Truck Festival – August 16, 17

Recent years have seen Columbus emerge as a food truck hub of sorts. Demand for the mobile eateries has proven to be so strong that this particular line of business is considered a formidable competitor to sit-down restaurants. That demand has led to the 2013 Columbus Food Truck Festival. Taking place at the Columbus Commons, attendees can expect to be treated to live music as they peruse through more than 40 food and beverage trucks. They say variety is the spice of life, so you can’t go wrong here if you’re looking to treat your taste buds to something new!

Farmers’ Festival – August 17

August 17 marks the 22nd anniversary of the North Market’s Farmers’ Festival. Using the peak growing season as a means to draw attention to locally-grown produce, the Farmer’s Festival serves as a shining example of the North Market’s efforts to support and drive local business. Live music, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities make this outing fun for the entire family!

So there you have it! Which festivals are you looking forward to this summer? Are there any events that you feel should have made the cut? Let us know in the ‘comments’ section below!

Summer Community Celebrations Continue with ComFest

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Following the success of last week’s  Pride Festival, it appears that Columbus is still in a partying mood! This weekend brings ComFest; a non-corporate music and arts festival held at Goodale Park in the Victorian Village. What makes ComFest special is that it is a gathering that celebrates the struggle for social justice, and promotes human connectivity with a wealth of local talent. Known as “The Party with a Purpose”, organizers of the event bill it as the largest independent, volunteer-run festival in the nation.

{Source: Experience Columbus}

{Source: Experience Columbus}

Taking place June 28-30,  ComFest is set to feature live music, six performance stages, and a massive street fair. One of the best parts about all of this is that it’s free! Thousands of people flock to Goodale Park to experience a particular sense of community that only this festival can evoke.

WCRS-LP FM, a non-commercial community radio station, will be at ComFest all weekend long.  A few representatives will also be on site to support our fellow radio friends. Come visit us at the WCRS booth and meet some of the hosts of our fantastic shows! We look forward to seeing you there!

Stonewall Columbus Executive Director, Karla Rothan, to Appear on Queer Minded Tonight

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Every June, the LGBTQ community conducts parades, festivals, and rallies to celebrate Pride month. The timing was chosen as a means to observe the Stonewall Riots that occurred in June of 1969. As Columbus’ own pride celebration draws near (June 21 and 22), excitement leading up to the weekend-long event has reached an all time high. The buzz surrounding the 2013 Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival is bringing Karla Rothan, Stonewall’s Executive Director, to’s studios to get her take on why Pride continues to be one of Ohio’s largest, and most important, community events of the year.

Pride banners line the streets of Downtown Columbus

Pride banners line the streets of Downtown Columbus
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Queer Minded is a weekly show that discusses hot topics centered on the LGBTQ community in Columbus and around the nation. Hosts Deo and Dwayne share their views on the latest news and entertainment with gripping commentary and riveting guests.

Sahadeo “Deo” Ramharrack is an influential figure in Columbus with a New York City edge. He received his Masters of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in diversity management from Cleveland State University.  He brings energy, creativity, and a focus on inclusion and self-awareness to the show. Deo is passionate about marginalized communities, and seeks to continue being a voice for those who remain unheard.

Dwayne Steward is a nationally recognized blogger, freelance writer, inspirational speaker and human-rights activist. In addition to his duties as co-host on Queer Minded, Dwayne runs the popular LGBTQ news blog, and is a columnist for Outlook Columbus. A trained journalist with a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Dwayne was a founding member of SHADES, an organization that helps pave the way of acceptance and support for gay people of color.

Additional guests this evening are Earl Fowlkes, President of the Center for Black Equity, Columbus AIDS Taskforce representative, Erin Upchurch, and Leslie Foster of Traveling Muse Pictures, who will be discussing his new film “Until We Have Faces“, a piece about the rampant violent homophobia in Jamaica. Tune in to tonight at 8 p.m. to hear Queer Minded’s cant-miss Pride Preview episode, heard only on! Proud Sponsors of the 2013 Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival!

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

We are pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, is a sponsor for the 2013 Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival! As a company that recognizes the importance of diversity, Pride is a great opportunity for us to show our support for the LGBTA community.  Holding a parade that starts downtown and continues throughout the city’s most popular neighborhoods,  the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival is a weekend-long party as central Ohio comes together to celebrate the beauty of unity and freedom of expression.

2013 Pride - Stonewall Columbus

2013 Pride Logo

Columbus’ Pride Festival is one of the largest festival and parade events in the United States of America. Held at Goodale Park in the Victorian Village, attendance is expected to top 300,000 this year and we are elated to be a part of the celebration. June 21 and 22, will be on site to cover the event and interact with attendees. We’ve got some really cool things planned, so check back on our blog for further developments on the 2013 Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival. We can’t wait to see you there!

The Can’t-Miss Social Events of the Summer – Part 1

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The season of spring is coming to a close and summer is just a few weeks away (time really flies, doesn’t it?!). With the Asian Festival happening this past Memorial Day weekend, we thought we’d give you a list of some great things going on in and around Columbus that you do not want to miss.  So round up your friends, your spouse, or your kids, and take full advantage of the first half of summer by checking out the amazing events below.


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Park Street Festival –  June 7,8  

Park Street Festival is the Arena District’s kick-off  to summer. The festival features food trucks, arts and crafts, and three separate performance areas where live bands take to the stage to entertain. The function is basically a massive party held in an area where the streets are lined with some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.

Columbus Arts Festival – June 7,8,9

The Columbus Arts Festival is a three-day celebration that shines the light on all things ‘art’. While many think of art as only paintings and pictures, this particular event is the one place where visionaries who have mastered the art of food, music, and crafting come together to showcase their work to the masses.

Juneteenth Ohio Festival – June 14,15,16

Juneteenth is recognized as the date when the last slaves were freed. Celebrated in over 250 cities across the nation, the Columbus, Ohio Juneteenth Festival attracts more than 130,000 attendees and is considered the 3rd largest African American celebration in the nation.

Digfest - June 15

Since its inception over two years ago, Digfest has truly taken on a life of its own. The annual gathering is held to recognize those in the business of wine, spirits, liqueur, and craft brewing.  What makes Digfest so special is that everything that is available to attendees is locally made and distributed. Attracting thousands to the Grandview Yard, it continues to be one of the neighborhoods biggest events.

Stonewall Columbus Pride – June 21, 22

Stonewall Columbus Pride is central Ohio’s celebration for the  LGBTA community. Columbus’ Pride is one of the largest pride events in the United States of America. Last year’s attendance drew more than 275,000 supporters, and that number is expected to surpass 300,000 this year.

ComFest – June 28, 29, 30

ComFest is a non-corporate music and arts festival held at Goodale Park. Self-billed as “The Party with a Purpose”, the festival is proudly planned and operated solely by community members. ComFest promotes and celebrates human connectivity in a harmonious environment.

Red, White & Boom! - July 3

The largest firework display in Ohio, Red, White & Boom! takes place in downtown Columbus. The fireworks are launched from Veterans Memorial and annually attracts more than 500,000 people who are eager to see the night sky light up with colorful effects.


These are just several of the dozens of events that are taking place in and around Columbus. Which festivals are you looking forward to this summer?! Let us know in the ‘comments’ section below!

City of Columbus Declares May 12 ‘National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day’

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

The campaign to expand public consciousness of fibromyalgia just got a little bit easier in central Ohio. During Monday afternoon’s Columbus City Council meeting, Health and Human Services Committee chair Priscilla R. Tyson sponsored a resolution to declare May 12 as “National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day” in the city of Columbus. The initiative, spearheaded by Exceptions To The Rules radio host E. Michelle Lee and Dr. Kevin Hackshaw, Associate Professor, Rheumatology & Immunology at The Ohio State University, was presented and passed after hearing testimonials from both parties. at City Hall

Dr. Hackshaw (left) and Lee (right) pose for a photo after the City Council meeting.

Fibromyalgia: Millions affected, zero cured

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness in the muscles, joints, and tissues of the body . Of the over 5 million people diagnosed with fibromyalgia in the United States, 80 percent of those affected are women. While treatment ranges from oral medication to surgery, there is no known cure for the syndrome.

The work to spread the word continues

Lee’s fight against fibromyalgia is fueled by her personal experience with the disease. Having dealt with painful symptoms after being diagnosed with the chronic disorder over two decades ago, she decided to use her show as a platform to emphasize the necessity to find a cure. Tonight’s Exceptions episode is dedicated to fibromyalgia awareness and will feature Janet Favero Chambers, President of the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association.

Be sure to tune in to Exception To The Rules Thursday’s at 6 PM EST on

5 Things You Must Experience During Spring in Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Spring is all about putting away your winter clothes and heading outside to enjoy the warm weather for the first time in 6 or so months. To help you get the fun started, here is a list of 5 things you must experience during Spring in Columbus, Ohio.

Columbus Clippers Games

There are few better ways to enjoy the Springtime than to go to a Columbus Clippers baseball game. Nestled deep within the thriving Arena District, Huntington Park sees tens of thousands of fans walk in and out of its gates to cheer for their favorite team. It also doesn’t hurt that the ever-popular Dime-A-Dog Nightcontinuously brings in some of the largest attendance numbers of the season!

The Short North Arts District Gallery Hop

Held the first Saturday of every month, Gallery Hop attracts thousands of visitors looking to take in culture in ways they have never experienced before. Various examples of art can be found tucked in-between buildings and lining the sidewalks as attendees enjoy the sights and sounds that accompany the affair. Unleash your inner art enthusiast as you take to the streets of the Short North to observe the work of some of the region’s (and nation’s, really) most talented painters, sculptors, and photographers.

The North Market

This gem is a must-see for anyone who considers him- or herself  a “foodie”. Boasting savory cuisine options for even the pickiest of palates, the North Market houses businesses known for providing consumers with some of the freshest meat, poultry, and seafood in central Ohio. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, a passion for ethnic food, or even prefer to have breakfast for dinner, you can find it all here. Basically, if you crave it, the North Market’s got it! It’s also worth noting that the North Market is Columbus’ only public market and  an incubator for small businesses.

North Market

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Columbus’ Parks

Franklin Park. Scioto Mile Parks. Goodale Park. Really, there are just too many great parks in Columbus to name. Each one possessing its own unique sense of scenery, central Ohioans are really spoiled for choice when it comes to picking where they want to spend their afternoons. Take advantage of the concerts and gatherings that take place in the many, many parks of Columbus. There is a lot going on, here. You just have to know where to look!

Hit the Patios!

One of the major perks of Springtime in Columbus is that a vast amount of restaurants have patios! Take advantage of the weather by going to a restaurant, finding the perfect table and enjoying your favorite margarita or taco (or both) as you sit outside and view the world around you. The best part about the patio dining experience is that you can do it at anytime, anywhere: lunch, brunch, dinner, and even after the kitchens close!

I hope this list was a great jumping-off point for getting you outside during the Spring season.  Let us know in the ‘comments’ section what you recommend for fun in the sun in Columbus!

Columbus Honors the Great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Performances, Tributes

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

On January 21, we will reflect, honor, and remember the fallen civil rights leader who risked his own life to turn his dream into a reality. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream for all people to be judged by the content of their character regardless of the color of their skin. Unfortunately the late Dr. King Jr. was not able to see his dream become a reality; but we can celebrate and honor him with these three events going on in Columbus.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

Start your day off here at the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast. The keynote speaker of this event is Pastor DeForest B. Soaries, PhD. of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerest, New Jersey. This is a public event being held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center with doors opening at 7:00 am and tickets starting at $35. This event is a signature King Holiday celebration with thousands of diverse supporters and you can be one of them!

The King Arts Complex Open House

The King Arts Complex, located on the East side of Columbus, offers performing, cultural, and educational programs to increase the awareness of African-American contributions to American history. Open to people of all ages, this free event will take a look at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963. Enjoy live music and theatrical performances at this event from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on January 21st.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The Ohio State University will host the 41st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with actor, producer, and humanitarian Danny Glover. This event will celebrate of legacy of Dr. King with fellowship beginning at 4:15 pm at Columbus City Hall. At 5 pm there will be a March to Veteran’s Memorial where there will be performances by Ballet Met dancers and music by the Jazz Arts Academy. This is also a free event and is open to all ages.

These are only three ways you can honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this year. What do you plan on doing? Comment and let us know about other events in the city.