Speakers & Entertainment
Isis Smalls is the Amazon Bestselling Author of Beauty in the Making, the former Miss Houston 2014, and one of Huffington Post’s Top 20 Young Movers and Shakers. As a National Empowerment Speaker, Isis has inspired over 8,000 women and girls around the country. When she is not speaking, she’s singing! Isis performs the National Anthem for professional sports teams like the Houston Rockets and the Houston Astros. She is passionate about helping women unleash their God-Given potential and teaching them how to develop an intimate relationship with Christ.
Christopher Joyce a.k.a. CHOYCE, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, is bringing a vibrant energy to the music of today. CHOYCE has used his personal experiences from life in “THE HOLY CITY” to paint vivid pictures of overcoming obstacles and turning tragedy into triumph through his music. Currently, CHOYCE is traveling across the U.S. promoting his latest hit “Change The World”, “Dream Girls Anthem” and “Y.B.D.” from the album “GOD LOVES MY MUSIC.” Chris has been married to Latia for 13 years, and they have 2 children.
Kristen JoyAnn Jamison
Kristen is country girl charm wrapped in urban chic style. Kristen JoyAnn Jamison’s name means “Anointed to Bring Joy” and “Grace, and Favor.” She is heralded as “The Big Voice in a
Little Body,” Kristen has been singing almost her whole life. She had her first concert at the age of 3. Her voice has been heard from the east coast to the west coast, in England, Japan, and
Jamaica. She has sung in small country churches and at Carnegie Hall. She has shared the stage with some the music industry’s best, and was a Top 20 Finalist on Season 7 of BET’s Sunday Best
Regina Skeeters, a native of Conway, SC is a singer, songwriter, actress, educator, worship leader and motivational speaker. She is a graduate of Benedict College. Ms. Skeeters is the founder of a non-profit organization and performing arts camp entitled Blend Out which encourages people ages 5-25 to be their best selves. Regina has also had the opportunity share the stage with artists many well-known artists. She has been graced with the privilege of being featured in Ebony Magazine as Miss Benedict College. She has had the opportunity to travel
world -wide relaying the message of Jesus Christ. Her goal is to simply be a walking billboard and to change the world one life at a time.
Dedicated, responsible, intelligent and fun-loving describes Kira Adkins! Kira is currently a pharmacy student at the Medical University of South Carolina, who just recently graduated
Academic Magnet High School in June 2018. At the age of 16, Kira made history as the youngest student ever accepted into this 4-year graduate program at MUSC. God-willing, she
will have her PharmD degree at age 21 and will have the title Dr. Adkins! She was very active in high school and even served as the captain of the girls varsity basketball team during her last
year of high school. For her whole life, Kira has remained involved at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, going out with friends, and inspiring others to pursue their dreams as well.
Jackie Brewton has a heart for young people and walked away from a successful career in Corporate America sixteen years ago to dedicate her life to helping teens make good choices.
She is a graduate of Furman University and the Founder and CEO of MotivationN3D, a motivational speaking company. Jackie travels around the country and abroad empowering
teens to dream bigger dreams, make better decisions and walk into their destinies. Recognizing the need to bridge the communication gap between parents and teens, Jackie also equips and empowers mothers to have the tough conversations with their teen daughters about sex, love
and relationships through her blog, parent guides and workshops.
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Ocielia Gibson is Founder and Spokesperson of More Than a Pretty Face Inc., a faith-based movement that empowers girls to develop purposeful beauty that changes the world. In 2011, she became the first woman from the state of Texas to capture the national crown of Miss Black USA. She is currently completing her Masters in Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Megan A. Gordon, native of North Augusta, South Carolina, is a lover of traveling, meeting new people and inspiring young women to unveil their identity through Christ! While in Nursing school, she earned the title of Miss South Carolina USA and later went on to place Top 5 at the nationally televised Miss USA competition! One year after her Miss USA experience, she released her first self-published book entitled, The Ultimate Crown: Living for the Audience of One. Megan is now a Cardiac nurse, a signed model and an author. She credits all of her accomplishments to God and says nothing would be possible without Him!
Lateca McClary, a graduate of the University of South Carolina, has addressed state legislators
and school boards advocating for the abstinence outside of marriage approach for adolescents. She has also been graced with the opportunity to speak to youth, teachers, and parents on topics such as self -worth, healthy relationships, and developing strong character. Her heart is to see people, young and old, enlightened and made free by the truth of God’s Word. Lateca and her husband Eric reside in the Charleston area with their four children.
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Raphael & Sarena James
“Seeing Me,” follows the story of “Shayla,” a beautiful young lady who’s buried in regret, unable to forgive herself of past mistakes. Her mother, “Nina,” desperately tries to reach out to her, but stumbles over her own secret guilt. “Chloe” and “Aaron,” two other young people with bright futures, are blinded by the darkness of anger and other people’s perceptions. All of them will look in the mirror, and what happens there will change their lives forever, and yours too…
Written by Sarena and Raphael James
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Debbie Counts has worked at the College of Charleston (CofC) since the fall of 2007. Debbie loves working for admissions at the College of Charleston where she shares best practices related to the admissions process and encourages students to pursue and explore higher education opportunities. Under her direction, student of color enrollment has increased, and students and their families are visiting the college more frequently. She has been married to George Counts for over 28 years. They are the proud parents of two children; Miles a senior at Harvard University, majoring in History and Literature, and
daughter Zoe, a senior at the Charleston County School of the Arts. Debbie believes that “greatness is not measured by what man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his/her goals” ~Dorothy Height~
Janya Ashby is the daughter of Lakeshia Abraham and Jeffery Ashby. She is a sophomore at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, SC. During her spare time she enjoys reading, creating liturgical dance, shopping and helping others that are in need. Her plan after high school is to attend UCLA in
California to become an OBGYN. Her philosophies in life are “Only you can stop you” and “With God all things are possible.”
College of Charleston Gospel Choir
Antina Fields & the VIP Hype Girls
Antina Fields is retired Technical Sergeant from the United States Air Force, and now her passion leads her to work with children with autism and disabilities in Dorchester School District Two. She is the proud mother of two children. In her spare time she enjoys quality time with her children and learning recipes from her mother, Roslin Fields. Antina overcame many obstacles in her life which helped to shape her jovial personality which makes people happy and joyful. She has learned to love life and to love God.
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Ricsha Edgar-Kinard is a 1999 graduate of Charleston Southern University and a former “Miss Charleston” (1996), “Miss North Charleston” (1997), and “Miss Charleston Southern University”
(1999). She has been a requested speaker at youth and women’s events, as well as in churches across the Southeast and into the Midwest. She is a singer and musician, and is actively involved in her home church, Cathedral of Praise, in North Charleston, SC. Ricsha is a full-time teacher at Cathedral
Academy. She has a passion to see the next generation of leaders, especially girls, rise up and be the difference in their homes, schools, communities, and their worlds. Ricsha has been married to David for 18 years, and together they have three children who are their pride and joy.
Heather Merritt & Steps Ahead Dancers from Ft. Dorchester High School
Heather Merritt grew up in Atlanta, GA where she began dancing at the Atlanta School of Ballet. At the age of thirteen Heather was chosen to be a company dancer with the Atlanta Ballet II. Her area of expertise covers a vast array of dance genres. In 2007, Heather returned to Charleston to continue her teaching career. She has since taught independently across the greater Charleston area. In addition to her teaching credits, Mrs. Merritt is a certified South Carolina educator and is currently on faculty as the dance teacher at Fort Dorchester High School. In 2012, Mrs. Merritt opened her own studio, Steps Ahead Dance, where she is dedicated to bringing her experience, expertise, and love for dance to the future
dancers of the Charleston community.
Nina Nesbitt is the owner and operator of Industry Direct. She specializes in building self-esteem and confidence in youth, through modeling and acting techniques. The participants enjoy the process of modeling and acting, while learning life skills that last a lifetime! Before stepping into corporate America as a Recruitment Specialist for some of the leading proprietary colleges in the country, Ms. Nesbitt traveled to Paris, France, Germany and Switzerland as a successful television, film, print and runway model.
Tyson Swanson is a native South Carolinian that has traveled the South East performing at school campuses, open mics, poetry slams, conferences and being featured in spoken word poetry shows. As a Lexus Verses and Flow Alumni Tyson has used his platform, whether performing on T.V. or small venues
to share gift and his testimony with the world. He recently released a CD "Spoken For." He is married to
Jennifer and they have 2 children.
La’kai Whatley is from Rome, GA. He recently graduated in May of 2018 with a degree in Marketing and Sales from Georgia Southern University. He is a speaker, poet and a fully devout Christian about His Fathers business. After graduating La’kai married LaTastreia who also graduated in May but from
Kennesaw State University and they are learning to love each other more everyday all while falling in love with Jesus Christ.
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Lady Joi is a former radio personality for WWWZ/Z93 Jamz (Known as Stormy), WMGL/Magic 107.3 fm and WJNI 106.3Fm. She owns her own radio network called iCandiee Communications and Vision TV. Lady Joi works as a correspondent for National Recording Gospel Artist & Producer Deitrick Haddon’s DTv a web based internet station providing information on what’s hot and upcoming in the Low Country and the State of South Carolina.
Student Co-Host-La’Royalty Jones is a junior at Palmetto Scholars Academy. She is a member of the National Honors Society, Rotary Club, House Council and Girls Varsity basketball team. La’Royalty has a passion for basketball and is currently ranked number one in the state of South Carolina in points and
hope to play collegiate basketball. She is a member of Bethany Baptist church where she sings on the youth choir and is an active junior usher. She is also a member of Youth Empowerment Services, Inc.(Y.E.S.) Peer Leadership Team.
Addie Ledbetter a graduate of Converse College, was crowned Miss Columbia Northeast in March of 2018, and she is a former Miss Summerville. Addie is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing from Trident Technical College. Her career goal is to become a nurse anesthetist. Her pageant talent is playing the
piano and her platform is Empowerment Through T.E.A.S. (Together Everyone Achieves Success) which is an effort to instill leadership skills in young girls through the goal setting and personal reflection activities.
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