Published in encore magazine, April 26, 2016 Photo by Anna Mann “Does anyone actually support HB2?” a woman asked her husband as we lined the walls of City Hall on Tues., April 19, as folks packed in like sardines in  a can. They carried signs reading “Repeal HB2,” “Flush HB2” and “First in Flight, Last in Leadership.” More than 200 people were there to “Pack … Continue reading ILM STANDS AGAINST HB2


Published in encore magazine, July 12, 2016 “Goonies never say die!” Anyone who can pinpoint that quote should freely read on. All others should go rent, download, stream—whatever the kids do these days—“The Goonies” and come back later. We all playfully make fun of the ‘80s: the hair, the clothes, the music, the movies (save for “The Goonies” because it’s awesome). But truth be told, … Continue reading MUSICALLY ADVENTUROUS


Published in encore magazine, April 2016 “Every festival has a personality and it’s interesting to see what that is,” Dave Rawlings says over the phone. We’re talking about various festivals across the country, one of them being MerleFest, which takes place April 28-May 1 in Wilkesboro, NC. “We definitely cut our teeth on MerleFest, and we came up there in a lot of ways,” he … Continue reading UPSTREAM AND DOWNSTREAM

Vision and Passion

Published in Devour ILM Magazine, June 17, 2016 Whether opening up a new restaurant or taking over an established eatery in town, owning a business in the food industry is an exciting if not terrifying adventure into the unknown. What our restaurateurs in this issue of Devour have in common is their commitment to making their eateries truly their own. Their passions, tastes, values and … Continue reading Vision and Passion


Published in encore magazine July 12, 2016

“The two shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile show that we are still in a system of racism,” local filmmaker Christopher Everett (“Wilmington on Fire”) says about the two men most recently shot and killed by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. He reflects upon the unimaginable sniper shooting at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, too—one of hundreds, if not thousands, held last Wednesday across the country in response to the murders of Sterling and Castile. Five police officers were killed and several others were injured.


“Tragic events like this are nothing new,” Everett continues. “Black people in America have been victims of this type of police use of deadly force [for years], but now the whole world is seeing it because of cell phone technology and social media. .  . . Films like ‘Out of Darkness’ examine and discuss what has just happened (police use of deadly force).”

“Out of Darkness” is a three-part documentary by director Amadeuz Christ (Δ+) which explores the history of African people, African cultural contributions to the world, and the events that led to issues impacting African-American communities today. Because of the support and reception he had for “Wilmington on Fire” last year, Everett is hosting a screening of “Out of Darkness” at Williston Middle School Auditorium on July 16.



Published in Focus on the Coast Magazine, April/May 2015 photos by BJ Berg Many folks turning an eye toward Kinston, North Carolina, specifically have dinner at Chef & The Farmer in mind–and why wouldn’t you? Chef Vivian Howard’s popular PBS show, “A Chef’s Life,” doesn’t mislead viewers when it comes to this “progressive eatery’s” take on Southern food and hospitality. But what many may not … Continue reading THE KINSTON [K]RAWL