An Emotional 2017 – Some of the Most Memorable Images of the Year

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2017 was a year we will never forget.? From the election of a massive underdog in U.S. politics, massacres in Las Vegas and Sutherland Falls, a season of Hurricanes that tore us down, brush fires in California that sent people evacuating to marches for justice in most major cities.? This was the year Houston got the World Series and the other team from California won the NBA title.? The year we saw the retirement of Dale Jr and lost many iconic celebrities.? This year, in many parts of the country, millions gathered to witness daytime darkness.

We compiled some of the most memorable images of the year so we can all look back and remember.

Las Vegas Massacre (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)


Howard University Cheerleaders Taking a Knee (Photo from NY Times)


Puerto Rico Hurricane Aftermath (Photo from NY Times)


Houston Astros World Series Parade (Photo by Houston Chronicle)


Changing of the Guards – A New U.S. President (Photo by BBC)


Protecting a Confederate Statue (Photo by ABC News)


California Fires (Photo from Time Magazine)


Warriors Win the Title (Photo by HoopsHype)


Dale Jr. Retires – Daytona Speedway (Photo by Hendrick Motorsports)


Water flows down Interstate 10 which has been inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


Solar Eclipse (Photo credit:? Ted Hesser /


Sutherland Springs, TX Aftermath (Photo from Washington Post)


Hurricane Harvey (Photo from ABC News)


Women’s March on Washington (Photo from Curve Magazine)

Have a great 2018




Official Statement from Holy City Hospitality on the death of Shane Whiddon and yesterday’s events

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“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by what transpired yesterday at our restaurant Virginia’s on King. We are devastated by the passing of Shane Whiddon, our beloved and well-respected chef and friend. Our thoughts and prayers from Holy City Hospitality and Bennett Hospitality are with Shane’s family, our work family, and the customers and employees who are affected by this awful tragedy. We’re extremely grateful for the incredible teamwork of the many law enforcement agencies and the Mayor of Charleston in handling yesterday’s events.?We?would also like to thank the Pastor and staff at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church for all the support they provided law enforcement and our staff.?The outpouring of support from the community has been?remarkable?and for that we are very grateful.”
–?Managing Director of Holy City Hospitality?Marty?Wall

A Silent Prayer – Original Poem (Response to White Nationalist Debate)

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By Mark A. Leon

What do I have to do to make you love me?
What do I have to do to make you care?

Every street corner a reminder
Every ruin of a home lost in the countryside, a tear of sadness

Statues and tombstones are but symbols of the warriors of a land divided
Freedom, slavery, black and white
Moral injustice, capitalism and growth

Naked footsteps in the cotton field
A woman’s body nothing more than a machine for more labor
Cries of silence buried in the wind
The blood of a thousand souls melting in the heat

A Southern way, gone, but not yet forgotten
Powerless, the fight continues
Armed with cameras and words, hatred has the center stage

The cinema now showing a film of succession and ignorance
Bleeding from the left, gauging from the right

If we tear down the symbol, will the hate be gone?
We will find unity in a country where the wounds never fully healed?

Are we victims of color?
Patriots and mercenaries

The battlefield is dry, but the war has only begun

On these knees, I say a prayer
To the living, the dead and the unborn

Find peace in the soul
Equality in the heart
Serenity in unity

Let us be one
Let us stand strong

The light will shine once again for all to share


Gun Violence in South Carolina: What You Need to Know

The frequency of gun violence in the United States and globally has created a media frenzy.? Targets have ranged from personal, to random to law enforcement with lives lost reaching unspeakable numbers.? The social declaration of #PrayFor has become a part of our daily digital worship.

Throughout the United States a growing sense of fear and unrest has been pitted into our subconscious forcing us to question our choices in establishments to frequent and interactions with strangers.

Just how bad is the gun violence in our home state of South Carolina and around the United States?

Gun Violence Archive has compiled data made up of 1500 sources updated July 27th, 2016.

The mission of GVA:

Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online, primarily if not exclusively on this website and summary ledgers at It is hoped that this information will inform and assist those engaged in discussions and activities concerning gun violence, including analysis of proposed regulations or legislation relating to gun safety usage.

GVA is not, by design an advocacy group. The mission of GVA is to document incidents of gun violence and gun crime nationally to provide independent, verified data to those who need to use it in their research, advocacy or writing.

These charts outline the current data for 2016 as well as archived statistics for 2014 and 2015.

2016 Gun Violence Statistics

Frequency of Incidents in 2016 by State
Frequency of Incidents in 2016 by State


Comparisons of national data for 2014 and 2015:

According to The Guardian, 89 out of 100 Americans owns a firearm compared to 6 out of 100 in England and Wales.

South Carolina Data

In 2014, South Carolina had the 10th worst firearm mortality rate in the United States with 15.5 deaths per population of 100,000.

In 2011, South Carolina was ranked 15th in raw firearm deaths with 223 of the 8583 in the United States.? 70% of all murders in the state that year were a result of a firearm.? In 2014, 764 deaths in the state were by the use of a firearm.

The top 10 worst states? in firearm death rate in 2014 were:

  • Louisiana – 18.9
  • Alaska – 18.8
  • Mississippi – 18.0
  • Alabama – 16.7
  • Arkansas – 16.4
  • Wyoming – 16.0
  • Montana – 15.8
  • New Mexico – 15.8
  • Oklahoma – 15.6
  • South Carolina – 15.5


We have a civil obligation to raise a voice an be heard.? Strength is in action, example and unity.