Aunt Pearlie Sue is the creation of Anita Singleton-Prather, a native of the Sea Islands in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Based on her grandmother, Aunt Pearlie Sue’s character has entertained audiences with Gullah-flavored folktales for over 10 years.
In addition to being a storyteller, Prather is an educator, singer, actress and historian. She is the founder and a member of the musical performance group the Gullah Kinfolk. As a storyteller and singer, Prather has performed at many festivals, including the Spoleto USA international arts festival in Charleston. She has appeared in the Hollywood film Forrest Gump and on Christmas Across America on the Food Network Channel. In addition to her participation in educational documentaries, Prather’s one-woman show, Tales from the Land of Gullah, has been broadcast on PBS nationwide, Canada and the Virgin Islands.
Her true life short film, My Man Done Me Wrong, has tickled audiences at the Jamerican Black Hollywood, San Francisco Film Festival and other national and international film festivals.
Her voice can be heard across the nation by radio broadcast as she spins her Gospel Top 10 tale, “Chicken Dinner Money.”
Prather is also the curriculum coordinator for the Education of Gullah Culture Through the Arts in the Beaufort County School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Howard University and a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina.
Through her Gullah heritage, Prather continues to creatively entertain and educate audiences of all ages about the African experience in America. Anita can be contacted at 843-263-5229 (cell).
The Gullah Kinfolk are the most exciting musical sensation ever to come from the South Carolina Sea Islands.
Virtually all related, the closeness of this dynamic group is apparent from the first song. Audiences nationwide have been mesmerized by their unique style, memorable performances and uplifting renditions of their historical repertoire.
The group was formed by Anita Singleton-Prather; best known for her beloved character Aunt Pearlie Sue, in an effort to preserve Gullah history and the Gullah dialect. A performance by the Gullah Kinfolk is a rare treat that will be remembered for a lifetime.
The Gullah Kinfolk have headlined at dozens of music and cultural festivals. Performances can be customized for any occasion or function, with as few or as many performers as you would like.
The following CD’s are available from the Gullah Kinfolk …
True’ de Arts is a curriculum designed by ASE’-Gullah Education LLC which emphasizes multiculturalism and introduce young people of all ages to the cultural history of the Gullah lifestyle through language, dance, music, food and crafts. Since its inception in 1990, over 250,000 students have been enriched.
What is Gullah?
Located on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia are communities of people who are the descendants of enslaved Africans. They have a unique culture that is directly linked to West Africa. In South Carolina, this group of African-Americans and the language they speak are referred to as Gullah (Gul-luh). In Georgia, they are called Geechee (Gee-chee). Native Islanders is another term that refers to the Gullah and Geechee people.
Many historians believe that the word “Gullah” comes from Angola, a West African country from which many of the slaves came. Another idea is that “Gullah” is from the Gola, a tribe found near the border of Liberia and Sierra Leone, West Africa. Although the exact origin of the word is not known, most historians agree that the Gullah people and their language have African roots.
To learn more about Gullah, visit the following links:
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Invite Aunt Pearlie Sue to your school functions, church events, family reunions, weddings, birthday parties, theater dinners, social group functions and more.
What other are saying…
The Rankin residency with Anita Singleton-Prather was a powerful and valuable experience. It was quite impressive to be part of the environment she created. As a story-teller, she gave vivid life to African and African-American stories. By having us all join in singing and dancing, she made us at least begin to experience life in the participatory and communal way characteristic of African and Gullah communities. By bringing colleagues in music and visual arts, Anita brought us great art from a range of disciplines, and we met the creators. This all brought us in so many ways closer to lives that we’d otherwise barely know, to our great gain. I was moved again and again by the stories, the art, the liberating sensations of participation, the shock of learning un-anticipated facts and stories.
I know this happened because your expertise in this area is as extraordinary as Anita’s, and because your connections to this community brought us one of its most superlative exemplars. Thanks, I feel lucky to be in so vital an artistic community.
— Mike Moss, Music Program Director, Antoinette Westphal College of Media, Arts and Design
Where can you find Anita Singleton-Prather/Aunt Pearlie Sue?
Television and Film Productions
Tales From the Land of Gullah – PBS Documentary
Forrest Gump – Paramount Pictures
Freedom Coming … A Gullah Kinfolk Wish - SC ETV
Christmas Around the World – The Food Network
God’s Gonna Trouble the Water – SC ETV’s PBS Documentary
Voices of the Gullah Culture: The Hallelujah Singers – PBS Documentary
Gullah Christmas - SC ETV Documentary
My Man Done Me Wrong – Television Mini-Series
This Fragile Planet – Environment Educational Video