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A Taste of Greenville, South Carolina

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  1. Greenville is the seat of Greenville County, in upstate South Carolina, United States. Greenville is the sixth largest city (by population) in the state of South Carolina and has a population of 62,252 as of the year of 2014.

  2. Greenville is the largest city of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson Combined Statistical Area (CSA) which in 2006 had an estimated population of 1,203,795, making it the largest MSA in the state of South Carolina. The CSA, an 8-county region of northwestern South Carolina, is known as "The Upstate". Greenville is located approximately halfway between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina along Interstate 85, and its metropolitan area also includes Interstates 185 and 385.

  3. Economy:  Greenville's economy was formerly based largely on textile manufacturing, and the city was once known as "The Textile Capital of the World." In the last few decades, low wages and favorable tax benefits have lured foreign companies to invest heavily in the area. The city is the North American headquarters for Michelin and BMW NA Visitor Center. When the former Donaldson Air Force Base closed, the land became the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center, and became home to a Lockheed Martin Aircraft and Logistics Center, as well as 3M and Honeywell.

  4. Festivals:  Euphoria Greenville is an annual three day event held in the Wyche Pavilion at Larkin's on the River, Art in the Park, and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts. The event includes exclusive tasting events, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, as well as multi-course dinners and live musical performances. Southern Exposure features domestic and international wines, celebrity chefs, master sommeliers, and national recording artists.

  5. Fall for Greenville is an annual three day music and food street festival held each fall.

  6. The median income for a household in the city was $33,144, and the median income for a family was $44,125. Males had a median income of $35,111 versus $25,339 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,242. About 12.2% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.7% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.

  7. Climate:   Greenville has a humid subtropical climate, with generally mild, short winters, hot, humid summers, warm springs, and crisp autumns. Monthly averages range from 40.8 °F in January to 78.8 °F in July, with lows around freezing in the former month. Highs reach 90 °F on 38 days per year, and sometimes breach 100 °F. Winter snowfall is typically light, with a median of only 1.0 inch, though much heavier amounts have fallen. Precipitation is usually well-distributed throughout the year.

Radio Stations
WLFJ 89.3 FM Greenville, SC Christian Contemporary
W213BD (KAWZ) 90.5 FM Greenville, SC Religious
WFBC 93.7 FM Greenville, SC Top-40
W231BA (WJMZ) 94.1 FM Urban Contemporary
WGTK 94.5 FM Greenville, SC Talk
WWOK (LPFM) 95.3 FM Greenville, SC Easy Listening
WMXP (LPFM) 95.5 FM Greenville, SC Variety
WHZT 98.1 FM Williamston, SC Top-40
W253BG (WJMZ) 98.5 FM Arial, SC Urban Contemporary
WOLT 103.3 FM Greer, SC Classic Hits
WCCP 104.9 FM Clemson, SC Sports
WCCP (CP) 105.5 FM Clemson, SC Sports
WYRD 106.3 FM Simpsonville, SC News/Talk
WJMZ 107.3 FM Anderson, SC Urban Contemporary
WLFJ 660 AM Greenville, SC Religious
WGCR 720 AM Pisgah Forest, NC Gospel Music
WPJM 800 AM Greer, SC Gospel Music
WLBG 860 AM Laurens, SC Variety
WOLI 910 AM Spartanburg, SC Classic Hits
WORD 950 AM Spartanburg, SC News/Talk
WRIX 1020 AM Homeland Park, SC Gospel Music
WJFJ 1160 AM Tryon, NC Gospel Music
WANS 1280 AM Anderson, SC Sports
WYRD 1330 AM Greenville, SC News
WGVL 1440 AM Greenville, SC Sports
WPCI 1490 AM Greenville, SC Variety

Entercom Greenville launches 7th Radio Station 96.3 The Block with Steve Harvey in the Morning

October 21, 2015 – Today, Entercom Greenville announced the launch of the New 96.3 The Block. 96.3 The Block plays the best hip hop and R & B with superstar Steve Harvey in the morning. 96.3 The Block launched with 10,000 songs in a row commercial free. The Steve Harvey show begins Monday, November 2nd.

“We have high expectations for 96.3 The Block. Until now, there have been limited choices for radio serving African Americans in the Upstate. The ratings decline of stations serving this market makes it a great time to launch 96.3 The Block. With superstar Steve Harvey in the morning, fewer commercials, and better music, we expect 96.3 The Block to be a big hit, “said Entercom Greenville Market Manager, Steve Sinicropi. “96.3 The Block will be very active with community partners, will bring better programming, and a new choice to the Upstate. Adding 96.3 The Block to our portfolio gives us seven radio stations and the ability to reach virtually any audience in the Upstate.” Steve Harvey is more than a radio personality—he’s a proven brand with unique appeal. From his best-selling books to his movies and his highly-rated TV show, Harvey’s family-friendly humor and deep connection with his audience has made him the gold standard in morning drive urban radio. Steve Harvey has proven to be a magnet for listeners. His TV Show, The Steve Harvey Show, is the top-rated show weekdays on WYFF 4 at 3PM.

“I couldn’t be more excited to launch in Greenville, and I truly feel blessed to be a part of the New 96.3 The Block and the Entercom Greenville family” said Steve Harvey.

About Entercom Greenville
Entercom Greenville leads the Greenville/Spartanburg radio market with the largest listening audience and most radio station brands including B93.7/WFBC-FM, Magic 98.9/WSPA-FM, 93.3 The Planet/WTPT-FM, Classic Rock 101.1/WROQ-FM, 106.3 WORD/WYRD-FM, ESPN Upstate and 96.3 The Block. Entercom Upstate is also home to Clemson Tiger play-by-play for football, basketball, and baseball and for play-by-play for The Carolina Panthers. Entercom Greenville is also a leader in digital advertising, offering complete turn-key digital marketing for advertisers with SmartReach Digital.

About Entercom
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM), is the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the United States, with a portfolio of 125 highly-rated radio stations in 27 top markets across the country. Known for developing unique and highly successful locally programmed stations, Entercom’s brands reach and engage close to 40 million people each week, delivering a curated mix of outstanding local personalities and a broad range of compelling music, news, talk and sports content.

Founded in 1968, Philadelphia-based Entercom also operates hundreds of events each year attracting millions of attendees, and provides customers with a broad range of digital marketing solutions through its SmartReach Digital products.

More information is available at, Facebook, and Twitter (@entercom).

Demographics of Greenville, South Carolina

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a touch of history

Jesse Jackson
was born in Greenville, South Carolina, to Helen Burns, a 16-year-old high school student, and her 33-year-old married neighbor, Noah Louis Robinson. Robinson was a former professional boxer who was an employee of a textile brokerage and a well-known figure in the black community. Jackson attended the racially segregated Sterling High School in Greenville, where he was elected student class president, finished tenth in his class, and earned letters in baseball, football and basketball.

Jesse Jackson
Statue at the center of the city honoring Jesse Jackson's Alma Mater, Sterling High School.

submitted by David Ezell -

Jesse Jackson - Mini Biography



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Slow Food Upstate

How do you connect to your history, your traditions and your ancestors? Explore the food ways from Africa to the Carolinas. Slow Food Upstate brings to Greenville one of a handful of African Americans who have achieved prominence in the culinary world.

She holds a Ph.D. from NYU, teaches English at Queens College, and speaks English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Jessica Harris is a member of the IACP and Les Dames d'Escoffier. Her articles have appeared in the Eating Well, Food & Wine, Essence, and The New Yorker, among other publications, and she has been profiled in The New York Times.

Jessica Harris
Photo Credit - Chester Higgins, Jr.

Harris has spoken about the food of African Americans on The Today Show, Good Morning America, the Museum of Natural History, and has been a frequent guest at Philadelphia's The Book and the Cook. The U.S. slave trade took many things from the Africans who were forced into it: family, name, homeland, and, of course, freedom. But within that system of brutality, there were certain things that couldn't be stolen from the slaves, including their taste memories, cooking techniques and agricultural practices. It?s through these food memories and techniques that Africans transformed the way Americans eat.

The Sterling community center has a long connection to the African American community and was the building which houses the community center was the first black high school begun by Rev. Minus, born in 1848 of slave parents in Colleton County SC. In later years many prominent African Americans graduated from the school, including Jesse Jackson and Lillian Brock-Fleming, City Council woman and Vice Mayor Pro Tem, District 2 Representative. The students of Sterling High School were the driving force that promoted the change of institutional segregation in Greenville County in the 1950's-1960's.

The Thousand Gardens in Africa project provides education for farmers and young people, encourages the awareness of local plants and biodiversity, respect for the environment and the sustainable use of soil and water.

It means the passing-on of knowledge from the old to the young and a reinforced spirit of collaboration. The support of a garden, moreover, guarantees a daily supply of fresh and healthy food to local communities and improves the quality of daily life and the development of local economies.

Suffering harsh conditions, enslaved Africans put down roots in the soil of the Americas and grew new as well as old crops with ingenuity and vision. Africa?s contributions to the Southern food traditions are countless. African American food-ways, as expressions of various ethnicities and histories, mixed and stirred with Indigenous American, European, and Asian foods to create a unique blend of culinary traditions. Retracing the roots, Slow Food Upstate creates a meal based on the foods that made the journey, okra, watermelon, eggplant, sorghum, Tunis Lamb, Sea Island Red Peas, Carolina Gold Rice, and more, in the original African Traditions.

Food historian Jessica Harris explores this part of the American story, and the people involved in it, in her new book High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America.

Join us at and choose SC Upstate Non-Member $50.00

Slow Food stands apart from other organizations in that the focus combines the pleasure of the table with the responsibility of the environment as well as a socially just food system. The culture of food connects us with our communities and our traditions. Slow Food works to build those communities and preserve the traditions and enjoyment of good food in the company of friends and family. Slow Food is dedicated to soulful pleasure to the table, while being ever mindful to be careful stewards of the environment, and ever mindful that food is a Universal right of all humans of all levels of income. This is the basis for the philosophy of Slow Food, Good, Clean and Fair.


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Businesses in Greenville, South Carolina

A small percentage of the businesses listed on may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


  1. Braids By China -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  Micro braids, kinky twist, cornrows, afro kinky twist, senegalese twist, loc start up and maintenace, and more  - Greater Greenville - Greenville SC - (864) 386-4001

  2. DJ's Fadz -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   204-206 Donaldson Rd - Greenville SC - (864) 631-7798

  3. Excel Beauty & Barber -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   311 Mcalister Rd. - Greenville SC - (864) 631-7798

  4. Liz African Beauty -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   4609 White Horse Rd - Greenville SC 29611 - (864) 295-9838

  5. Perez Studio Hair Boutique -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   1106 Rutherford Rd. - Greenville SC - (864) 238-6440

  6. Schamones Touch of Class -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   8 Sycamore Drive, Suite A-5 - Greenville SC - (864) 385-4462



  1. Art Connection -  Category: Art Gallery -   1 Augusta Street, Suite 203 Greenville, SC 29601 (864) 242-0042  - (visit website)

  2. Bill Jackson -  Category: Tax Service -  Do you have tax debt? For information on how to end wage garnishments, stop property seizures and bank levies, and end conversations with the IRS, register now.   - 669 N Academy Street Greenville SC 29601  - (visit website)

  3. Consign Werks -  Category: Resale/ Consignment -    - 1440 Laurens Rd Greenville SC (864) 242-2300  - (visit website)

  4. Serenity Rehab and Wellness Center -  Category: Health -  We are a physical therapy and wellness clinic that offers a small, friendly environment where we offer personalized quality care for various different diagnoses.   - 3795 East North Street, Suite 14 Greenville, SC (864) 292-0011  - (visit website)

  5. 100 Black Men of Upstate South Carolina, Inc. -  Category: Community Service -   - 330 East Coffee Street Greenville, SC 29681  - (visit website)



  1. Greenville Cultural Exchange -  Category: Museum -   The Greenville Cultural Exchange Center. Get the experience of meeting and dealing with people of many of backgrounds.   - 700 Arlington Avenue, Greenville, SC 29601-3206 (864) 232-9162



  1. Gabriel's Soul Food Restaurant -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   705 Pendleton St. - Greenville, SC 29601 (864) 233-5043

  2. Oj's Diner -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   - 907 Pendleton St - Greenville, SC (864) 235-2539   - (visit website)

  3. Zamorah's Food for the Soul II -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -  Cuisine: Chicken and Soul Food   - 349 S. Pleasantburg Drive - Greenville, SC 29601 (864) 552-1680   - (visit website)



Barber shop in Greenville , South Caroloina Sept, 18 , 2009 Update on HIV, Men having sex with Men and Situational Sex a new term for African Americans.



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  1. Allen Temple AME Church -  109 Green Avenue, Greenville, SC (864) 233-7394  - (visit website)

  2. Mount Moriah Holiness Church -  105 Cedar Lane Court, Greenville, SC (864) 235-9542

  3. Springfield Baptist Church -  600 East McBee Avenue, Greenville, SC (864) 271-3494  - (visit website)

  4. St Mary Ame Church -  11 Melrose Avenue, Greenville, SC (864) 269-3736



  1. Laff Trax Comedy Club -  Category: Entertainment -  Comedy Club featuring America's top comics. Show times are Friday and Saturday Nights 8pm & 10:15pm. Located in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Greenville SC.   - 851 Congaree Road, Greenville, SC 29607 (864) 248-1700



  1. Juneteenth Celebration Upstate SC
    (June)   Held at the Sterling Community Center located at 113 Minus Street in Greenville, SC.   - (visit website)

    Poetry, Health Fair, vendors, Fun, Food and Entertainment.


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