Dr. Regina Duggins
Born and raised in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York, Regina Duggins moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 2010. Regina currently received her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on K-12 education and policies. Regina serves on the District 20 Constituent School Board, Founder of Charleston Black Pride, Founder of Black Magic Girls Mentoring Program, Education Director for the League of Women Voters of Charleston, SC, Parent Advocate for Charleston Rise, and is a Reading Interventionist for CCSD. Regina is also a local poet and self-published author of two poetry books. Raising five children and being a grandmother is also among her biggest achievements. Her mission for starting Charleston Black Pride is to highlight and bring awareness, inclusivity, and acceptance of LBGTQ+ individuals of Color who are multifaceted, talented, educated, cultured, and artistic within our community.
Ron'Rico Judon is a proud native of Charleston (bin ya) by the way of Republic of The Gambia, Africa. Along with his deep Gullah Geechee roots, comes an extended amount of community involvement. He is no stranger to grass roots organizations, having spent years as a activist and public speaker where he help influence local, state, and workplace policies for change. Ron'Rico has more than 14 years of organizing experience in civil rights for Black and LGBTQ+ individuals. Before joining Charleston Black Pride, Ron'Rico worked 7 years for a diverse range of organizations, including Lowcountry Community Empowerment & Outreach, SC Equality, Kappa Mu Kappa's Alpha Chapter, Southerners On New Ground, BlackOut Charleston, and is a proud member of the Collective Black People Movement & Universal Negro Improvement Association & African Community League. Prior to starting his bowtie line, Ron'Jay & Co. and marketing and talent agency, Black Business Prosperity, Ron'Rico spent his teenage years as an intern being an administrative and sewing assistant in his family's business in which he is now part owner. Ron'Rico earned his degree in Business Administration with a focus on small business and entrepreneurship, certified SEO Specialist, and specializes in marketing & social media, presentation coaching, multicultural awareness, and leadership training. His biggest support comes from his wife, their two sons and family.
Kandace S. Tisdale
Kandace is a native of Charleston, S.C. where she resides with her son Cebastian “Bash”. She is a proud graduate of Burke High class of 1998. After graduating from the best high school in the land, she continued her education at Morris College in Sumter, S.C. where she graduated in 2002 with a Dual Bachelor of Art degree in Sociology and Journalism. During her time there she was the 1st attendant to Ms. Morris College, Vice President of the Sociology Club, and Ms. Black & Gold. Throughout her years of attending school, Kandace has done countless community service work with American Red Cross, helped with tutoring at the Morris College daycare, cleaning up the surrounding neighborhoods, and Adopt A Grandparent.
Upon graduation, Kandace moved to Savannah Georgia where she did community work with the beautiful rainbow community. In 2008, she moved back to her hometown and began working with different organizations such as: The Heart Walk, Susan G. Coleman, The Walk for Water Mission, as well as community services within the HIV/AIDS community. She has a strong passion for helping and encouraging others. Her goal is to make sure that everyone knows that she lives by these quotes everyday and continues to walk in her truth. “Delayed, but never denied,” “Each one teach one,” and “There is a cause and effect in everything that we do in Life!”
Director of Outreach
Jermaine Blake is a proud member on the board of Charleston Black Pride as Director of Outreach where he is responsible for helping to organize local events and fundraisers to better serve the LGBTQ+ community for people of color. Jermaine was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Also known as Lady J, Jermaine is a well known Socialite. He is a Burke High School graduate and also graduated from the Academy of Cosmetology. Following those major accomplishments, Jermaine is a current member of the House Beigen, reigning Charleston House Mother and very active in the ballroom scene. Changing the face of the LGBTQ+ community has always been the main focus for him. Charleston Black Pride is where outreach and activism will continue for Jermaine.
Director of Events
Breyron Cusack was born and raised in St. George, South Carolina. He graduated from Woodland High School and attended Benedict College where he majored in mass communications with a concentration in public relations and advertising. Breyron is a legendary Promoter, Host and Event Planner. He has over 10 years of experience working with celebrities such as Cardi B, Rasheeda & Kirt of Love & Hip-Hip Atlanta, TS Madison, Lloyd, and a long list of others including local entertainers. He has dedicated 5 of those years to throwing some of the hottest LGBTQ+ events in the city. Outside of entertainment, Breyron is known for mentoring LGBTQ+ youth about equality, discrimination, employment and many other knowledgeable topics highly effecting the lifestyles of the community. Breyron is a proud board member of Charleston Black Pride as the Director of Events.
Shaundra Young Scott
Shaundra Young Scott, Esq. is a native of North Charleston, SC. Shaundra Scott graduated from North Charleston High School. She received her BA from the University of South Carolina - Columbia with a major in political science and a minor in Spanish. Mrs. Scott has also attended Universidad del Sagrado Corazon in Santurce, Puerto Rico and The Fenix Institue in Zacatecas, Mexico. Shaundra attended John Marshall Law School in Atlanta and worked as the Supervising Attorney with South Carolina Legal Services for the Migrant Farmworker Division. Since that time, Mrs. Scott served as the Executive Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina and as the South Carolina Deputy Political Director for Senator Kamala Harris; 2020 Presidential Campaign. Mrs. Scott is currently working as the Director of Voter Protection with the South Carolina Democratic Party, where she is the lead attorney in the fight to protect voter's rights in South Carolina.
Mary Jane Starr
Director of Talent & Programming
Mary Jane Starr has a long history with LGBTQ entertainment. This Charleston, SC native is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University where she earned a degree in Culinary Arts. During her sophomore year of college, Mary developed a strong interest in live performance. One decision to enter a drag talent show in 2003 transformed Mary Jane Starr into one of the most talented and respected female Illusionist in Charleston. She has performed at various local school events, benefit shows for Patrick's Bar & Grill and Deja Vu II, as well as years of being a weekly cast member and hosting MC. Being a female Illusionist is something Mary has enjoyed for over 20 years . She is excited to be a board member and ready to put her experience and talents with organizing shows and entertainment to work.