The First Lady of Gullah™
Anita Singleton-Prather has been designated as “The First Lady of Gullah™”
A native of the Sea Islands in Beaufort County, SC, Anita Singleton-Prather is an educator, singer, actress, storyteller, historian and a director/producer. She is a member of the musical performance group the Gullah Kinfolk, which she founded. The character she plays is “Aunt Pearlie Sue”, which is based on her grandmother and she has been entertaining audiences with Gullah inspired folktales for many years.
An accomplished artist
Some of Anita’s acting roles include Forrest Gump, God’s Gonna Trouble the Water, My Man Done Me Wrong, Circle Unbroken and her Tales From the Land of Gullah aired on PBS. Ron Small, Senior Partner at Anchor Media Group, has worked with Anita on numerous projects over the years with the latest being “Circle Unbroken” (now available on DVD).
Educator and entertainer
Most people are not aware that the vast majority of slaves arrived in America through the sea islands of South Carolina, the birthplace of our Gullah culture. Anita’s stories allow an insight into the history of these African Americans. Her Gullah heritage and broad experience as an actress and storyteller permit her to entertain as she educates. Audiences learn about Gullah customs, music and traditions familiar to some while introducing the past to younger generations. This website showcases a number of Aunt Pearlie-Sue’s most beloved performances.
Tales from the Land of Gullah (DVD)
Prather stars as Aunt Pearlie-Sue in the enchanting program that will bring laughs and tears. Lavish sets, exquisite photography and classic spiritual singing by The Gullah Kinfolk will leave you wanting more. Length: 60:00 (Click here)
Tales from the Land of Gullah for Kids (DVD)
These classic stories are better than ever. Your kids and grandkids will sing, dance and have a ball when Aunt Pearlie-Sue takes over. Length: 44:00 (Click here)