Employee of the Century at Brookland Baptist Church

At a young age, we are told to do our “lesson”, graduate and get a good job. With that job, rarely do we think we will be an employee for over 30 years. Yes, reaching 50 years of service is common. But to reach 50 years on the job when you were “recruited” for the job 59 years ago is rare.

Rev. Charles Benjamin Jackson, Sr. is a native of West Columbia, SC, where he attended the public schools of Lexington School District 2. At the age of 9, Jackson began preaching and at the age of 10, he was licensed. When he was 18, he was installed as the Pastor of his home church, Brookland Baptist Church. Reverend Jackson went on to receive degrees from Benedict College, Morehouse School of Religion of the International Theological Center, Columbia International University and the University of South Carolina.



While on the job over the 5 decades, Rev. Jackson has been the leader of a church, whose mission is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, through evangelism, education and economic empowerment. A few building highlights of his tenure that have served the community in a mighty way are:

  1. Construction of a 2,200 seat sanctuary
  2. Construction of a 68,000 square Community Resource Center, which consist of the Health and Wellness Center, Academy Child Development Center, Banquet & Conference Center.
  3. Construction of the Brookland Federal Credit Union, the first (if not only) church owned Federal Credit Union
  4. Construction of a Community Learning Center, which consists of a Teen Center, Multi-Purpose Center, Children Church and other entities.
  5. Construction of the Brookland Baptist Church (Northeast Campus)

On October 17, 2021, it was time for the community & church to thank Jackson for his services. The service was held at the church and broadcasted via Facebook: Rev. Jackson’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. There were a plethora of dignitaries and speakers who shared reflections. Some noteworthy persons are:

  1. Rev. Carroll McGee
  2. Attorney I.S. Leevy Johnson, Owner & Director of Leevy’s Funeral Home
  3. Dr. Wendell Estep, retired Pastor of First Baptist Church Columbia
  4. Dr. Thurmond Bowens, Jr, Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church
  5. Dr. Jill Biden, current First Lady of The United States of America


Yup! You read that right! The First Lady made her way to the city of West Columbia. Not only did she bless the crowd, Pastor Jackson was blessed with the privilege of having an interchange named after him … right around the corner from his job. How cool! Here are a few pictures from that day …

When I tell you this was a day to remember, BELIEVE ME! Don’t believe me? Here is a link to all of the images highlighting the day: Pastor Jackson’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Gallery.

Well, this is where I get off. Chat at you. Be ez … click clique.

25 Years Later: Slaying in Silver at SC State

The date was February 23, 1996. With the conclusion of the afternoon classes, the sky was the limit on what was happening in the city of Orangeburg, South Carolina. Seems like everyone had something to do! Some people chilled & enjoyed the last days of Black History Month. Me: I had my to work my part job at UPS. But there were 73 young female students at South Carolina State University who were about to make a move that would change their lives forever.

By the conclusion of the day, the undergraduate chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated introduced those aforementioned ladies as new sorors into their organization. Those individuals went down in history as the 73 Soul Stirring Sisters and became members of one of the most popular group of “cool kid” on the yard during my days of matriculation. The Sisters of Delta eventually walked out of the doors of SCSU to greet the world in various, powerful ways. They would go on to hold many professional titles that varied from the list of Attorney, Accountants, Educators, Principals, Physician (MD), Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioner, Entrepreneurs, Financial Professionals, Engineer, and Speech Language Pathologists (to mention a few). To say THEY MADE MOVES is putting it lighly.

Since 1996, the group has remained connected via in person, Sister Circle meetups and virtual Zoom activities. In 2016, the line celebrated 20 years in Montego Bay, Jamaica and with a Homecoming tailgate celebration. In 2021, they decided on a photo shoot. 17 Sorors tracked back to where it all started & we had some fun creating magic. Here are a few sparks:

In true Bulldog Style, there were some ladies who wanted individiual pictures. I was there for all of that! I wanted the SMOKE. Here is a link to the images created: 73 Soul Stirring Sisters session.

It was good to see those teenagers turn into adults 25 years, after they had entered their chosen Greek Letter organization. I will always remember my collegiate time with those ladies but more than anything, I won’t forget how they remained true to SCSU and made numerous marks on this world that all alums should be proud of. HAIL HAIL!

Well, this is where I get off. Chat at you. Be ez … click clique.

Headshot Simplifying Corporate America

It is common to take a picture. Whether it be a selfie or a shot captured by someone else, pictures are something we take daily. When we take pictures, we may not think about all of the “other” scenarios we may need those images for.

I was so grateful that my Fellow Cancerian/Former Co-Worker, Morgan Moore, found it to be a good thing to call me for pictures she didn’t have: Corporate Headshots. We rarely think about those Headshots until it is time to be … well, corporate. Morgan’s mission was to create some images that were reflective of her professional role as a Principal Product Owner at a top firm in the Charlotte area. But here is the kicker, we had to show the FUN LOVING MORGAN that loves home improvement projects & spending time with family …. mixed with the SERIOUS EDUCATED MORGAN who received her Liberal Studies/Information Science degree from Shaw University & North Carolina Central University. How much fun! So off we went …

Things went well & Morgan did a marvelous job with her session. One would have never known this was her first professional headshot session! I just hope the CORPORATE AMERICA LEADER doesn’t forget about me for her next headshot before she retires at the age of 30.

Well, this is where I get off. Chat at you. Be ez … click clique.

Just As Sweet As She Wanna Be .. At 50

We never know where life will take us but we should always be kind during our journey. Whether it be living in the country or in the city, be kind. Whether it be while being employed by the largest employer in Columbia or the smallest shop, don’t be mean. Even if it is at church or at the night club, be sweet.

After relocating to Columbia, one of the first persons I met was Renitta. She and I were weekly participants of bible study and eventually ended up being on the same choirs: The Effie Boykin Sanctuary Choir and Charles B. Jackson Singers of Brookland Baptist Church. Coupled with also being both employed with BlueCross BlueShield of SC, I befriended the young lady they called RED. She always appeared happy & helpful. It could be because of her rearing from The Emerald City (aka Greenwood, SC). Some would say it’s because she’s a graduate of the University of South Carolina. I feel it is a part of her personality and her consistency.

I was deeply honored when she reached out to me to capture moments of her 50th Birthday. It said to me she trusted me as a professional to document a life milestone. Needless to say I was excited but felt a little pressure when she explained to me that our session would be her first professional photo session. OUCH! No pressure. Let’s do it ….


When the last click of the shutter was pressed, I walked away with having made my friend (turned client) into a happy camper. I pride myself in exceeding my client’s expectations. Renitta expressed her gratitude for me making her feel comfortable during our session. Awww yeah!!!

Having this being the first week of the NFL, I hope September 13th was a marvelous day for her. I am sure that she enjoyed her favorite sport (football) and her time away vacationing. I pray that when we meet later this week for the delivery of her wall art and photo album, she is excited! Why do you ask? I would say that because my clients deserve the best. And besides, over the years we have known each other, she has consistently been sweet: Just as sweet as she wants to be … now at 50.

Well, this is where I get off. Chat at you. Be ez … click clique.

Build it & Be a Blessing

There is a church. It once was a little church. It is still a little church at heart but in statue, it is a little unsmall.

Brookland Baptist Church is located in West Columbia, SC. Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr, the mission of the church is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelism, education and economic empowerment. Pastor Jackson had a vision to have a 3 phase building process.

Phase I was the construction of the large sanctuary. Phase II was the development of the Community Resource Center, Brookland Academy, Health & Wellness Center, and the Banquet & Conference Center. Phase III was to focus on the providing of classrooms, activity rooms, and administrative offices.

On July 25, Brookland held the Christian Learning Center Dedication Service and Ribbon Cutting. The building was built by Construction Dynamics. Below are a few images from the day

Here is a link for all images captured on that day: Brookland CLC Dedication Service & Ribbon Cutting.

I am very proud of Brookland for building a place for the community to enjoy themselves in a great and godly manner. I see this being a popular place in the West Columbia community to keep the kids safe and show them a fun way of enjoying “church life.” I pray now that Brookland has built it, they will come.

Snap at you later. Be ez … click clique.

Me vs The Selfie Studio

Sometimes you go into a battle, knowing you are ready. However, there can be a thought in your mind if you planned well enough. Months ago, I started communication with one of my fellow Brookland Baptist members. Angela is on the Praise Team, led by the legend John Lakin. Me: I’m just the lowly camera man. lol. We entered into conversation about me capturing her STYLE for her 40th Birthday. Although Angela’s is known throughout these United States as THE QUEEN OF THE SELFIE STUDIO, I felt as if I could do some justice.

We figured we’d manuever the city of Columbia for her birthday images. Although she attended the University of South Carolina, there were a few spots around the city she wasn’t familiar with. She trusted me enough to pick the location(s) for our session. I challenged myself to find some cool angles to compliment the young lady who has hobbies of reading, singing, spending time with family/friends, traveling and experiencing new adventures. Speaking of new adventures, I’m beyond happy for this North Charleston native. In early 2021, she opened Inspired Wellness, LLC., where she is the Psychotheraptist/Business Owner, specializing in Counseling and Therapy. FANCY! I likes.

Our session was relaxing and calming. Here are a few images we created …

And that is how the battle ended. The Selfie Queen and I met in the middle of the battle field to call the battle a win in favor of me. Angela left pleased and I left blessed she chose me to experience her 40th birthday pictorial explosions. Much success to this Business Owner and singer of the gospel.

Well, guess this is where I get off.  Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #clickclique #beEZpeace

Fantanstic at Fifty

Life is not to be taken for granted. Some good people never make it to be 10 years old. Some bad people easily hit 90 years of age. We have no room to judge who is good or who is bad. However, we can all be grateful for each new year we experience.

Rita reached out to me after seeing images I had taken for a 45th Birthday Session. I was very elated she found my work worthy of wanting to have MoSeawell Photography create memories for her 50th birthday. During our consulation, it warmed my heart to learn that images from her session would be turned into wall art, which would stand as heirlooms for her son, Caleb, and others to see now and for years to come. I thought it was very cool that the Moncks Corner native, who came to Columbia to attend Benedict College, was reaching the fantanstic age of 50 in great shape. All days are special but birthdays tend to have an extra shine to it. I asked RIta what she was going to do for her birthday & she mentioned that she would chilling in Hilton Head, SC, while enjoying fine dining, the beach, family and friends. Loved it!

So from there … it was time to get moving. We started off with emphasis on “50” …

Rita doned a white jumpsuit with jewelry that seamlessly matched her balloons. We made the WHITE WOBBLE and the PINK POP!!! Shout out to the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

After a wardrobe changed, Rita appeared wearing jeans and a sheer top. Fancy!!! Don’t believe me? Here she is in the flesh …


BAMMMM! Another successful session. The beauty of my job is learning more about my new clients. It was great knowing of Rita’s hobbies which includes traveling, good food, art, reading , and shopping. It was fun hanging out with a fellow June baby with a great personality. It was beyond delightful to help a hardworking Tech Expert from Verizon Wireless have Fantanstic customer service before hitting Fifty. Can you hear me now?!?

Well, guess this is where I get off.  Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #clickclique #beEZpeace

Little Did I Know!!!

1994 was a great year but wow, little did I know! Here I was excited about my first job at U.P.S. while a student at South Carolina State University, 30 minutes up I-26, 44 ladies of the working class had bigger goals. Although my favorite artist, Mary J. Blige, had dropped “My Life“, little did I like that there was a group of ladies making some astonishing graduation level noise. True I bought my first car, a 1994 Honda Accord EX Coupe, that year same group of women were on the move uniting likeminded females to handle a major task.

44 members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated went through the necessary hoops and horizons to have the second chapter created in the Columbia Metropolitan area. The name approved was the Richland County Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. They have become affectionately called ‘”RCA.”

On April 27, 2019, a number of those charter members were joined with current RCA members, national DST officers, past RCA members and other Deltas (and me) to celebrate 25 years of Sisterhood, Scholarship & Service at their Silver Anniversary Celebration Brunch.

It was a grand event and I was glad to have been chosen to photograph the event. I did my research on Dr. Bertha Maxwell Roddey.

I now know why she was held in such high regard like the GODMOTHER. An amazing lady!!!

Anywho, here is what I saw …

… and that is just a taste. Here is a link to the other images: RCA 25th Anniversary! It was good to see so many friends/old co-workers/fellow alums/church members/associates celebrate a great occasion. I always felt that MARY’S JOINT (a song off of Mary J. Blige’s album) was the dopest female thing to happen in 1994 but the Deltas making strides to better tomorrow’s leaders and service the community gives MJB some serious competition.

The Queens of My Heart

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is something that not everyone feels.  To find love is a beautiful a thing. But to be birthed from love is something worth talking about.

Being a resident of Orangeburg is to be a product of love.  Though a small city in the state of South Carolina, the majority of folks that are raised in the 29115 zip code have great pride & admiration from their upbringing.  Not a place with a lot of fancy restaurants or million dollar homes, the town has been the heartbeat for a lot of successful persons.

I was called on to capture press images for Miss Orangeburg County and Miss Orangeburg County Teen 2018.  Having worked closely with the Genius behind the Pageant, Angela Clark, this was certain to be a memorable session.  It was going to be solid because not only was I photographing two positive young ladies, I was spending time with residents of Orangeburg that held a title that would include them into the national history books.  Cadra Salley, Miss Orangeburg County, is currently a student at South Carolina State University.  Zaria Sumpter is presently matriculating at the High School for Health Operations.

As the session started, the beauty of Miss Salley was snapped without any hiccups
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Next up was time to photograph the elegance of Miss Sumpter and things fell into place effortlessly.

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Proud of what we had accomplished, I threw my Nikon down as if I just scored a Touchdown.  Okay, maybe not … but I was pleased with the work we had done.  Without a shadow of a doubt,  I feel the residents of Orangeburg should have a chip on their shoulders knowing that our place was represented outstandingly in 2018 with those two jewels.  The 2019 Pageant is scheduled on November 3rd, where Cadra and Zaria will release their crowns to Qualified and Orangeburg-a-fied ladies that will represent the Garden City.

Choose Who You Will Treasure

At some point in time, everyone had a piggy bank. Whether the bank was made of ceramic, plastic or paper, there was no question about your dependence on if the bank could receive your money. Rarely would you put money in & second guess if the pig would steal your change.

Rosalyn , a gradute of the University of South Carolina, contacted me and told me that she had decided for the position South Carolina State Treasurer. Completely in awe, I raffled off a truckload of questions. Instead of answering them all, we agreed to work on them during our pre-campaign session. This would not be our first session, where in I captured images for her prior to receiving the South Atlantic Regional Member of the National Finance Committee for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. So, we met and tried to make things work.  It started with laughter and realizing we needed to be serious …

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Eventually, we got it together.  And it was time to get some shots because no one wants a jokester being their Treasurer

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In the midst of changing lenses after a wardrobe change, I was able to catch Rosalyn staring off into space.  Glenn for Treasurer-39

After realizing what I was doing, I was questioned if I was getting images without her permsission

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I confessed and continued with our session.  Before we could wrap, she was greeted by a citizen of the State of South Carolina.   She was able to provide details to what she would be doing as the newly elected Treasurer.Glenn for Treasurer-79

Outstanding time with Rosalyn!  As we approach November, I am very excited to be a part of history.  I am elated to be attached to someone that I have known for over two decades, that is looking to elevate the State of South Carolina to new heights.  If you are reading this, I ask that you keep Rosalyn in mind when you go vote in the November 6 elections.  Remember, WE R BETTER TOGETHER!

how did THAT work out for you?!?

The mission is to keep moving.  Sitting still is never an option.  My weekend started with a run of 11 miles and then it was back to be a responsible contributor to society.  I had the opportunity to take my little Ballerina to Ballet.  Very proud of her, I took my first picture of her in the Ballerina outfit.

Wow!  Time flies and I can’t believe she has gone from crawling to doing funny stuff with her feet.  Interesting.  Very interesting, I say.  Snap at you later. BE EZ. PEACE!!! #moseawell #beEZpeace