Barbie Perkins-Cooper, Author

A Writer and Photojournalist's Blog


Dearest Readers: Good morning, World. Another beautiful sunshiny day! After two cups of coffee and my morning yogurt parfait, I decided to rehearse the tentative songs for the show scheduled for late May — May 30, to be exact! All of my pups, with exception of grouchy little Hanks, were outside while I popped the …

Continue reading


High Res Images available for download here: http://www.gilmoreentertainment.info/Other/GloriaGaynor/ Gloria Gaynor at The Calvin Gilmore Theater August 30 Gloria Gaynor will appear at The Calvin Gilmore Theater on August 30 for an exclusive concert. Gloria and her band are bringing her critically acclaimed performance to the stage with all of her biggest hits—“Never Can Say Goodbye”, …

Continue reading


Monday, April 17, 1922 – the birth date of my mother. Today is her 93rd birthday, only she is no longer alive. She died on September 11, 2002 – under questionable circumstances. On the date she died, I was ill with acute bronchial asthma. Prednisone made me a zombie. My cognitive skills were disorganized. I …

Continue reading


Wedding day – the ultimate day a young girl dreams about from early childhood, until the glorious event arrives. A wedding day requires much preparation, planning the details, mailing invitations, ordering flowers, finding just the right cake, reception, and planning the honeymoon. The list of Things to Do seems endless. Exhausted, the bride starts losing …

Continue reading


      Shawn Askinosie shares his passion for chocolate beans and the art of making chocolate Photo credit: Barbie Perkins-Cooper, Editorial photojournalist Shawn Askinosie, The Chocolate Maker of Springfield, is Raising the Bar for His Passion in Life as a Chocolatier Stepping inside the aromatic setting of Askinosie Chocolate Factory tempts the taste buds …

Continue reading


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Top 10 Workout Songs for April 2015 Fort Wayne, IN – April 1, 2015 – Spring is in full swing, the weather is warming, and April’s top 10 songs will bring the heat to your workout as well. This month’s picks provide a steady rhythm with most of the mix clocking …

Continue reading


A story I published in 2002 about the “Charleston Gatekeeper, Mr. Philip Simmons. Simmons was an amazing man to interview and meet. I still remember the passion held in his eyes. Now, we in the Charleston community remember him as a legacy. A tall, humble man with kind eyes and a pleasant voice. One of …

Continue reading


For Immediate Release April 1, 2015 (843) 913-1453 Editorial note: High res photos available at http://www.gilmoreentertainment.info/Other/Jack-Hannas-Into-the-WIld-Live/ Jungle Jack Hanna Brings Into the Wild LIVE! To Myrtle Beach The Calvin Gilmore Theater • June 14, 2015 – Tickets on sale now – America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award-winning television series …

Continue reading