U.S. ‘Idol’ winner shines light on South’s Gullah culture

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Winning contestant Candice Glover reacts following her performance at the Season 12 finale of "American Idol" in Los AngelesBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – "American Idol" winner Candice Glover, whose powerful voice clinched the title of the popular TV singing show, comes from a sea island culture made up of descendants of West African slaves. "I speak another language," she said during the Fox TV show. "It's called Geechee." Some 14.2 million TV viewers tuned in to watch Glover beat Kree Harrison to win the season 12 "American Idol" crown on Thursday. Glover, 23, is a native of rural St. Helena Island in the coastal South Carolina Lowcountry. …