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Isaiah Evans is one of the greatest players to wear a North Mecklenburg High uniform.In a time when many high-profile pl...
03/17/2024

Isaiah Evans is one of the greatest players to wear a North Mecklenburg High uniform.

In a time when many high-profile players choose to transfer to private schools or basketball academies, Evans stayed loyal to the Vikings. Saturday night in Winston-Salem, he cemented his legacy as one of the best ever.

After coming up short as a sophomore and junior, Evans led his team past New Hanover 57-47 in the North Carolina 4A title game and got coach Duane Lewis his third title. Evans scored 23 points in his final game as a Viking.

Leading source of News affecting African American community in Charlotte North Carolina.

North Carolina's public school system is facing a crisis, according to the recently released "Public Schooling in Americ...
03/15/2024

North Carolina's public school system is facing a crisis, according to the recently released "Public Schooling in America 2024" report.

It ranks the state's public school system 48th in the nation. Among the key findings, North Carolina received one of the worst scores for privatization laws.

Ranks 48th in the US, according to Public Schooling in 2024

Sometimes dreams may come at a young age, and we may spend years trying to accomplish them. However, one little switch i...
03/15/2024

Sometimes dreams may come at a young age, and we may spend years trying to accomplish them. However, one little switch in course can make a difference in what dreams we will pursue next.

Ohio-born and Charlotte-raised Branden Cook, 29, used to watch movies with his grandfather. Those movie nights turned into him visualizing a live similar to the characters he was watching.

“We used to watch a lot of movies, and I wanted to be like Indiana Jones, James Bond or Jason Bourne,” Cook said. “I think that's what kind of started the idea. I've wanted to be an actor because when I was young. I wanted to be like a detective and all this other stuff, but I realized I could kind of do all of that when I started acting.”

Cook moved to Charlotte at age 12 and played football at Crestdale Middle School. Though he enjoyed the sport, dabbling in a new adventure changed the course of his future.

Role in Spielberg’s ‘Masters of the Air’ on Apple TV+ the latest turn

For 29 years, Fonda Bryant has been building relationships, nurturing community and promoting mental health awareness.A ...
03/13/2024

For 29 years, Fonda Bryant has been building relationships, nurturing community and promoting mental health awareness.

A su***de survivor, the cause is personal, and carries a heavy implication on her life’s calling.

“I was at the lowest point in my life. I felt no one cared, no one understood what I was going through,” Bryant said. “I was all alone, but I wasn’t alone. I had a hero that I didn’t know existed [her aunt]. She recognized the warning signs of su***de and saved my life on Feb. 14, 1995.”

Fonda Bryant’s lobbying for su***de prevention material spreads beyond NC

Weight loss surgery is proving more effective than insulin for some people with diabetes.Novant Health bariatric surgeon...
03/13/2024

Weight loss surgery is proving more effective than insulin for some people with diabetes.

Novant Health bariatric surgeon Dr. David Voellinger said a study on patients over a 7- to 12-year span highlights the need for increased treatment and earlier intervention.

“We’ve known for years that surgery, specifically bariatric surgery, is a great treatment for diabetes,” he said. “What we see is by changing the glucose metabolism, particularly when we’re talking about the gastric bypass, rearranging the intestines plays a role in improving customer tolerance and ultimately losing weight. You lose the weight, it improves liver function, decreases inflammation and the cells work better.”

New studies show better control through bariatric surgery

According to a UNC Health October 2023 study, the number of hospitals in the U.S. providing inpatient care for children ...
03/13/2024

According to a UNC Health October 2023 study, the number of hospitals in the U.S. providing inpatient care for children has decreased over the last decade, and many of them struggled to keep up with the demand for children’s care during a viral illness surge in late 2022.

The study also found an increase in the number of children who were transferred from one hospital to another before their discharge. This interfacility transfer rose from 6.1% in 2000 to 18.8% in 2019.

Leading source of News affecting African American community in Charlotte North Carolina.

Jeff Peterson wants to make the Hornets the NBA’s premier franchise.Team co-chairs “Rick [Schnall] and Gabe [Plotkin] ha...
03/13/2024

Jeff Peterson wants to make the Hornets the NBA’s premier franchise.

Team co-chairs “Rick [Schnall] and Gabe [Plotkin] have communicated very clearly that we’re going to turn this [franchise] into the premier franchise,” Peterson, the Hornets new executive vice president of basketball operations told reporters at his introductory press conference. “That is exactly what we are going to do, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to do that in this beautiful city of Charlotte and the Carolinas in general.”

New executive vice president shares common vision with co-chairs

Lincoln (Pa.) is getting its first taste of postseason basketball on a national stage.The Lions (17-13), who won their f...
03/13/2024

Lincoln (Pa.) is getting its first taste of postseason basketball on a national stage.

The Lions (17-13), who won their first CIAA tournament title with a 54-51 decision against Fayetteville State, earned the eighth seed in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region and will play top seed Gannon, (29-2) March 15. The two teams played in November with Gannon winning 97-93 at home.

CIAA tournament winner Lincoln earns first postseason berth

Arts+ has its long-term home.The Charlotte arts education initiative last week signed a 50-year lease on a new campus at...
03/13/2024

Arts+ has its long-term home.

The Charlotte arts education initiative last week signed a 50-year lease on a new campus at the former Plaza Presbyterian Church at 2304 The Plaza. The property — three buildings owned by the Presbytery of Charlotte – totals 35,000 square feet on 2.19 acres at the intersection of The Plaza, Parkwood and Mecklenburg avenues.

Arts initiative moves to the former Plaza Presbyterian Church

Charlie Sifford’s golf legacy has a home in North Carolina.The Charlotte-born pioneer’s family donated personal memorabi...
03/13/2024

Charlie Sifford’s golf legacy has a home in North Carolina.

The Charlotte-born pioneer’s family donated personal memorabilia to the USGA for display at its museum and library in Liberty Corner, N.J., as well as the World Golf Hall of Fame in Pinehurst. Sifford, the first Black person to compete in a PGA-sanctioned tournament, is also the first Black person inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Sifford, who died in 2015 at age 92, led the way for professional golf’s desegregation the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Charlotte native was the first Black golfer to compete on PGA Tour

There was plenty of reactions to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address, including U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, who r...
03/09/2024

There was plenty of reactions to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address, including U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, who represents Charlotte in the House of Representatives, and Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden, who attended as Adams' guest.

President touts accomplishments, takes on critics with address

At an evidentiary hearing for Hasson Bacote, a Black man from Johnston County on North Carolina’s death row, his attorne...
03/09/2024

At an evidentiary hearing for Hasson Bacote, a Black man from Johnston County on North Carolina’s death row, his attorneys are trying to get resentenced to life in prison. Their arguments rely on the Racial Justice Act, a law that gives those on death row a path to getting resentenced if they can prove prosecutors sought or obtained their death sentences because of their race.

Bacote’s attorneys have argued his case is not just about him. Using information gleaned from the 680,000 pages turned over by the state in preparation for the hearing, Bacote’s legal team has likened North Carolina’s death penalty to “a legacy of racial terrorism,” that the state’s history of racial violence informs the present-day use of capital punishment.

Resentencing hearing testimony focuses on prosecutorial bias

Shelby Lattimore equips third graders with money skills they’ll need as adults.Lattimore, who teaches at Renaissance Wes...
03/09/2024

Shelby Lattimore equips third graders with money skills they’ll need as adults.

Lattimore, who teaches at Renaissance West STEAM Academy, helps her students understand the basics of financial literacy to become financially stable adults.

“It didn’t really start off as ‘Well I’m going to teach these kids financial literacy,’” she recalls. “I wanted to incorporate money because money was a big motivator when I was a kid. So, I started using [play] money instead of stickers or candy to really get the kids motivated. It also gets them to have better attendance as well.”

Shelby Lattimore mentors third-graders at Renaissance West STEAM Academy

President Joe Biden’s “Safer Stronger” convening on crime prevention welcomed urban law enforcement leaders to the White...
03/07/2024

President Joe Biden’s “Safer Stronger” convening on crime prevention welcomed urban law enforcement leaders to the White House.

On Feb. 28, police chiefs from Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Miami, Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Buffalo and Dekalb County, Georgia gathered to discuss the polarizing topic of gun violence and promoting public safety.

“We had a very positive meeting with the president and the conversations stemmed around police chiefs being able to express some of the things they’ve had success with in violent crime reduction,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings said afterward, “and some of the things we want to see moving forward with support from the federal government and the White House mentioning the tools we need to be able to continue crime reduction trends particularly violent crime.”

Law enforcement leaders at the White House to talk crime reduction

Mariah Henry’s passion is teaching food sustainability.Henry launched The Urban Haven at The Stead, a community garden a...
03/07/2024

Mariah Henry’s passion is teaching food sustainability.

Henry launched The Urban Haven at The Stead, a community garden at The Stead apartment complex in East Charlotte just outside the I-485 loop. The garden will include raised beds with an heirloom garden, culinary workshops, food days and field days.

“I jumped at the opportunity when the idea was presented to me,” said Henry, a professional chef with degrees from Florida A&M and Johnson and Wales universities. “It was something that fit right at home and was something that I was looking to do in kind of my next step or phase in my professional and personal endeavors.”

Chef Mariah Henry launches The Urban Haven at The Stead

Johnson C. Smith started spring football drills Tuesday with the most experienced and deepest roster in third-year coach...
03/07/2024

Johnson C. Smith started spring football drills Tuesday with the most experienced and deepest roster in third-year coach Maurice Flowers’ tenure.

The Golden Bulls, who went 7-4 in 2023 with a roster built primarily with sophomores and freshmen, added more experience from the transfer portal with the goal of challenging for a berth in the CIAA title game. The most important additions are on offense where the skill positions were upgraded in order to create more big plays, notably in the passing attack.

On defense, Smith returns most of the starting unit, which finished 2023 as Division II’s best, but the secondary has a couple of openings to fill.

Veteran transfers at skill positions upgrade Golden Bulls offense

A new episode of The Creatives podcast drops. Our guest is Northwest School of the Arts graduate Phillip Richardson, who...
03/07/2024

A new episode of The Creatives podcast drops. Our guest is
Northwest School of the Arts graduate Phillip Richardson, who'll make his Broadway debut March 29 in "The Wiz" as the Tin Man. Listen in!

The Charlotte native and Northwest School of the Arts graduate makes his Broadway debut March 29 in "The Wiz." Richardson has an extensive acting resume with roles in NBC's "Chicago PD," TBS's "The

Years after developing an idea to highlight women of color, Lynn and Paige Leary created more than that.In 2020, Lynn, a...
03/03/2024

Years after developing an idea to highlight women of color, Lynn and Paige Leary created more than that.

In 2020, Lynn, a former attorney, had an idea: A platform that brings attention to and celebrate women of color in the Charlotte area.

“I just felt didn't get enough attention for the wonderful things they were doing,” she said. “And that was whether it was running a business, running a nonprofit, being a creative and artist. I wanted to do something, and I wasn't quite sure what that was.”

Fast forward, and that idea developed into a magazine called Charlotte PinC, which stands for Profiles In Color. The magazine not only highlights an overlooked audience, but it has also expanded throughout the Carolinas.

Lynn and Paige Leary empower an often-overlooked demographic

Rajah Caruth made a promise after taking the checkered flag in the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 at Las Vegas Motor Sp...
03/02/2024

Rajah Caruth made a promise after taking the checkered flag in the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“There’s more to come, for sure,” said the 21-year-old Spire Motorsports driver moments after securing his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win from the pole position in Friday night’s race.

An alumnus of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, Caruth, a senior at Winston-Salem State University, is the third Black driver to win a NASCAR national series race, joining Hall of Famer Wendell Scott and Bubba Wallace.

Winston-Salem State senior is third Black driver to win national series race

The latest Sports Charlotte podcast is here! Topics include Steve Joyner's 600th win at Johnson C. Smith; Saturday's Cha...
03/02/2024

The latest Sports Charlotte podcast is here! Topics include Steve Joyner's 600th win at Johnson C. Smith; Saturday's Charlotte 49ers-South Florida basketball game and the Panthers' draft needs. Give it a listen!

Alison Council brought the old-fashioned butcher shop back to Charlotte’s urban core.Council, owner of Queen City Meats ...
03/02/2024

Alison Council brought the old-fashioned butcher shop back to Charlotte’s urban core.

Council, owner of Queen City Meats & Butcher Shop, is carrying on the legacy of Westside Meats, the only Black-owned butcher shop in Charlotte for 57 years. When Westside Meats owner Rose Coleman closed the West Trade Street shop in 2022, Council stepped in with her startup at 4429 Brookshire Blvd. in July.

“[Coleman] was a family friend of ours,” Council said. “I’ve known her my entire life. She stayed down the street from my grandmother. She helped me, 100%, get this up and running and helped teach me what I needed to know to open the store.”

Entrepreneur Alison Council addresses food security with Queen City Meats

Black women with triple negative breast cancer have a significantly worse response to chemotherapy than any other racial...
03/01/2024

Black women with triple negative breast cancer have a significantly worse response to chemotherapy than any other racial or ethnic group, Duke Cancer Institute researchers report.

The finding, which was published online Feb. 24 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, contends that type of aggressive cancer may not be the same tumor in all patients, which contribute to differences in treatment outcomes for racial and ethnic groups.

Treatment more likely to eradicate tumors among Latinas, white and Asian women

The fight over a proposed menthol cigarette ban – like everything else connected to the presidential campaign – has turn...
03/01/2024

The fight over a proposed menthol cigarette ban – like everything else connected to the presidential campaign – has turned to polling.

As the White House considers the Food and Drug Administration’s rule to prohibit menthol ci******es, a poll conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based Mellman Group for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids showed 58% of voters favor a ban compared to 29% who don’t. Among Black voters, 62% support it compared to 25% who don’t.

62% of respondents support FDA prohibition of flavoring

Rodney Stotts’ road to falconry was far from smooth – or predictable.Stotts, a Washington, D.C., native who was a drug d...
03/01/2024

Rodney Stotts’ road to falconry was far from smooth – or predictable.

Stotts, a Washington, D.C., native who was a drug dealer at one point, turned his life around to become a master falconer, raptor specialist and author. He is the keynote speaker at the March 2 Carolina Raptor Center Harriet Tubman Legacy Speaker Series, an annual celebration of diverse contributors in the conservation movement.

Rodney Stotts keynotes Harriet Tubman Legacy Speaker Series

The Carolina Panthers, who were an NFL-worst 2-15 last season, are raising ticket prices an average of 4% for the 2024 c...
03/01/2024

The Carolina Panthers, who were an NFL-worst 2-15 last season, are raising ticket prices an average of 4% for the 2024 campaign.

Most of the increase comes from lower level prices

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