An Adoption Love Story: Leonidas and Rogue

HSC Alumni, Leonidas and Rogue found each other!Leonidas arrived at HSC after being transferred in from Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control in October of 2022. He was at the shelter for about two weeks before he was adopted. He was later returned as his adopter mentioned he was showing signs of aggression towards the owner's partner. After much discussion, the owner and our team decided that it would be the best and safest option for...

Learn Black history through Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is offering Black History-themed events across the city throughout the month of February.  Some of the programming includes an opportunity to learn Black history and highlight Black culture through drumming, weekly discussions at ArchiveCLT, and a movie screening for people to learn the historical significance of specific parks and recreation locations. The events are listed below:  *Some events have age...

Library hosts program to help Black people trace family roots

“Do you want to know from whence you came?”  This is what Kevin Graham often asks other Black people to stir an interest in tracing their family roots — a task that many find difficult to accomplish. On Feb. 11, Graham will be a speaker at the upcoming Rewriting the Stolen Stories of the Graham and Shipp Families program hosted by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. With help from a similar program in Lincoln County, Graham was able to learn...

Youth symphony program makes musical instruction more accessible

Experiencing an Elgar Cello Concerto, a live symphony, more than once was typically unaffordable for Claire Refaey and her family.  That was until her son, Adam Refaey, 11, joined the Charlotte Symphony Youth Ensemble (CSYE) which made these concerts — that can cost up to $100 per ticket — more affordable.  To Refaey, it is a joy to know that her son can immerse himself into these musical productions without the cost becoming burdensome....

BayHaven Restaurant Group scraps plans for expansion at Camp North End

The BayHaven Restaurant Group has scrapped plans to open four new food ventures at Camp North End, according to published reports. QCity Metro reported last February that the company, owned by the husband-wife team of Greg and Subrina Collier, had reached a deal with Camp North End to open Passage Seafood, The Abyss, Bird Is The Word and Beyond Amazing Donuts. Now those plans have been tabled, according to the Charlotte Business Journal,...

CMPD: Northlake Mall closed after shot fired

Northlake Mall was closed on Sunday afternoon after a shot was fired, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police. Officers responded to a call about a discharged firearm call at the mall at 1:48 p.m, the department said in a news release. When officers arrived, they quickly secured the scene inside the mall.  Police said officers determined that a single gunshot was fired during a dispute between two subjects.  No one was injured during this...

Charlotte lounge serves tea, cocktails and financial literacy

Tax season is here, and one husband and wife duo is using the lounge and bar experience to help Charlotte’s Black community with their finances. Tysheba Morgan and Hassan Jones are the owners of Taxes n’ Tea Lounge, a social space where people can enjoy herbal tea, mixed drinks and other beverages as they get their taxes prepared. The lounge, located on 9620 University City Blvd (Unit A), was created with the intention of increasing...

The Great 28: Black Charlotteans who are shaping our city

As we have done each February for the past three years, QCity Metro is celebrating Black History Month by acknowledging 28 Charlotte residents who have made our city a better place to live, work and play. This year’s edition of The Great 28 includes entrepreneurs, activists, business executives, philanthropists, volunteers, nonprofit leaders, government employees and at least one member of our faith community. In a community so vast and...

Unemployment rate dips for Black Americans

This item is from our morning newsletter, which goes to more than 12,000 smart subscribers. You can be one of them. The unemployment rate for Black Americans fell to an all-time low of 5.4% in January, according to data released Friday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was down from 5.7% in December. The nation’s overall unemployment rate was little changed 3.4%. Free Newsletter Stay informed with news and events that impact...

Can you master this week’s Charlotte news quiz?

EDUCATION HBCU alumni chapters in Charlotte are offering scholarships for the fall semester. On average, how much more student loan debt do Black college graduates have relative to their white counterparts?BLACK HISTORY We noted in Tuesday's that a Black entertainer was invited to sing at the White House in 1942, a historic first. Who was that person?A&E Charlotte musician Ocie Davis has partnered with the Harvey B. Gantt Center to produce...

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