What you need to know about SouthPark’s proposed municipal service district

Uptown Charlotte has one. South End has one. So does University City. Now business leaders in SouthPark are inching closer to having one, too. If plans unfold as scheduled, by early spring, SouthPark will become the fourth region within the city to create a municipal service district, or MSD. Why that matters: Property owners within the SouthPark MSD would pay an additional property tax in exchange for enhanced services. Money collected from...

With 35 patents under his belt, Cameron Wadley is a top inventor at Bank of America

Bank of America announced a “record-breaking year” for patents in 2021, with 512 patents granted across various technology categories, a 16% increase from 2020. Cameron Wadley, a technology senior vice president, is part of that trend. He recently filed patent applications related to the valuation of non-fungible tokens, a type of digital ledger used to establish ownership of virtual assets. With 62 patents filed and 35 issued, Wadley is...

Meet Donna Maria, QCity Metro’s small business columnist

Twenty-two years ago, I quit a lucrative job as an attorney in my hometown of Washington, D.C., to start my own business. My friends and family members thought I had lost my mind, but I knew exactly what I was doing. I was replacing outdated and traditional notions of work with more progressive and flexible ways to support myself, on my own terms. Fast forward to today, and I can look back and say that I made the right decision....

CIAA Journal – Q City Metro

The CIAA Basketball Tournament is back, only this year it’s in Baltimore. QCity Metro reporter Jalon Hill is there to share the sights and sounds. He’ll be updating this journal throughout the tournament. 20 years and counting The afternoon temperature was a chilly 43 degrees when Faye Strong and Deborah Robinson set out for CIAA Fan Fest. They are both 1980 graduates of Virginia State University, and they have attended every CIAA Week for...

CIAA Journal – Q City Metro

The CIAA tournament is back, only this time it’s in Baltimore. Our reporter Jalon Hill took to the streets to connect with some of this year’s attendees. Here’s what they had to share about the event. Stay tuned for more to come. 20 Years and Counting It was a chilly afternoon in Baltimore when Faye Strong and Deborah Robinson were on their way to CIAA Fanfest. The temperature differed from their home in Virginia Beach, but that did not...

How three little words – ‘You’re very rude’ – led to romance and marriage

If you were raised in the South, your mama probably taught you never to enter a room without acknowledging the people already there.  Have you ever gotten too busy or too preoccupied to follow mama’s advice? Shanette Graham called out the stranger who entered the room without speaking. It was the beginning of their love story. Mrs. Shanette Graham: 34, hiring manager/coordinator, a native of New York, N.Y. Mrs. Stephanie Graham: 36,...

New report says Uptown Charlotte is poised for more growth

Despite two years of pandemic and economic headwinds, Charlotte’s urban core is poised for another decade of growth. That’s the gist of a new “State of the Center City” report released this week. From office space to residential construction, uptown Charlotte continues to thrive, the report finds. For example: Construction projects valued at more than $4 billion are in the pipeline. That totals about 4.9 million square feet of new...

Butler: HSC Alumni and Weather Channel Celebrity

All pets adopted from the Humane Society of Charlotte go on to live extraordinary lives, but every once in a while, an animal adopted from HSC goes on to live a life of extraordinary public service.Butler, adopted from the Humane Society of Charlotte in 2014, is one of these special pets. American Humane found Butler during a nationwide search for a rescue dog that could be trained to become an emotionally-supportive service dog for The Weather...

What’s Happening, Charlotte? – Q City Metro

Today’s cup poured by: What’s happening, Charlotte? After a 15-year run in Charlotte, the CIAA Basketball Tournament kicks off this week in Baltimore. How will it compare to the Charlotte experience?  Free Newsletter Stay informed with news and events that impact Charlotte's Black communities. QCity Metro reporter Jalon Hill will be on the ground bringing you updates, photos and interviews, so check the qcitymetro.com website starting...

This weekend: a show and discussion focused on the evolution of Black art

As a kid in the 1970s, Wolly McNair would often sit with his great grandmother and watch episodes of “Good Times.” He found an interest in the artwork on the show and realized that it was created by Ernie Barnes, a Black artist from North Carolina. Barnes is best known for his large-scale paintings of social and sporting events. His work was among the first to show a positive depiction of Black culture, influencing a generation of Black...

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