Mayor’s Racial Equity Initiative wants to ‘address inequalities’ and ‘remove barriers’

The Mayor’s Racial Initiative is moving forward by addressing four key areas. Bridging the digital divideInvesting in the six corridorsTransforming JCSU into a career-focused HBCUAdvancing more Black leaders and leaders of color in individual corporations Malcomb Coley and Michael Lamach will lead the initiative. Each key area will be led by an organization that correlates most with the key area’s goal. The initiative has a funding goal of...

Police: Victim left paralyzed in one of several Charlotte bicycle ‘gang’ attacks

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is looking to crack down on what it described as a local bicycle gang that has carried out a series of attacks, including an incident that left a victim paralyzed. The subjects, often riding in groups of five to 30, have menaced people in various locations around the city, according to CMPD. They typically travel on bicycles, dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). What started as a group of...

Creative popsicles to cool you down this summer.

Birmingham, Ala., natives Kia and Clarence Lyons had been dating for a while when Clarence moved to Charlotte for work. They dated long distance until Kia joined him in the Queen City just a month before their wedding. Knowing they wanted to start a business together, Kia began researching possible franchises and found Popbar, in New York City. After trying the frozen gelato on a stick, she quickly created a business plan and got to work.  In...

Who’s That Girl? – Q City Metro

When most college students decide to get a job, they are looking for work experience, learning to network and additional income. Jarvious got a job with an added bonus, a coworker willing to introduce him to her friend. Bride: Bria Washington, 27, Finance Project Manager, a native of Statesville, NC Groom: Jarvious Ellis, 29, Case Manager, A native of Shelby, NC Current Residence: Charlotte, North Carolina Free Newsletter Stay informed with...

Carolina Panther find a franchise centerpiece in a hometown kid

Every NFL team faces the pressure of making the best draft pick, but the Carolina Panthers may have found a franchise cornerstone when it used the sixth pick of this year’s draft to select Charlotte native Ikem “Ickey” Ekwonu, a 6-4, 320-pound offensive tackle out of N.C. State. Ekwonu, considered one of the top players in his draft class, unexpectedly fell to the Panthers, and both sides couldn’t be happier about how things turned...

5 steps to get started with email and text marketing

In my last article, I discussed how to rebound your business in the midst of a crisis. One of the strategies I shared was email and text marketing. This article offers five steps to help you get started. There are two things you need to have a profitable business: a great product or service and a sales plan. Email marketing should be a part of your sales plan. Why email and text marketing leads to sales When I started the Indie Business...

What’s happening, Charlotte? Here are 16 ways to spend your weekend

Today’s cup poured by: Are you skilled in art? If so, you might have a shot at having your art featured in the Queen City. CATS is having a transit pass design contest. The contest winners will have their design featured on the 2023 local, express and express plus passes. The theme for the designs is What Moves you? Free Newsletter Stay informed with news and events that impact Charlotte's Black communities. See more about the competition and...

You vs Yourself, a new Black-owned sports performance and fitness gym coming to Camp North End

For Charlotte native Curtis Walls, sports have always been an outlet for him to exercise his competitive spirit. Little did he know, that same spirit would lead him to start a fitness chain in his hometown. Walls, 36, will open You Vs. Yourself (YVY) — a 3,000-square-foot sports performance and fitness gym located in Camp North End (1701 North Graham Street – Suite 112).  The inspiration for the name, Walls said, comes from his notion...

NC counties prepare voting systems for early voting

North Carolina counties finished testing their voting machines and election reporting systems last week in preparation for voting, which begins in person on Thursday ahead of the May 17 primary.  Voting in modern elections relies on a series of computers to count and report votes. North Carolina counties completed the voting machine review, called “logic and accuracy” testing, and a mock election to make sure results uploads were...

Video offers the public a first-time look at DaBaby’s 2018 Walmart shooting

Social media was abuzz last week after Rolling Stone published an “exclusive” video that appears to show Charlotte-area rapper DaBaby shooting and killing 19-year-old Jaylin Craig during a dispute outside a Huntersville Walmart in 2018. “Video Undercuts DaBaby’s Self-Defense Claim in 2018 Killing,” Rolling Stone said in a headline published April 24. Well, not so fast. While the video does offer the public a first-time look of the...

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