Charlotte’s Thanksgiving parade celebrates 76 years

Charlotte’s Thanksgiving parade is celebrating its 76th year this season.  Since its beginning in 1947, the parade has seen many faces and performances.  This year, the Novant Health Thanksgiving Eve Parade will feature several high school and community marching bands, 18 floats, dance performances and more.  Contemporary Gospel Singer Karen Poole and Grammy-nominated R&B trio The Ton3s will also be performing.  Free Newsletter Stay...

Two dead in helicopter crash in south Charlotte

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene of a helicopter crash off I-77 near Tyvola and Nations Ford Road, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. According to police, the crash occurred around 12 p.m. on Tuesday. The two people onboard the helicopter, including the pilot, were pronounced dead on the scene by Medic. The identity of the victims has yet been released. No vehicles on the highway were involved, police say. Free...

Black therapist talks navigating ‘the holiday blues’

It’s the holiday season once again, and while some people are gearing up to enjoy the holidays with their families and friends, others may have a harder time finding holiday joy.  Mental Health America estimates that 5% of Americans experience seasonal depression. Sometimes referred to as “the holiday blues,” it is a type of depression triggered by the change in season and commonly affects people from late fall to early winter. Symptoms...

Shaw U files complaint with U.S. Department of Justice

On Oct. 5, a charter bus trip from Raleigh, N.C. to Atlanta was interrupted by a traffic stop and drug search. 18 students and two staff members from Shaw University were traveling to the Center for Financial Advancement Conference when police stopped the bus in Spartanburg County for a traffic violation.  Body cam footage released by the Spartanburg County and Cherokee County sheriff offices shows an officer telling the bus driver he was...

Longtime pastor of Victory Christian Center passes away

Longtime pastor, educator, author, and founder of Victory Christian Center Robyn Gool passed away Friday, Nov. 18.  “As his condition worsened and he was at home most of the time, Sunday morning was a time to look forward to his most favorite thing to do,” Marilyn Gool, his wife, said in a videotaped message on the church’s website.  “Teaching and preaching the word of God; I couldn’t take that from him because without purpose,...

From scrap to art – Q City Metro

Davita Galloway created her latest art collection, “For Colored Girls,” while unwinding. “I wanted to inform women of how beautiful and rich our unique characteristics are,” she said. “Each piece is different and remarkable on its own.” “For Colored Girls” is a mixed-media portrait collection that will debut at the Dupp&Swat studio on Nov. 26 in time for Small Business Saturday.   The collection consists of 25 pieces...

Floyd Davis talks retirement and looking ahead

After 20 years as the CEO, Floyd Davis is retiring from Community Link. Davis will leave his role with the organization at the end of December this year. In an interview with QCity Metro, Davis said he think it’s time for him to step aside and allow for new leadership.  Even though Davis is retiring, he’s spent years planning for succession and said he plans to be accessible to help his successor “in any way” the person might need. ...

Remembering Shanquella Robinson – Q City Metro

Around 11 a.m. on a cool, windy Saturday, hundreds of people flooded the Macedonia Baptist Church for the home going service of Charlotte-native Shanquella Robinson. The church was filled to capacity with people displaying a range of emotions. Some people held onto their loved ones as they let their tears flow in sorrow, while others joyfully participated in the praise and worship of the service. Robinson, 25, recently made national news after...

Local youth leader faces sex charges

A local youth leader faces sex charges. Benjamin Damron, 36, is charged with nine counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of sexual battery,Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.  Damron’s three victims, all teenage boys, interacted with him in his role as a volunteer church youth leader and coach. He used his position to take advantage of the victims and sexually assault them, police said. According to police, Damron volunteered...

CMPD SWAT de-escalated two incidents on Thursday

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s SWAT team de-escalated two incidents in Charlotte on Thursday. The first incident occurred shortly after 3:00 p.m. in west Charlotte. Officers responded to a call for service referencing one individual that was shot near 12000 block of Moores Chapel Road.  Police said officers responded to the scene where witnesses reported an armed suspect was in the house. The CMPD SWAT Team was called out to...

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