Commentary

#BankBlackCharlotte: One of the steps to bridge the equity gap

Community organizers across the nation are leading the charge for the black community to start banking with black banks and credit unions, including in Charlotte.

Remembering my mother on this special day

Qcitymetro fitness writer Sondra E. Z. Hines remembers her mother, Mrs. Eleazar Hines Bell, who died 21 years ago from heart disease.

It’s time our athletes step up to address injustice in America

Commentary: I am calling on African American athletes, and all athletes of goodwill, to stand against the killing of innocent Americans by law enforcement.

Poem: ‘What it Means to be Privileged’

“What it means to be privileged” To be privileged Is to be able to stand outside a store And not […]

The Fourth of July Belongs to Louis Armstrong

COMMENTARY: In our American mythology, Louis Armstrong symbolizes all of our nation’s struggles and all of its glories.

Is Philadelphia on the right track in taxing sugary drinks? I’ve got mixed feelings

Is it wise for a city to use its taxing authority to discourage certain behaviors – in this case the consumption of a product that’s legal and desired by millions?

How Muhammad Ali Taught Us, How Muhammad Ali Made Us

Muhammad Ali helped black men look at America differently. He helped us to see our place here and in the world differently.

What black women learned at the Blavity EmpowerHer Conference

Kia O. Moore, a Charlotte writer and creative director of Hip Hop University, offers a first-person account of a recent New York conference designed to empower creative, black women.

How you can get involved helping our youth

Join me and others in law enforcement and the faith community as we seek to show genuine concern for the young people of Mecklenburg County.

12 steps to transitioning from employee to entrepreneur: Step 6: Nail a target customer and a product she wants to buy

This week, I’m continuing my 12 Steps to Transitioning From Employee to Entrepreneur series. Our steps so far: Step 1: […]

Where does Alma Adams really live? Voters deserve to know

With the race heating up for the 12th Congressional District, questions are being raised about the true residency of incumbent Rep. Alma Adams, who says she has moved to Charlotte from Greensboro.

City Council got it right in voting no compromise on HB2

(Opinion) In voting to stand pat against calls to repeal its own nondiscrimination ordinance, Charlotte’s City Council affirmed that some things in America should not be bargained way.

Why Prince’s death hit me especially hard

(Commentary) Whenever I’m happy. Or sad. Whenever I feel loved. Or feel alone. Prince was there with the perfect lyric and the perfect note.

On the Town with Toni (April 1 – April 3)

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out Toni Baker-Tyson’s weekly entertainment picks. It’s fun for grown folks.

[Commentary] In Chicago, Trump got a dose of his own medicine

On Friday, March 11, Donald Trump and his supporters should have stayed at home, because his kind of activity doesn’t play well in “Gangster Town.”

News & Buzz

Carol Anderson, author of ‘White Rage,’ to speak at Levine Museum on Sept. 26

History professor traces white backlash against black progress from Reconstruction to the election of Barack Obama.

Entertainment

A peek inside Firehouse Bar & Lounge, soon to be Charlotte’s newest hot spot

Owner Clarence Boston said he hopes the lounge, located near Bank of America Stadium, will attract young professionals of all...

Health

It’s never too late to get back on the health bandwagon

As humans, we are prone to get distractions. But when it comes to nutrition and exercise, it's never too late...

Faith

Charlotte church to invest $2 million in mixed-income housing development

The church's investment comes as various studies have found that Charlotte’s supply of affordable housing has not kept pace with...

People

20 years in, No Grease turns to franchising to accelerate growth

Owners Damian and Jermaine Johnson said the move is a natural progression for a business that has spent two decades...

QcityEVENTS

9.19
Ten Men Book Launch
9.19
Cigars and Networking
9.20
Plaza Patio Party
9.20
Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Lecture: A Road Map of Opportunity for Charlotte
9.21
Charlotte: One Year Later, an ecumenical worship service