For award-winning photographer Zun Lee, the concept of black fatherhood has long been nuanced

This German-born photographer who now lives in Canada is using his camera to expose a truth rarely portrayed or appreciated in mainstream media.

Kimberly Robinson, owner of Sole Addiction Mobile Shoetique, wins business award

The Charlotte-based mobile shoe store was among 102 businesses selected as winners in the 2017 American Small Business Championship.

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison cell

The former New England Patriots star was found hanging in his cell shortly after 2 a.m, according to Massachusetts prison officials. Authorities suspect suicide.

150 years after ‘transformative gift,’ Biddles rediscover Johnson C. Smith University

Descendants of Mary Biddle rediscover the HBCU their matriarch helped to establish a century and a half ago.

Meet the 2017 Delta Debutantes

The 53rd annual Debutante Cotillion was held on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Twenty-two contestants were awarded college scholarships, and three local charities received financial support.

Patrick Cannon returns to Charlotte radio with Saturday morning talk show

The former Charlotte mayor, who served time in federal prison on public corruption charges, will host a talk show on Radio One’s Old School 105.3 FM, starting April 15.

Chris Jackson named to lead Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

Organization selects insider after a national search to replace retiring president and CEO Michael Elder.

Kemba Walker reflects on his all-star season and the work it took to get him there

The Charlotte Hornets point guard also talks about sharing the all-star stage with LeBron James, Stephen Curry and his all-time favorite, Carmelo Anthony.

Social Buzz: Charlotte-area toddler gives lesson on race and what matters

Two-year-old Sophia would not be deterred when a store cashier suggested she replace the black doll she wanted with one that looked “more like you.”

Her ‘Grandpa Frank’ was a slave and she’d never seen his face – then her phone rang

Charlotte resident Earlene Campbell-Coleman recently received a photo of a former slave who turned out to be her great-great-great grandfather, one of 272 slaves sold by Jesuit priests in 1838 to help save Georgetown University.

News & Buzz

Superintendent Ann Clark addresses the audience and board prior to unveiling a new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools boundary plan on Tuesday.
Jeff Siner, The Charlotte Observer

75 CMS schools will see change in Ann Clark’s boundary plan, and there are surprises

If passed by the school board, the changes will take effect in 2018-19. Public hearings are scheduled.


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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...



I can’t keep rolling my eyes at today’s headlines; it’s starting to hurt

Is it just me, or is the constant drum beat of social media starting to make us loopy?


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Busy mom makes time to get healthy with Village HeartBEAT program

Karen Flores, the mother of five children, thought she was pretty healthy though she needed to lose some weight. Then...


Pastor Kenneth Robinson preaches Easter Sunday--the Easter Service at The Creek Church relaunched the church after a damaging 2015 arson fire. The Creek Church - formerly Briar Creek Baptist Church--celebrated Easter Sunday with an Easter egg hunt and a vision of "healing, help, and hope." Diedra Laird, The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte church hit by arson is reborn on Easter with new name, new mission

After a 2015 fire, the dwindling African American congregation was forced to ask itself some painful questions, with the most...


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