CIAA & Charlotte: A nostalgic look back

As the CIAA Basketball Tournament says goodbye to Charlotte, we reflect on more than a decade of Tournament Week coverage.

Team QCity Metro has covered hundreds of CIAA events. Along the way, we met some interesting people and saw some top acts.

Now as the annual basketball tournament prepares to leave Charlotte for Baltimore — at least for now — we thought it would be fun to spotlight some of our coverage over the years.

Keep checking back; we’ll update this page throughout the tournament.

Remember the free concerts?

Everybody knows that entertainment has been a huge part of CIAA Week.

Oh, sure, there’s the basketball, the HBCU pride and the fellowship. But right up there with the games was the top-name talent that came to town.

In 20011, fans were treated to a free concert by Eric Benet, who at the time was looking to release a new album. With a daughter at the University of Southern California, he said, he would need the money.

Here’s a brief clip from his show that year at the Fan Experience.


Also that year, the gospel choir Salvation and Deliverance of Tarboro, N.C., put on a free show. They had just beaten out seven other regional choirs – including two QCity churches — to advance to the national finals of the Verizon Wireless “How Sweet the Sound” competition.

In 2009, JCSU ruled the roost

Two-thousand-nine was a special year for Charlotte. It marked the first year QCity Metro covered CIAA Week (we had officially launched months earlier), but it also was the year that saw Johnson C. Smith University sweep the tournament.

JCSU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams each walked away with championships that year. In addition, Tanoia Hill, Miss JCSU 2008-2009, was crowned Miss CIAA — the third straight year the school claimed that title.

Tanoia Hill, Miss JCSU 2008-2009

To win the CIAA crown, Hill had to overcome a 60,000-vote deficit against Miss St. Augustine. Students at some CIAA schools were said to be hosting “voting parties” to support their candidates.

Following the JCSU sweep, the school threw a giant pep rally to celebrate.

Here’s a link to a Q&A we did with Hill.


As for the entertainment, here are some of the top events from 2009.

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