Mildred Grier, a West End neighbor you should know

A child of the Great Depression, Grier recently celebrated her 97th birthday. She and her late husband, Joe, were among the first residents of McCrorey Heights.
By Patsy V. Pressley | May 17, 2020

As shutdown looms, Charlotte haircare workers brace for uncertainty

An executive order by Gov. Roy Cooper requiring the statewide shutdown of all hair salons and barbershops will affect thousands of Black business owners and entrepreneurs.
By Patsy V. Pressley | March 24, 2020

The Pauline Tea-Bar Apothecary: a woosah space where the tea is secondary

In a renovated doctor's office on Charlotte's west side, a former broadcast journalist and medical chaplain has created a space where customers are invited to meditate, pray and even cry.
By Patsy V. Pressley | January 14, 2020

It’s time that a black person reviewed “The Book of Mormon”

I finally admitted I was totally offended and there wasn’t a damn thing funny.
By Patsy V. Pressley | July 27, 2018

History told in honest detail at Old Slave Mart Museum in Charleston

This South Carolina port city, once the epicenter of America's slave trade, is slowly beginning to grapple with its checkered history.
By Patsy V. Pressley | July 11, 2018

In the heart of downtown Columbia, ‘Soda City’ has upped the game for outdoor markets

Soda City founder Emile DeFelice says he hopes the city's Saturday morning street market, with its wealth of diversity, will dispel some common assumptions about the city, and even about farmers markets.
By Patsy V. Pressley | July 25, 2017

Natural Bridge State Park, a true wonder of nature

Just three and a half hours from Charlotte, this natural wonder so inspired a U.S. president that he decided to buy it.
By Patsy V. Pressley | May 23, 2017

3 reasons you should see Circus 1903

It’s an old-fashioned night of entertainment that’s subtly modern in outlook and presentation -- an event the entire family would enjoy.
By Patsy V. Pressley | May 3, 2017

‘Hidden Figures’ is the story of NASA you didn’t learn in school

Based on a true story, this movie uncovers how three African American women helped shape the U.S. space program in the age of Jim Crow segregation.
By Patsy V. Pressley | December 2, 2016

Travel through ‘a people’s journey’ at the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Already a landmark on the National Mall, this museum is worth every bit of planning, saving and vacation time you can spare.
By Patsy V. Pressley | November 21, 2016