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Happy Friday, QCity!

What’s up, QCity? Even though I’m not from Charlotte, I rep West Charlotte like it’s my own. Let’s make sure Dub-C represents at tonight’s third-round playoff game at Shelby Crest.

Today, read about how West Charlotte head football coach Sam Greiner wants to restore the program to its full dominance, an upcoming men’s event and more.

Today in History: In 1972, Barbara Jordan became the first Black person and first woman representative to be elected to Congress from Texas.

Today in Charlotte: Science on the Rocks

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West Charlotte football coach talks team success, championship hopes

West Charlotte head coach Sam Greiner coaching his players at practice ahead of their third-round game against Shelby Crest. November 2023 (Jalon Hill/QCity Metro)

West Charlotte High School is in round three of state football playoffs, and head coach Sam Greiner said he hopes to prove the doubters wrong.

Tonight, the team will travel to face top-ranked, undefeated Crest High (12-0) in Shelby, N.C. Sports critics say a West Charlotte victory would be a major upset. 

But Greiner said the game gives the team a chance to “put people on notice.”

Keep reading. [Jalon Hill]


Local event set to ‘renew’ and ‘revive’ men

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Little Rock AME Zion Church will host its 17th Man Up Summit, an annual event centered around uplifting men, this weekend.

The event will feature speakers and breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 18.  

“We’re looking for the men to be renewed [and] revived,” Ronald L. Nelson, president of the Little Rock A.M.A Zion Church Men’s Booster Club, said of the summit’s goal. 

Read more. [Destiniee Jaram]


Give the gift of nature

Celebrate our N.C. trails at Great Outdoor Provision Company, where extraordinary people, outdoor gear and conservation come together.

Check out the new Holiday Gift Guide.


Panthers vs. Cowboys

(Photo courtesy of the Carolina Panthers)

The Carolina Panthers (1-8) will host the Dallas Cowboys (6-3) on Sunday after a few extra days of rest following their loss to the Chicago Bears last Thursday. 

Rookie Bryce Young completed 21 of 38 passes and failed to get a touchdown.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys decimated the New York Giants last week in a 49-17 victory.  

Read on for a prediction of Sunday’s game. [Jalon Hill]


South End stretching

Kika Stretch Studio in South End is where to go to work on flexibility and relieve sore muscles. It’s also Black-owned.

Stretch sessions are tailored to each person, and by the session’s end, you’ll feel the impact. Plus – you’ll learn stretches to do at home.

It’s one of six unique experiences in South End. See the other five.


West End market moves forward

A rendering of the outside of Three Sisters Market. 2023. (Rendering courtesy of The West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition.) Credit: Photo courtesy of the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition

Back in September, QCity Metro reported that a new cooperative market would open in the West Boulevard Corridor, bringing an end to the area’s years-long status as a food desert.

This week, Three Sisters’ Market checked off one of its major goals: hiring a general manager.

“It is a pleasure for me to be a part of bringing a healthy food solution to West Boulevard Corridor,” the newly announced general manager, Janiqua Jackson, said in a statement to QCity Metro.

The $10 million project, located at 2901 Romare Bearden Drive, will offer fresh, local produce and goods and is expected to break ground in 2024 and open in 2025.


Science for grownups

Gather your 21+ friend group and experience Uptown Charlotte’s coolest social event — a night of adult science fun — tonight! 

Get your tickets to Science on the Rocks before it sells out.


Donuts that are out of this world

Jasmine Macon began baking during childhood. Now, she owns a donut shop.

“When people think of donuts in Charlotte, I want them to think of me,” Macon said.

Keep reading to see how Jasmine made donuts her passion.

More news

➡️ Local: CMPD is investigating a shooting that left one person dead in southeast Charlotte Thursday night. (WSOC)

➡️ World: The Uppsala Conflict Data Program, which has been tracking wars globally since 1945, identified 2022 and 2023 as the most conflictual years in the world since the end of the Cold War. (The Atlantic)

➡️ Health: For kids in crisis, it’s getting harder to find long-term residential treatment. One facility in N.C. is one of about a dozen in the country that provides it. But the facility might be closing. (WFAE)

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