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Happy Monday, QCity!

Today, read a Q&A with the Gantt’s President & CEO on his approaching retirement, why N.C.’s syphilis increases are concerning, an announcement from the Arts & Science Council and more.

Today in History: In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order to end housing discrimination. It came during the Civil Rights Movement and banned federally-funded housing agencies from denying mortgages to people based on race.

Today’s Hot Job: Wayfinders is seeking a family and academic success coordinator.


Gantt Center leader is set to retire

Gantt Center president and CEO David Taylor, Nov. 17, 2023. (QCity Metro)

When David R. Taylor was named president and CEO of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, he figured he’d be in that role for maybe three years or so.

Now, more than 14 years later, he has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31.

In an exclusive interview with QCity Metro, Taylor talks about his wins, the Gantt Center’s future, and how he plans to spend his retirement years.

Read on. [Glenn H. Burkins]


Syphilis rates increase among babies in North Carolina

Stock image. (Pixabay via

Cases of congenital syphilis — a potentially deadly illness in unborn babies — are up in North Carolina. Recently, reported cases have jumped from 27 in 2019 to 57 cases in 2022 statewide.

National rates have increased too — by 939% — according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Because the disease is totally preventable, public health officials have described the concerning increase as a tragedy in public healthcare.

Here’s what to know. [Destiniee Jaram]


Unlimited pet care with PetfolkCare membership

Want your pet to get the best care all year without worrying about exam fees? We’ve partnered with the amazing veterinarians at Petfolk to help make that happen through the PetfolkCare membership program.

With the membership, you’ll have unlimited clinic and virtual exams at Petfolk’s convenient, modern facilities, 24/7 access to their medical chat, and full use of the Petfolk app. Plus, for a limited time, new members also receive a $100 credit towards a spay, neuter or dental procedure.

Act now and get your first year’s membership for just $99, a $100 savings from the regular price. Click the link below and use the coupon code ‘QCITY‘ to redeem this offer.

Click here to get started.


Arts & Science Council names interim president

Monifa D. Drayton (pictured above) has been named interim president of ASC. (Photo courtesy of the Arts and Science Council)

Arts & Science Council has named Monifa Drayton its interim president, the organization announced Monday morning. 

Drayton’s appointment comes after the current president, Krista Terrell, announced her resignation in August for a leave date in December.

 Drayton will serve this role as ASC’s board of directors is conducting a national search to find the organization’s next permanent leader. 

Read on. [Jalon Hill]


A Thanksgiving Day Parade guide

The 77th annual Thanksgiving Parade is happening this Wednesday, and there will be plenty of activities to enjoy.

From floats to balloons to live performances, here is everything you need to know about the parade – including where to sit, how to get around and even how to spend your day before and after the parade.


Basketball, a culinary experience and jazz this week in Charlotte


Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics: Cheer for your favorite team.

DJ Aswell: Old School Hip Hop & RnB: Listen to old school hits at Vinyl.


Company: This play is the winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

A Taste of China: Enjoy a culinary experience that includes chef-inspired recipes and hands-on demos accompanied by music.


Holidays at the Hall: Celebrate with high-octane fun all season long at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. 

Middle C. Jazz: Catch Kenny Mann and Liquid Pleasure perform the best songs of Motown and Philly Soul.


See if you’re eligible for a HOMES grant

Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte are proud to be an ally for residents. Qualified Mecklenburg County homeowners may be eligible for a HOMES program grant of up to $426. 

Residents within the Charlotte city limits may receive additional grant funding (up to $234), so they may receive up to $660 total! The deadline to apply is December 15th.

More news

➡️ Local: A homicide investigation is underway in southwest Charlotte after a shooting early Monday morning. (WBTV)

➡️ Climate: The Earth’s temperature briefly rose above a crucial threshold that scientists say could have catastrophic and irreversible impacts on the planet and its ecosystems. (CNN)

➡️ Category: The median household income in the U.S. stands at about $74,000 annually, but a recent survey revealed many people believe they need to earn roughly $284,000 each year to achieve happiness. (CBS News)

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Destiniee is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She moved to North Carolina in January 2022 and reports on health and health equity. Reach her at