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Happy Friday, QCity!

What’s up, QCity? Though the Panthers’ season is looking dim, another Charlotte team is exceeding expectations. The West Charlotte High football team is 6-1. Expect a big turnout at tonight’s homecoming game. If you happen to see me, say hello; I always enjoy meeting our readers.

Today: In honor of the game, read how the principal is planning to restore the roar at West Charlotte, a Panthers’ prediction, and moments for a star-studded gospel show.

Today in History: In 1792, the cornerstone for the White House was laid. More than 200 enslaved Black people helped build what would become the official home of nearly every U.S. President and First Lady.

Today in Charlotte: JCSU’s Festi-Bull Pep Rally

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West Charlotte High principal builds on school legacy, alumni engagement

Principal Orlando Robinson outside West Charlotte High School. (Jalon Hill/QCity Metro)

The “roar” of West Charlotte High School’s Lion Pride has always been loud, but second-year principal Orlando Robinson wants to amplify it.

Despite landing on the district’s low-performance list, Robinson believes “restoring the roar,” his personal theme, will help combat that.

The principal aims to boost student performance and behavior through a number of incentives, including pep rallies, special activities and increased alumni engagement.

Read on. [Jalon Hill]


Ten best moments from the Gospel Reunion Tour

Tamela Mann performs at “The Reunion Tour” in Charlotte. (Anders Hare/ QCity Metro)

A group of gospel superstars visited Charlotte on Thursday for a night of faith, love, and live performances of some of the genre’s biggest hits.

Kirk Franklin, The Clark Sisters, Tamela Mann and more took the stage at Spectrum Center, but not before reminding the crowd why they were they were.

“We’re really here for the Lord,” Mann told the audience.

Keep reading. [Anders Hare]


Advancing dialogue among students

Providence Day values both the curricular and the co-curricular experience. The Student Diversity Council and the Office of Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging partner regularly to host a Lunch & Learn Series.

Over lunch, students engage in civil discourse, share perspectives, and strengthen equity, inclusion, and belonging competencies.

The most recent Lunch & Learn topic focused on the Supreme Court’s recent Affirmative Action decision.


Panthers’ challenging matchup

Photo taken by Chanelle Smith-Walker/Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers (0-5) travel to face the Miami Dolphins (4-1) on Sunday.

In the last two weeks, the Panthers have faced two of the league’s top offenses and Sunday’s matchup against be their biggest challenge yet.

Read on for predictions. [Jalon Hill]


Friday nights are for Camp North End

Kick off the weekend at Camp North End with live music, drinks and more.

Camp North End always has a lot going on, but especially today:


Shows coming to Charlotte this month

Ayra Starr at the Underground in Charlotte (QCity Metro)

Comedy, concerts, special live shows and more are planned in Charlotte this month.

There’s still time to get tickets to see Dave Chappelle, “The Sound of (Black) Music” and more.

Check out our October entertainment roundup for special events coming to Charlotte.


Mask up for a spooky party

Get your ghoul on! Next Saturday night, Discovery Place Science will be shrouded in the eerie and ethereal for an adults-only adventure like no other.

Head to the Macabre Masquerade, where you’ll encounter aerial artists and wicked brews while mingling amongst the shadows.

Slip into the costume of your alter ego and unleash your inner monster on the dance floor. VIP tickets include exclusive access to the Moonlight Lounge. Get tickets here!

Boundless wine and a good time

Next Saturday, head to the South End Wine & Hops Festival to enjoy food trucks, live music and vendors, all while sipping on samples of a variety wines and beers.

Click here to see what’s in store this year, who’s participating, and to get tickets!

More news

➡️ Science: Astronomers and star-gazers alike are preparing for the annular solar eclipse happening in the daytime sky this Saturday. (NPR)

➡️ Health: A Black-owned hospice provider, Heart’n Soul Hospice of the Carolinas, is not giving up on getting approval from the state to provide hospice home care in Mecklenburg County after its application was denied by state health officials last week. (WFAE)

➡️ State: N.C. is holding more than $1 billion of residents’ property. Here’s how to claim your share. (Charlotte Observer) 

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